Health systems all across Latin America have been put under extreme stress tests during the Covid-19 pandemic. The lasting effects of the crisis are likely to persist for the region’s economy and society, but healthcare is also likely to suffer. “The Americas are at risk of losing years of health gains in a matter of months”, said Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) director Clarisse Etienne, during the organization’s weekly press briefing.
Experts point out that the economic and social consequences of the Covid-19 crisis will severely affect the region’s health systems in the long and short term. Among the immediate impacts on the health sector will be the return to regular routines in hospitals and health clinics.