PAHO Mission Focuses on Strengthening Human Resources for Health in Venezuela

PAHO/WHO and health authorities in Venezuela collaborate to outline key areas for technical support in human resources for health

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) recently completed a mission in Venezuela from March 4-7, 2024 to identify areas for technical cooperation in human resources for health (HRH). The aim of the mission was to focus on policy development, training, distribution, attraction, and retention of HRH, with a specific emphasis on primary health care.

During the mission, PAHO identified key areas where they could support Venezuela, such as updating HRH policies and strengthening information systems for HRH planning and forecasting. They also highlighted the need to develop competencies through interprofessional education and utilize virtual platforms like the Campus for Public Health. As a result of these discussions, cooperation priorities were established, including updating the HRH National Plan, enhancing the national HRH observatory, analyzing the health workforce, and organizing interprofessional teams.

Benjamín Puertas, Unit Chief of Human Resources for Health at PAHO met with representatives from the Ministry of Popular Power for Health and the Direction of Integration and International Affairs in Venezuela to discuss potential areas for collaboration. He also visited training centers and primary health care services to engage in discussions with directors and students. This technical cooperation mission is part of PAHO’s broader efforts to strengthen human resources for health across the Americas region.

Overall, this mission highlights the importance of collaboration between governments and international organizations to improve healthcare outcomes in countries around the world. By working together to identify strategic areas for technical cooperation in HRH, PAHO was able to establish priorities that will help Venezuela improve its healthcare system over time.

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