IMG_2357The Ibero-American and European Academy of Yuste Foundation has organised the seminar ‘Public Health Models in Ibero-America and Extremadura’, to be held on 17 and 18 October in Cáceres intended to analyse the different health models in Cuba, Costa Rica and Colombia, also showing the public health model in Extremadura.

This seminar is included as part of the foundation’s objective, as a result of the merger of the European Academy of Yuste Foundation and the Centre for Studies and Cooperation with Ibero-America (CEXECI), to work horizontally and in an integrated fashion to address the knowledge of the realities on both sides of the Atlantic. “We want this new foundation to reduplicate the goals and hopes that were placed in this community 25 years ago with the creation of these two institutions”, explained César Chaparro, academic director of the Foundation.

Pilar Guijarro, Director General of Public Health of the Regional Government of Extremadura (Junta de Extremadura), said that the public health system of Extremadura is “in good health” because it works on the promotion, prevention, health information and participation of patients, “Extending these objectives to cover the whole society”. For Guijarro, public health is “like breathing, because you cannot see or hear it, but you need it and it must have the basic services to keep us all healthy and healthful”.

The seminar was sponsored by the Regional Ministry of Health and Social Policies and the Jesús Usón Centre for Minimal Invasion Surgery, and it has also had the collaboration of the Illustrious Professional Association of Physicians of Cáceres and Badajoz and of the University of Extremadura.

The seminar ‘Public Health Models in Ibero-America and Extremadura’ is structured around three panels: national health systems; preventive medicine systems and vaccination models; and health and food security. During the seminar, prominent and qualified personalities in the areas of healthcare and universities of Ibero-America and Extremadura contributed their vision and knowledge to make an analysis of these health systems.