Washington, DC, March 8, 2018 (PAHO/WHO)- Eighteen countries in the region of the Americas submitted their action plans to implement Interprofessional Education (IPE) in health for the period 2018-2019. The plans propose joint work between Ministries of Health, Ministries of Education, academic institutions, and school and professional associations.
The countries that have submitted plans include: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guyana, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Proposed activities in the countries' plans include analysis of the current status of IPE; conceptual alignment and dissemination; identification of interested partners for IPE projects/research; encouragement of IPE initiatives; faculty development for IPE; promotion of IPE in continuing health education; IPE related knowledge production and dissemination; elaboration of interinstitutional agreements for IPE implementation; and the development of undergraduate and postgraduate courses that incorporate an interprofessional approach.
This initiative is the result of the agreement established between PAHO/WHO and the participating countries of the second regional technical meeting on Interprofessional Education in Health, "Improving the Capacity of Human Resources to Achieve Universal Health", co-organized by PAHO/WHO and the Ministry of Health of Brazil, held in Brasilia, Brazil, on December 5 and 6, 2017.