Avoidable mortality in the Americas: A focus on premature deaths – Global perspective

Progress Towards Universal Health in the Americas: Evaluating Potentially Avoidable Premature Mortality and Addressing Social and Environmental Determinants

Over the past few decades, there has been a noticeable improvement in the health of people across the Region of the Americas, resulting in an increase in life expectancy at birth. This progress can be attributed to a range of factors, including advancements in health technology such as antibiotics and vaccines, as well as improvements in living conditions, including better access to clean water, sanitation and healthcare services.

However, recent years have seen a slowdown in these advancements, with varying achievements among countries and territories. In order to continue making progress towards universal health, it is important to monitor and evaluate our progress towards improving the health and well-being of populations. One important indicator of this is the standardized rate of potentially avoidable premature mortality.

This indicator takes into account both the preventable component of premature mortality through public health interventions and the treatable component related to the quality of healthcare services. By analyzing this data, we can compare and track performance over time and hold ourselves accountable for making progress towards reducing inequality and improving overall health outcomes in the Region of the Americas.

It’s important to note that achieving universal health goes beyond just healthcare services – addressing social and environmental determinants of health is also crucial. By investing in these broader determinants, countries can develop comprehensive strategies to reduce disparities and improve the overall health of their populations.

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