PAHO and ECLAC urge to accelerate immunization in developing countries – Prensa Latina


In a new joint report released at a press briefing, the two organizations also called on regional governments to transform health systems, boost public investment and strengthen welfare states, among other measures.

They saw them as the means to control the health crisis in the short term and move towards a transformative recovery, with equality and environmental sustainability, aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Carissa Etienne, Director of PAHO and Alicia Barcena, noted the executive secretary of ECLAC.

The Covid-19 pandemic made us understand the need to build a public health program with a global perspective in Latin America and the Caribbean that recognizes the interdependence that exists between the health, social, economic and environmental dimensions, stressed the experts in the document.

Entitled “The prolongation of the health crisis and its impact on health, economy and social development“, the text mentioned that the current pandemic had killed just over 1.5 million people in the region and caused more than 45.7 million cases of Covid-19 since its epidemic in February 2020.

This planetary area, according to authorities, accounts for nearly a fifth of these active cases and about 30% of deaths worldwide, although it only accounts for 8.4% of the world’s population.

In 2020, following the health crisis, the region experienced the strongest economic contraction in 120 years and recorded the worst performance in the developing world, added specialists.

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