Consensus Conferences

AHF convenes meetings among health experts from the Latin American Region on specific health topics to develop consensus statements, recommendations and statement papers on various health topics impacting Latin America. The papers are published in renown medical journals and are used to guide health policy and increase education in the Region to ultimately improve the health status of a particular disease.

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AHF Convenes a Consensus Conference on Osteoporosis in Turkey

Similar to other non-communicable diseases in Turkey, one in every seven women aged 50 years will endure a hip fracture in the remainder of their life. In 2010, a country-wide study estimated the number of hip fractures to reach 24,000 and forecasted hip fractures to more than double throughout the subsequent 25 years. While this study showed the prevalence of hip fractures, they were unable to directly link it to osteoporosis (only to lack of activity). This estimate and forecast are considerably higher compared to older studies, indicating that previous perceptions of osteoporosis may have been lower than the true value in the population. The true epidemiological details of osteoporosis within Turkey specifically have not been determined by major networks. As a result, discussions on osteoporosis in Turkey are key to understanding the issue further and developing country-specific recommendations to overcome screening and identification issues in Turkey.

In August 2019, AHF convened a meeting of Turkish experts on osteoporosis in the country to develop recommendations for improving awareness, prevention, and treatment of osteoporosis. The resulting article, " Updated Approach for the Management of Osteoporosis in Turkey: A Consensus Report," is under review for publication.

Panelists Included:

  • Dra. Yeşim Kirazlı
  • Dra. Funda Atamaz Çalış
  • Dra. Özlem El
  • Dra. Yeşim Gökçe Kutsal
  • Dra. Özlen Peker
  • Dra. Dilşad Sindel
  • Dra. Şansın Tüzün
  • Dra. Dilek Gogas Yavuz


AHF Convenes a Consensus Conference on Prostate Cancer

An estimated 1.1 million men worldwide were diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2012, accounting for 15% of the cancers diagnosed in men. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men (after skin cancer), but it can often be treated successfully. The prostate gland makes fluid that forms part of the semen. The prostate lies just below the bladder and surrounds the urethra. Almost all prostate cancers are adenocarcinomas, which are cancers developed from the gland cells, which make the prostate fluid. While prostate cancer often has no early symptoms, advanced prostate cancer can cause men to urinate more often or have a weaker flow of urine. Prostate cancer in its early stages usually grows very slowly and is highly curable. As a result, early diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer before symptoms occur is of tantamount importance. Most prostate cancer-related deaths are due to advanced disease, which results from any combination of lymphatic, hematogenous, or contiguous local spread. As a result, improving early diagnosis of prostate cancer, as well as physician awareness of treatment options for late stage disease, can play a large role in reducing the burden of prostate cancer in Latin America. 

In November of 2018, the Americas Health Foundation (AHF) convened a meeting of Latin American experts on prostate cancer in the Region, including oncologists and urologists to develop recommendations for improving awareness, prevention, and treatment of prostate cancer. The resulting article, "Challenges and Recommendations on Non-Metastatic Castration Resistant Prostate Cancer in Latin America," is under review for publication.

Panelists included:

  • Marcos Santos
  • Rodolfo Borges do Reis
  • Juan Pablo Sade
  • Gustavo Villoldo
  • Alejandro Alías
  • Silvia Neciosup
  • Andres Martinez



AHF Convenes a Consensus Conference on HBOC in Brazil

Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) syndrome is a genetic condition that can be inherited through either the maternal or paternal carrier. Most families affected by this condition have mutations within the genes BRCA1 (breast cancer 1, early onset) and BRCA2 (breast cancer 2). Genetic testing and genetic counselling are essential components to both prevention and treatment, assessing patient’s risk factors for HBOC syndrome and determining the best method of care. With screening and appropriate prevention methods, smaller, more curable cancers are detected and treated sooner. HBOC syndrome is not always easily diagnosed, as this condition has a variety of factors that lead to the identification of the disease within a family. Examples of more obvious traits include numerous diagnosis of triple-negative breast cancer or a male in the family diagnosed with breast cancer. However, HBOC syndrome generally requires genetic testing and family history to determine a clear diagnosis. Those families determined to carry HBOC syndrome have an increased risk for cancers such as: early-onset breast cancer, triple-negative breast cancer, bilateral breast cancer, ovarian cancer at any age, prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer, melanoma, a second primary cancer and cancer recurrence. After a diagnosis, methods of cancer prevention include breast and ovarian cancer screenings, medications and risk-reducing surgery. It is essential to have a diagnosis of HBOC syndrome prior to pregnancy, as there are methods such as preimplantation genetic diagnosis that could halt the inheritance of the mutation to the next generation. 

In October of 2018, the Americas Health Foundation (AHF) convened a meeting of Brazilian experts on HBOC syndrome in the country, including oncologists, gynecologists, geneticists and radiologists to develop recommendations for increasing the early diagnosis, treatment and effective management of HBOC syndrome in the country. The resulting article, "Recommendations for Advancing the Diagnosis and Management of Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer in Brazil," has been is under review for publication.

Panelists included:

  • Patricia Prolla
  • Maria Isabel Achatz
  • Renato Moretti Marques
  • Rodrigo Guindalini
  • Maira Caleffi
  • Angelica Nogueira


AHF Convenes a Consensus Conference on Liquid Biopsy in Brazil

Therapeutic advance in oncology treatments are due in part to a more complete understanding of its genomic portrait. The serial monitoring of tumor genotypes, which are instable and prone to changes under selective pressure, is becoming increasingly needed. Although tumor biopsies remain the reference standard for the diagnosis and genotyping of many types of cancer, they are invasive and not always feasible. The"liquid biopsies" have the potential to overcome many of these hurdles, allowing a rapid and accurate identification of de nov and resistant genetic alterations and a real-time monitoring of treatment responses. Liquid biopsies, or analyses of tumor-specific genetic alterations int he plasma or serum of patients, are particularly esteemed because they can offer temporal quantifications of the total tumor burden as well as detect acquired drug resistance mutations that arise during the treatment with target agents.

In August of 2018, the Americas Health Foundation (AHF) convened a meeting of Brazilian experts on oncology and the screening of genetic mutations, particularly through the use of liquid biopsies, to develop recommendations on the use of liquid biopsies as a standard part of tumor management in Brazil. The resulting paper, "The Challenges and Perspectives of Liquid Biopsy in Brazil: A Critical Review and Recommendations," has been published in Precision Medicine Journal. Click here to read the full article.

Panelists included:

  • Dr. Luciano Neder
  • Dr. Jose Claudio Casali da Rocha
  • Dra. Anamaria Camargo
  • Dr. Joao Bosco Oliveira Filho
  • Dr. Carlos G. Ferreira 
  • Dra. Vera Capelozzi


Next  generation  sequencing  (NGS),  also  known  as  high-throughput  sequencing,  describes  a  DNA  sequencing  technology  that  has  revolutionized  genomic  research  by  allowing  an  entire  human  genome  to  be  sequenced  within  a  single  day.  In  contrast,  the  previous  sequencing  technology  required  over  a  decade  to  deliver  the  final  draft.  NGS  can  be  used  to  sequence  entire  genomes  or  can  be  constrained  to  specific  areas  of  interest,  including  all  22,000  coding  genes  or  small  numbers  of  individual  genes.  There  are  numerous  opportunities  to  use  NGS  in  clinical  practice  to  improve  patient  care,  including  its  ability  to  captures  a  broader  spectrum  of  mutations  than  the  previously  used  Sanger  sequencing.  In  the  case  of  rare  diseases  or  unidentified  diseases,  NGS  could  be  used  to  unravel  the  genetic  basis  of  unexplained  syndromes.   

In  the  field  of  microbiology,  NGS  of  can  be  used  to  trace  sources  of  infection  outbreaks.  In  oncology,  cancer  genomes  can  now  be  systemically  studied  in  their  entirety,  leading  to  a  more  precise  diagnosis  and  classification  of  the  disease,  more  accurate  prognosis,  and  potentially  the  identification  of  ‘drug-able’  causal  mutations.  Individual  cancer  sequencing  may,  therefore,  provide  the  basis  of  personalized  cancer  management.  Despite  this  advances  in  NGS  and  its  potential  for  developing  life-saving  treatments,  it  has  not  yet  translated  into  routine  clinical  practice  and  is  used  primarily  for  research.  

In June of 2018, the Americas Health Foundation (AHF) convened a meeting of Brazilian experts on NGS in the country, including  medical  geneticists,  molecular  biologists,  pathologists,  and  researchers  to  develop  recommendations  for  raising  awareness  and  increasing  access  to  NGS  in  Brazil.  The resulting article, "Raising Awareness and Increasing Access to Next-Generation Sequencing in Oncology in Brazil," has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Lancet Oncology. Click here to see the full article. To view the graphic only, click here.

Panelists included:

  • Dr. Marcos Santos
  • Dr. Carlos Gil Ferreira
  • Dr. Mariano Gustavo Zalis
  • Dra. Renata Coudry
  • Dr. Stephen Stefani
  • Dr. Luiz Araujo
  • Dra. Isabela Werneck


AHF Convenes a Consensus on Osteoporosis in Latin America

Osteoporosis is a disease in which the density and quality of bone are reduced, leading to weakness of the skeleton and increased risk of fracture, particularly of the spine, wrist, hip, pelvis and upper arm. Osteoporosis and associated fractures are an important cause of mortality and morbidity and primarily affect postmenopausal women and elderly men. In women over 45, osteoporosis accounts for more days spent in the hospital than many other diseases, including diabetes, myocardial infarction and breast cancer.Osteoporosis may be asymptomatic until the patient presents with a fracture, and even then it is estimated that only one out of three vertebral fractures come to clinical attention.

In February of 2018, the Americas Health Foundation (AHF) convened a meeting of six Latin American experts and two observers to review Osteoporosis in the Region, including rheumatologists and gynecologists, to review public policy and treatment inertia of osteoporosis with the goal of reviewing the issues, obstacles and impediments of osteoporosis identification and treatment in Latin America, and developing policy recommendations for increasing awareness of the disease and elevating osteoporosis as a healthcare priority. The resulting article, “Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment in Latin America: Current Structure and Future Directions,” has been published in Archives of Osteoporosis. Click here to see the full article.

Panelists included:

  • Dr. Osvaldo Daniel Messina
  • Dra. Patricia Clark
  • Dra. Rosa Pereira
  • Dr. Ben-Hur Albergaria
  • Dra. Monique Chalem
  • Dr. Luis Vidal

Observers included:

  • Prof. Dr. Yeşim Kirazlı
  • Dr. Salwa Alaidarous


AHF Convenes a Consensus on Merkel Cell Carcinoma in Latin America

Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare yet highly aggressive form of skin cancer which, in approximately 80% of cases, is caused by the Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCV). While the dangers of other skin cancers like malignant melanoma are ingrained in most physicians’ minds, MCC remains an unfamiliar and neglected disease. Although MCC is 40 times rarer than melanoma (an estimated 0.24 cases per 100,000 persons in the U.S.), it kills about one in three patients compared with one in nine for melanoma.  Moreover, the annual incidence of MCC is rising more quickly than that of melanoma, at 8% annually, and one-third of patients die within 3 years of diagnosis.  Despite these sobering figures, a timely diagnosis followed by excision and radiotherapy can be curative in early disease. As a result, efforts to increase physician education and awareness of MCC, particularly among family physicians, is of the utmost importance for early diagnosis and successful treatment.  

In November 2017, the Americas Health Foundation (AHF) convened a meeting of six Latin American experts to review MCC in the Region, including oncologists, dermato-oncologists and pathologists, to validate available data on the burden of illness and develop recommendations for increasing the early diagnosis, treatment, quality of life and optimal management of MCC in the Region. The resulting article, “Burden of Disease, Early Diagnosis and Treatment of Merkel Cell Carcinoma in Latin America,” was accepted for publication in the Journal of Global Oncology. Click here to see the full article.

Panelists include:

  • Dra. Gabriela Cinat
  • Dr. Jose Gabriel Casas
  • Dr. Luis Daniel Mazzuoccolo
  • Dra. Luiza Kassuga
  • Dr. Rafael Aron Schmerling
  • Dr. Fabio Ernesto Grosso Ospina



Recommendations on the Use of Biomarkers in Immuno-oncology Therapies in Latin America

Biomarkers have many potential applications in oncology, including risk assessment, screening, differential diagnosis, determination of prognosis, prediction of response to treatment, and monitoring of progression of disease. Because of the critical role that biomarkers play at all stages of disease, it is important to develop guidelines that will increase the use of biomarkers in immuno-oncology therapies, while ensuring that they undergo the appropriate evaluations, including analytical validation, clinical validation, and assessment of clinical utility, prior to incorporation into routine clinical care.

In November 2017, the Americas Health Foundation (AHF) convened a meeting of six Latin American key opinion leaders in the fields of immuno-oncology, health economics, and regulatory aspects to develop recommendations for increasing the use of biomarkers in immuno-oncology therapies in Latin America. The resulting paper, "The Value of Biomarkers in Optimizing the Use of Immuno-onologic Therapy," has been published in Current Drug Targets. Click here to read the full article.

Panelists include:

  • Dra. Natasha Leighl
  • Dr. Carlos Gil Ferreira
  • Vanessa Teich, Brazil
  • Dr. Stephan Stefani
  • Dra. Mercedes Liliana Dalruzo
  • Dr. Andrea Nicolini


AHF Convenes Consensus Conference on Long-Acting Reversible Contraception in Latin America and the Caribbean

About 16 million adolescent girls between 15 and 19 give birth each year. In low- and middle-income countries, complications from pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death among girls aged 15 to 19. The Latin American region has one of the highest rates of unintended pregnancies worldwide. Teenage pregnancies in Latin America are linked to a higher incidence of maternal complications during pregnancy and delivery and children of adolescent mothers are at increased risk of preterm birth, low birth weight and neonatal mortality. One of the WHO’s core recommendations for preventing early pregnancy and adverse reproductive outcomes is increasing the use of reversible contraception.

In August, the Americas Health Foundation (AHF) convened a meeting of six Latin American experts to review existing barriers and develop practical recommendations concerning policy fixes for encouraging the increased use of LARCs by Latin American women, particularly adolescents, to stimulate greater knowledge and awareness, and increase both access and use of LARCs in Latin America, thereby reducing the rate of unplanned pregnancies and adverse reproductive outcomes. The resulting article, “The Use of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception in Latin America and the Caribbean: Current Landscape and Recommendations” the paper has been accepted for publication by Human Reproduction Open. The resulting article, "The Use of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception in Latin America and the Caribbean: Current Landscape and Recommendations” was accepted for publication in Human Reproduction Open.Click here to see the full article.

Panelists included:

  • Dr. Luis Bahamondes
  • Dra. Ilza Monteiro 
  • Dr. Claudio Villarroel
  • Dra. Silvia Oizerovich
  • Dra. Natalia Frias
  • Dra. Norma Velazquez Ramirez



Recommendations For Increasing Access to Immuno-oncology Therapies in Brazil

Immuno-oncology therapies activate the immune system, making it able to recognize cancer cells and destroy them and are expected to become an important part of cancer therapy in years to come. However, the science of immuno-oncology is still evolving. Brazil is a country uniquely primed with both opportunities and strengths for clinical oncology research. Among its strengths, the country counts with growing access to information, an unfortunately high cancer burden, improving patient education, access to new drugs for research centers, regional networks and human resources.  In June, AHF convened a meeting of six Brazilian key opinion leaders in the fields of immuno-oncology, health economics, and regulatory aspects to develop recommendations for increasing access to immuno-oncology therapies in Brazil. The resulting article, "Increasing Access to Immuno-oncology Therapies in Brazil," was accepted for publication in the Journal of Cancer Policy. Click here to see the full article. 

Panelists included:

  • Dr. Stephen Stefani 
  • Dr. Carlos Gil Ferreira
  • Dr. Gustavo Fernandes 
  • Dra. Andreia Melo
  • Dr. Carlos Gadelha  
  • Dr. Denizar Vianna 

Recommendations for Adult Vaccination in Patients with AIRD in Latin America  

AHF recently convened a consensus conference among expert infectologists and rheumatologists to develop recommendations on vaccination for adults with autoimmune inflammatory rheumatic diseases in Latin America.

The resulting article, “Vaccination Recommendations for Adults with Autoimmmune Inflammatory Rheumatic Diseases in Latin America,” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology. Click here for the full article.

Panelists included:

  • Dr. Claiton Brenol
  • Dr. Valerilio Azevedo
  • Dra. Paola Coral
  • Dr. Pablo Bonvehi
  • Dr. Roberto Muñoz Louis
  • Dra. Carla Vizzotti
  • Dr. Julio Granados
  • Dr. Carlos Pineda


AHF Convenes Consensus Conference on Targeted Oncology Therapies and Companion Diagnostic Testing

Companion diagnostics (CDx) are tests being developed to identify patients most likely to benefit from specific treatments based on their own genetic makeup and biology. In the case of oncology, CDx and related pharmacological-based interventions could improve the predictability of the oncology drug development process and become an important tool for oncologists in choosing the optimal treatment for specific patient groups or sub-groups. While regulatory agencies like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency are now actively encouraging the use of CDx and related pharmacological-based interventions in the development and use of prescription drugs, clear and harmonized guidelines have yet to be developed in Brazil, Latin America’s largest markets.

As a result, the Americas Health Foundation (AHF) planned, organized and convened a meeting of 6 Brazilian experts on CDx and related pharmacological-based interventions in the area of oncology in Miami, Florida to review existing barriers and develop practical recommendations concerning policy fixes for the use of companion diagnostics and personalized medicines for oncology in Brazil. The goal of this meeting was to stimulate early collaborations that will result in faster access to promising new treatments for patients with serious and life-threatening diseases. The resulting paper, entitled "Brazilian health-care policy for targeted oncology therapies and companion diagnostic testing," was published as a policy review on July 27, 2016 in the Lancet OncologyClick here for a link to the full article, and click here to see the press release. 

Panelists included:

  • Stephen Doral Stefani
  • Patricia Prolla
  • Carlos Gil Ferreira
  • Maria Isabel Achatz
  • Fabricio Marchini
  • Maria Dirlei Begnami  

AHF Convenes Consensus Conference on MS in Central America and the Caribbean

In July 2015, AHF convened a consensus conference in Panama City to address “Multiple Sclerosis in Central America and the Caribbean: Treatment and Care Recommendations.”

The conference engaged six experts from Central America and the Caribbean to develop practical recommendations on the initiation and optimization of disease-modifying therapies in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis that reflect the unique epidemiology of multiple sclerosis and the clinical practice environment in Central American and Caribbean countries. The resulting paper, Esclerosis múltiple en América Central y el Caribe: Estado actual y recomendaciones clínicas, was published in Revista Mexicana de Neurociencia. Click here for a link to the full article.

Panelists included: 

  • Dr. Fernando Gracia, Panama
  • Dra. Irene Treviño Frenk, Mexico
  • Dr. Alexander Parajeles, Costa Rica
  • Dr. Byron Molina Klee, Guatemala,
  • Dr. Avidesh Panday, Trinidad and Tobago         
  • Dr. Armando Guirado, Dominican Republic


Acute Post-Operative Pain Management in Latin America

Post-operative pain affects millions of patients world-wide. It is well-known that effective pain management with minimal adverse effects will facilitate early mobilization, fluid and food intake and the resumption of normal physical activities, all of which are crucial for optimal rehabilitation after surgery.  In contrast, poor post-operative pain management not only delays recovery and results in excess morbidity,

 For this project, AHF project planned, organized and implemented a conference of Latin American medical experts on pain management who explored the state of post-operative pain management in Latin America and developed recommendations to optimize pain management in the Region. The article was published online on June 18, 2016 in the Brazilian Journal of AnesthesiologyClick here to read the article.

Panelists included:

  • Dr. João Batista Garcia, Brazil
  • Dr. Carlos Pineda, Mexico
  • Dr. Fernando Cantu, Mexico
  • Dr. Durval Kraychete, Brazil
  • Dr. Carlos Guerrero, Colombia
  • Dra. Patricia Bonilla, Venezuela
  • Dra. Elizabeth Diaz  Perez de Valtolina, Peru

Summit Meeting of Latin American Medical Societies on Adult Vaccination

This is a project being carried out by the Americas Health Foundation (AHF) as a component of its "Vaccines For All" platform. For this project, AHF project planned, organized and implemented a summit meeting of Latin American medical societies directly involved in both vaccines and adult care. In particular, the Summit brought together representatives of 15-20 regional and national medical societies primarily focused on pediatrics, infectious disease and immunology. The objective of the Summit was to produce an official consensus on Guidelines for Adult Vaccination in Latin America, collectively developed and endorsed by these major Latin American medical societies. The produced Guidelines can then be used as the basis for future education and awareness campaigns developed for both the public and medical professionals, as well as a tool for guiding health policy pertaining to adult vaccination in the Region. The article, Recommendations for Improving Adult Vaccination in Latin America, was published in the December 2015 edition of the Revista Panamericana de Infectología.  To read the complete article, click here.

Panelists included:

  • Ana Paulina Celi, Ecuador
  • Gustavo Lopardo, Argentina
  • Martha Cecila Guerrero Almeida, Mexico
  • João Bastos Freire Neto, Brazil
  • Heli Salgado Velez, Colombia
  • Julio Gomez Rincon, Colombia
  • Graciela Perez Sartori, Uruguay 
  • Alfredo Guerreros Benavides, Peru
  • Flavia Bravo, Brazil
  • Juan Pablo Moralejo, Guatemala
  • Susana Lloveras, Argentina
  • Carlos Magalhaes, Brazil
  • Gabriel Israel Soto-Nieto, Mexico


Meeting of Latin American Experts to Address the Gap Between National Registries on Biologics and National Surveillance Agencies Dealing with Biosimilars

The Americas Health Foundation (AHF) recently planned, organized and convened a meeting of experts from Latin America to address the gaps between National Registries on Biologics and National Surveillance Agencies dealing with biosimilars. The group of experts developed official recommendations concerning how to integrate the data from both organizations. The article, 'Recommendations to ensure safety and effectiveness of biosimilars in Latin America: a point of view' was published online in February 2015 by Clinical Rheumatology and is available through pubmed. Click here to read the full article. 

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Carlos Pineda, Mexico 
  • Dr. Pedro Lipszyc, Argentina
  • Prof. Jose Julian Lopez, Colombia
  • Dr. Carlo Caballero-Uribe, Colombia 
  • Dra. Marcia Gonclaves de Oliveira, Brazil
  • Dr. Marcelo Mario Matos Moreira, Brazil
  • Dr. Valderilio Azevedo, Brazil


AHF Convenes Latin American Experts On Biosimiliars To Review WHO Implementation Guidelines in Region/Develop Recommendations for Harmonized Regulations

The Americas Health Foundation (AHF) convened a panel of six Latin American experts on biosimilars in December 2013 to review the current use of these biopharmaceutical agents in Latin America. The Workgroup discussed current regulatory pathways and developed recommendations on how best to improve the process and achieve harmonization between countries in the Region. The article, 'Recommendations for the regulation of biosimilars and their implementation in Latin America', was published in the GaBI Journal in June 2014. Click here to read the article. 

Panelists included:

  • Dr. Eduardo Mysler, Argentina
  • Dr. Valderiilo Feijo Azevedo, Brazil 
  • Dr. Francisco Flores-Murrieta, Mexico
  • Dr. Alexis Aceituno, Chile
  • Dr. Juana Hughes, Uruguay
  • Ms. Eva Maria Ruiz de Castilla, Peru

Click on the link to see a news clip, which is also available at the The Americas Health Foundation YouTube page.


AHF Convenes a Panel of Physicians for a Consensus Conference on Meningococcal Disease in Latin America

In April 2013, AHF convened a Consensus Conference in Miami with a panel of expert physicians from Latin America with the goal of developing a consensus statement to address meningococcal disease in Latin America among children. Six physicians made up the panel representing five countries to develop a consensus statement and recommendations on this important health topic. The article, A Consensus Statement: Meningococcal Disease Among Infants and Adolescents in Latin America, was published in the March 2014 edition of The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. Click here to read the article.

The panelists included:

  • Dr. Ricardo Ruttimann, Argentina
  • Dr. Marco Safadi, Brazil
  • Dra. Mercedes Macias, Mexico 
  • Dr. Xavier Saez-Llorens, Panama
  • Dra. Angela Gentile, Argentina
  • Dra. Maria Elena Santolaya, Chile


AHF Conducts Consensus Conference on Influenza Among the Elderly in Latin America

Following a consensus conference co-hosted by AHF and Fighting Infectious Diseases in Emerging Countries (FIDEC), a Special Report entitled Influenza among the elderly in the Americas: a consensus statement, was published in the October 2013 issue of the Pan American Journal of Public Health. It calls for better influenza surveillance and continued vaccination of people aged 65 and over in Latin America, to reduce the disproportionate number of influenza-related deaths and illnesses in this fast-growing age group. Click here to read the full article.

Panelists included:

  • Ricardo W. Ruttiman, MD, Fighting Infectious Diseases in Emerging Countries (FIDEC)
  • Pablo E. Bonvehi, MD, Instituto Universitario Cemic, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Diana V. Compte, MD, Instituto Nacional de Cancerologia, Mexico City, Mexico 
  • Raul E. Isturiz, MD, Centro Medico De Caracas & Centro Medico Trinidad, Caracas, Venezuela
  • Jaime A. Labarca, MD, Pontificia Universidad Catolica De Chile, Santiago, Chile
  • Edison I Vidal, MD, Universidade Estadual Paulista-UNESP, San Paulo, Brazil


AHF Convenes Consensus Meeting on Pertussis In Latin America

AHF joined with the Latin America Society of Pediatric Infectious Disease (SLIPE) to convene a meeting among six Latin American experts to review the status of pertussis in Latin America and recommend control strategies in the Region. The article developed from the meeting, 'Pertussis in Latin America: epidemiology and control strategies', was published online at in 2014. Click here to read the full article. 

Panelists included:

  • Dra. Luiza Helena Falleiros Arlant, Brazil
  • Dr. Agustin de Colsa, Argentina
  • Dr. Dario Flores, Argentina
  • Dr. Jose Brea, Dominican Republic
  • Dra. Maria Luisa Avila Aguero, Costa Rica
  • Dra. Daniela Flavia Hozbar, Argentina