Health Sector Enters New Stage; Focuses on Access, InnovationBy Miriam Bello | Wed, 05/04/2022 - 10:43
Two years into the COVID-19 outbreak, Mexican authorities said that the health sector will enter a new phase and focus on strengthening attention, expanding access, innovation and fomenting prevention. This week, actors from the public and private sector discussed ways to increase access to services and innovations.
Here is the Week in Health!
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced this week that the health system is ready to enter a “new stage,” that will focus on guaranteeing Mexican’s right to health through the provision of healthcare services to those without social security.
Mexico’s health authorities and Chiapas’ Governor Rutilio Escandon signed the General Covenant for the Coordination for Strengthening Medical Assistance to People Who Suffer From HIV. The signing took place in the wake of the implementation of the Strategy for Universal Access to Antiretroviral Therapy (TAR) for Girls, Boys and Adolescents who Suffer from the HIV virus in the state of Chiapas.
The National Water Commission (CONAGUA) and the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS) are celebrating the first national week against sanitary risks. Between April 30 and May 6, the institutions will host a series of awareness and education activities in a diverse range of topics ranging from clean water and sanitation to safe food handling and pharmacovigilance.
In late 2021, UNICEF informed that children were experiencing one of the worst crises in history because COVID-19 led to numerous setbacks in poverty reduction, access to healthcare, education, nutrition, protection and mental wellbeing. Read more about Mexico’s specific challenges in this article.
During AMIIF’s Innovation Week, experts discussed the industry’s pending tasks to secure pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical access in Mexico. Among the most significant trends are the use of electronic tools for remote monitoring of patients participating in clinical trials, Mexico joining the International Council for Harmonization of Technical Requirements for Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH) and the importance of IP to spur innovation.
On May 3, national and international organizations observed World Asthma Day to raise awareness of this chronic condition that affects the lungs’ airways. Globally, about 235 million people suffer from this condition and in Mexico, it affects 10-12 percent of the population, especially minors.
Experts of the Week
- Assessing Leadership Through the 7S Model by César Marrón from Cardinal Health
- An Integrated Health System Begins with Tech: an interview with Alexandro Arias from Deloitte
- Mental Health and the Fight Against Cancer, Rare Diseases by Sergio Medrano from Be The Match Latin America
- The Right Corporate Cardiovascular Health Plan by Fernando Castilleja from Genethic Services by Sohin
- Regulations Needed to Boost Mexico’s Biosimilars Market: an interview with Rodrigo Fernández from Teva Pharmaceuticals
- Neurochemicals – The Path Forward in Health by Erick Ponce from Grupo Promotor de la Industria de Cannabis - GPIC
- Two Years Later: A Look Back, Part 1 by Marlene Llópiz from Clínica Responsable Operativa, S.C.
- The Importance of Enzyme-Based Cleaning Solutions in Healthcare by Tony Sarraf from Ecolab