Abstract in English:Given that the lack of qualified human resources devoted to primary health care (PHC) is one of the reasons why Alma Ata goals are as yet unattained, PAHO/WHO sponsored the design and implementation of a virtual course for training health care professionals at this level. The course was designed around competencies identified as being necessary for renewing primary care, founded on the premise that providing quality, sustainable services amenable to the public must emanate from professionals who lead the change process at all levels in the system. In this first phase, instruction is aimed at PHC leaders, managers, and other decision makers. The course is offered through the Virtual Public Health Campus and is 27 weeks long.
Abstract in English:The current influenza A H1N1 epidemic has demonstrated once again the importance of being able to count on robust, coordinated, and comprehensive public health systems. Countries that do rely on such health systems have proven to recognize, diagnose, and treat influenza in a timely manner, and to provide the public with the education needed to minimize the number of deaths and acute cases. The International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI) recommends that all countries begin to coordinate their national public health efforts. IANPHI offers its support and guidance to all who would create or strengthen their national public health institutes. By strengthening national public health systems, the ability to collaborate and the security of all countries is heightened. These institutions exist for the public good, and any improvements made to them are also a contribution toward better health for the population.