Every year in the Americas, noncommunicable diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, respiratory diseases and diabetes, cause four out of every five deaths, with that figure only expected to grow in the coming decades, according to the Pan American Health Organization. Are governments in the region focusing enough on preventing and treating lifestyle diseases, and how can they pay for those efforts?
On December 6th, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted a half-day session on “Sexual & Reproductive Rights in Latin America & the Caribbean: Where Are We Now” in partnership with the Center for Reproductive Rights and the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law.
Just three days into his presidency, on January 23, 2017, Donald Trump reinstated the so-called Global Gag Rule. The executive order, also known as the Mexico City Policy, prohibits all U.S. federal money from funding international organizations that provide information about or support abortion rights.
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?
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.