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PAHO launches the “Managing Health Technologies” virtual course to strengthen capacities on this topic in Haiti - PAHO/WHO

PAHO launches the “Managing Health Technologies” virtual course to strengthen capacities on this topic in Haiti – PAHO/WHO

WASHINGTON, DC, September 22, 2021 (PAHO) – The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has launched the first French-language version of the virtual course on “Planning and Managing Health Technologies” for Haiti, by PAHO Virtual Campus of Public Health.

The course, a joint effort with the University of Vermont, the WHO/PAHO Collaborative Center for Health Technology Management, seeks to provide students with a basic understanding of the principles of health technology planning and management, assessment, budgeting, procurement, implementation, education/training, patient safety, and maintenance and replacement/disposal of vital medical equipment.

During the twelve weeks of the course, the participants represented the ten provinces of Haiti (Artibonite, Center, Grand Anse, Niepse, Nord, Nord-East, Nord-Quest, Quest, Sud-East and others), including various public institutions and non-profit organizations that would benefit Such as the Ministry of Public Health and Population, public hospitals and health centers from the guidance of four experts in the field of health technology management and you will perform various tasks, such as readings, assignments, exams, reports writing and discussions to expand your understanding of health technology planning and management.

The course will reinforce the importance of managing health technology through a life cycle approach. Having a comprehensive understanding of all areas of healthcare technology management will provide additional tools for participants to overcome and better assess local challenges in Haiti, such as the deployment of donations of medical equipment, correct maintenance and use of vital medical equipment.

At the end of the course participants:

  • Better understanding of the fundamentals of health technology planning and management;
  • Learn how to provide a methodology for improving the quality of medical devices, clinical information systems and converging technologies through effective planning and management;
  • They will learn how to better communicate with technical staff, clinicians, regulators, administrators and technology providers.
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The course will take place from September to December 2021 and aims to benefit 50 professionals from all over Haiti.