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 30 June 2021
 Regional News
PAHO’s Executive Committee ends with key resolutions on pressing health issues in the Americas
The Pan American Health Organization’s (PAHO) Executive Committee concluded its 168th Session with draft resolutions on key issues such as resilient health systems, and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.
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High-level event: The role of Primary Health Care in the COVID-19 pandemic response and leading equitable recovery
The event aimed to call on political leaders worldwide to reaffirm the importance of primary health care in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and other health-related emergencies, and share best practices of strengthening primary health care to facilitate COVID-19 response, promote equitable recovery and boost health system resilience.
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Experts from PAHO, OECD and the World Bank discussed actions to build more resilient health systems to improve preparedness and response against future pandemics
Experts from PAHO, OECD, and the World Bank discussed how health systems globally have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and the lessons learned. 
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PAHO celebrated World Blood Donor Day with a Forum to promote voluntary donation
Representatives from Argentina, Bahamas, Brazil, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay, and Peru presented their experiences to improve access to blood donation, and initiatives to address donation in times of COVID-19.
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PAHO/WHO calls for expression of interest to contribute to the establishment of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine technology transfer hub
PAHO organized a virtual meeting to disseminate WHO’s call for expression of interest to contribute to the establishment of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine technology transfer hub.
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Statement for healthcare professionals: How COVID-19 vaccines are regulated for safety and effectiveness
The Joint Statement from the International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities and World Health Organization aims to help healthcare professionals answer questions about the role of regulators in the oversight of COVID-19 vaccines.
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Call from the Social Innovation in Health Initiative in Latin America and the Caribbean
The Social Innovation in Health Initiative (SIHI) and the Secretariat in Latin America and the Caribbean (SIHI-LAC), supported by PAHO, the Centro Internacional de Entrenamiento e Investigaciones Médicas (CIDEIM) and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras (UNAH), have launched a new call for socially innovative health projects and solutions that have improved public health and the delivery of equitable health services, during COVID-19 pandemic.
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PAHO presented the Central American Mechanism for the Joint Evaluation of Medicines to the pharmaceutical sector
PAHO presented the Central American Mechanism for the Joint Evaluation of Medicines to representatives from the pharmaceutical industry. The Mechanism seeks to ensure the quality, safety, and effectiveness of medicines and health technologies in the Region. 
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Should health research be conducted with children?
Conducting health research with children is an ethical imperative that seeks to protect their well-being and advance their health and equitable treatment. An estimated 70% of the drugs regularly administered to children have not been studied with them.
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World Blood Donor Day 2021
“Donate often, we need you,” said PAHO Director Carissa F. Etienne during her virtual remarks at PAHO’s June 14 event to mark World Blood Donor Day. She pointed out that young people have been at the forefront of blood donation at a time when it has been difficult to maintain supplies.
Give blood and keep the world beating
For 2021, the World Blood Donor Day slogan was “Give blood and keep the world beating”. This video highlights the essential contribution blood donors make to keeping the world pulsating by saving lives and improving others’ health. 
Strategic Fund Annual Report 2020. Ensuring Access to Essential Medicines and Public Health Supplies while Supporting the COVID-19 Response. Washington, D.C.: Pan American Health Organization; 2021.
Contributions of Nursing and Midwifery Professionals to Women’s Health. Reports from the Region of the Americas. Washington, D.C.: Pan American Health Organization; 2021.
  Upcoming Events
: Policy development from an integrative perspective
When: 12 July 2021
Time: 10:00 to 12:00 (EDT)
As part of the series of seminars on the essential public health functions, this webinar will address issues related to the "policy development" stage, with the objective of deepening the debate on policy formulation processes with a comprehensive and integrative perspective that includes individual, collective and social determinants of health.
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: Join PAHO for a discussion on the role of the Strategic Fund as a pooled procurement mechanism to maintain the availability of essential health medicines and supplies during COVID-19. The PAHO Strategic Fund Annual Report 2020 will be launched during the event and speakers will highlight the advantages, barriers, and challenges of the program in ensuring access to priority public health supplies across the Americas.
The link for registration and final details will be shared here soon.

The webinar "Health Systems Resilience: Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic", organized by OECD, the World Bank and PAHO, examined how health systems globally have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, exploring actions to build health systems resilience in a manner that will improve capacity in preparedness and response against future pandemics, while moving towards our overarching goal of ensuring Universal Health.
🎬 Watch the webinar here

The webinar "Transforming health systems toward optimal NCD management"  highlighted how universal access to health and universal health coverage (Universal Health) can improve outcomes for people with Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs), and the health system strengthening, and primary care interventions needed to strengthen NCD management.
🎬 Watch the webinar here

👉🏼 New COVID-19 courses are available in Dutch in the Suriname Course Series at OpenWHO
👉🏼 Check-out the online curses in English available at the Caribbean's node of the Virtual Campus for Public Health

  Communication Materials
 Country's News
Día mundial del Donante de Sangre: un compromiso para fortalecer la donación voluntaria y habitual de sangre en Argentina
Belize celebrates World Blood Donor Day to raise awareness of the need for safe blood, blood products for transfusion and of the critical contribution blood donors make to Belize’s health system
Sexto diálogo de la Comunidad de Prácticas de APS: equipos del Norte de Chile comparten proyectos inspiradores centrados en las personas y sus familias
Donar sangre es donar vidas
Dona sangre para que Honduras siga latiendo: Día del Donante de Sangre 2021
La OPS/OMS apoya al Ministerio de Salud en la conformación de un equipo multisectorial para el levantamiento de las cuentas de salud de Panamá bajo la metodología SHA-2011
La OPS/OMS en Panamá y el Ministerio de Salud comparten experiencias interculturales con México para fortalecer la atención primaria en pueblos indígenas.
La OPS/OMS en Panamá colabora con Instituto Especializado de Análisis de la Universidad de Panamá en ciclo de conferencias, fortaleciendo el sistema regulatorio del país
VI Congreso Internacional de Educación Médica
Online course for midwives now available
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