Hungry Planet: What the World Eats

April 24, 2014
The exhibition includes photographs of 30 families in 24 countries, to understand humankind’s oldest social activity: eating "Hungry Planet", a photographic exhibition by the photojournalits Peter Menzel and the writer Faith D'Aluisio, presented by the Infrastructure and Environment Sector of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is a visual walk-through portraying eating habits of different families around the world.

Finding Ways to Change Eating Habits in Bolivia

March 04, 2013
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.

Latin American and Caribbean Women: Better Educated, Lower Paid

October 15, 2012
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.

Belize joins the Salud Mesoamérica 2015 Initiative

February 09, 2012
Acting Prime Minister of Belize and IDB President sign an agreement for a $1.25 million operation, the SM2015 Initiative’s first project in Belize SAN PEDRO, Belize - Today Belize joined the Salud Mesoamérica 2015 Initiative (SM2015) for a project that aims to reduce maternal and infant mortality among the poor, benefiting more than 30,000 young women and children. 

Central America's integration is in full swing

July 21, 2010
In late July, the first substation of the Central American Electrical Interconnection System (SIEPAC) is opening in Costa Rica. A week later, the substation in Panama will be ready to operate. Towers, lines and cables are already in place, so the southern section of the nascent Central American electricity market will soon be a reality. PAC53 - Road from La Chorrera to Arraijan, in Panama.

Mesoamerica Advances

July 29, 2009
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.

The IDB, a partner of Colombia in development

March 17, 2009
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.

Latin America and the Caribbean prepare for a pandemic

July 10, 2006
Worldwide, more than half the people who have contracted the H5N1 bird flu virus strain have died from the disease, according to the World Health Organization’s official tally. Just in 2006, 55 of the 85 people who contracted the disease died from it.  

Health management at the swipe of a card

July 07, 2006
It’s quite a challenge to provide health care for a city with 12 million inhabitants. For instance, how do you set up a system for patient information management that expedites care, makes good use of the resources available and at the same time, is easy to use?

National training program revamps the nursing profession in Brazil

April 13, 2006
Brazil’s national Program for Training Auxiliary Nurses (PROFAE) has been so successful that it almost resembles those "before" and "after" photos that often accompany ads for weight-loss programs and the like. Before PROFAE, the country’s health workforce could be broken into three groups: medical doctors (one-third), other trained health professionals (one-third), and more than 200,000 uncertified, untrained “auxiliary nurses,” or attendants who had worked their way up from lower-level positions in the health care system.