The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is the oldest international public health agency in the world. Since 1902, it has worked to improve the health and living standards of the people of the Americas. PAHO is part of the United Nations system, serves as the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization, and is the health organization of the Inter-American System. The organization is not a financing agency but rather a technical cooperation agency, helping countries share technical information and mobilize health resources. From its headquarters in Washington, D.C., PAHO directs the scientific and technical efforts of experts in 27 country offices and in nine scientific centers. PAHO's annual budget for its core programs totals about $130 million, largely from assessed contributions ...

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