The Region of the Americas has benefited from the support of World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centres (CCs) since 1950. Since then, CCs have supported the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in several technical areas, such as nursing, communicable diseases, health promotion, information systems for health, mental health, emergency response, and many others.
In April 2021, PAHO convened all 183 CCs located in the Region for a webinar with the overall goal of recognizing the importance of CCs in achieving the SDGs. It also aimed to showcase the importance of international cooperation during challenging times, as experienced with COVID-19.
From the webinar, a final report was created to provide an overview of the panel discussions and key recommendations made by participants to improve the technical relationships between PAHO and CCs.
Going forward, the aim is to create actionable plans to address these recommendations, serving as a building block toward advancing the CC mechanism and PAHO technical cooperation.