Panama

Gorgas Institute for Health Research

(Instituto Conmemorativo Gorgas de Estudios de la Salud)

Tel: 507.527.4811
Fax: 507.527.4889

Ave. Justo Arosemena y Calle 35

apatardo postal: N° 0186-02593
Panama

Néstor Sosa -  Director 
www.gorgas.gob.pa/

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Institute Profile

With a staff of over 200, the Gorgas Institute for Health Research is Panama’s main public health institute.  Its major departments include a basic research center specializing in genomics, virology, parasitology, entomology, epidemiology, and reproductive health; a reference center that houses various laboratories, including those for food and water evaluation; an experimental research station; and a regional training and education center.

In 2008, one of the institute's major accomplishments was completion of a national survey of reproductive health in the county’s various urban, rural, and indigenous populations. The institute also started a national survey of cardiovascular risk factors and renal disease, in addition to completing a therapeutic trial on a topical treatment of cutaneous leishmaniasis.

Panama

Panama Facts

POPULATION:

3,454,000

SIZE:

78,200 sq km

GDP (USD):

$30.7 billion

AVERAGE INCOME:

$12,630

LEADING CAUSES OF DEATH:

- Coronary Heart Disease
- Stroke
- Diabetes
- Influenza and Pneumonia
- Violence

INFANT MORTALITY:

17 deaths/1,000 live births

AVERAGE LIFE SPAN:

Male: 74 
Female: 79

 


Source: WHO, World Bank, World Health Rankings