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 3 May 2021
 Regional News
New online courses to strengthen hospital disaster resilience
PAHO launched three open-access virtual courses that offer educational resources to strengthen hospital  disaster resilience in the Region. The courses, offered in PAHO Virtual Campus for Public Health, are self-learning, people can take them at their own pace. 
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PAHO report: COVID-19 highlights need for strengthening national regulatory authorities in Latin America and the Caribbean
The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the urgent need for strengthening national regulatory authorities in Latin America and the Caribbean to ensure the safety and effectiveness of new medicines and medical products, a new report by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) asserts.
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PAHO calls for evidence and analysis review of the barriers to access to health in health policies design
PAHO launched a series of webinars on the Essential Public Health Functions that seek to address countries’ experiences on practical solutions, critical bottlenecks, and lessons learned to strengthen public health functions.
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PAHO warns against getting COVID-19 vaccines outside of official channels
PAHO urges people to get vaccinated against
COVID-19 only through national immunization programs and officially authorized mechanisms and warns that doing so outside these channels can be dangerous to their health.
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Third Fair Pricing Forum of medicines and health products organized by WHO and the Ministry of Health of Argentina
During the opening, PAHO Director, Carissa Etienne, highlighted the role of WHO Member States in fostering these debates that bring together various sectors to ensure that medicines and health technologies are increasingly more accessible to those who need them, an aspect that became more relevant globally with the emergence of COVID-19 and that will undoubtedly be a challenge beyond the pandemic. [Available in Spanish] 
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PAHO's collaborative initiatives to bring more affordable pricing of vaccines and medicines
“PAHO has established the Revolving Funds mechanisms to improve access to vaccines and strategic public health supplies throughout the Americas,” said James Fitzgerald, Director of PAHO Health Systems and Services, at the session on Cross-border collaborative initiatives to enable affordable pricing of vaccines and medicines in the 2021 Fair Pricing Forum.
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Experts from the Americas discuss on opportunities to access quality medicines at competitive prices to improve hypertension control in primary health care 
PAHO organized the webinar “Standardized Hypertension Treatment Algorithms and PAHO Strategic Fund for Universal Health - Opportunities to access quality medicines at competitive prices” where experts discussed how on opportunities to access quality medicines at competitive prices.
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Health practitioners from Haiti participated in a virtual course on Hospital preparedness for crisis planning
Forty-two health practitioners from ten hospitals in Haiti participated in a ten-week virtual training course to strengthen the hospitals’ capacity to deal with crisis situations in the country. The initiative was organized by PAHO and the Galilee International Management Institute to build local capacities to plan, implement and monitor health crisis situations. 
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How does health research work? 
This video is part of a serie of videos that seek to build a space for the development of knowledge, offering clear, transparent and independent information that contributes to educating and improving knowledge on health research. [Available in Spanish] 
Regulatory System Strengthening in the Americas. Lessons Learned from the National Regulatory Authorities of Regional Reference. Washington, D.C.: Pan American Health Organization; 2021. License: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO.
Consultation Document for Case Definitions: Adverse Events of Special Interest and Adverse Events Following Immunization during COVID-19 Vaccine Introduction. Pan American Health Organization. Washington DC, 2021. 
Risk Management Plans and Periodic Safety Reports for COVID-19 Vaccines: Recommendations for Their Request, Preparation, Management, and Assessment. Pan American Health Organization. Washington DC, 2021. 
Guidance for Implementing the Regional COVID-19 Vaccine AEFI/AESI Surveillance System. Pan American Health Organization. Washington DC, 2021.
  Upcoming Events
What: Advancing Essential Public Health Functions (EPHF) to Prevent the next Pandemic.
PAHO and the World Federation of Public Health Associations will discuss the challenges and best approaches to implementing the EPHFs at national and international levels. 
When: 6 May 2021
Time: 3:00 to 4:00 PM (CEST)
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What: Empowering midwives, the path to safe and enjoyable pregnancies: Launching of the competency-based education e-course
When: 5 May 2021
Time: 11:00 AM (EDT)
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What:  The need to invest in nursing: lessons learned from the pandemic
The objective of this webinar is to celebrate the International Nurses Day and discuss the need to protect and invest together in nursing professionals. Simultaneous interpretation in Spanish, English and Portuguese. 
When: 11 May 2021
Time: 10:00 AM (EDT)
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PAHO promotes a renewed focus on the importance of Essential Public Health Functions (EPHF) in the Americas. This approach offers an opportunity to catalyze political commitment to ensure universal health, global health security, and more significant health equity in the Americas.
What: Monitoring Universal health in the era of COVID-19
When: 17 May 2021
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This webinar on “What we have learned from COVID-19: The need of Advanced Practice Nurses in Health Care” aimed to discuss the role that advanced practice nurses have had during the COVID-19 pandemic and how the implementation of that role can help countries with low density and distribution of health professionals.
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This webinar sought to promote a regional debate and initiate a space for discussion and exchange of experiences on medical education.
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This seminar was organized by the Virtual Campus for Public Health and OpenWho to celebrate the UN Spanish Language Day and its importance in bringing life-saving knowledge to the frontline in the Americas and the rest of the Spanish-speaking world during health emergencies.
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  Communication Materials
 Country's News
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Ministerio de Salud y Red de Cooperantes establecen sinergias de trabajo en salud
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Se entregan a la Secretaría de Salud las obras realizadas por la OPS/OMS con fondos del Banco Mundial en la Región Integrada de Servicios de Salud de Comayagua
Llamamiento para socializar Experiencias Exitosas de Atención Primaria en Salud en las comunidades
México avanza en la construcción de un modelo de atención centrado en las personas, las familias y las comunidades
La OPS/OMS en Panamá a través de su Campus Virtual de Salud Pública hace el lanzamiento de nuevo curso para apoyar al personal de salud en el diagnóstico de la malaria
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