Health and the Economy: A Convergence Needed to Address COVID-19 and Retake the Path of Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Foreword: "This joint report by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is issued at a time when several Latin American countries have become the epicenter of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. [...] The main conclusion of this report is that if the pandemic transmission curve is not brought under control, the countries' economies will be unable to recover. It also states that, in order to both control the pandemic and reopen the economy, States must demonstrate effective and dynamic leadership and stewardship through national plans that incorporate health, economic and social policies. Moreover, for the pandemic to be controlled and economic recovery and reconstruction promoted, fiscal spending must be increased and made more efficient, effective, and equitable, so that public spending on health reaches at least 6% of gross domestic product (GDP). For Latin America and the Caribbean to be successful at this critical stage, the physical distancing measures needed to tackle the pandemic must be complemented by urgent social protection measures to guarantee people's income, food, and access to basic services."

2020 PAHO and United Nations
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