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 3 September 2021
 Regional News
PAHO launches new collaborative platform to produce COVID-19 vaccines in Latin America and the Caribbean
The platform will support collaboration across countries and cooperation agencies, applying existing regional biomanufacturing capacity to production of COVID-19 vaccines as well as  other medical technologies. The principle is that manufacture should benefit the entire region, with regional pharmaceutical production and distribution of the vaccines by PAHO’s Revolving Fund to all countries.
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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
WHO and PAHO are working together to establish mRNA vaccine manufacturing capacities in Latin America and the Caribbean. To ensure sustainability and independence of vaccine production in the Region, access to reagents that are critical to the value chain is fundamental.
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PAHO Director reports on overwhelmed medical facilities in Haiti and calls for international support to meet “immense” need
PAHO Director reported that health facilities in three departments in post-earthquake Haiti are overwhelmed and called on the international community to meet the country’s “immense” need for medical personnel, supplies, equipment, and patient transportation.
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The Americas strengthen safety surveillance of COVID-19 vaccines  
Sustained technical collaboration between PAHO and regulatory stakeholders has built a foundation for pharmacovigilance of pandemic supplies in the Americas that is supporting the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines.
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WHO and PAHO hold regional consultation workshops for the roll-out of the WHO policy on integrated antimicrobial stewardship activities in human health
PAHO facilitated two workshops called by the World Health Organization to present and discuss the WHO policy guidance on integrated antimicrobial stewardship activities.
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 Health Story
Suriname Nursing School Embraces Online Learning during COVID-19 Pandemic
The Elsje Finck-Sanichar College COVAB in Suriname specializes in the education of nurses and caretakers. PAHO has facilitated the improved access for students and staff to the online educational platform OpenWHO. During the pandemic, five key courses related to COVID-19 were translated and offered in Dutch, making the material even more accessible for the local college.
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Watch the recording of the launching of a collaborative regional platform to advance the manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccines and other health technologies in the Americas. 
Handbook for Monitoring the Plan of Action on Human Resources for Universal Access to Health and Universal Health Coverage 2018-2023. Washington, D.C.: Pan American Health Organization; 2021.
Tackling Latin America’s COVID-19 emergency requires greater solidarity. Carissa F Etienne. The Lancet; 2021. 
What are the obligations of pharmaceutical companies in a global health emergency? The Lancet; 2021.
  Upcoming Events
The 73rd Session of the Regional Committee of WHO for the Americas will take place from 20-24 September 2021. 
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When: 17 September 2021
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Watch the recording of the webinar on  Strengthening the capacities of Latin American nurses through doctoral training. [Available in Spanish and Portuguese]
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The first webinar of the series on Public Investment in Health in Times of COVID-19 was devoted to financial protection, which is a key component of Universal Health, defined as people having access to the health services they require and being protected from potential financial hardship that may result from the use of services.
🎬 Watch the webinar here

New self-paced courses are available in PAHO Virtual Campus for Public Health. 
💻 Check out the courses here

 Country's News
Honduras identifies policy options to eliminate barriers to access to essential health services
The Ministry of Health and PAHO/WHO organized a two-day workshop to analyze the barriers to access to priority health services and possible proposals for overcoming them. [Available in Spanish]
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Ministry of Health presented the National Policy on Human Resources for Health of Paraguay 2020-2030 with PAHO cooperation
Authorities of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and representatives of PAHO in Paraguay presented the document that sets the guidelines for the development, management and strengthening of the leadership and governance of human resources for health.
[Available in Spanish]
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OPAS/OMS apresenta iniciativa para reduzir erros de medicação
Séptimo Diálogo de Comunidad de Prácticas en APS: Una oportunidad para compartir experiencias de prevención en salud mental para funcionarios de la salud
12 participants from the surveillance and research institutions of the government of Colombia and Ecuador completed two training modules of the Operational Research course to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR)
The Ministry of Health, Guyana and PAHO Assess Health System Capacities for the Distribution and Provision of Medical Oxygen for Patient Care
Se acelera la valoración de condiciones esenciales de las redes integradas y los servicios maternos en el primer nivel de atención
OPS y Ministerio de Salud en Paraguay implementan acciones para hacer frente a la resistencia a los antimicrobianos
Equipo Coordinador del Diálogo Político presentó los avances del proceso ante las máximas autoridades de Enfermería de la OMS
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