Cuba: Interprofessional Education present at the University2020

The 12th International Congress of Higher Education - University 2020 took place from 10 to 13 February, with the theme "University and Sustainable Development: vision of Cuba". The capital Havana hosted the event with a discussion on how the academy can contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Congress, conceived as a meeting, dialogue and reflection area on the role of the university and the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, had activities with the objective of promoting spatial work or exchange initiatives among the participants, in order to make the space productive and to become a favorable ground to promote alliances, networks and projects that favor the best solutions to the problems that affect countries, based on the social vocation of higher education institutions.

The event was organized on plenary sessions, conferences, round tables, colloquium, workshops, panels and poster sessions.

During the congress, the Interprofessional Education (IPE) Colloquium was held, coordinated by Dr. Olivia Ines Sanhueza Alvarado, President of the Latin American Association of Colleges and Schools of Nursing (Aladefe / UDUAL). At the colloquium, a panel session was held with the presentation of IPE projects in Latin America and the Caribbean, in a collaborative of nursing, dentistry and medicine associations.

Recognition of the importance of IPE in achieving the SDG

Representatives from different institutions presented the advances of IPE in the context of universities with positive results to achieve the SDGs.

During the session, Dr. Patricia Jara Concha, from the University of Concepción, Chile, Mercedes Pérez Etchetto, Dean of the Faculty of Nursing at the University of the Republic of Uruguay and representative of the country in the Regional Network for Interprofessional Education in the Americas (REIP) and Dr. Rogelio Cordero, president of the Organization of Colleges, Schools and Dental Departments (OFEDO / UDUAL) shared their experiences on IPE and how this strategy has been advancing in the region of the Americas with the technical cooperation of the Pan American Health Organization/ World Health Organization (PAHO / WHO).

The speakers affirmed the importance of implementing IPE to reach the SDGs, through the establishment of alliances and spaces for collaboration with the most different associations of health professionals.