IDB’s Manager of Social Sector Highlights Advances in Public Health in the Americas

Kai KawabataKei Kawabata, Manager of Social Sector at the Inter-American Development Bank, pointed out that the processes of change and the health sector reforms undertaken by the region “begin to bear fruit.”

“The region is leading the upward trend in longevity worldwide. Today, Latinos can expect to live 16 years more than in the 60s,” said the IDB manager, and highlighted achievements in child health in the Americas: “Latin America and the Caribbean have reduced infant mortality rates at a much higher rate than other regions. This would not have been possible without effective public health interventions such as immunizations.”

“PAHO has been promoting health leadership, support from the media and civil society, and the establishment of partnership mechanisms,” said Kawabata.

Furthermore, she considers it “essential to continue working together with PAHO,” in addition to “working with the countries by means of policies and financing,” and to promote “the knowledge and experience of the IDB with PAHO and strengthen our strategic partnership.”

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