The reason for the message is to help non-Latinos understand that the term "health census" is somewhat similar to "health fairs" that are fairly common in English speaking countries. Panama's "Heath Census" program is a publicly funded program designed to achieve two purposes:
- measure the health status of the general population
- provide basic health services for the general population, such services to include measuring of blood pressure, blood sugars, influenza vaccinations, etc.
Frequently, free breakfasts are provided as enticements for participation in these health census events.