Partnerships, Preparation Critical for a Safer World

Efforts to join with all countries and their governments, research centers, scholars and populations in taking vital steps toward creating a safer world were commended by Dr. Romeo Rodríguez Suárez, head of Mexico’s National Institutes of Health and High Specialty Regional Hospitals Coordinating Commission, when he welcomed 78 of the world’s public health leaders to IANPHI’s seventh annual meeting in Mexico City.

Recent epidemics of SARS and the A(H1N1) influenza epidemic put health systems around the world to the test, said Dr. Suárez who represented Mexico Minister of Health Salomón Chertorivski Woldenberg.

“The lesson is clear—we must be better prepared, “ he said, setting the tone for the three-day gathering. “Forums such as this meeting demonstrate the pertinence of exchanging experiences that contribute new elements to the public policy agendas for health, as well as the best implementation of the essential functions in public health in our countries, so that it is very clear to everyone: society and government are the indispensible and interdependent bridge between human development and health.” Read his comments