Washington, DC, 5 May 2017 (PAHO/WHO)-The Consortium on Social Accountability in Health Professions Education in the Region of the Americas, supported by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), participated at the World Summit on Social Accountability - Improving the Impact of Educational Institutions on People's Health, held on April 8-12, 2017 in Hammamet, Tunisia, where Jim Campbell - Executive Director of the Global Health Workforce Alliance, and Director of the Health Workforce Department/ WHO- was a keynote speaker.

consortium-hr-500pixThe consortium is composed of three PAHO collaborating centers, ten innovative medical and health sciences schools in Latin America and the Caribbean, and two leading organizations on social accountability. Its mission is to promote, disseminate and support the implementation of social accountability principles among medical and health sciences schools in the Region of the Americas (especially in Latin America and the Caribbean) taking into consideration their context, diversity and resources.

The consortium aims to produce health professionals with training and experience in primary care and integrated health service delivery, who are committed to the health needs of vulnerable populations and who are willing to practice in underserved areas. The initiative has produced a preliminary set of indicators to measure progress in incorporating the social mission paradigm in medical schools and medical training.

In most countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, there is a need for greater linkages and coherence between human resources for health policies, the model of care and the organization of health services. In this sense, PAHO promotes Universal Access to Health and Universal Health Coverage, including Social Accountability, as a strategy to reduce these inequalities. These issues are core to the WHO Global Strategy Health Workforce 2030, outcomes of the United Nations High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth 2016, and the PAHO Regional Strategy on Human Resources for Universal Health, currently in development.

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