Overview: The purpose of this panel is to present two innovative and collaborative initiatives, destined to address the issues of inequities in health, in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). Health disparities between groups with different levels of underlying social advantage are the product of the action of factors know as the social determinants of health, which include, among many others, poverty, gender and ethnicity.
As a response to this reality, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) has launched its eHealth Strategy for the Americas, which intends to promote the use of ICTs in the healthcare scenario. During the first part of the panel, keynote-speakers of PAHO’s Knowledge Management and Communication Area will share information regarding this important regional strategy. The second part of the panel will highlight another regional initiative: Public eHealth Innovation and Equity in Health in Latin America and the Caribbean, coined eSAC.
This is a regional project, funded by the Ottawa-based International Development Research Centre (IDRC), whose ultimate goal is to contribute to the advancement of equity in health in the LAC region through the application of innovative Public eHealth solutions. It is jointly designed and implemented by the PAHO and the People, Health Equity and Innovation (Phi) Research Group at the University of Toronto, who will be presenting an overview together with a group of facilitators selected to spearhead the program.