Health at a Glance: Latin America and the Caribbean 2020

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Health at a Glance: Latin America and the Caribbean 2020 presents key indicators on health and health systems in 33 Latin America and the Caribbean countries. This first Health at a Glance publication to cover the Latin America and the Caribbean region was prepared jointly by OECD and the World Bank. Analysis is based on the latest comparable data across almost 100 indicators including equity, health status, determinants of health, health care resources and utilisation, health expenditure and financing, and quality of care. The editorial discusses the main challenges for the region brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, such as managing the outbreak as well as mobilising adequate resources and using them efficiently to ensure an effective response to the epidemic. An initial chapter summarises the comparative performance of countries before the crisis, followed by a special chapter about addressing wasteful health spending that is either ineffective or does not lead to improvement in health outcomes so that to direct saved resources where they are urgently needed.

English Also available in: Spanish

Family planning

The WHO estimates that 214 million women of reproductive age in developing countries who want to avoid pregnancy are not using a modern contraceptive method (WHO, 2018[1]). The SDG targeting reproductive health care services aims to provide universal access by 2030, and to integrate reproductive and sexual health into national agendas, strategies and programs. The global agenda for sexual and reproductive health and rights is linked to gender equality and women’s wellbeing, affecting newborn, child, adolescent and maternal health, and their roles in shaping future economic development and environmental sustainability (Starrs et al., 2018[2]). Family planning is a key component of any essential package of reproductive and sexual health services, and it is one of the most cost-effective public health interventions, contributing to significant reductions in child and maternal mortality and morbidity (UNFPA, 2018[3]).

English Also available in: Spanish


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