Health to the South - March/2018 issue

The production and consumption of GMO foods have grown substantially in the past few years, especially in South America. Who’s right in this debate? Are GMOs good or bad for the health of populations?

Read also:

  • – An analysis of our especialist in Health Systems & Services, Félix Rigoli, about the Public-Private partnerships in Health Systems;;
  • – Global Health with its feet on the ground. How to make actions carried out by global health actors arrive to their target populations;
  • – the analist in Politics and International Affairs at the University of Santiago de Chile, María Jesús Mella Gúzman, writes about the ‘Migrant seal’ in Quilicura;
  • – Infographics “2018 – Decades of legacies to remember and build on”;
  • – To The Point by Carina Vance – Women’s struggle for their rights starts early.



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 […]


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 […]


GMO: progress or setback?

Thousands of years ago, when the planet was still an inhospitable place and human beings were but nomadic hunters, everyone ate only with what they planted and harvested and everything was natural and organic. As time passed, we began to domesticate animals and plants. It was a path of no return. Since the beginning of […]


The “Migrant Seal” in Quilicura, a local outlook at immigration in Chile

Quilicura has become a structural destination for immigrants in the Metropolitan Region of Santiago de Chile. This fact has reshaped the cultural, social and institutional landscape of the district. The high concentration of Haitian citizens and the significant presence of Palestinian refugees differentiate it from other towns, since the policies that must be implemented inevitably […]


Public and Private agents in the national health systems

The so-called Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) are increasingly common in many health systems and the trend may intensify as a result of the crisis. In some countries undergoing hefty fiscal adjustment, letting the private sector subcontract public services (not only health-related ones) has become a tool to balance public budgets. In this article, we acknowledge this […]


Global Health with its feet on the ground

Every year, actions carried out by global health actors multiply. However, the benefits and results that many of these projects seek to achieve seem not to reach their target populations. Imagine you are in the Northeast of Brazil, in an inland city. A family with three children, one of them with just under two years […]