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Your Environment. Your Health.

Relevance and Possible Strategies for the Application of Research

March 22, 2019

*All participants, including invited policy speakers should attend the Scientific Summary of the Meeting at 11:30 a.m.

*Simultaneous translation in English /Spanish will be provided.

This session is intended as a space for discussion about the potential implications of research findings and workshop conclusions for intersectoral public policy decisions in CKDu-affected countries. It will provide a platform to learn from regional and national mechanisms of policy-making processes, and to explore how researchers and policy makers from different sectors could play a role in those processes.

While recognizing that each country has its own dynamics and contexts that affect policy-making related to CKDu, this session is designed to discuss the opportunities presented by existing national and international technical and political integration mechanisms where the workshop conclusions could be presented and be translated and incorporated into public policy making.

The objectives of this 1.75 hour session are:

  1. To present the existing national and regional mechanisms in place for policy-making processes on CKDu in Central America and in Sri Lanka.
  2. To introduce a conversation about the results of the workshop with different actors involved in the development of public policies.


Agnes Soares da Silva, PAHO Adviser.

1:15 – 1:20 p.m. — Welcome and opening remarks
Dr. Denis Angulo Alguera,Vice-minister of Health in Costa Rica

1:20 – 1:35 p.m. — Presentation: “Responses of the Sri Lankan Government to the CKDu”
Asela Iddawela, Project Director of the Presidential Task Force on Prevention of Chronic Kidney Disease

1:35 – 1:50 p.m. — Presentation: “CKDu in Central America: An overview of intersectoral response among the integration mechanisms and other partners in the subregion”
Olivia Brathwaite, PAHO Subregional Adviser for NCD for Central America and Dominican Republic

1:50 – 2:50 p.m. — Panel Discussion: How can we strengthen the use of research evidence and workshop conclusions for intersectoral public policies to tackle CKDu?

Panel members are participants of official or informal mechanisms currently in place in countries known to be affected by CKDu. They will respond to the scientific summary of the meeting as well as questions from the moderator and session participants. Each participant will have 2-3 min to speak in each round of questions or comments.

  • In the first round, each participant will introduce themselves, and respond to a question formulated by the moderator
  • In the second round, the moderator will present some statements or ask questions, and ask two or three people from the panel to react.
  • In the third round, participants of the panel can ask questions or make comments to each other and will respond to questions or comment on statements made by organized bodies from the academia or from the civil society.
  • Last round is open for the participants of the session to make comments or ask questions.

Olivia Brathwaite, PAHO Subregional Adviser for NCD for Central America and Dominican Republic.


  • Asela Iddawela, Project Director of the Presidential Task Force on Prevention of Chronic Kidney Disease, Sri Lanka
  • Carlos Mendoza, Comprehensive Center for the Prevention of Chronic Diseases of Mesoamerica and Dominican Republic, CIPEC/INCAP
  • Representative, Interinstitucional Commision on Mesoamerican Nephropathy, Ministry of Health, Costa Rica
  • Representative, Insterinstitutional Commission on CKDnt, Guatemala
  • Representative, Interinstitucional Commission on ERC, Panamá

Other participants to be confirmed.

Claudio Monge, Universidad Nacional

2:50 – 3:00 p.m. — Session summary and future steps
Olivia Brathwaite, PAHO Subregional Adviser for NCD for Central America and Dominican Republic.

Session adjournment:
Jennifer Crowe, SALTRA-IRET, Universidad Nacional, CENCAM
Marvin González Quiroz, CISTA, UNAN-León, Nicaragua, CENCAM

Post workshop:
SALTRA-IRET and PAHO will collaborate to summarize the discussion during the session. The summary based on the revised notes taken by the rapporteur will be made available in the final report of the workshop.

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