PAHO, IADB Unite to Boost Healthcare Systems through Strengthening Human Resources

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

On March 20, 2024, representatives from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) met in Washington D.C. to discuss 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.

Sebastian Bauhhoff, Principal Health Economist of the IADB Social Sector Unit, began by discussing the bank’s main focuses and HRH projects related to training and competency, professional trajectories and workplace, recruitment, retention, and improving HRH productivity. He emphasized the importance of addressing these issues to strengthen healthcare systems across the region.

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

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 between PAHO and IADB that will help address HRH challenges in Latin America

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