International Network of Education of Health Technicians (RETS) incorporates the theme of Interprofessional Education into its Work Plan

On November 12, 13 and 14, 2018, at the Joaquim Venâncio / Fiocruz Polytechnic School of Health, in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the 4th Ordinary Meeting of the International Network of Education for Health Technicians (RETS) was held. The event, in its entirety, conformed to an International Seminar as the 40th anniversary of the First International Conference on Primary Health Care (Alma-Ata Conference), and the Global Conference on Primary Health Care (Astana Conference), followed by the planning, formulation and approval meeting of the Network Work Plan, in line with the Human Resources Strategy for universal access to health and universal health coverage, approved by the Member States of PAHO.

Among the objectives of the meeting, the preparation of the RETS work plan for the next four years was one of the highlights of the event.

During the meeting, representatives of the RETS member countries gave presentations on the training and work experiences of technical workers in health, then formulated and approved the new Work and Communication Plan (2019-2022) of RETS, as well as the revision of the rules of the Network and election of its Executive Secretariat, Brazil being maintained for the next four years.

What is RETS?

RETS is an articulation between institutions and organizations involved in the training and qualification of technical personnel in the health field in countries of the Americas, Portuguese-speaking Africa and Portugal. Its mission is to strengthen national health systems.

The official creation of RETS was held in Mexico City in July 1996 during a meeting that brought together representatives of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO / WHO), Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba and Mexico , as a response to the results of a large multicenter study, whose results pointed to numerous problems in the training of technical workers in health in the Region of the Americas.

In the RETS work plan, IPE was included in its actions, with proposals to incorporate the approach in the curricular components of health technician education, as well as the provision of events, international seminars, to disseminate the theme among all members of RETS.

The incorporation of IPE into the education of health technicians is yet another innovative and hitherto unpublished initiative, driven by PAHO / WHO, which could contribute to achieving universal health in the context of the Strategy on Human Resources for Universal Access to Health and Universal Health Coverage.