Now enrolling students for the English Specialization in Health Management for Older Adults


The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), in partnership with the Inter-American Center for Social Security Studies (CIESS) and the Latin American Academy of Medicine for Older Adults (ALMA), is now enrolling students for the English Specialization in Health Management for Older Adults that will begin this May, 2013. The Specialization is an online course aimed at current professionals interested in managing health programs and services for older adults. The introductory module will be taught in-person, while the remaining six modules will be conducted virtually through the MOODLE platform of PAHO’s Virtual Campus in Public Health.

ENROLL NOW! The registration deadline for the 8Th Edition of the English Specialization is April 19, 2013. Visit to download an enrollment application and apply today! Questions? Refer to the informational documents below or e-mail

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Priority Setting in Health: Supporting health technology assessment in the Americas

Join PAHO at the following public event, hosted by the Center for Global Development in Washington DC:

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

**Reception to follow**

Harvey V. Fineberg
Institute of Medicine

Mirta Roses Periago
Pan American Health Organization

Amanda Glassman
Director of Global Health Policy
Center for Global Development

“The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is moving to tackle one of the most difficult and important challenges of health policy: strengthening regional mechanisms for assessing which health technologies are cost effective and therefore appropriate for public funding. It’s a sensitive issue that vexes poor and rich countries alike–including the United States. A recent PAHO resolution signed by the United States, Canada, and countries in Latin America and the Caribbean will strengthen a network created last year to improve the quality of Health Technology Assessment studies and their use in the allocation of public budgets.

The improved network would address problems identified in a CGD working group report, Priority-Setting in Health: Building Institutions for Smarter Public Spending, that urges the creation and strengthening of national and regional priority-setting institutions to improve the effectiveness of public spending on health. The CGD report shows that global health donors and both developed and developing countries could greatly reduce suffering from ill-health and save many more lives–and often money, too–by taking into account the cost-effectiveness of health interventions to better allocate healthcare funds.”


Register for the event on the Center for Global Development website:

CDG article about PAHO’s work in the region on technology assessment,”Pan American Progress on Priority Setting in Health: Strengthened Network Meets Needs Set Out in Center for Global Development Report,” available here:

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Australia is helping lead the world to reduce avoidable blindess – AusAID (August 23rd 2012)

According to AusAID:

“In the world today, there is an estimated 285 million people whose vision is impaired, of whom 39 million are blind and 246 million have low vision. Nine out of 10 of these cases are occurring in developing countries despite almost 80 per cent of them being entirely preventable or treatable. People with vision impairment are among the poorest and most vulnerable in society.

Australia has been a leader in the field of avoidable blindness— committing more than $80 million to blindness prevention work since 2007. In 2008, Australia launched the Avoidable Blindness Initiative (ABI) which has supported a number of eye-health and blindness prevention programs, including partnerships with organisations such as the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and the World Health Organization in the Western Pacific Region.”

To learn more about Australia’s ABI program and its accomplishments visit

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Knowledge Management for Health and Development Toolkit


The Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project

Revamped and upgraded into K4Health’s new Drupal 7 Toolkits application.


According to the K4Health Project:  “The purpose of this toolkit – which was originally launched in July 2011 – is to provide Knowledge Management (KM) practitioners and others with KM resources and tools that are practical and easily adaptable. In addition to a fresh new look, we have added features that we hope will make visiting the toolkit a more engaging experience. …”

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Cuba’s Latin American Medical School: Can Socially-Accountable Medical Education Make a Difference?

After graduating more than 12,000 doctors since its founding in 1999, Cuba’s Latin American Medical School is tackling one of its greatest challenges to date: how to track graduates from over 65 countries and measure their impact on health outcomes and policy in their local contexts?  Read the compelling stories of graduates making a difference in Haiti, Honduras, El Salvador and Argentina.

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Brazil’s Program for Decentralized South-South Cooperation

Brazil is launching a new program to identify and finance international cooperation projects that will be implemented by states and municipalities of Brazil with other developing countries. It is  South-South Cooperation, but a decentralized version.  The project aims to share successful public policies at sub-national levels. Brazilian states and municipalites can submit project proposals, based on requests from beneficiary countries, from June 29th to August 31st. Continue reading »

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Ninth Regional Congress on Health Sciences Information – CRICS9 (22-24 Oct 2012)

The Ninth Regional Congress on Health Sciences Information – CRICS9 will be held at the Pan American Health Organization Headquarters, in Washington, DC – USA, during October 22 – 24, 2012.

CRICS9 will be an open forum for discussion on issues relevant to Public Health in the Americas, organized into five tracks:

Information for decision making in health – information management, digital libraries and repositories, and information needs

Public Strategies and policies - development and sustainability, technical cooperation among countries and governments

Information and communication technologies - mHealth, interoperability, accessibility, and standards

Telehealth - models and programs applied to primary care, telehealth services development integrated into national health systems

Capacity building - communication for health promotion, use of social networks, and digital literacy.

For more information, visit: 

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PAHO Launches Primary Health Care Collaborative Network to Promote Cooperation and Exchange of Experiences

An initiative of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO / WHO) with support from the Ministry of Health of Brazil, the Andalusian School of Public Health (EASP), and other partners.

The Collaborative Primary Health Care Network—a virtual space where you can share and discuss experiences, practices and lessons learned in this field—was launched 31 July at the International Seminar on Primary Health Care organized by the Ministry Health of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro


This network is intended to strengthen health systems in the Region of the Americas through the incorporation of the principles, values and elements of the PHC strategy. Its purpose is to bring the knowledge to action and action to knowledge using information technology and communication in order to contribute to the transformation of health systems based on PHC in the Region of the Americas. Continue reading »

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Technical Cooperation Project Among Countries Joins Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, and Nunavut, Canada

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and Health Canada are teaming up to support a technical cooperation project that seeks to strengthen ties between the countries and share information and experiences related to common health problems that affect both populations of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina and the Canadian town of Nunavut (located on the north end of the Americas).  These are some of the most isolated territories of the region that share many similar health challenges. 

The project began in 2011 and the communication between health authorities from the two territories is ongoing.   


 Read more here:

Press release describing the project (English only):

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Healthcare Information for All by 2015

I would like to invite all SSCOOP readers to join a dynamic global forum for professionals dedicated to improve quality of health care in low and middle income countries…

HIFA2015 (Healthcare Information For All by 2015) is a global campaign and knowledge network administered by the Global Healthcare Information Network, a non-profit organisation working to improve the quality of health care in developing countries. We are committed to a common goal: By 2015, every person worldwide will have access to an informed health care provider. One-third of members are based in Africa, one-third in Europe, and one-third in the rest of the world. Together we are working for a future where people are no longer dying for lack of basic healthcare knowledge. Continue reading »

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