|PAHO launches Primary Health Care Collaborative Network to promote cooperation and exchange of experiences|
Rio de Janeiro, 1 August 2012 (PAHO/WHO). The Primary Health Care Collaborative Network—an electronic forum where people can share and discuss experiences, practices, and lessons learned in this field—was launched 1 August at the International Seminar on Primary Health Care organized by the Ministry of Health of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro.
The Collaborative Network is intended to strengthen primary health care as a strategy to transform health systems in the Americas through an e-forum that uses information technologies and communication to bring knowledge to action and action to knowledge.
This is an initiative of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), the Ministry of Health of Brazil, and the Andalusian School of Public Health, with support from the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
PAHO/WHO seeks to connect this collaborative network with other initiatives and to coordinate with institutions and people interested in joining the network. It also aims to bring together and invite researchers and managers to contribute to the collaborative network, either individually or through the institutions to which they belong.
The objectives of this initiative are to build bridges among the various stakeholders involved in processes for implementing change in health systems and services; to socially and politically validate the primary health care strategy (PHC) as the cornerstone for development of health systems; to strengthen PHC as central to technical cooperation and the integration of projects and themes within PAHO/WHO and in countries; to disseminate the most effective work processes in PHC; and to share knowledge in this area.
Virtual communities of practice (COP) related to primary health care will drive the process. The COP platform is open to the public, affording a virtual space where people can share and discuss experiences, practices, and lessons learned in this field.
Experts from the following countries collaborated on the initial design of the initiative: Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Chile, Spain, Peru, and Paraguay, among others. Technical discussions with experts, managers, and consultants of PAHO/WHO in the Americas and Spain were held during the implementation process.
PAHO, which celebrates its 110th anniversary this year, is the oldest public health organization in the world. It works with its member countries to improve the health and the quality of life of the people of the Americas. It also serves as the Regional Office for the Americas of WHO.