Health workforce

Events - July 2007

Evaluation of the Botswana Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement in providing anti retroviral treatment (ART) services, 20 July–4 August 2007, Botswana

At the request of the Ministry of Health of Botswana, WHO made an audit of the PPP arrangement, following recommendations made by a WHO technical mission in May 2004. The objectives of the current evaluation included: to review the terms and references for the company contracted to manage the outsourcing of antiretroviral therapy to the private sector; to review adherence to the national guidelines and ART service delivery standards and assess the clinical standards of care; to assess the general logistics for service provision areas; to examine the accounting and financial controls put in place by the Minister of Health for the project and review adherence to these; and to assess the effectiveness of communication and reporting between the key parties and make recommendations as necessary.

Workshop on Primary Health Care (PHC) challenges to health professions education, 18-21st July, Brasilia, Brazil

The workshop brought together over 500 Brazilian educators, from the country's medical, nursing and dentistry schools. The objectives of the meeting were: a) to discuss the national and international experience in promoting family practice as the core intervention of PHC services; b) to review national experiences from Norway, UK, China, US, Canada, Australia, among others, in the area of family practice and educational innovations. This forum made way for the strengthening of some of the Brazilian national health policies aimed to promote educational innovation (Pro-Saude) and universal health coverage (Family Health).

Joint Congress on equity, ethics and right to health: challenges in a globalized world, 15–20 July 2007, Salvador de Bahia, Brazil

The Congress brought together professors, researchers, professionals, post-graduate and undergraduate students in national and international health mainly from Latin America. Participants discussed current health issues and key concerns regarding the democratic access to existing health care services and the humanization in the treatment of different groups according to their ethnicity, age and origin. This congress was an opportunity for the health movement in Latin America to interact with countries in Europe, Africa and the Caribbean and join their efforts in strengthening knowledge networks, policies and experiences, defining strategies for joint actions between several institutions and associations of public health education and practices and building a common agenda, on the right to health.

Workshop on international cooperation with African countries: strengthening and expansion of the education of health technicians, 13–14 July 2007, Salvador de Bahia, Brazil

The workshop gave opportunity to share experiences and discuss demands of the Portuguese Speaking Countries in Africa (PALOP) to build a more structured strategy for technical cooperation concerning the education of health technicians so that, in the long term, they can develop and sustain training programmes towards population health needs. The workshop was co-sponsored by the Escola Politécnica de Saúde Joaquim Venâncio (EPSJV) – a WHO Collaborating Centre on "training of health technicians" – the Ministry of Health of Brazil, PAHO and WHO. Participants included representatives of the ministries of health of Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau and Brazil, representatives of the Network of Technical Schools of the Brazilian Health System, teachers and researchers of the EPSJV and the National School Public Health (ENSP/Foundation Oswaldo Cruz) and technical experts from PAHO and WHO/HQ.

Third Task Force on scaling up the production of health workers, 12–13 July 2007, London, UK

The participants discussed: a) a draft framework for educational approaches; b) a set of 10 country case studies with plans for scaling up education and training, and a draft framework for a road map to do this; and c) a proposal for an international effort to support the scaling up plans. The latter document needs further discussions to ensure alignment with other global financial efforts to strengthen health systems. A draft report, including the road map for educational scaling up, will be presented by the Secretariat of the Task Force in October 2007 in Uganda. The final report will be introduced at the GHWA Forum in March 2008.

A decade for human resources in health: strategic planning in the Caribbean, 4–6 July 2007, Kingston, Jamaica

Over 150 participants from 15 Caribbean countries discussed strategies for strengthening health human resources (HRH). They also identified key areas where countries can cooperate in their HRH development activities, and where PAHO and other external partners can support them. Working in small groups, the participants developed initial strategies to address education, distribution, retention and recruitment, needs-based planning, and migration. This was the first human resources planning meeting for Jamaica and the Caribbean, co-sponsored by the Minister of Health of Jamaica and the Pan American Health Organization Office in Jamaica, with support from the Human Resources Unit in Washington, DC.