PAHO Tackles Healthcare Workforce Challenges in Venezuela: A Technical Cooperation Mission on Human Resources for Health

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 country mission in Venezuela from March 4-7, 2024, to identify areas of technical cooperation in human resources for health (HRH). The mission’s primary focus was on policy development, training, distribution, attraction, and retention of HRH, with a specific emphasis on primary health care.

During the mission, PAHO identified several key areas where they could support Venezuela. These included updating HRH policies, strengthening information systems for HRH planning and forecasting, developing competencies through interprofessional education, and utilizing the virtual Campus for Public Health. As a result of these findings, cooperation priorities were established, such as 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 of collaboration. He also visited training centers and primary health care services to engage in discussions with directors and students. This technical cooperation mission in Venezuela is just one example of PAHO’s broader efforts to strengthen human resources for health across the Americas region.

Overall, this mission highlights the importance of investment in HRH policy development and capacity building to improve healthcare outcomes. By working together with national authorities to identify strategic areas of technical cooperation

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