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enfe colloquio cuba 2018

Washington, D.C., November 9, 2018 (PAHO/WHO)- From 5-9 November, 2018, delegates from more than 20 countries of the Region participated at the XVI Pan American Nursing Research Colloquium, in La Habana, Cuba, with the theme “Contribution of Nursing in Primary Health Care for Universal Health."

“The colloquium is a great opportunity to discuss the advance of nursing education and to contribute to the training of researchers in this discipline,” said Silvia Cassiani, Advisor on Nursing and Allied Health Personnel at PAHO.

Cassiani presented the nursing situation in the Americas, emphasizing the shortage and inadequate distribution of nurses in the Region, and the importance of strengthening their capacities and skills through continuing education.

“We need to reach agreements with the education sector to develop professionals in accordance with the needs of the health systems,” she said.

Cassiani also stated that the high rate of nurses’ migration looking for a better professional life is a challenge in the Region. “We need to invest in strategies to retain human resources for health and to strengthen national information databases with data and statistics on migratory movements.”

The recently launched PAHO report on Expanding the Role of Nurses in Primary Health Care (PHC) reveals that nurses can play a crucial role in expanding access to PHC. “Expanding the role of graduate, primary health care nurses will improve access to health care, particularly in areas with limited numbers of health care professionals,” said Cassiani.

PAHO is working on a Strategic Direction for Nursing in the Region of the Americas that will be launched next year. The action plan addresses three strategic lines according to the Strategy for Human Resources for Health launched in 2017, that include: 1) strengthen and consolidate the leadership and stewardship of nursing in the context of health systems and in the formulation and monitoring of policies; 2) address working conditions and the capacities of nurses to expand access and coverage with equity and quality; and 3) strengthen the quality of nursing education to respond to the needs of health systems in the direction of universal access and coverage of health and the SDGs.

The Colloquium was celebrated in the framework of the 40th anniversary of the Alma-Ata declaration of 1978, the first time world leaders committed to primary health care. The next colloquium will be organized in Chile in 2020.

The Nursing Now Campaign and the State of the World’s Nursing Report were also presented to the participants of the Colloquium.


— PAHO  Human Resources for Health Unit

New PAHO plan aims to reduce a shortage of nearly 800,000 health workers in the Region of the Americas

—  Plan of Action on Human Resources for Universal Access to Health and Universal Health Coverage 2018-2023