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 5 October 2021
 Regional News
Health ministers agree to tackle urgent health issues in the Americas at PAHO Directing Council
During the 59th Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), which was convened virtually from 20-24 September, health ministers throughout the Americas adopted 13 resolutions to strengthen health policies and tackle urgent challenges, such as the erosion of routine immunization coverage and responding to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.
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PAHO selects centers in Argentina and Brazil to develop COVID-19 mRNA vaccines
PAHO has announced the selection of two centers in Argentina and Brazil as regional hubs for the development and production of mRNA-based vaccines in Latin America in a bid to tackle COVID-19 and future infectious-disease challenges.
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PAHO Director calls for strengthened regional health systems in wake of COVID-19 pandemic during opening of Directing Council
At the 59th Directing Council, Director Carissa F. Etienne asserted that the “tragic march of the COVID-19 pandemic” has exposed the urgent need for investments to strengthen health systems and technology production across the Americas.
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Canadian medical humanitarian wins PAHO Award for Health Services Management and Leadership
PAHO has recognized Dr. Joanne Liu of Canada for her service to public health by presenting her with the PAHO Award for Health Services Management and Leadership. The award acknowledges Dr. Liu’s outstanding contributions in the areas of medical humanitarianism and health crisis response and management, both in Canada and internationally. 
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PAHO launches the virtual course “Health Technologies Management” to build capacity in Haiti   
PAHO launches the first French version of the virtual course “Health Technology Planning and Management” for Haiti on PAHO Virtual Campus for Public Health. 
 
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  Publications
Annual Report of the Director of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau. Washington, D.C.: Pan American Health Organization; 2021. 
Indicators for Strengthening National Research Ethics Systems. Washington, D.C.: Pan American Health Organization; 2021. 
 Video
Why should we get a COVID-19 vaccine? Find the answers in this video.
  Upcoming Events
🔸 CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST - DEADLINE EXTENDED
What: Call for expression of interest to contribute to the value chain and supply of reagents for the sustainable manufacturing of a COVID-19 and other mRNA vaccines in the Americas
When: Deadline extension from 17 September to ​​​​​​​15 October 2021
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🔸 WEBINAR SERIES
What
: Global Forum on Bioethics in Research seminar series. Ethical issues arising in research with people with mental health conditions.
In preparation of the annual meeting of the Global Forum on Bioethics in Research five virtual seminars on different topics of ethics and mental health research will take place
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🔸 WHO GLOBAL SCHOOL ON REFUGEE AND MIGRANT HEALTH
What: This year, the Global School on Refugee and Migrant Health will be held online from 25 to 29 October 2021 with the theme “Sharing country experiences on health and migration”. It will be an e-learning event.   
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  Resources

59th DIRECTING COUNCIL - SIDE EVENTS
What: Technology Transfer for the Production of mRNA Vaccines in the Americas
🎬 Watch the recording of the event here
What: A Comprehensive Response in Health and the Economy to the Protracted COVID-19 Pandemic
🎬 Watch the recording of the event here

WEBINAR: HUMAN GENOME EDITING 
Watch the recording of the WHO virtual seminar for the Region of the Americas on Human genome editing: A framework for governance and recommendations. This event aimed to discuss the reports of the Expert Advisory Committee on Developing Global Standards for Governance and Oversight of Human Genome Editing, and the next steps for their implementation in the region.
🎬 Watch the webinar here

WEBINAR: COMBATING AGEISM IN HEALTH SYSTEMS 
This webinar aimed to tackle the subject of ageism in the health systems, inspired by the commentary paper of Dr. Sharon Inouye “Creating an anti-ageist healthcare system to improve care for our current and future selves.”
🎬 Watch the webinar here

  Communication Materials
 Country's News
Panamanian officials strengthen leadership, regulation, and planning capacities of human resources for health
Panamanian health authorities successfully completed the regional course "Leadership for policy management, regulation and planning of human resources for health", with the objective of increasing the capacities of leaders for the analysis and definition of political operations, planning, and management of activities aimed at responses related to human resources for health emergencies. [Available in Spanish]
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ARGENTINA
La OPS selecciona centro en Argentina para desarrollar vacunas de ARNm de COVID-19
BOLIVIA
Estado Plurinacional de Bolivia - Acceso y cobertura universal de salud, una referencia para el mundo
BRAZIL
Cofen e OPAS promovem oficina sobre Práticas Avançadas em Enfermagem no Brasil
Iniciativa: "Confissões de uma bactéria”
CHILE
Proyecto Teletriage en Chile: Tecnología al servicio de la atención de salud en tiempos de pandemia
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Con el enfoque de Una Salud, República Dominicana actualiza su Plan Nacional de Acción de Control de la Resistencia a los Antimicrobianos (RAM)
ECUADOR
Hospital básico de Jipijapa recibe certificación ESAMyN
HONDURAS
Hospitales centinelas y Dirección de Farmacovigilancia se capacitan para el uso de protocolos
MEXICO
La OPS acompaña esfuerzos de la COFEPRIS para el fortalecimiento del Sistema Nacional de Farmacovigilancia
PANAMA
Ministerio de Salud en Panamá, con el apoyo de OPS, desarrollan curso virtual para fortalecer atención primaria en áreas de difícil acceso 
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