PAHO and IADB Discuss Potential Areas of Cooperation to Strengthen Human Resources for Health in the Americas

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

During a meeting held 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 strengthening 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, presented an overview of the bank’s main focuses and HRH projects related to training and competency, professional trajectories and workplace, recruitment, retention, and improving HRH productivity. Bauhhoff also discussed 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.

Benjamin Puertas, PAHO’s Unit Chief of Human Resources for Health, presented PAHO’s key areas of work related to HRH policy 2030: strengthening human resources for health to achieve resilient health systems (CD60/6), which include HRH information systems, migration and mobility of health workers, interprofessional teams, transformation of nursing education programs to better equip nurses with skills needed to face global challenges such as pandemics and climate change. Puertas also highlighted PAHO’s interest in promoting collaborative efforts aimed at improving healthcare outcomes throughout Latin America.

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. The meeting laid the foundation for future cooperation and partnerships to address HRH challenges in the region.

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