PAHO and IADB Explore Ways to Strengthen Human Resources for Health in the Americas

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

In Washington D.C. on March 20, 2024, representatives from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) gathered 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 some key areas of work that his organization is currently focusing on. These include HRH information systems, migration and mobility of health professionals, interprofessional teams, transformation of healthcare education, and expanding the role of nurses in healthcare delivery.

Sebastian Bauhhoff, Principal Health Economist from IADB’s Social Sector Unit, also presented at the meeting and discussed his organization’s main focuses related to HRH projects. He touched on topics such as training and competency development for healthcare workers, creating professional trajectories and work environments that support retention and productivity in healthcare settings, recruitment strategies for filling gaps in the workforce, retention efforts to keep skilled professionals working in healthcare settings longer term.

The meeting explored technical cooperation topics such as assisting countries with HRH planning through tools like health labor market analysis, identifying necessary competencies for health professionals to handle emergencies and climate change impacts, migration and mobility of healthcare workers across borders

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