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Several regional meetings of the “Pathways to Knowledge” (Itinerários do Saber) Project were held in Rio de Janeiro this November to align the work processes in the teams at the institutions in charge of training middle-level technical health workers in Brazil with the technical areas coordinating the Project.

Representatives from 12 institutions in charge of training middle-level technical health workers from the Southeast region of the Unified Health System (SUS) participated in a workshop on November 21-22. The idea was to discuss the demands for training in 2018 by the Project leaders, the technical training schools in the SUS, and the Schools of Public Health. Representatives from the technical schools of the SUS from the South, Central-West, and North of Brazil met on November 27-28 to discuss the training projects’ guidelines under the initiative.

Pathways to Knowledge

The Pathways to Knowledge Project is an initiative of the Brazilian Ministry of Health, under the Division of Technical Activities in Health Education (CGATES), in partnership with the Institute of Scientific and Technological Communication and Information of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (ICICT/FIOCRUZ) and the Network of Technical Schools of the Unified Health System (RET-SUS), supported by FIOTEC. The aim is to develop methodologies, organization, and promotion of continuing educational activities through training and qualification of middle-level technical personnel in priority areas in the Unified Health System.

The key idea is to expand and strengthen care as an integrating factor for health practice. With this focus, the Project’s goal is to offer 150 thousand places by 2019 for middle-level technical personnel in the SUS and 2,500 places for facilitators and supervisors.

The project’s scope provides for courses with 60 hours of classes, including an exclusive classroom format (60 hours), a mixed format (40 classroom hours + 20 hours distance learning), and exclusive distance classes (via the Virtual Learning Environment of the SUS, or AVASUS Platform), developed by the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN).

*With information from the Healthcare Observatory.