28 June, 2019

PAHO calls for blood donation systems to be strengthened to ensure 100% voluntary donations

In Latin America and the Caribbean, voluntary donation accounts for less than half of all blood supplies. For World Blood Donor Day, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) calls for countries to strengthen their voluntary, unpaid blood donation systems, the best way to ensure universal access to an adequate supply of safe blood for transfusions. 
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The Department of Health Systems and Services agrees on strategies to support countries in the development of health systems based on primary health care 

Eighty-two professionalsfrom the Department of Health Systems and Services met in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, from 11 to 13 June, to consolidate PAHO's processes for technical cooperation toward Universal Health. 
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The Expert Committee for the Regulatory Landscape of the Americas meets to advance in the development of a report of the Region

The Expert Committee for the Regulatory Landscape of the Americas met to discuss the scope and depth of a report that will landscape the industry and regulatory systems in the Americas. 
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Selected candidates start the 2019 PAHO’s ‘Leaders in International Health’ program  

Thirty-five professionals in public health, international relations and related fields, from 26 countries in the Americas, started the 2019 session of the Pan American Health Organization’s Edmundo Granda Ugalde Leaders in International Health program.
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The Dominican Republic celebrates the First National Forum on the Strategy of Primary Health Care 

In support of the strengthening of Primary Health Care as a decisive strategy to advance towards universal health, PAHO´s director, Dr. Carissa Etienne, participated in the First National Forum on the Strategy of Comprehensive Primary Health Care for Universal Health in the Dominican Republic.
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New self-learning course on human resources for health available in Spanish 

PAHO launched a new self-learning course on Human Resources for Health that presents an overview of the challenges in this field in the Region of the Americas. 

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Call for applications for OAS Scholarships in Brazil

The ninth edition of the Brazil Scholarship PAEC OAS-GCUB 2019 offers 513 scholarship opportunities to outstanding citizens of OAS Member States to pursue master's or doctorate programs in Brazilian Universities. Benefits include full tuition waiver, living and settlement expenses, and free Portuguese classes. Deadline to apply:  August 7, 2019.

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Open call for applications

Call for applications is open for the course on Mercury effects in human health and the environment. This course explores the different forms of mercury and its compounds with their respective sources, environmental distributions, toxicological aspects, and prevention measures. Deadline to apply: July 7, 2019.

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Webinar recording available online

Access the webinar's recording  on Human Genome Editing "CRISPR-Cas9: Molecular Scissors for Gene Editing". Presented by Juan Haro Mora, from the Cellular and Molecular Therapeutics Branch of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health.

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