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Weekly Roundups

Insecurity Threatens Mexico’s Health Sector

By Miriam Bello | Thu, 07/21/2022 - 15:59

This week, the insecurity affecting medical students and organ traffic took the spotlight, highlighting the urgency to create an integral security strategy in Mexico. Climate change threats are also impacting the country, as heat waves are leading to hospital admissions and deaths.

Here is the week in health!

Mexico Health Summit 2022 ECHO is Going Hybrid

Healthcare priorities have been shifting in Mexico since 2019, leading to changes in the original objectives of the National Health Plan 2019-2024. Regardless of the changes, both public and private providers saw the opportunity to grow and improve care provision through tech and preventive measures. Key industry leaders will address these and other topics in depth during Mexico Health Summit 2022 ECHO.

Ministry of Health to Review Working Conditions of Medical Students

During President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s morning press conference, Minister of Health Jorge Alcocer Varela said that the ministry will review the working conditions for medical students in Mexico’s rural communities. However, these medical internships will continue as they are “an academic and professional need,” he added. Alcocer’s comments follow the death of a medical student in Durango.

Mexican Hospital Consortium Announces Digitalization Plans

Under the slogan of "let's design the future of health services together," the Mexican Hospital Consortium (CMH) announced two significant steps that aim to boost and strengthen digitalization in this guild.

INSABI Spent 15 Percent Less Between January and May 2022

Mexico’s Health for Wellness Institute (INSABI) decreased its expenses during the first five months of 2022, according to data from the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP). Between January and May 2022, INSABI spent MX$26.1 billion (US$1.27 billion), a 15 percent decrease year over year.

CENATRA Introduces Campaign to Prevent Organ Trafficking

The Prevention Campaign against Trafficking of Organs, Tissues and Transplant Tourism, which aims to increase awareness and prevent these types of crimes, will start on July 29, 2022, announced José Aburto, General Director, CENATRA. 

Heatwaves in Mexico Cause Hospital Admissions, Death

The high temperatures hitting Mexico since the 12th week of 2022 have caused 690 health emergencies and eight deaths, reported the General Direction of Epidemiology (DGE). Heatwaves can affect physical and mental health. Mexico’s National Water Commission (CONAGUA) informed that the highest temperature peak will take place between July and August.

CONACYT, INSP to Strengthen Research in Public Health

Mexico’s National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) and the National Institute of Public Health (INSP) allied to implement a national educational strategy to strengthen research in public health. Mexico’s Ministry of Health attested the signing of the agreement.

New Clinics to Treat Stomas, Monitor Therapy Infusion

The National Homeopathic Hospital (HNH) will inaugurate the Wounds and Stomas clinic and the Infusion Therapy clinic as part of its 129th anniversary celebrations. These services will be available to the public starting on July 26, 2022. The clinics aim to expand ambulatory health services for those that do not have social security.

Amazon Collaborates in the Development of Cancer Vaccines

Researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington have been authorized a clinical trial to develop personalized vaccines to treat breast cancer and melanoma. Amazon partnered with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center and is providing its machine learning expertise to the trial.

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