Washington, DC, June 22, 2017 (PAHO/WHO)- On May 8, 2017, 45 representatives from 27 countries in the Region of the Americas, started the 2017 Edmundo Granda Ugalde Leaders in International Health Program (LIHP) of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), a 9-month training program, based on the Virtual Campus of Public Health, designed to contribute to strengthening country capacity in international health.

consortium-hr-500pixTo date, over 568 professionals from 41 countries in the Americas have participated in the Program, as leaders and change agents within ministries, universities, international organizations, among others, contributing to the advancement of health in the Region.

This year, participants will share online and face-to-face learning activities, in coordination with the PAHO/WHO office in their home countries while remaining at their respective institutions. They are expected to complete a final project that is related to a priority area of health work in their country, subregion or region, and that can be developed in coordination with PAHO/WHO, national health authorities or other agencies.

The 2017 cohort is composed of participants from Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States of America, and Venezuela.

The program, which is free of charge for the participants, targets a diversity of professions and sectors, who are leaders and decision-makers at different levels in their countries. After completing the program, participants will have gained knowledge and skills in areas including situation analysis, policy- and decision-making, negotiation and advocacy, project management, information production and exchange, and communication.

The LIHP aims to contribute to the attainment of regional and global mandates by strengthening the capacity of countries in the Americas to understand, act upon and positively influence the international determinants of health, to promote their national interests, and to achieve intersectoral health agreements in international environments, at all times guided by the principle of greater global equity in health.

For more information visit www.paho.org/leaders-international-health