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
Which is the best country to get older in Latin America and the Caribbean?
If you are 65 years old in Panama, you can expect to live 14 additional years in good health and free of poverty. This is 9 years more than in Honduras, and 4 years above the average for Latin American and Caribbean countries. In a recent study, we calculate this measure of older persons’ quality of life for all the countries of the region. See how your country compares to the … [Read more...] about Which is the best country to get older in Latin America and the Caribbean?
Can We Do Better than Normal for Health?
In the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic it is easy to both remain stunned by the pandemic’s impact and long for some kind of normalcy. That is certainly true for health systems in Latin America and the Caribbean, which were hit hard and are struggling to recover. But what should recovery look like? While it is tempting to be nostalgic about pre-pandemic times, those were … [Read more...] about Can We Do Better than Normal for Health?
What Mesoamerica Can Teach Us About Health Equity, Impact, and Decolonizing Global Health
Mesoamerica is an isthmus land sandwiched between the Pacific and the Caribbean Sea, a world away from where the Gates Foundation focuses most of its attention. It is a socio-cultural region with a rich history that runs through Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize, and Chiapas, MX. Much of the terrain here is rugged, mountainous, and lush - … [Read more...] about What Mesoamerica Can Teach Us About Health Equity, Impact, and Decolonizing Global Health
Tuberculosis changed architecture. What changes will COVID-19 leave in its wake?
Public health crises disrupt daily life and bring about changes that remain after the crisis ebbs. Did you know that tuberculosis caused a permanent shift in certain architectural trends? Or that in England, John Snow found the key to curbing cholera, and it changed how we handle wastewater? This article looks at five changes COVID-19 will leave us with. A health crisis … [Read more...] about Tuberculosis changed architecture. What changes will COVID-19 leave in its wake?