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PAHO's Virtual Campus for Public Health Highlights Webinars Conducted By EIH

The Virtual Campus for Public Health (VCPH), the learning platform of the Pan American Health Organization, has made available to all those interested in the response to COVID-19 some of the webinars conducted by the Information Systems unit of the Department of Evidence and Intelligence for Action in Health (EIH). Among those are "Certifying and coding COVID-19 as cause of death," and "The potential of Digital Health and Information Systems for Health in the fight against the pandemic."

The Virtual Campus is a decentralized network of people, institutions and organizations that share courses and open educational resources about topics related to public health that are relevant to the countries of the Region, through the use of information and communication technologies.

EVENTS

Pre-conference: 1st WHO Infodemiology Conference

The phenomenon of an ‘infodemic’ has escalated to a level that requires a coordinated response. An infodemic is an overabundance of information – some accurate and some not – occurring during an epidemic. Like pathogens in epidemics, misinformation spreads further and faster and adds complexity to health emergency response. In the pre-conference experts engage with the public with 7 inspiring talks how the infodemic affects the world currently and reflections how it can be managed.

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"I'm encouraged by the level of collaboration that we noticed, the innovation that has been shared when we discussed Information Systems for Health. It is very important to proceed taking into consideration all of the existing actions, investments and knowledge. We must build on what already exists"

Dr. Carissa F. EtienneDR. CARISSA F. ETIENNE
PAHO Director

"The IS4H initiative and the Action Plan represent an important milestone for the Public Health of the Americas as it is the result of a collaborative process with all Member States that began in November 2016 in a High Level meeting with the Caribbean countries, and that continued in 2017 and 2018 with similar meetings with the countries of Central and South America".

Dr. Jarbas BarbosaDR. JARBAS BARBOSA
Assistant Director, PAHO/WHO

"Public health emergencies show the importance and relevance of Health Information Systems. At PAHO we are working full time to support member states in adopting information technologies that support the response to the pandemic."

Dr. Sebastian Garcia SaisoDR. SEBASTIAN GARCIA SAISO
Director, Evidence and Intelligence for Action in Health (EIH/PAHO)

"The OECS Heath Unit welcomes PAHO's Caribbean IS4H roadmap, which supports our need for accesible information for strategic health system governance, and is consistent with CCHIV priorities. We recognise the contribution the Caribbean has made to the region, and look forward to the 2019 Strategy and Action Plan on Information Systems for Health in the Americas."

Dr. Carlene RadixDR. CARLENE RADIX, MD, MPH
Head of Health, Human & Social Cluster, SSDD. Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission

 
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IMPLEMENTATION CASES
Suriname
Photo from one of the IS4H workshops in Suriname

Suriname's Ministry of Health requested technical support from PAHO/WHO to conduct a rapid assessment of the country's national information systems for health (IS4H) as the basis for developing short and medium-term work plans.

South America
Photo from High Level Meeting on Information Systems for Health (IS4H) - South American Region

Within the framework of the Health Information Systems Initiative (IS4H) developed by PAHO/WHO, the Information Systems and Platforms for Health (IS) Unit has convened all the countries of South America to a high level meeting on the initiative. It happeneed on 18-19 July 2018, in Bogotá, Colombia.

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Central America
Photo from High Level Meeting on Information Systems for Health (IS4H) - South American Region

Representatives from Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, and the Dominican Republic met at the PAHO headquarters in Washington, D.C. to discuss the development of electronic governance initiatives, open data solutions and large-scale data, among other topics in the framework of IS4H.

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Virgin Islands
Photo from one of the IS4H workshops in the Virgin Islands

With technical assistance from PAHO, BVI's Ministry of Health conducted workshops for key stakeholders to strengthen the country's National Information Systems for Health and help integrate Public Health in the eGovernment initiative, as well as to apply the IS4H Maturity Model tool in the BVI.

Caribbean
Photo from one of the IS4H meetings in Jamaica

A High-Level Meeting on Information Systems for Health (IS4H), convened by PAHO/WHO and Jamaica's Ministry of Health had participants from 16 Caribbean countries, regional and international agencies, and international development partners.

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS / AGRADECIMIENTOS

The Pan American Health Organization would like to thank the financial and technical help of / La Organización Panamericana de la Salud desea agradecer a la colaboración técnica y financiera recibida de

the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) / la Agencia de los Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional (USAID)
the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) / La Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID)