Case Story


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Initiative Name:
Strengthening health technician education in Bolivia, Brazil and Paraguay through the International Network for Health Technician’s Education (RETS)
Initiative Status:
Completed and consolidating results
Adaptation, replication or scaling up of a previous initiative?
Modality of the initiative:
Improved Quality and Access to Health Systems and Services
Educación, Técnica, RETS, técnicos, health technicians, education, human resources for health, recursos humanos en salud,

Geographic Identifiers

Countries Leading or Providing Technical Cooperation:
Countries Demanding Technical Cooperation:
Bolivia y Paraguay
Participating National Institutions, Organizations and/or Subregional Entities:
Instituciones: Escuela Técnica de Salud Japonesa de Cooperación Andina, la Escuela de Salud Pública de La Paz, la Escuela Técnica de Salud del Chaco Boliviano Tekove Katu, la Escuela Politécnica de Salud Joaquim Venancio y el Instituto Nacional de Salud. Paraguay: Instituto Politécnico de la Universidad de Asunción, Ministerio de Educación, Ente Regulador de los Servicios de Saneamiento, Dirección Nacional Estratégica de RHS del Ministerio de la Salud. MERCOSUR: Ministerio de Salud de Uruguay, Ministerio de Salud de Argentina, Ministerio de Educación de Argentina, la Asociación Argentina de Técnicos en Medicina Nuclear y la Secretaría de Gestión del Trabajo y de la educación en salud del Ministerios de Salud del Brasil.
Participating International and Multilateral Organizations:
Organización Panamericana de la Salud
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Initiative Cost/Budget and Sources of Funding

Initiative Total Cost/Budget: (in US$)
Percentage Contributed by National Governments:
Bolivia: 19.5%, Brasil: 43.38%, Paraguay: 37.05%

Initiative Description

Given the complexity and heterogeneity of health technician training systems in each MERCOSUR country, the project directed its efforts towards strengthening the training of health technicians in only the institutions that participated in this particular project. The project aimed to improve health care service delivery models in Bolivia, Brazil and Paraguay, as well as reinforce and strengthen the International Network of Health Technicians Education (RETS). The institutions that participated in the project were: in Bolivia, the Japanese Technical School of Health of the Andean Cooperation (Escuela Técnica de Salud Japonesa de Cooperación Andina), the School of Public Health of La Paz (Escuela de Salud Pública de La Paz), and the Technical School of Health of the Bolivian Chaco Tekove Katu (Escuela Técnica de Salud del Chaco Boliviano Tekove Katu); in Brazil, the Polytechnic School of Health Joaquim Venancio (la Escuela Politécnica de Salud Joaquim Venancio); and in Paraguay, the National Health Institute (Instituto Nacional de Salud). The seminars, workshops, courses, and interviews that were carried out throughout this project strengthened the RETS network and expanded it by including Argentina. Other achievements involved the modification of the technical health education curriculum structure at the participating institutions as well as the elaboration of a report that describes the organization of health technician education systems in the participating countries. A final recommendation that emerged was to include new areas within the scope health technician training, in order to strengthen the participating institutions and public policies in the area, while at the same time strengthening the work of the RETS network within the MERCOSUR subregion.

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