Washington, DC, 14 January, 2019 (PAHO/WHO)- The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization, together with the College of Nursing of Riberão Preto at the University of São Paulo, PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center for Nursing Research Development, is supporting the training of 13 nurses in Guyana in Master's and Doctoral programs offered at the university in Brazil.
The agreement between PAHO and the Collaborating Center for the training of human resources for health is part of the technical cooperation provided by PAHO in the area of nursing. The objective is to support the development of competences for the training of health personnel and to strengthen the training of health personnel and nursery teachers in Guyana.
As part of the program of activities, the students attended Master´s and Doctoral academic courses, visited local health care services and attended meetings with the coordinators of the program and with their advisors.
"Nurses are fundamental to health systems, delivering the vast majority of healthcare services,” said Fernando Menezes, Chief of the Human Resources for Health Unit at PAHO. "We are working with the countries of the Region to improve education and the exercise of the nursing profession so that these personnel can develop and fully utilize their skills, knowledge and experience."
During 2019, the training activities in Guyana and Brazil will continue, among them, the candidates will participate in academic courses, present their research proposals and make a final report on the project activities.
In order to achieve the objectives of the Strategy for Universal Access to Health and Universal Health Coverage and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, PAHO has actively participated supporting and building initiatives for the development of human resources for health who are adequate, available and qualified to meet the health needs of the population.
In 2017, the 29th Pan American Sanitary Conference approved the Strategy on Human Resources for Universal Access to Health and Universal Health Coverage, which urges Member States to establish a series of initiatives according to their needs, including promoting the exchange of experiences and cooperation among countries on issues such as inter-professional health teams.