The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) recently conducted an official country mission to Venezuela from March 4 to 7, 2024 with the aim of identifying 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, especially in primary health care.

During the mission, the priorities of cooperation in HRH were determined. These included updating the National HRH Plan, strengthening the national HRH observatory, analyzing the health workforce, organizing interprofessional teams and solving issues related to the migration and mobility of health workers. PAHO and national authorities worked together to establish a collaborative program on key HRH issues.

The Head of Human Resources for Health at PAHO, Benjamin Puertas, highlighted potential areas of support that PAHO can provide to Venezuela. These include HRH policy updates, improvements in HRH information systems and competency development through interprofessional education and use of the organization’s Public Health Virtual Campus.

Puertas met with representatives from the Ministry of People’s Power for Health and Directorate for Integration and International Affairs during the mission. He also visited training centers and primary health care services to talk to principals and students. This technical cooperation mission is part of PAHO’s broader efforts to strengthen human resources for health in the Americas region.

In summary, a recent technical cooperation mission by PAHO identified several strategic areas where it could support Venezuela’s efforts to improve its human resources for health system. The main focus was on policy development, distribution and retention of healthcare workers in priority programs such as primary healthcare. Additionally, areas such as governance management capacity building were also considered important issues that needed improvement.

By Samantha Johnson

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