The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the ongoing global lack of preparedness for health systems around the world. In the case of some diseases like dementia, one of the biggest health and social care crises of this and future generations; awareness, support and education are key to successfully prepare patients, family members and caregivers. In this article, we ask Paola … [Read more...] about Dementia and COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean
Latin America and the Caribbean is the fastest-aging region in the world. People living longer is a positive development, but it brings with it more widespread care dependence—difficulty performing activities of daily living like bathing or getting dressed. We estimate that by 2050, between 27 and 35 million people in our region will need help completing these basic tasks. This … [Read more...] about Women as Caregivers: Less time, less money, more work.
The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting lives and economies. The World Bank estimates global GDP losses of US$12 trillion over 2020-2021, implying a US$500 million benefit to ending the pandemic just one month sooner. In this context, we need access to a safe and effective vaccine on a faster schedule than ever before achieved for a new disease. This will require significant … [Read more...] about 3 reasons why countries should purchase COVID-19 Vaccines at Risk
More than 8 million older people are dependent on long-term care in Latin America and the Caribbean. These people are not able, on their own, to perform at least one basic activity of daily living, such as bathing or showering, eating, using the toilet, dressing, getting around a room, or getting in and out of bed. In this region, care dependence affects 12% of people over … [Read more...] about Who takes care of older people in Latin America and the Caribbean?
Anyone who knows the work of William Shakeaspeare in Romeo and Juliet recognizes these famous lines: “What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet!” In @BIDgente we have been asking a similar question regarding Electronic Health Record systems. What happens when we give different names to the same thing? In health systems, it can be … [Read more...] about What’s in a name? Speaking the same language in digital health