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 […]


UNASUR and regional integration in Health

The Union of South American Nations was modelled upon the aspiration to achieve greater South American integration. This would result in the greatest possible well-being for its citizens, in harmony with nature and in an environment of peace, equity, inclusion and justice. It is no surprise that the first Ministerial Councils established within the organization’s […]


Universal Fiscal Policies, Financing and Health System: The Case of Uruguay

As a 2010 PAHO/WHO report puts it, universal health coverage implies three dimensions: horizontal or population coverage: the proportion of the population that is covered; vertical coverage or financial protection: equitable access to health care regardless of ability to pay; depth of coverage: benefits or services to which the covered population has access. Therefore, health […]


Interview: Vera Luiza da Costa, Head of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC)

On 20 June 2014 Dr Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva, from Brazil, took office as the new Head of the Convention (FCTC) Secretariat for a term of office of 4 years, replacing Dr Haik Nikogosian. Dr da Costa e Silva is a medical doctor with a Ph.D. in Health Sciences from Oswaldo Cruz Foundation […]


The Shady Side of Mining

One of the oldest economic activities in South America, mining has its impact on the health of workers and the general population In 2015, a serious mining disaster wreck havocked large areas of the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil. A waste dam broke in Mariana, and fatally victimized 14 workers, 5 inhabitants and an […]


In Pills

Carina Vance is reelected as Executive Director of ISAGS After the meeting of the South American Health Council, held on April 4, the Executive Director of ISAGS, Carina Vance Mafla, was unanimously appointed to an additional two-year term as Head of the Institute. On July 26, an inauguration ceremony will be held for her second […]