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Strengthening the Health Workforce in the Americas: PAHO and IADB Partnership Discussions – PAHO/WHO

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Mar 25, 2024

During a meeting in Washington D.C. on March 20, 2024, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) discussed potential areas of cooperation focused on enhancing human resources for health (HRH) in the Region of the Americas. The goal of the meeting was to share ideas based on the institutions’ priorities in this area and identify possibilities for collaboration.

Benjamin Puertas, PAHO’s Unit Chief of Human Resources for Health, presented the Health Workforce Policy 2030: strengthening human resources for health to achieve resilient health systems (CD60/6), and highlighted PAHO’s key areas of work, including HRH information systems, HRH migration and mobility, interprofessional teams, transformation of health professionals’ education, and the strengthening and expansion of the roles of nurses.

Sebastian Bauhhoff, Principal Health Economist of the IADB Social Sector Unit, discussed the bank’s main focuses and HRH projects related to training and competency, professional trajectories and workplace, recruitment, retention, and improving HRH productivity. The meeting explored technical cooperation topics such as assisting countries in HRH planning through tools like health labor market analysis, identifying necessary competencies for health professionals to handle emergencies and climate change impacts, HRH migration and mobility, and developing HRH information systems.

Both institutions expressed interest in establishing more concrete collaboration and engaging in detailed regional political dialogues to form alliances with countries aimed at bolstering the health workforce in the Americas. This meeting laid the foundation for future cooperation and partnerships to address HRH challenges in the region.

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