The book “Health Systems in South America: challenges to the universality, integrality and equity” was presented on September 6th, 2012, during the Seventh Meeting of the South American Health Council, instance that congregates the 12 Unasur Ministers of Health and to which ISAGS is linked.
The publication is organized into an introduction written by the ISAGS Executive Director, Brazil´s former Minister of Health, José Gomes Temporão, and 14 chapters. Chapter 1 provides a transversal analysis of South America countries’ Health Systems and the challenges to universalization of the region’s sanitary coverage. The 12 following chapters, each one referring to each of Unasur countries, were drawn from the contributions made by each Government based on a methodological guide consisted of 11 dimensions, jointly developed by the countries. The last chapter contains an analysis on the regional cooperation aiming to the Health coverage universalization and on Unasur strengths and weaknesses to accomplish that process.