Health and Society

What is COVID-19? How can we prevent contagion? How is it spreading in Latin American? (English/Spanish versions)

March 13, 2020

Coronavirus is a family of viruses that more commonly spread from animals to humans, being classified as a zoonotic disease. COVID-19 is a novel type of coronavirus, which is not only is zoonotic but also can spread from human to human. Its symptoms vary and can be similar to those of common cold and, on the other end, to severe illnesses featuring pneumonia (WHO, 2020).

Salud Mental en América Latina

December 23, 2019

Los trastornos mentales comprenden una gama amplia de enfermedades tales como estrés, ansiedad y depresión y cada una de ellas tiene diferentes síntomas. No obstante, una señal común de estas enfermedades es que afectan las emociones, sentimientos y el comportamiento de las personas afectadas (World Health Organización - WHO 2019). En la última década la depresión se ha posicionado como una enfermedad mental común que también afecta ciudadanos en Latinoamérica.

Social protection as a maternal health equalizer

December 19, 2019

As the world becomes more unequal, with wealth and income inequality on the rise globally and within and between countries, the idea of human rights for all has begun to broaden. Discourse on human rights has expanded to include the right to health, education, security and dignity. Underscored by the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, the rethinking of human rights is based on the concept of equality. In Latin America, where many of the SDGs have been achieved, inequality is a persistent barrier for many people to fully achieve their human rights.

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