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Regional Challenges And
Opportunities

  • Access and continuity of care

    Health policy and services should prioritize patient outcomes and illness prevention in order to address disparities in access to care and fulfill the increasing demand.

  • Data science and digital solutions

    Enhancing digital literacy and infrastructure could lower expenses for everyone, while increasing access to high-quality care in Latin American health systems.

  • Collaborative business and partnership models

    Collaboration between diverse stakeholders could increase the impact of Latin American healthcare on society, improving quality of life for all.

  • Innovation in biosciences

    Latin America has the potential to lead the world in biotechnologies due to its diversified population and plenty of highly qualified health professionals.

Our Story

Since the 1950s, Latin America has made great strides towards better healthcare, with life expectancy increasing across the continent. However, despite this enormous progress, the region still faces several healthcare challenges, including differences in access to quality healthcare. Movement Health aspires to a future where all people have access to the healthcare they need to live longer and better lives.

Algeria

In Algeria, the expert panel has prioritized three areas of focus: digitisation, care provision and financing. In 2023, an innovation challenge was held to look for tested, scalable solutions in these areas. This led to Movement Health Partnering with Roche Algeria to Modernize Healthcare in this region.

Ghana

In Ghana, as a first step, the local expert panel is coming together to identify and prioritize the country’s greatest health system challenges. Movement Health is then collaborating with pharmacy regulators to solve the identified problems and challenges using the National e-Pharmacy Platform (NEPP).

South-Africa

In South Africa, the expert panel has decided to focus on women-centered care to reduce gender inequalities and improve health and well-being for women. The experts are placing a particular focus on cervical and breast cancer care. The solution comprises two main parts, which are: screening and awareness-raising, along with a mobile-friendly Progressive Web App.

Bulgaria

Bulgaria faces issues posed by outmoded norms, which persist despite efforts for digitization. Movement Health and Digital Health Village (DHV) have partnered in Bulgaria to introduce DHV’s “My Path” module, which provides patients with accurate treatment information. Long-term care and the screening and prevention of non-communicable diseases are the main topics of this module.

Chile

Waiting times in Chile increased by an astounding 365% during the COVID-19 pandemic, placing tremendous strain on the healthcare system and lowering the standard of patient care. Third-level care occupancy was made worse by fragmented decision-making across levels and the lack of consistent and standardized prioritization criteria. Waiting times were made even longer and care effectiveness was hampered by institutional absenteeism and operational inefficiency. With 3,969 new cases of lung cancer reported in 2020 alone, patients with this disease notably suffered the most from these lengthy waiting lists. Sensing the urgency, Movimiento Salud stressed that in order to improve the treatment decision-making processes, patient journeys must be accelerated, patient-hospital interfaces must be streamlined, and interactions between hospitals and healthcare providers must be optimized.

Colombia

Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death in Colombia. Three out of every 10 citizens also suffer from diabetes, while 1.6% of the population has been diagnosed with epilepsy. The challenge is to improve access to services, continuity of care, interconnection between healthcare providers and the collection of patient data, enabling the use of digital technologies and interoperability to increase citizen empowerment over its own health management. In 2021, Movement Health responded by launching a nationwide open innovation challenge that drew 47 digital health businesses. “Salud 360,” a digital solution designed to enhance prompt access to healthcare, was created by four carefully chosen collaborators and effectively deployed at Hospital de Baranoa, Atlantico, from July to November 2022.

Mexico

According to the 2020 census, 70.9% of Mexicans are covered by public healthcare, with 2.3% of the population insured through the private sector. This leaves 32 million Mexicans (26.5%) with no access to any form of healthcare, a situation exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. There is also a shortage of medical professionals, with just 1.95 doctors per 100,000 people. Infant mortality is the highest in the OECD, and the country also struggles with high rates of obesity (32.4%) and diabetes (15.9%). The solution came in the form of a Dynamic Digital Dashboard for Data Visualization to improve decision-making for preventive healthcare in Mexico.

Peru

In Peru, 64% of the population rely on public healthcare. However, there are many challenges when it comes to the efficiency of budget allocation and spending across governmental levels, along with a lack of human resources. This is especially acute at the regional level, which is responsible for 40% of public spending on health. This leads to inequities in access to and quality of care and, overall, lower healthcare coverage for the population. Optimizing health expenditure execution is crucial for improved healthcare access. With a meager 5.2% of GDP allocated to health, enhancing budget execution has become paramount. Anemia’s prevalence in over a million Peruvian children underscores the urgency of addressing healthcare challenges efficiently.

Latin America

Regional Policy

Latin American health systems could provide even more accessible and impactful care if policy, investment and innovation could reinforce each other better. For example, health databases and applications could be connected to make patient journeys more like customer journeys: seamless, easy to follow and intuitive. This would ultimately improve patient outcomes. Movement Health 2030 aims to contribute to the creation of a long-term, strategic and holistic approach to transforming healthcare in Latin America, combining policy and innovation to ensure quality healthcare for generations to come.

Movement Health 2030 focuses on shifting policy in Latin America around three central topics:

1. Improving digital health infrastructures.

2. Increasing health and digital literacy among citizens and healthcare practitioners.

3. Making resource use as efficient as possible.

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Tõnu Esko

Vice Director of Development and head of Estonian Biobank Innovation Center at Institute of Genomics, University of Tartu