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More than 170 health professionals from 17 countries of the Americas finished the virtual course on "Integrated health services networks (IHSN): from concept to action”, at the Virtual Campus of Public Health of the Pan American Health Organization (VCPH).

Washington, DC, 14 December, 2018 (PAHO/WHO)- More than 170 health professionals from 17 countries of the Americas finished the virtual course on "Integrated health services networks (IHSN): from concept to action”, at the Virtual Campus of Public Health of the Pan American Health Organization (VCPH).

Graduates of the course come from the Ministries of Health of Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay.

"This initiative seeks to strengthen the processes of analysis, implementation and development of the IHSN through the recognition of the essential concepts of the strategy, the identification of the actions needed for its development, the analysis of the current scenarios of the country and the developlment of proposals for intervention," said Hernán Luque, coordinator of the course.

The program consisted of 6 modules that included the analysis and assessment of the degree of development of the IHSN in their networks on technical, organizational, governance, management and financial issues, with the application of an ad hoc tool, according to the regional mandates approved by PAHO/WHO.

At the end of the course, the participants presented a final project with proposals for improvements to the health services networks of the localities or regions subject to assessment.

Throughout the course, the professionals participated in discussion forums facilitated by the tutors, individual and collective work of application of the assessment tool, qualified tasks in each of the modules, and the evaluation of a final project.

During the development of the program, the participants received the assistance and support from 15 tutors from Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Panama, Peru and PAHO. A second version of this course, as well as the launch of the first course for the English-speaking countries of the Caribbean, will be prepared for 2019.

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Virtual Campus of Public Health

Integrated health services networks