Nineteen countries in the Region of the Americas presented their plans of action to PAHO / WHO to implement IPE in health in the period 2018-2019. The plans propose a joint work between the ministries of health, the ministries of education, the academic institutions and the professional associations of the countries.
So far, the countries that have presented their plans are: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela.
The proposed activities in the country plans include the analysis of the current status of IPE; conceptual alignment and dissemination of the theme; identification of partners interested in IPE projects / surveys; support for IPE initiatives; faculty development for IPE; promotion of the IPE theme in continuous professional development; production and dissemination of knowledge related to IPE; elaboration of interinstitutional agreements for the implementation of EIP and development and implementation of undergraduate and postgraduate courses that incorporate the interprofessional approach.
This initiative is the result of the agreement between PAHO / WHO and the countries participating in the second regional technical meeting on Interprofessional Health Education, "Improving the capacity of human resources to achieve universal health," organized by PAHO / WHO and the Ministry of Health of Brazil, held in Brasilia, Brazil, from December 5 to 6, 2017.