“In LAC, 70% of excess deaths that could have been avoided by adequate healthcare are due to low quality of care while 30% are due to lack of access to care.” This striking statistic is often used to highlight the importance of quality for health outcomes, including in the IDB’s Health Sector Framework. But what is the basis for this estimate, and what does it mean? What … [Read more...] about Preventing Unnecessary Deaths: Tackling Low Quality of Care
What are the challenges for Digital Health in Latin America and the Caribbean?
Our guest author for this blog is the artificial intelligence platform known as GPT. We asked GPT to tell us what are the main challenges to digital transformation in health in the region. Our Editorial Committee did not add any subtitles, hyperlinks or make any edits. So, here is the result: Digital health, or the incorporation of digital technologies into the … [Read more...] about What are the challenges for Digital Health in Latin America and the Caribbean?
COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in Belize: How to Overcome it?
Increasing COVID-19 vaccine take-up is key to protecting people from death and disability. Research increasingly shows that COVID-19 not only increases the risk of premature death but also can have long-lasting consequences resulting in chronic conditions and incapacitating illnesses –also known as long COVID. However, despite the benefits of vaccines, governments are still … [Read more...] about COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in Belize: How to Overcome it?
3 Takeaways from our Regional Policy Dialogue: The Golden Opportunity of Digital Health for LAC
How can we ensure that digital health improves health outcomes in an inclusive way in Latin America and the Caribbean? This was one of the main points of discussion among country leaders in our Social Protection and Health Division’s Regional Policy Dialogue, Digital Health for All: LAC’s Golden Opportunity to improve the efficiency, quality and equity of sector. The RPD … [Read more...] about 3 Takeaways from our Regional Policy Dialogue: The Golden Opportunity of Digital Health for LAC
COVID-19 Showed Us the Path toward Universal Health Coverage
It is almost 3 years since COVID-19 began to spread, causing one of the most massive global disruptions of modern times. But it also spurred changes that hold the key to better health and better healthcare services in the future. Every aspect of the healthcare system, from basic research to vaccine distribution, from community outreach to intensive care units, … [Read more...] about COVID-19 Showed Us the Path toward Universal Health Coverage