10:00—10:00 AM
Congressional Visitors Center
Congressional Meeting Room North
1st St SE, DC 20004

Briefing: Public Health in Latin America

The Honorable Sam Farr presents

Public Health in Latin America


Carissa Etienne
Pan American Health Organization

Amanda Glassman
Senior Fellow and Director, Global Health Policy
Center for Global Development

While Latin America has made significant advances in public health, the burden of disease and inadequate care remains prevalent across the region. Children from low-income homes are five times more likely to die before their fifth birthday, and the majority of those deaths are preventable. Over 100 million people (roughly 17%) in the region suffer from neglected infectious diseases. And an estimated 45% of people infected with HIV don’t have access to antiretroviral therapy. Across the region, lack of access to adequate health services falls disproportionately on poor communities. Without question, this health insecurity is a threat to human rights, economic prosperity, and regional stability.

Public Health in Latin America is part of an on-going monthly briefing series called Latin America on the Rise, which brings in a diversity of speakers to address emerging and emergent issues in the Western Hemisphere.

To register, please contact Caitie Whelan at caitie.whelan@mail.house.gov.

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