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Weekly Roundups

Public Health System Strengthens Coverage, Prevention

By Miriam Bello | Thu, 08/18/2022 - 10:00

IMSS began deploying strategies to strengthen prevention and expand coverage, taking a leading role in the health of Mexicans.

Here is the Week in Health!

IMSS Introduces New Public Health Program: PREVENIMSS+

The Institute of Social Security (IMSS) and the Family Medicine Units (UMF) announced the launch of the national strategy PREVENIMSS+ and the campaign “Date tiempo, chécate en PREVENIMSS.” These programs aim to fortify self-care to prevent and control chronic degenerative diseases.

IMSS-Bienestar to Cover All of Mexico by 2023

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said last Friday that his administration aims for all of Mexico to be covered by the IMSS-Bienestar program by the first half of 2023. With this, the federal government would assume control of public health services around the country. This move aims to improve healthcare services in Mexico, said López Obrador.

BIRMEX Joins Forces with Indian Pharmaceutical Company Cipla

Mexico’s Laboratorios de Biológicos y Reactivos de México (BIRMEX) signed a Strategic Partnership and Technology Transfer Agreement with the third largest pharmaceutical company in India, Cipla Limited, informed the Mexican Ministry of Public Relations.

The execution of the commercial agreement focuses on the short-term supply of oncological and retroviral drugs to Mexico, as well as a technology transfer scheme from the Indian company to ensure that Mexican institutions have the correct installations and the capacity to fulfill the demand of these products for domestic use.

Monkeypox Variants Receive New Names

The World Health Organization (WHO) published the new names corresponding to the two monkeypox variants to distinguish them. The new names were determined following rules to prevent cultural, social, national, regional, professional or ethnic discrimination and any damage to trade, travel, tourism or animal welfare within a region.

UPS Acquires Healthcare Logistics Provider Bomi Group

UPS announced plans to acquire the industry-leading multinational healthcare logistics provider Bomi Group. The agreement will add temperature-controlled facilities in 14 countries and about 3,000 team members to the UPS Healthcare network in the EU and Latin America.

PAHO Praises Progress in the Fight Against Tobacco Use

The Pan American Health Organization’s (PAHO) Report on Tobacco Control of the Region of the Americas 2022 highlights that 96 percent of the population of the 35 countries in the region are protected by at least one of the six tobacco control measures recommended by the WHO. The report also indicates that 26 out of the 35 countries have achieved the highest level of regulation in at least one of the parameters established by the organization.

Noncommunicable Diseases Cost Millions of Lives Per Year

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading cause of mortality and disability around the world, causing over 31.4 million deaths annually. Almost 85 percent of those deaths occur in low and middle-income countries and are the result of genetic, physiological, environmental and behavioral factors that have been accelerated due to rapid unplanned urbanization, unhealthy lifestyles and population aging.

Experts of the Week!

Miriam Bello Miriam Bello Senior Journalist and Industry Analyst