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Fifty participants from 16 countries of the Americas participated at the workshop on Information Systems on Human Resources for Health, which took place at Washington D.C., from 15 to 17 October 2018. The meeting focused on the World Health Organization National Health Workforce Accounts (WHO/NHWA), the Migration of Human Resources for Health and WHO’s Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel.
The participants included delegates from the Ministry of Health responsible for human resources for health planning and experts in human resources for health from the region, who gathered to learn about the modules and requirements of the NHWA, and to identify existing data sources on human resources for health at the country level, including data flows, strengths, and weaknesses.
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) participated at the Fifth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, which took place from 8 to 12 October, 2018 in Liverpool, UK, with the theme “Advancing Health Systems for All in the Sustainable Development Goal Era”.
More than 2000 delegates, including health policy and system research scholars, practitioners, funders, policy actors, and community activists, joined the Forum to take forward conversations and collaborations on new ways of financing health, delivering services and engaging the health workforce, and new social and political alliances to promote health for all.
More than 160 national participants from regulatory authorities and health experts from the Americas met at the IX Conference of the Pan American Network for Drug Harmonization (CPANDRH) in San Salvador, El Salvador, from Oct. 24-26, 2018. The conference marked the first time the conference took place in a Central American country.
The theme of the three-day conference was "Commemorating 20 years of PANDRH and 40 years of Alma-Ata: The contributions of regulatory harmonization on achieving Health for All.”, History has demonstrated that countries can work together, under the leadership of the Pan American Health Organization, to address major health problems and ensure access to safe, effective and quality medicines in the Americas," said Leonor de Acosta, National Drug Administration of El Salvador. “
Washington D.C., 30 August 2018 (OPS/OMS)- The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), in collaboration with the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, developed a workshop on "Strengthening supply system with emphasis on programming and quantification of medicines and reagents", on August 8-10, 2018, in Antigua Guatemala.
The activity aimed at analyzing the status of national supply management systems in six countries of the Americas and developing plans to promote technical independence and sustainability of those systems.
Twenty-seven health professionals and pharmacists responsible for medicines supply and planning, and from nationals HIV, tuberculosis and malaria health programs of the ministries of health of Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Paraguay, attended the workshop. Also, advisors from PAHO/WHO Health Systems and Services in those countries participated.
Forty years ago, the Region of the Americas played a critical role in the development and negotiation of the Alma-Ata Declaration, which identified primary health care as a central strategy to the goal of health for all and a comprehensive approach to the organization of health systems. Since then, the values and principles of primary health care, which include the right to health, equity, solidarity, social justice and participation, and multisectoral action, among others, have formed the basis of many PAHO mandates and have guided health systems transformation in the Region.