The South American Health Council was established by the Heads of State and Government of UNASUR on December 16th of 2008 at the extraordinary meeting held in the city of Salvador, Brazil. On which date the Statute of Operation, the General Guidelines and the Plan of Action were also approved.
It has a five-year plan which began in 2010 and ends in 2015. It focuses on the following projects: the South American Network of Health Surveillance and Response; Development of Universal Health Systems; Universal access to Medication; Health Promotion and Action on Determinants of Health; and, Development and Management of Human Resources in Health.
Build integration in matters of health by mimicking the efforts and achievements of other regional integration mechanisms. Promote common policies and coordinate activities among the Member States of UNASUR in regards to Health.