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Healthcare Innovations in Central America

Council of the Americas

July 25, 2017


Council of the Americas will hold a discussion on health care innovations in Central America and the Caribbean.

In the wake of the Miami “Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America,” it is timely to discuss advancing the health care agenda and why it matters to the private sector in creating a stable and secure Central America. 

The non-communicable disease (NCD) epidemic is a major challenge facing the region. NCDs are chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, obesity, cancer, and diabetes. Over 79 percent of deaths in Latin America and the Caribbean can be attributed to NCDs, the highest among developing regions

A variety of factors, such as unhealthy diets, and a lack of physical activity have contributed to the increase of NCDs in the region. These diseases present a barrier to economic and social development, as they place further pressure on families with financial burdens, prevent socioeconomic mobility, and weaken workforce development.  

Join us for a panel discussion with three ambassadors, all of whom are also highly accomplished medical professionals, to understand how governments are addressing this public health concern, and lessons for the region.


  • Claudia Ivette Canjura de Centeno, Ambassador of El Salvador to the U.S.
  • Román Macaya Hayes, Ambassador of Costa Rica to the U.S.
  • Neil Parsan, Chairman, Board of Directors, The Global Alliance for Surgical, Obstetric, Trauma, and Anaesthesia Care

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