Professionalization of Primary Health Care teams in El Savlador

Acto de apertura del Diplomado
PAHO El Salvador
Launch ceremony, 10 January 2013

The Salvador Institute for Social Security (ISSS) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) have officially launched the a Primary Health Care Diploma course aimed at 114 members of the ISSS Primary Health Care (PHC) teams, for 38 district clinics in the country.

PHC has been recognized for more than 25 years as one of the key components of an effective health system, which through a core set of functional and structural elements, aim to guarantee universal coverage and access to services; to provide comprehensive, integrated, and appropriate care over time. The concept and model of PHC has received utmost attention in the region as outlined in the Renewing Primary Health Care in the Americas. A Position Paper of the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO).

The course will offer both distance and in-class learning modules, using the Virtual Campus for Public Health.The participants will study 6 modules, which include integrated health care services; PHC-based care models; family and community health; health promotion and effective health service management. The course is scheduled to be completed by November 2013.

This ambitious project is run with a group of 14 public health professional experts, trained in critical pedagogy and online teaching with the support from the Human Resources Development department of the Pan American Health Organization.

[source: PAHO El Salvador]