Monday, April 8, 2013 - 03:00
One of the biggest challenges for public health systems in Latin America and the Caribbean is the rise of chronic and non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and cancer. Overwhelmed by growing demand, public primary care units and hospitals are unable to provide timely diagnostic services such as blood tests and mammograms that would allow low-income patients to identify and treat their conditions.
Monday, March 4, 2013 - 03:00
Nearly one in three children under the age of five in Bolivia suffers from stunting—a result of chronic malnutrition—the second highest rate in Latin America and the Caribbean. Poverty and lack of health systems that provide the right supplements are the most commonly cited reasons for the problem, but lack of awareness and behavioral issues related to nutrition are factors as well.
Monday, March 4, 2013 - 03:00
At the end of 2011, Maria Rodriguez, who lives in the mountains in Huixtán in Chiapas, Mexico, started having such serious problems with her eyes that she could barely do her daily chores such as cooking and preparing her children for school.
Monday, October 15, 2012 - 03:00
Even with more education than men, women are still concentrated in lower-paid occupations such as teaching, health care or the service sector. When comparing men and women of the same age and educational level, men earn 17 percent more than women in Latin America.
Monday, April 23, 2012 - 03:00
Efforts include actions to prevent and control neglected tropical diseases, currently affecting more than 200 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 03:00
People of African descent represent 33% of the population of Latin America and the Caribbean, and an estimated 50% of them live in poverty. Latin America is one of the most unequal regions of the world. Inequality is partly explained by the lack of opportunities determined at birth by race and ethnicity. Inequalities have a direct impact on human development and overall economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 03:00
Before the project started in 2008, Saint Marc had running water for nine hours a week, at best. At present service is up to 10 hours a day—the highest average in any urban area in Haiti.
Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 03:00
Tertiary care hospital built with IDB financing gives access to state-of-the-art care Not long ago, patients in need of specialized services in Tepic, the capital of the Mexican state of Nayarit, had to travel for over one hour by ambulance to get treatment in the nearest hospital in Guadalajara. Such long distance added significant health risks and financial costs for patients seeking both specialized and emergency care.
Friday, September 16, 2011 - 03:00
The IDB tropical diseases program provides services to 130,000 people in 13 indigenous communities of Mexico Marcela Gómez is a trilingual healthcare squad member: she speaks Tzotzil, Tzeltal, and Spanish. Along with her fellow healthcare squad members, she covers kilometers of jungle paths day after day to reach the most remote homes in southern Mexico. On their journey, they dodge dog and mosquito bites, but nothing makes them lose sight of the objective: to save lives.
Innovative community participation supports program to fight environmental degradation of Brazil’s Atlantic forest
Monday, April 25, 2011 - 03:00
IDB helps promote conservation and provide better housing conditions for more than 8,000 families, many of them living in high-risk hillsides in Serra do Mar A $470 million project backed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo is seeking to protect what is left of the Atlantic forest while ensuring better livelihoods for the local communities. One of the key components of the project is to move residents to safer areas.