EUROsociAL, programme financed by the European Commission, held a Workshop on Planning and Human Resources for Health Information Systems in Panama to move forward in the consolidation of technical and organizational capacities. The Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP) is coordinating this activity, which is part of the Health Thematic Area of the Programme.
The workshop was an opportunity to present and jointly analyze recent developments in the area of Human Resources for Health in Panama, particularly the strengths and weaknesses of the newly created HRH Observatory, the National Planning Commission for Human Capital for Health and the HRH monitoring and evaluation system. It also allowed for an analysis of gaps between the supply and demand of specialized workers in this field in Panama.
The workshop featured broad participation by key stakeholders, such as the Ministry of Health, the Social Security Fund, the University of Panama, the Panamanian Medical Association, the Panamerican Health Organization and the Panamanian Public Health Society. Teamwork activities were used to reach an agreement on a road map for laying out the advising itinerary for the EUROsociAL programme, to be implemented in 2014.
In Panama, the EUROsociAL programme supports the strengthening of human resources for health policy management, with a view to fostering equitable access to quality health services and focusing on the most vulnerable groups.