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CDC has been collaborating with public health institutions in Central America since the 1960s. Through these alliances, CDC has addressed priority public health challenges in Panama, including HIV/AIDS, TB, field epidemiology training, emerging infectious diseases, and flu preparedness, detection, and response. CDC is also helping strengthen Panama’s health systems by increasing the technical skills of epidemiologists.

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Panama at a Glance

Population: 3,571,200
Per capita income: $12,180
Life expectancy at birth women/men: 79/74 yrs
Infant mortality rate: 17/1000 live births
Population Reference Bureau World Population Data Sheet, 2011

Top 10 Causes of Death

Source: WHO World Health Statistics 2006
  1. Ischaemic heart disease 12%
  2. Cerebrovascular disease 11%
  3. Diabetes mellitus 6%
  4. Perinatal conditions 6%
  5. Lower respiratory infections 4%
  6. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 3 %
  7. Road traffic accidents 3%
  8. Prostate cancer 3%
  9. Violence 2%
  10. Stomach cancer 2%

What CDC Is Doing

  • 35 students graduated from the basic-level Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) as of 2011
  • One FETP advanced-level trainee is currently Director of the National HIV/AIDS program and one is the FETP coordinator at the Department of Epidemiology in the Ministry of Health (MoH)
  • 20 MoH personnel were trained in data collection using a new automated surveillance system
  • Page last reviewed: October 22, 2013
  • Page last updated: October 22, 2013
  • Content source: Global Health
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