- The United States announced this Wednesday a new Americas Health Corps to train 500,000 health workers.
- This, in the region together with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), after the pandemic hit, reports the White House.
- The health training will cost $100 million, of which the United States will pay a portion.
The United States announced on Wednesday a new Americas Health Corps for train 500 thousand health workers in the region together with Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)after the pandemic hit, reports the White House.
The health training will cost $100 million, of which the United States will pay a portion.
It is above all about “provide more advanced skills to existing health workers (…) in the field of research, service delivery and, to some extent, public health administration”, explained a government official who has requested anonymity during a teleconference.
The Health Corps will function as a consortium
The Health Corps will function as a consortium and partner with academic institutions in the United States and throughout the region to build on and expand existing training programs of the United States government and PAHO, the regional office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO).
Covid-19 had a devastating effect in Latin America and the Caribbean with more than 2.7 million deadwhich represents more than 40% of deaths recorded globally, although the WHO estimates that there were many more.
The pandemic “showed us the many cracks in our global health systems and underscored the importance of strong and resilient health systems,” the statement said.
China took advantage of the context of the pandemic to gain influence in a region where it has become the first or second trading partner of many countries. As soon as he could, he deployed the distribution of anticovid vaccines.
Cuba has also sent doctors to work abroad, which angered the government of former US President Donald Trump which reacted by suspending PAHO funding for alleged links to this practice.
The White House has made the announcement hours before President Biden is to deliver a speech at the Los Angeles Summit of the Americaswrapped in controversy due to the absence of several heads of state, such as Mexico, in protest against the exclusion of the rulers of Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba.
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