Strengthening Resilient Health Systems through Collaboration: PAHO and IADB Focus on Enhancing Human Resources for Health in the Region of the Americas”.

Strengthening the Health Workforce in the Americas: PAHO and IADB Partnership Discussions – PAHO/WHO

During a meeting in Washington D.C. on March 20, 2024, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) discussed potential areas of cooperation focused on enhancing human resources for health (HRH) in the Region of the Americas. The goal of the meeting was to share ideas based on the institutions’ priorities in this area and identify possibilities for collaboration.

Benjamin Puertas, PAHO’s Unit Chief of Human Resources for Health, presented an updated version of PAHO’s Health Workforce Policy 2030: strengthening human resources for health to achieve resilient health systems (CD60/6), which included key areas such as HRH information systems, HRH migration and mobility, interprofessional teams, transformation of health professionals’ education, and the strengthening and expansion of the roles of nurses.

Sebastian Bauhhoff, Principal Health Economist of IADB’s Social Sector Unit, discussed IADB’s main focuses related to HRH projects such as training and competency development, professional trajectories and workplace improvement, recruitment and retention strategies, improving productivity and workforce management. The meeting explored technical cooperation topics such as assisting countries in HRH planning through tools like health labor market analysis and developing HRH information systems that can help countries better manage their health workforce.

Both institutions expressed interest in establishing more concrete collaboration and engaging in detailed regional political dialogues to form alliances with countries aimed at bolstering the health workforce in the Americas. This meeting laid the foundation for future cooperation and partnerships to address HRH challenges in the region.

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has been working tirelessly to strengthen human resources for health (HRH) throughout Latin America. The organization’s latest project is focused on achieving resilient healthcare systems through its updated Health Workforce Policy 2030: Strengthening Human Resources for Health (CD60/6). The policy outlines several key areas where PAHO will focus its efforts to improve healthcare outcomes across the continent.

One area that PAHO will focus on is healthcare information systems. With access to accurate data about healthcare needs and resources crucial for effective decision-making, PAHO plans to help countries implement robust electronic health record systems that can improve patient care while also providing valuable insights into healthcare trends.

Another important area that PAHO will be working on is addressing healthcare migration and mobility within Latin America. As populations grow across different regions of the continent, there is a growing need for skilled healthcare workers who are willing to move between countries where they are needed most.

In addition to these efforts, PAHO will also be focusing on developing interprofessional teams within healthcare settings. By bringing together different types of medical professionals from various specialties under one roof, these teams can provide more comprehensive care options that take into account each patient’s unique needs.

Lastly, PAHO plans to transform medical education programs across Latin America by incorporating new technologies into classroom settings. This includes using telemedicine platforms to connect students with remote clinics where they can practice their skills under supervision from experienced medical professionals.

During a meeting in Washington D.C. on March 20, 2024, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) discussed potential areas of cooperation focused on enhancing human resources for health (HRH) in the Region of the Americas. The goal of the meeting was to share ideas based on the institutions’ priorities…

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