PAHO and IADB Explore Opportunities for Strengthening the Health Workforce in the Americas – PAHO/WHO

On March 20, 2024, 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 main objective of the meeting was to share ideas based on the cooperation priorities of both institutions in this area and to identify potential areas for collaboration.

During the meeting, Benjamin Puertas, PAHO’s Unit Chief of Human Resources for Health, presented the Health Workforce Policy 2030, which aims to strengthen human resources for health to achieve resilient health systems. He also highlighted PAHO’s priority areas of work, such as 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, the Principal Health Economist of the IADB’s Social Sector Unit, outlined the main scope of work and HRH projects led by the Bank on issues related to training and competency, professional trajectories and workplace, recruitment, retention, and improving the productivity of HRH. Discussions on technical cooperation focused on supporting countries in their HRH planning using tools such as health labor market analysis, identifying the necessary competencies for health professionals to address emergencies and climate change impacts, HRH migration and mobility, and the development of HRH information systems.

Both PAHO and IADB expressed a strong interest in establishing a more concrete collaboration and engaging in detailed regional political dialogue to form alliances with countries in the Americas to strengthen the health workforce. This collaboration aims to enhance the capacity and effectiveness of

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