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
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
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.
Monday, June 14, 2010 - 03:00
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Carlos Slim Health Institute and Spain will contribute $50 million each to Salud Mesoamerica 2015, an initiative designed and executed by the IDB. Over the next five years, Salud Mesoamerica 2015 will promote projects to improve health among the poor in Central America and southern Mexico, aiming at reducing the gaps in access to health services in the region. At age five, Mesoamerica’s poor children are on average six centimeters shorter than their richer peers.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 - 03:00
The regional integration initiative known as Proyecto Mesoamérica is gaining momentum. It was a central item on the agenda of the XI Cumbre de Tuxla (an annual summit of regional heads of state), which concluded in Costa Rica today. Last week news reports focused on a proposed multimodal transportation strategy to improve the region’s competitiveness. And last June, the IDB announced the second phase of a project known as Tránsito Internacional de Mercancía, which will introduce a unified customs system for use on the borders of all Mesoamerican countries.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009 - 03:00
Since the mid-1990s the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has been the leading source of multilateral financing for Colombia. Over the last 50 years, the IDB has approved more than US$14.8 billion in loans and non-refundable technical cooperation projects for Colombia. Throughout its history, the IDB has supported the Colombian government and private sector in key development areas such as infrastructure, state modernization and reform, small and medium enterprise, agriculture, energy, climate change and environmental protection.
Tuesday, May 3, 2005 - 03:00
Are Afro-descendants and indigenous peoples in better or worse health than Latin Americans of European descent? Four new studies on race, ethnicity and health in Latin America produced some unexpected and sometimes contradictory results. In poor rural villages in Mexico, for instance, indigenous groups report being in better health than non-indigenous groups, said Ashu Handa, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He took data from the PROGRESA cash transfer program for the poor and compared it with the National Health Survey findings.