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Washington, D.C., 13 February, 2019 (PAHO) - Forty-six institutions from nine countries of the Americas collaborate with programs of the Department of Health Systems and Services, on areas such as nursing, health technologies, medicines, primary health care, bioethics, health science education, among others. According to a recently published report, there are 190 active PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centres in 16 countries in the Americas.


Washington, DC, 25 January, 2018 (PAHO)- For the first time, the Pan American Health Organization developed a List of Priority Medical Devices to be used in the first level of care according to the needs of health care in the countries of the Americas. The list was compiled from a review of the WHO Clinical Practice Guidelines.


Washington, DC, 28 January, 2019 (OPS/OMS)- The Department of Health Services and Systems of PAHO partnered with the Pan American Journal of Public Health to produce a special issue that addresses specific issues in the field of primary care, with the purpose of providing scientific evidence for decision making at different levels.


Washington, DC, 18 January, 2019 (PAHO/WHO)- The Caribbean Regulatory System (CRS) recommended its first non-communicable disease (NCD) medicines to CARICOM countries, including amlodipine for high blood pressure and anastrozole for breast cancer at the end of 2018. The mechanism is managed by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), in close technical cooperation with the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Medicines and Other Health Technologies Unit, located within the Health Systems and Services cluster (HSS/MT).


Washington, DC, 18 January, 2019 (PAHO/WHO)- Senior staff from the Department of Health Systems and Services, Washington D.C. traveled to the PAHO Office in Georgetown, Guyana where they met with the Minister of Public Health, Honorable Volda Lawrence, to discuss the country’s work programs towards Universal Access to Health and Universal Health Coverage (Universal Health). Also, PAHO/HSS technical advisors from Belize, El Salvador, Haiti, Guyana, Paraguay, and the Eastern Caribbean attended the meeting to examine roadmaps towards Universal Health.