On World Health Day, PAHO reinforces that having interprofessional teams prepared and motivated are essential to respond to people's health needs

World Health Day, which is celebrated on April 7, in the Region of the Americas has focused on universal health.

According to the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO / WHO), everyone has a part to play, sparking conversations and contributing to dialogue on policies that can help your country achieve and maintain universal health.

With respect to health professionals, they can discuss the needs of qualified, motivated inter-professional teams, which are essential to serve the health needs of the people wherever they may live.

To celebrate World Health Day, with the slogan "Universal Health: for all people, everywhere," PAHO / WHO focuses on the campaign this year in primary health care (PHC), equity and solidarity, reinforcing that, in order to achieve universal health, the creation of interprofessional health teams makes it necessary.

PAHO / WHO with the approval of the Strategy on Human Resources for Universal Access to Health and Universal Health Coverage (Document CSP 29/10) ,in the year of 2017, and with the elaboration of a regional action plan (Document CE 162/16) with specific objectives for advancing in this strategy, brings as one of the indicators the number of countries that have an interprofessional health team defined for the first level of care within the framework of the care model.

Therefore, having interprofessional health teams is an important objective approved by the Member States of PAHO / WHO to achieve universal health, being highlighted in the commemoration of World Health Day.

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Important information:

  • Interprofessional health team consists of a group of multiple health professionals from different professions, intentionally created, who work together to provide the highest quality of care, acting through cooperative relationships, coordination, collaboration, shared responsibility, to provide patient-centered care, in the family and in the community (1).
  • Interprofessional Education in Health (IPE) is an educational strategy for the development of professional competences for effective interprofessional teamwork.

There are currently 19 countries in the Region of the Americas with action plans to implement the IPE in order to have interprofessional teams in their health systems.

The plans were developed following a call by PAHO / WHO to all its Member States in 2016.