Pan Health Organization

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the oldest international public health agency with over 110 years of experience in working to improve health and living standards of the countries and territories of the Americas (Latin America and the Caribbean). It functions as the specialized organization for health of the Inter-American System. It also serves as the Regional Office of the World Health Organization for the Americas and enjoys international recognition as part of the United Nations system.

For 35 years, the Revolving Fund of the Pan American Health Organization has helped the countries of the Americas protect people against some of the world’s worst diseases, including polio, measles, yellow fever, rotavirus and HPV. Through the fund, Member States pool their national resources to procure high-quality life-saving vaccines and related products at the lowest price.

In its efforts to improve health, PAHO targets the most vulnerable groups including mothers and children, workers, the poor, the elderly, and refugees and displaced persons. It focuses on issues related to equity for those who lack access to health care, and on a Pan-American approach, encouraging countries to work together on common issues.

In 2003, PAHO member countries initiated Vaccination Week in the Americas. Since its inception, over 640 million people have been vaccinated under this initiative.

How We Work Together

Vaccine Ambassadors and the Pan American Health Organization have created a unique partnership built on an understanding that immunizations are one of the greatest investments we can make in the health of a community. Funds provided by Vaccine Ambassadors are used to procure quality vaccines and the lowest prices for residents in the PAHO Region. By relying on the expertise of PAHO and its partners, Vaccine Ambassadors is able to direct funds where they are most needed.

We would like to thank our partners at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) for the use of many of their photographs. View original banner images.

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