Gorgas Institute for Health Research
(Instituto Conmemorativo Gorgas de Estudios de la Salud)
Ave. Justo Arosemena y Calle 35
apatardo postal: N° 0186-02593
Néstor Sosa - Director
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.
78,200 sq km
LEADING CAUSES OF DEATH:
- Coronary Heart Disease
- Influenza and Pneumonia
17 deaths/1,000 live births
AVERAGE LIFE SPAN:
Source: WHO, World Bank, World Health Rankings