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Weekly Roundups

Mexico Welcomes Innovation, Collaboration, Prevention

By Miriam Bello | Wed, 02/23/2022 - 12:14

The pandemic normalized the use of face masks among the Mexican population, found a recent study by Facebook and two universities. As the population does its part in health prevention, so does the largest Latin American public health institution IMSS, which met with high-level representatives of the UN and PAHO to expand access to healthcare services.

Mexico Health Summit 2022

Be sure to check out the highlights of the leading event of the healthcare sector here!

Dedalus Arrives to Mexico

Dedalus, the Italian-born international provider of tech and software solutions for the health industry, has announced its arrival in Mexico to support the growing demand for tech solutions and push forward the digital transformation of the country’s health sector. Read the full article and our interview with Dedalus.

Mexico Tops North America in Use of Face Masks

Mexico has one of the highest rates of face mask compliance worldwide, found a study conducted by the University of Maryland and the University of Carnegie Mellon in collaboration with Facebook. Nine out of 10 of Mexico’s habitants have adopted the constant use of face masks, according to the survey, which asked social media users about different pandemic behaviors. The study found that 88.7 percent of Mexicans surveyed have adopted face masks into their daily routines.

IMSS Meets UN, PAHO to Expand Health Access

Zoe Robledo, General Director, Mexico Social Security Institute (IMSS), met with Mexican representatives from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the UN to continue advancing the government’s goal of making healthcare a universal right in the country. During the meeting, the actors recognized that a healthcare system that aims to maximize its impact must be linked to wellbeing by also considering its user’s employment, salaries, living conditions and transportation to guarantee justice and social equality. Find more details of the meeting in this article.

Prescriptions are About to Change

Prescriptions in Mexico often do not include a generic option, affecting both distribution and the patient’s pocket. In the Chamber of Deputies, the Health Commission recently unanimously approved an initiative where physicians must inform the patient of all prescribed drug options and include them in the prescription in case patients wish to purchase the generic version at a more affordable cost.

Sexual Violence Against Women Persists

A recent study based on global, regional and country estimates from the WHO Global Database on Prevalence of Violence Against Women found that over a billion women between the ages of 15 and 49 worldwide have experienced some form of physical or sexual violence from their partners. This figure represents a quarter of the 90 percent of the world population of women in this age range.

Colombia Goes Green for Women

The Constitutional Court of Colombia approved the decriminalization of abortion up to 24 weeks of gestation. Before this historic ruling, Colombian women could only legally interrupt their pregnancies in three specific cases: rape or incest, fetal malformation, or when the pregnancy represented a risk to the woman's health.

Experts of the Week

Be sure to check the interviews of:

  • José Celaya, Medical Director, Bristol Myers Squibb México.
  • Mario Aguillón, Co-Founder, Zenda.la, and Treasurer, Insurtech Association Mexico.
  • Luis Gutiérrez, Director General, National Institute of Geriatrics (INGER)

And the expert contribution of Rafael Selvas, COO, Farmacias del Ahorro.

Miriam Bello Miriam Bello Senior Journalist and Industry Analyst