Honduran Health Promoting Universities Network established – PAHO/WHO

Tegucigalpa, 7 November 2022 (PAHO/WHO). The National Autonomous University of Honduras is hosting the First Honduran Health Promoting Universities Meeting, the final outcome of which will be the creation of the Honduran Health Promoting Universities Network.

Counselor for Family, Health Promotion and Lifestyle Course of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization in Honduras. Amalia Ayala stressed that the creation of this Network will allow an ascending course of the “Movement of Supportive Universities for Health in Latin America and the Caribbean Region, health promotion regulated in the Alma-Ata Declaration (1978) and the Ottawa Convention (1986) and PAHO/WHO It builds on the global commitment to health promotion established at world conferences on health and promotion.

On behalf of the PAHO/WHO Representative in Honduras, Piedad Huerta, conveyed his best wishes for success to the First Honduran Network of Health Promoting Universities and reiterated the Organization’s commitment that we can jointly advocate strategies in favor of equality for universal health access. It promotes the urgent need for robust health systems based on Primary Health Care, Health Promotion and adequately prepared and resourced to face current and future health challenges.

The opening event was attended by UNAH Rector and Central American Universities Supreme Council (CSUCA) Representative Dr. Francisco Herrera; Honduras National Autonomous University President Dr. Hugo Banegas; President of the Ibero-American Network of Universities Promoting Health, Dr. Officials, professionals and students from Honduran universities as well as Hiram Arroyo.

PAHO Health Promotion Regional Consultant Dr. María Pilar Campos gave a virtual lecture on “Health promotion as the pillar of universities”.

As part of healthy environments, Ayala said, “I would like to highlight the important role of UNAH in responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic, both within the education community, with teachers, students and other members of the university community. To confront this pandemic, social issues, health-friendly public policy UNAH has also played a role in the development of its own internal policies, with its direct link to issues, cross-sectoral action and health advocacy, including smoke-free environments, initiatives to promote physical activity, healthy eating and the creation of accessible spaces for people of diverse abilities, among others”.

In his closing speech, Dr. Ayala noted that on December 2, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) will celebrate 120 years of uninterrupted work promoting health and well-being in America. We’re reaching our 120th anniversary in one of the most difficult times for the region and the world: a COVID-19 pandemic unprecedented in a century and revealing some of our most evident health inequalities. Throughout its 120-year history, PAHO, including the Academy, has helped the region tackle key health challenges while promoting a vision of health as a central element of development, national security, trade and social well-being.

Founded in 1902 with the guiding principle that health is a fundamental human right, not a privilege, PAHO has worked tirelessly for the past 120 years to combat disease, prolong life, and improve physical and mental health for all people. there is no one behind it.

Related information:

The first initiative of Health Promotion work in the field of education emerged in the late 1980s through the Health Promoting Schools Strategy in Europe, supported by the World Health Organization (WHO). In 1991, the European Network of Health Promoting Schools was created, and in 1995 it began to be disseminated and implemented in Latin America, supported by the Pan American Health Organization. It consists of a health promotion strategy in an educational environment based on a comprehensive approach that gives educational institutions an active and leading role in building the health of their members. It promotes a mechanism by which multisectoral efforts and resources are articulated to improve the quality of life of members of the education community.

The Health Promoting Universities initiative started its activities at the regional level as of 2003. These have been years of major political and programmatic advances for Health Promotion in the university setting. University Incentive (UPS) 2003-2022; b) Eight International Health Promotion Universities (UPS) Congress held in Santiago de Chile (2003); Edmonton, Canada (2005); Ciudad Juarez, Mexico (2007); Pamplona, ​​Spain (2009); San Jose of Costa Rica (2011); San Juan de Puerto Rico (2013); Kelowna, British Columbia (2015), Canada and Alicante, Spain (2017). c) Seven declaration documents (Edmonton, Ciudad Juárez, Pamplona, ​​San José, San Juan, Okanagan, Alicante). d) Increase in affiliated university institutions. e) The emergence of eleven UPS National Network structures in Brazil, Chile, Central America and the Caribbean, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Spain, Mexico, Peru, and Puerto Rico. f) The emergence of State Networks and other forms of inter-agency work. g) Increase in publications, events and technical meetings on the subject. The above are Dr. Written by Hiram Arroyo. According to the Editorial of the International Seminar on Health Promotion.

On October 6, 2007, in Ciudad Juárez III. It aims to disseminate knowledge, methodology and experience in Health Promotion, both within the university and within the community.

Nearly two decades after the Health Promoting Universities Movement, we are faced with emerging public health challenges of international importance such as unplanned urban growth, uneven industrial development, environmental pollution, climate change, escalating violence, and new pandemics and situations such as COVID-19. . In addition, displacement of people between and within countries has intensified due to poverty, violence and political and social conflicts, which threaten people’s health and prevent the creation of healthy environments.

In July 2019, the Member States of the Pan American Organization at the Fifty-seventh (57th) Governing Council approved the Strategy and Action Plan for Health Promotion in the context of the 2019-2030 Sustainable Development Goals aimed at restoring health. Promoting the social determinants of health through social, political and technical action that addresses the conditions under which people are born, grow up, live, study, work and age, with the aim of improving health and reducing health inequalities. The 2030 Agenda Strategy calls for the establishment of health-friendly public policies, the creation of healthy environments and the strengthening of the capacity to address the social determinants of health through a health promotion approach.

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