Partnering for Progress: PAHO and IADB Explore Cooperation on Human Resources for Health in the Region of the Americas

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

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

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

Sebastian Bauhhoff, Principal Health Economist from IADB Social Sector Unit discussed IADB’s main focuses related to HRH projects such as training and competency development, professional trajectories and workplace improvement, recruitment retention strategies and improving productivity. They 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; developing HRH information systems.

Both institutions expressed interest in establishing more concrete collaboration

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