Peru holds event: Dialogues on Interprofessional Education to achieve Universal Health

On September 12, 2018, in Lima, Peru, the Ministry of Health and the National Office of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), with the support of the PAHO Regional Office - Washington / USA, held the session - Dialogues on Interprofessional Education to achieve Universal Health.

The event represented the initial framework of the action plan for the implementation of Interprofessional Education (IPE) in the country for 2018-2019, according to an agreement established between the Ministry of Health of Peru and PAHO/WHO.

With the objective of creating a space for dialogue on the strategy of Interprofessional Education in Peru and its contribution to the strengthening of health system, and the 40th anniversary of the Alma Ata Declaration on Primary Health Care and commitment to achieve universal health in the Region of the Americas, the session was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Health. Dr. Claudia Maria Teresa Ugarte Taboada, director of the General Directorate of Human Resources, Management and Development; Dr. Pedro Diaz Urteaga, Director General of the Directorate General of Health Personnel, as well as representatives of the National School of Public Health, School of Nursing, Universities of Medicine, Nursing Teaching Associations-ASPEFEEN, Medicine-ASPEFAM and Dentistry, Rectors Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Dentistry.

Dr. Urgarte presented on the "Situation of Interprofessional Education in Peru" with demonstration of the national action plan for IPE implementation with three activities, such as the holding of events on the theme, IPE in continuing education programs and IPE research.

Other activities carried out during the session included presentations by Dr. Silvia Cassiani, Regional Technical Advisor PAHO / WHO-WDC about "Situation of Interprofessional Education in the Region of the Americas" and Dr. José Rodrigues Freire, Consultant in Human Resources PAHO / WHO, on "How to implement Interprofessional Education".

Dr. Hernán Sepúlveda Uribe, Human Resources Advisor of the South American Subregional Program - PAHO / WHO, also made important reflections on IPE and its contributions to achieving universal health, as proposed in PAHO's Human Resources Strategy.

The dialogue in the session was based on three major questions, which were: How can IPE be implemented in Peru? Which actors are needed to involve the implementation of IPE in Peru? What are the benefits of applying IPE to achieve universal health?

Meeting participants recognized the importance of IPE to achieve universal health and requested some adjustments in the titles and activities presented in the action plan; including IPE pilot projects in universities and health services, implementation of IPE in programs of the Ministry of Health, such as the Rural and Urban Health Services program (SERUMS), creation of projects of law involving the Ministry of Social Inclusion and integration of IPE in the accreditation process with professional associations. In the session, it was discussed the formation of a(technical group to implement IPE in Peru, being coordinated by the Ministry of Health.

Agenda and presentations

Situación de la Educación Interprofesional en el Perú
  Dra. Claudia Ugarte Taboada, Directora General, Dirección General de Personal de Salud del Ministerio de Salud
Situación de la Educación Interprofesional en la Región de las Américas
  Silvia Cassiani, Asesora Regional de Enfermería y Técnicos en Salud OPS/OMS WDC
Cómo se puede implementar la Educación Interprofesional en Salud
  José Rodrigues Freire, Consultor en RHS en Salud OPS/OMS