Topic: Latin America and the Caribbean

Reducing teen smoking in Chile

A national tobacco prevention campaign launched in 2006 in Chile that banned smoking at high schools and sale of tobacco near school grounds helped dramatically reduce smoking among adolescents, and was particularly effective in discouraging young teens from starting to smoke, according…

Alumni tackle health disparities

April 2, 2015 —Chicago physicians Cheryl Whitaker, MPH ’94, and husband Eric Whitaker, MPH ’93, recently returned to Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to discuss how their time at the School helped shape their careers,  and to inspire students to…

Retooling primary care to tackle chronic diseases

February 13, 2015 — Primary care can be redesigned to combat the burgeoning global epidemic of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in developing countries by promoting healthy lifestyles, preventing disease complications, and other strategies, according to an article by Margaret Kruk, associate professor of…

Getting to universal health coverage

December 11, 2014 — Julio Frenk is Dean of the Faculty at the Harvard School of Public Health and T & G Angelopoulos Professor of Public Health and International Development, a joint appointment with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. What does…

Cutting crime in a cocaine capital

The city of Cali, Colombia—considered the hub of the world’s cocaine industry in the 1980s—is now a safer, better place to live, even as drug gangs continue to war with each other, thanks to the efforts of Rodrigo Guerrero, a Harvard School…

Universal health care in Latin America spotlighted

Policy innovations, recent economic growth, and a trend towards democracy have led to advances in universal health coverage in Latin America, according to Harvard School of Public Health Dean Julio Frenk, T & G Angelopoulos Professor of Public Health and International Development…

Under pressure: Latin American women face forced sterilization

July 23, 2014 -- Tamil Kendall, a Canadian Institutes of Health Research postdoctoral researcher with the Women and Health Initiative and a Takemi Fellow in HSPH’s Department of Global Health and Population, is an expert in gender and HIV in Latin America who…

As fish farms proliferate, diseases do too

June 26, 2014 — Aquaculture has become a booming industry in Chile, with salmon and other fish farmed in floating enclosures along the South Pacific coast. But as farmers densely pack these pens to meet demand, diseases can easily pass between fish…

Bringing fairness to health care access

May 27, 2014 -- Outside the gates of her Mexico City high school, Thalia Porteny would always see kids begging for food. “It made me feel uneasy and frustrated,” said Porteny. “I knew I’d had amazing opportunities given to me, and I…