We celebrate PAHO Wellness Week and 120th Anniversary by planting 120 trees in a symbolic garden – PAHO/WHO

Tegucigalpa, September 23 (PAHO/WHO). With the aim of promoting healthy lifestyles for the well-being of people and communities, PAHO/WHO, the Ministry of Health, the United Nations system and other invited organizations celebrated Wellness Week 2022, at Parque del Cerro Juana Lines in the capital.

On the other hand, in celebration of the 120th anniversary of the founding of the PAHO, various activities were carried out, including walking along the garden paths and planting 120 trees as a commitment of the organization to preserve the environment to mitigate the effects of climate change. Later, Zumba Day was held to promote physical activity in all participants, in addition to recreational activities, in addition to providing comprehensive health services to workers in the Ministry of Health, staff of United Nations agencies and the Pan American Health Organization and their families. Thanks to the brigade support of the Central District Metropolitan Health District.

Also, the space was used for a cultural work that was in charge of the Rondalla musical group: “Cuerdas y Voces del Corazón”, made up mostly of retired old people who, through their artistic skills, sang the song Color Esperanza, in reference to this in memory of the PAs American. Parallel events were chaired by the representative of PAHO/WHO, Piedad Huerta Arneros, as well as Dr. Neerza Gloria Paz, Deputy Minister of Integrated Networks of Health Services, La Licda. Silvia Sosa, Advisor to the Tegucigalpa Municipal Mayor’s Office and Alice Shackleford, Resident Coordinator for SNU.

Alice Shackelford congratulated PAHO/WHO staff, urging them to take care of themselves for their health, noting the importance of health to achieving the rest of the Sustainable Development Goals. Deputy Secretary Paz stated that PAHO/WHO has always been an important ally in achieving Honduran health, salvaging many health achievements over the years.

Piedad Huerta stated that “With the support of the Central District Health District and health workers of the Comprehensive Health Center of Chile, we are implementing this event so that UN staff with other sectors, family members and partners from PAHO, let us make space in our agendas and carry out activities Together for the benefit of our health and well-being.On this day we also celebrate, with the United Nations family, the 120th anniversary of the establishment of the Pan American Health Organization and we will have a symbolic event to plant 120 trees in this park, as a testament to our commitment to health and the environment in Honduras, where students will present social educational work Their contribution to their care. Finally, I want to reiterate our commitment to continue working to advance strategies in favor of equity for universal access to health and coverage in the face of current and future public health challenges. At this time, I cannot fail to show our solidarity with the Honduran families affected by Storms, for which we are working with SESAL and the Permanent Commission for Emergencies (COPECO), are confident that Honduras will emerge again.”

During the week, other activities including health fairs were held in the cities of La Ceiba and Santa Rosa de Copán, in order to promote vaccination against COVID-19 and ongoing health and other services being provided in health institutions. the health.

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