Top-level health authorities adopted today a resolution calling for Member States to increase the number of trained health personnel and ensure the availability of primary care services, particularly in remote and rural areas. The countries pledged to develop national human resources plans and policies, establish and strengthen a strategic planning and management unit for human resources for health, to promote reforms in graduate medical training to support primary health care health systems, and increase the number of seats in the medical specialties, particularly family medicine and nursing.
Ministers of health and other top-level health authorities of the Americas are participatingin the final day of the 52nd Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), which during this past week has dealt with a diversity of public health topics of interest to the Region, including noncommunicable diseases, universal health care coverage, and health care services access for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons. Continue reading
PAHO Member States agreed to a 0.75% increase in the charge assessed on the procurement of public health supplies that the Organization undertakes for the countries. Continue reading
A document providing an update on the status of the Pan American Centers of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) was presented to the delegates attending the 52nd Directing Council.
The Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) , Carissa F. Etienne, called for countries to come together to give the final push to achieving in the Americas the elimination of the transmission of onchocerciasis , also called “river blindness.” Etienne assured that PAHO will work hard to achieve this goal.
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The delegates of the countries participating in the 52nd PAHO Directing Council approved the progress report on the Regional Plan of Action for Strengthening Vital and Health Statistics.
The countries approved the progress report on the regional plan on worker’s health, which aims to analyze the development of a new plan for worker’s health for the 2014-2019 period, so that it meets the new global, regional, and national challenges, and is consistent with PAHO’s strategic plan for the next five years.