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  28 May 2021
 Regional News
PAHO launches the Monitoring Framework for Universal Health in the Americas
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) held the second meeting of the series of virtual seminars on Essential Public Health Functions (EPHFs), that focused on explaining how monitoring and evaluation can strengthen the capacities of health authorities to respond to the health needs of the population.
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PAHO steps up assistance to help countries cope with shortages of oxygen and health workers
As shortages of health workers loom and oxygen supplies run “dangerously low,” PAHO is intensifying donations and technical assistance to countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, PAHO Director Carissa F. Etienne said.  
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Advancing Essential Public Health Functions to Prevent the Next Pandemic
Experts from PAHO and the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) discussed the challenges and best approaches to implementing the essential public health functions (EPHFs) in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
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New COVID-19 Vaccine Pharmacovigilance Dashboard
The objective of the new platform is to support regulatory processes for the introduction and the monitoring of COVID-19 vaccines safety, consolidating in a single tool information on the various components of the matter. 
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Countries of the Region begin the development of national plans for pharmaceutical services based on primary health care
PAHO shared with the countries of the Region a model proposal for the development of national work plans to transform pharmaceutical services towards primary health care (PHC).
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Human Resources for Health Action Task Force launched in the Caribbean
On 20 April 2021, the Caribbean-Community (CARICOM) launched the Human Resources for Health Action Task Force for the Caribbean, as part of the response to COVID-19 and other health emergencies in the Sub-region. PAHO will be acting as Secretariat and will provide technical cooperation to the HRH-ATF, mainly through the Sub-regional Program.
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Caribbean private sector community discuss efforts on vaccine distribution and rollout
On 28 April, the International Chamber of Commerce, together with the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber, CARICHAM, and the CARICOM Private Sector Organization, hosted a webinar on “The role of the private sector in the vaccination rollout process”. The goal of this activity was to provide the private sector community in CARICOM with insight into multilateral efforts on vaccine distribution and rollout. 
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Will patent waivers make COVID-19 vaccines more accessible?
Ensuring equity in access to medicines and health technologies—including lifesaving COVID-19 vaccines—is central to ending the pandemic. To this end, it is important that we examine every possible option available to us to rapidly expand access and coverage to COVID-19 vaccines.
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PAHO completes the pilot project on malaria pharmacovigilance in Brazil
PAHO finished the pilot project “Strengthening Pharmacovigilance and Adherence to Malaria Treatment in the Region of the Americas (VigilADMa).” The country was the first to implement and complete the action, developed in the municipality of Manaus, State of Amazonas, from November 2019 to December 2020.
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 Video
Are there risks associated with participating in a clinical trial? This video answers the question. (Available in Spanish)
  Publications
Contribuciones de los profesionales de enfermería y de partería a la salud de las mujeres. Relatos de la Región de las Américas. Washington, D.C.: Organización Panamericana de la Salud; 2021. 
Monitoring Framework for Universal Health in the Americas. Washington, D.C.: Pan American Health Organization; 2021. 
Recomendaciones para la gestión de eventos graves, inesperados o de especial interés identificados en los ensayos clínicos de vacunas contra la COVID-19. Washington, D.C.: Organización Panamericana de la Salud; 2021.
Pharmaceutical procurement among public sector procurers in CARICOM. Preston C, King C, Hinds M, Burnett F, Extavour RM. Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2021;45:e57.
  Upcoming Events
🔸 WORLD BLOOD DONOR DAY 
What
: Give blood and keep the world beating
When: 14 June 2021
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🔸 WEBINAR SERIES
What
: Essential public health functions and global security in the era of COVID-19
When: 23 June 2021
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  Resources

WEBINAR
Watch the recording of the webinar on Gene editing, communication and ethics. The objectives of the meeting were to prepare for the launch of the WHO recommendations for the governance of human genome editing; and to present the communication project GenÉtica.
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THE NEED TO INVEST IN NURSING: LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE PANDEMIC
The objective of this webinar was to celebrate the International Nurses Day and discuss the need to protect and invest together in nursing professionals.
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WEBINAR SERIES
In this webinar, "Monitoring universal health in the era of COVID-19", speakers presented on PAHO’s monitoring framework for universal health, a tool to inform health system policies that protect everyone; and key results from the 2021 essential health services pulse survey, demonstrating the intersection between universal health and COVID-19.
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  Communication Materials
“Phosphoros” is a tribute to the health workers saving lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. This short animation film obtained in 2021 a "GRAND PRIX" in the second edition of the Health for All Film Festival by the World Health Organization for its competition category on Universal Health Coverage. It's a film directed by Susana Beatriz Serrano, from El Salvador.
 Country's News
ARGENTINA
Lanzamiento de nueva plataforma de LEGISALUD en Argentina
BRAZIL
OPAS/OMS, Brasil e parceiros lançam campanha para Ano Internacional dos Trabalhadores da Saúde e Cuidadores e ressaltam necessidade de investimento
PANAMA
OPS/OMS en Panamá trabaja junto a las autoridades sanitarias para fortalecer la Atención Primaria en Salud con un enfoque integral e intercultural en la Comarca de Guna Yala
URUGUAY
Uruguay lanzó el Diálogo Político - Sanitario en Enfermería
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