Despite a marked economic growth in Latin America in recent years, public health spending is still insufficient, and is far below the world average. In addition, official development assistance (ODA) to the region has been reduced, especially in the health sector. The result of the reduction in ODA and inadequate financing for health in the region is that out-of-pocket expenditures are extremely high. This affects the fight against poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean, and exacerbates the already dramatic inequality in the region.
• Read this publication to better understand the discrepancy between economic growth and funding for healthcare in Latin America and the Caribbean.
• Use this publication to petition governments and international donors to increase funding for sexual and reproductive health in the region.