PAHO/WHO partners with health authorities in Venezuela to pinpoint priorities for technical cooperation in human resources for health.

Strengthening Healthcare in Venezuela: PAHO’s Technical Cooperation Mission Identifies Key Areas for Improvement

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) recently conducted an official country mission to Venezuela from March 4-7, 2024. The primary objective of the mission was to identify strategic areas of technical cooperation in human resources for health (HRH). The focus was on policy development, distribution, attraction, and retention of HRH in priority health programs, particularly in primary health care.

During the mission, priorities for cooperation in HRH were established, including updating the HRH National Plan, strengthening the national HRH observatory, analyzing the health workforce, organizing interprofessional teams, and addressing issues related to the migration and mobility of health professionals. Benjamín Puertas, Unit Chief of Human Resources for Health at PAHO, emphasized the potential areas of support that PAHO could provide to Venezuela. These include updating HRH policies, enhancing HRH information systems, developing competencies through interprofessional education, and utilizing the Organization’s Virtual Campus for Public Health.

Puertas met with representatives of the Ministry of Popular Power for Health and the Direction of Integration and International Affairs during the mission. 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 part of PAHO’s broader efforts to strengthen human resources for health in the Region of the Americas.

The country mission aimed to identify areas where PAHO could provide support to enhance human resources for health in Venezuela. During this time Puertas met with representatives from various ministries and visited training centers and primary healthcare services to discuss key issues related to HRH policy development and implementation.

One important issue that was addressed during this mission was governance. Puertas highlighted how crucial it is for countries like Venezuela to have effective governance structures that prioritize HRH development. He also emphasized how important it is to address stewardship issues related to resource allocation and management.

Capacity building was another key area that was discussed during this mission. Puertas highlighted how critical it is for countries like Venezuela to invest in developing their healthcare workforce through education and training programs.

Overall this technical cooperation mission provided valuable insights into key issues related to human resources for health in Venezuela. Through discussions with government officials and stakeholders alike Puertas identified areas where PAHO can provide support such as updating policies related

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