On March 1, 2016 the Global Health International Advisors (GHIA) Conference Series hosted Dr. Mariela Licha Salomon of Pan American Health Organization. Dr. Licha Salomon presentation, titled "Recent initiatives in support to the Universal Health Coverage”, addressed historical and current programmatic developments related to the development and deployment of health professional in community health settings.
She reviewed conceptual aspects of the last thirty years; WHO efforts in promoting the development of health human resources; and the hard realities faced by developing countries, mostly recently made evident by the 2014 Ebola epidemic in Equatorial Africa. Dr. Licha Salomon detailed national experiences and issues since the 1978 Alma Ata Conference leading to the more recent 2007 Regional Targets, the PAHO 2014 Regional Strategy and the still to be voted WHO 2016 Global Strategy. Gains and gaps were presented.
On the second part of her presentation Dr. Salomon made a detailed analysis of two programs; “Mais Médicos” in Brazil and “Barrio Adentro” in Venezuela -- ongoing community health services programs that are dealing with the issue of deployment of physicians and allied health personnel in remote or poorly served communities. Those programs have used foreign family medicine professionals to supplement the insufficient number of national professionals willing to be deployed in rural, remote, or in the peripheral or destitute urban areas. The presentation was followed by a lively session with questions from the participants.