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Washington, DC, May 7, 2018 (PAHO/WHO) - The Pan American Health Organization /World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) presents a new self-learning course on the Strategy for Universal Health and Universal Health Coverage. The course is available on the Virtual Campus platform since May 2018.

This initiative is designed to ensure that all interested persons get to know and understand the scope and challenges that have been raised by countries in the region of the Americas to transform health systems, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.

The self-learning course is free and aimed at health professionals and students, health managers, decision makers, civil society and community members. To register users need to create an account in the Virtual Campus.

The opening of the course consists of a general introduction to the topic and presents the background and foundations that led to the resolution of universal access to health and universal health coverage agreed by all the countries of the Region. Modules 1 to 4 describe each of the four strategic lines, as follows:

1) Expanding equitable access to comprehensive, quality, people- and community-centered health services

2) Strengthening stewardship and governance

3) Increasing and improving financing, with equity and efficiency, and advancing toward the elimination of direct payment that constitutes a barrier to access at the point of service

4) Strengthening intersectoral coordination to address social determinants of health Through presentations, along with short evaluations and case analysis, recommendations are provided for health systems' transformation in the areas of stewardship and governance, financing, health services and intersectorality.

At the end of the course, and after approving the corresponding evaluations, participants will obtain a certificate that certifies 10 hours of continuing education.

The course is now available in Spanish and will soon be presented in English. You can enter here to start the course.