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Improving equity, quality, and efficiency in health systems and services

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Sector Framework Initiatives Projects at a Glance
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We provide support to strengthen health systems and achieve Universal Health Coverage in the region, promoting better health conditions, reducing poverty risks related to health problems, and ensuring sustainable health services for all, based on international evidence.

Effective access to quality services

Prevention of non-communicable chronic diseases

Sustainability and efficiency of health expenditure

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs)

In Latin America and the Caribbean non-communicable diseases have become the leading cause of premature death and disability. In the region, NCDs account for nearly 77% of mortality and are related to 70% of the disease burden. 

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The economic evidence

The economic evidence confirms that health status is associated with economic growth and productivity because of the relationship between health and lower rates of fertility, reduced risk of impoverishment and higher rates of household savings. 

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The Golden Opportunity of Digital Health

Digital transformation offers the opportunity to harness the transformative power of technology to evolve healthcare systems in the region to be more inclusive and efficient.

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The poorest households face a double disadvantage

The poorest households face a double disadvantage: on one hand, they are more exposed to risk factors for adverse conditions of housing, water and sanitation and inadequate nutrition. On the other hand, they have less access to high-quality health services.

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Expenditure on health has grown faster than GDP

On average, between 2010 and 2019, the growth rate in per capita health spending was 4.9% per year in Latin America and the Caribbean, higher than the 3.1% observed for the gross domestic product (GDP).

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a group of people posing for a photo health - Inter-American Development Bank - IDB Smart Spending for Health: How to Make Each Dollar Count
a finger touching a screen with icons health - Inter-American Development Bank - IDB The Golden Opportunity of Digital Health for Latin America and the Caribbean
a person and a child giving a high five health - Inter-American Development Bank - IDB Toward the Future of Healthcare Workers: upcoming trends and challenges
Smart Spending for Health

Watch the launch of "Smart Spending for Health: How to make each dollar count", a publication that presents key concepts, tools, and strategies aimed at making smarter decisions regarding healthcare spending in the region.

IDB Lab Finances Telemedicine in Ecuador to Reach Underserved Communities
IDB Lab, the innovation and venture laboratory of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group, will lend $2 million from the IDB’s Social Entrepreneurship Program through a loan to the Ecuadorian company DoctorOne to help it reach more underserved communities and improve access to quality...
April 24, 2024
Paraguay Strengthens Health Services in San Estanislao with IDB Support
The new San Estanislao General Hospital will benefit 90,000 patients per year. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Government of Paraguay signed a $60 million loan contract to strengthen health services in the San Estanislao district, in the north of the Eastern Region of Paraguay...
April 15, 2024
City of Ourinhos in Brazil Will Modernize its Healthcare System with IDB Support
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a loan of $40 million to improve the health system in Ourinhos, in Brazil. This is the fifth individual operation of a conditional line of credit for investment projects (CCLIP) 'ProSocial - Social Expenditure Modernization Program in Brazil', of $1...
October 02, 2023
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