Health to the South - April/2018 Issue

70 years after the creation of the world’s first Health System, in England, our expert Felix Rigoli poses the question: How is the Welfare State doing? Rigoli emphasizes the importance of strengthening social protection in South America and in the world.

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20/09/2018

End TB strategy: great challenges to conquer

      Introduction Tuberculosis is one of the main infectious diseases in the world, representing one of the ten leading causes of death, estimating around 1.6 million deaths and 10 million cases of this disease in 20171. Its association with infection by HIV and some chronic non-communicable diseases have added new challenges in the […]

18/09/2018

Universal Access to Essential Medicines: Recent South American Experiences and Challenges for the Region

        Health as a fundamental right and regional integration are part of the welfare goals agreed upon by all countries in South America. Although we have some achievements in access to medicines, it is a priority to seek and promote regional access scenarios that do not violate the precepts of essentiality and […]

30/08/2018

Health surveillance in the framework of regional integration and its contribution to the improvement of the South American population´s health conditions

The South American region has presented an epidemiological pattern that maintains some similarities with other regions and, at the same time, has particularities framed by the permanence of social inequalities and their consequences in the health of the population. Among the similarities are the changes in demographic indicators (decrease in infant mortality, increase in life […]

20/07/2018

Universalizing health systems, integrating people in a solidary society, and integrating countries within a solidarity region: the challenges of a better life for all.

South America, despite being a region with wide inequalities, has managed to dream of giving access to health services for all. Until two decades ago, having health problems was a misfortune that led  between 5 and 15% of South American families to poverty.  Of course, not all were equally affected by these misfortunes, partly because better-off social […]

11/04/2018

Where is the welfare state today?

Recently, a roundtable held at Chatham House brought together several world leaders, including Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand and Director of the United Nations Development Program until 2017. She pointed to a very important, but often forgotten fact. When asked if universal health systems were a luxury only rich countries could afford, […]

11/04/2018

Expert’s Corner: Information for Action, Disasters and Health in South America

The mitigation of the effects of natural disasters is a priority among the UNASUR public health initiatives, as well as to other mechanisms and institutions operating in the region. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) have developed initiatives aimed at strengthening their response capacities, including: “Protecting health from climate change”, […]