The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is the specialized international health agency for the Americas. Our mission is to lead strategic collaborative efforts among Member States and other partners to promote equity in health, to combat disease, and to improve the quality of, and lengthen, the lives of the peoples of the Americas. Our vision is to be a major catalyst for ensuring that all the peoples of the Americas enjoy optimal health and contribute to the well-being of their families and communities.
Since January 2020, when PAHO rapidly mobilized its experts and shipped needed laboratory supplies for molecular detection of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, we have been, and continue, providing essential leadership, coordination and assistance to fight the spread of COVID-19, save lives, and protect the most vulnerable population groups—including health workers—in all 52 countries and territories of the Americas.
We believe that health is everyone’s most valuable resource for living, and the foundation of a productive, dignified and fulfilling life, and we are dedicated to protecting and improving health for every woman, man and child in the Americas.