II International Multidisciplinary Congress on Tobacco and Noncommunicable Diseases of Panama has the theme of Interprofessional Education

With the objective of promoting the prevention of tobacco consumption in the Panamanian population and raising awareness through continuous and permanent education aimed at health professionals, from November 21 to 23, 2018 was held the II International Multidisciplinary Congress on Tobacco and Noncommunicable Diseases, with the theme: "Tobacco breaks hearts, choose health".

The event, which is held every two years by the National Tobacco Control Commission, seeks to qualify more than 1,000 technicians and 300 health administrators in Panama to improve their knowledge and skills for the integral management of smoking, its prevention and control and noncommunicable diseases.

During the scientific convention, parallel activities will be carried out, such as the incorporation of the theme of Interprofessional Education (IPE) to improve the capacity of health professionals to work as a team in noncommunicable diseases in Panama.

The opening session of the congress - "Interprofessional Education for the solution of complex problems in health systems" was conducted by Dr. José Rodrigues Freire Filho, advisor to the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO / WHO) in together with Dr. Raquel de Mock, family doctor, National Coordinator of the Adult and Elderly Health Program of the General Directorate of Public Health of the Ministry of Health of Panama and Dr. Mayra Abood, coordinator of the congress, who presented the experience of the country for the implementation of IPE in continuing education of health professionals, in accordance with the IPE action plan presented to PAHO / WHO for the years 2018 and 2019.

Another activity of the congress was symposium “Interprofessional Education (EIP)", organized by the National Adult Health Program and National Directorate of Teaching of the Ministry of Health of Panama, whose objective was to present aspects to strengthen the capacity to work in a way collaborative work between regional and local health care teams for adults and the elderly.

The activity was attended by members of the team of the adult and elderly health program of the different health regions of Panama that participated in dialogues about IPE and its applicability in the national health system, IPE as a strategy for the care focused on primary health care and the presentation of experiences and opportunities for the application of IPE in interprofessional teams in the first level of care for treatment of noncommunicable diseases and problems related to the health of the elderly.

Panama has made progress in the IPE theme by conducting various activities for the implementation of this strategy in the continuing education of the country's health professionals, in accordance with the lines of action of the national IPE plan presented to PAHO / WHO.