More than 6.5 million people have died worldwide from COVID-19. Latin America and the Caribbean LAC has been one of the regions most affected by the pandemic, with some of the countries having the highest mortality rates. As mentioned in previous blog posts in this series on Healthy Cities, the region is highly urbanized and has wide health inequities. In this blog, we … [Read more...] about Has the pandemic exacerbated urban inequality in Latin America?
Why are cities so important for health?
There are many variables that affect our health, both at the individual and community level. Among the latter, as the COVID experience has made clear, urban services play a fundamental role in the health of the population. But this role is not relevant only at times of health crises; urban services are also fundamental for improving public health in a comprehensive manner for … [Read more...] about Why are cities so important for health?
The caregiving crisis in informal settlements
“I'm a hairdresser (...) but I need to take care of my aunt [who has a severe disability], of my daughter [who's only 12 years old] and the house” says Lorena, from Río Paraná, in Corrientes, Argentina. Just like many other women in the region, Lorena must balance her professional life with housework and caregiving responsibilities. These responsibilities are particularly … [Read more...] about The caregiving crisis in informal settlements
Does living in a vulnerable neighborhood influence the options of finding a job?
Discrimination is an invisible, but actual barrier. It not only prevents part of the population from accessing the same benefits and opportunities as those who are not discriminated against, but it also slows down the development of our region. Discrimination can take many shapes and forms and manifest in multiple places. Did you know that two people with the same experience … [Read more...] about Does living in a vulnerable neighborhood influence the options of finding a job?
Opportunities to close urban inequality gaps in Paraguay
Despite cities are the main driver of growth, prosperity and innovation worldwide, inequalities still arise in them in various ways. One of them is the lack of access to basic services such as housing. Unfortunately, our region is no stranger to this phenomenon. According to recent data, 1 in 4 urban inhabitants in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) lives in an informal … [Read more...] about Opportunities to close urban inequality gaps in Paraguay