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The acting president has attended the act of designation of the Andalusian School of Public Health as a collaborating center of WHO.

 Andalusia, 08/04 / 2015.- The President of the Board in office, Susana Diaz, said that “to protect and maintain public health in the future, we must invest in research”. “Public health is to prevent, cure and investigate, these are the three pillars of public health in Andalusia,” he said.

Díaz has attended in Granada the official act of designation of the Andalusian School of Public Health (EASP) as a Collaborating Center of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Integrated Health Services based on Primary Care.

For thousands of families, the president explained, “your hope is in the scientific community,” “you can not speculate with the health of people,” for this requires “a strong and sustainable public system.”

In the coming months, he recalled, the Public Sustainability Law of the Andalusian Health System will be implemented, “so that the public and universal nature of health is not questioned”.

In her speech, the president highlighted that “this recognition makes the EASP the only Andalusian center collaborating with WHO, in one of the 11 at the national level and one of the 700 that exist around the world.” With this appointment, the EASP becomes part of the network of institutions created by WHO in order to provide strategic support in the implementation of the programs in different countries. Likewise, it also helps to strengthen the resources of the countries in terms of services, research and training, favoring their health development.

Susana Díaz explained that the first designation of the EASP as a WHO collaborating center was obtained in May 1989, until 2006; in 2011 it was requested again until 2017. This trajectory of collaboration with international institutions “has reinforced the role of Andalusia and the Andalusian Public Health System as a reference for other countries”.

Susana Díaz has commented that this designation is “reason for satisfaction and pride, and an acknowledgment to the professionals that make it up”. The Andalusian headline has stated that “at a time of great economic difficulty such as we have been through, we have been an example of the defense of public and universal health”.

The president reiterated that “we are a collaborating center because we meet a series of requirements: good network of public services, infrastructure: with 47 public hospitals; more than 1,500 primary care centers; a great human capital, one of the groups that has suffered the most from the cost of the crisis (I have recognized it) and therefore not only have to reward it, but also make them recover their rights “. “They have allowed to maintain a service to the community of first level and of maximum quality”.

The Andalusian School of Public Health

The Andalusian School of Public Health, which this year celebrates its thirtieth anniversary, develops its work in the fields of training, research and consulting, both regionally, nationally and internationally, which has served to be part of the most outstanding European and American associations of public health and health management.

In 2014, the EASP trained more than 16,000 professionals in the health and social fields. Adapting to the reality of the professionals, currently 44% of the training is done in a virtual format, thus accommodating professionals from Latin America, also for short courses.

As part of its daily activity, the EASP organized and held 30 scientific conferences last year, 10% of them international. The number of active research projects in 2014 was 37, with an impact factor of 560.38 in their publications. The EASP also carried out 162 advisory projects to countries, professional societies and regional health systems.