The pandemic has exposed the vulnerability of those with poor health in Latin America and the Caribbean, as people with obesity and other pre-existing conditions are at highest risk of serious illness and death. Chronic health problems are also damaging the region’s growth prospects. Even in a normal year, poor health reduces global GDP by 15 percent, according to a recent report from the McKinsey Global Institute.
As the health and economic consequences of the pandemic become better understood, policymakers will be compelled to look hard at ways health is tied to economic activity, equality and wellbeing, and how scarce fiscal resources can be best employed.
How can governments and stakeholders in the region build momentum in order to make changes to the whole health ecosystem and target investments in health that will have the greatest economic return after the pandemic?
Join us for a panel on May 6 featuring former Peruvian finance minister Luis Miguel Castilla, McKinsey’s Jaana Remes, and Rolf Hoenger of Roche Pharma to discuss the importance of investments in health to sustained economic recovery in Latin America and the Caribbean.
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