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How Well Are Countries of the Americas Dealing With Health Crises?

The World Health Organization on Nov. 18 declared an end to its global health emergency over the spread of the Zika virus, saying instead that the virus is a dangerous mosquito-borne disease that should be treated as an ongoing threat rather than as an emergency. What are the next major health challenges the Americas will have to face in the near and long term?

Katherine E. Bliss, Barry Featherman, Ricardo Izurieta, Francisco Becerra

Latin America Advisor ˙

CMWG: Funding a Comprehensive Response to the Zika Virus

On November 15, 2016, the Inter-American Dialogue and the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law convened a private roundtable discussion on funding for the current Zika virus outbreak in the Americas. In September 2016, the US Congress approved $1.1 billion for the emergency Zika response, which raises a number of important questions around funding allocation and priority setting, both domestically and globally.

Lily Welborn

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Patient is pictured in a hospital bed.

Will Covid Change How Latin America Provides Health Care?

A Latin America Advisor Q&A featuring experts’ viewpoints on improving Latin America and the Caribbean’s health care.

Jaana Remes, Rolf Hoenger, María del Rocío Sáenz Madrigal, Arachu Castro

Latin America Advisor ˙

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Healthcare Investment & Economic Recovery in the Americas

On May 6, 2021, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted the online event, “Healthcare Investment & Economic Recovery in the Americas.” The panel discussed the state of healthcare in the region, and how targeting specific health investments can lead to a more sustainable economic recovery in Latin America and the Caribbean. The event featured welcome remarks by Michael Shifter, with comments from panelists Luis Miguel Castilla, Jaana Remes and Rolf Hoenger.

Carolina Celedón

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The Covid-19 pandemic may push millions of people into hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to the United Nations World Food Program. A Salvadoran family that participates in a World Food Program initiative is pictured above. // File Photo: WFP.

Where Are Latin Americans Most At Risk of Starvation?

A Latin America Advisor Q&A featuring experts’ takes on food insecurity in the region amid Covid-19 and the role of the government, the private sector and multilateral organizations in ensuring citizens have access to food.

Devry Boughner Vorwerk, Lidia Fromm Cea, Diana Chavez, Martín Piñeiro

Latin America Advisor ˙

The director of the Pan American Health Organization has said governments in Latin America should raise public spending on health to at least 6 percent of GDP. // File Photo: Mexican Government.

How Much Can Governments Raise Health Spending?

A Latin America Advisor Q&A featuring experts’ viewpoints on government health spending in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Antonio Vergara, Arachu Castro, María del Rocío Sáenz Madrigal, Jarbas Barbosa, Ricardo Izurieta

Latin America Advisor ˙

A health care worker in Chile is pictured getting the Covid-19 vaccination.

How Well Are Covid Vaccinations Going in Latin America?

A Latin America Advisor Q&A featuring experts’ viewpoints on widespread vaccination programs in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Katherine E. Bliss, Maria Luisa Ávila, Arachu Castro, Paulo M. Buss, Cuauhtémoc Ruiz Matus, Felicia M. Knaul, Michael Touchton

Latin America Advisor ˙

A nurse vaccinates a woman.

How Much Will the G7 Vaccine Donation Help Latin America?

A Latin America Advisor Q&A on what the G7 vaccine donations means for Latin America and the Caribbean’s inoculation plans.

Julio Frenk, Katherine E. Bliss, Mauricio Claver-Carone, Arachu Castro, María Luisa Ávila

Latin America Advisor ˙

A Honduran prison. // File Photo: Honduran Government.

Can the Northern Triangle Contain a Prison Pandemic?

A Latin America Advisor Q&A featuring experts’ takes on the coronavirus outbreaks in Northern Triangle prisons.

Barry McCaffrey, Adam Blackwell, Yulia Vorobyeva, Tiziano Breda

Latin America Advisor ˙

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Renewed Cooperation in a Troubled Hemisphere – Towards the Summit of the Americas

On March 31, 2022, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted a public event to present its biennial Sol M. Linowitz policy report titled: “The Case for Renewed Cooperation in a Troubled Hemisphere: Towards the Ninth Summit of the Americas”. During the event, panelists discussed the main findings and recommendations of the report and analyzed the current state of regional and hemispheric cooperation.

Andrea Colombo

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Rebeca Grynspan

Member in the News: Rebeca Grynspan

Rebeca Grynspan, secretary general of SEGIB, was appointed by the G-20 to the High Level Independent Panel (HLIP) on financing the global pandemic preparedness and response.

Rebeca Grynspan

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Deepening Cooperation and Coordination on Health Policy in the Americas

The Covid-19 pandemic has laid bare fundamental weaknesses in political leadership, coordination, and health policy integration in the Western Hemisphere. The current geopolitical divides undermined the few mechanisms that were in place for effective cooperation on health governance. This white paper presented by the Inter-American Health Task Force, aims to understand better the lessons and challenges of the regional response to Covid-19 and appraise, in retrospect, how they were addressed and how they could have been addressed. The paper also makes specific recommendations. These recommendations are grouped into five areas geared toward improving cooperation and coordination in health policy to support regional Covid-19 response and recovery, as well as future health emergencies.

Inter-American Health Task Force

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Donation of Covid-19 supplies in Guatemala

Engaging Networks to Address the Covid-19 Pandemic in Guatemala

In recent months, the Inter-American Dialogue has been honored to work with its network of partners to support pandemic response efforts in the Guatemalan communities where we work. Following a generous donation of Covid-19 testing supplies and PPE equipment from the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and Cities Alliance, the Dialogue was proud to facilitate coordination between regional entities, municipal authorities, hospitals, and donors to prioritize needs and distribute supplies.

Kathryn Klaas

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