A strategic roadmap for telehealth in the community of Portuguese-speaking countries.

L Lapão, P Ferrinho, LA Messina, Augusto Paulo Silva, F Rosenberg, Luiz Eduardo Fonseca, Paulo Buss, Regina Ungerer, Francisco Campos

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The health agenda within the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (Comunidade dos Países de Língua Portuguesa—CPLP) was strengthened in 2008 with the creation of the Strategic Plan for Cooperation in Health (PECS/CPLP) that was signed in May 2009 by all CPLP Ministers of Health. This plan outlined seven strategic areas and 21 development projects with an emphasis on the training of human resources and institutional development for strengthening health systems. The development of a strategic roadmap focusing on the use of new technologies to promote distance education and collaborative research and to ensure universal access to health care is in line with the priorities of the PECS/CPLP. The proposal was presented, discussed and approved at the Technical Meeting of PECS/CPLP 2009–2016 at the CPLP Executive Secretariat in Lisbon on 2 March 2016. All the topics approved in the meeting, including telehealth, will make up a Resolution to be signed by all nine CPLP member countries’ Ministers of Health, sealing the main topics to receive attention and investment to advance universal health coverage.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPolicy in Focus
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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