April 14, 2024 2:24 pm
Avoidable mortality in the Americas: A focus on premature deaths – Global perspective

Over the past few decades, there has been a marked improvement in the overall health of people in the Region of the Americas, leading to an increase in life expectancy at birth. Despite this progress, recent years have seen a slowdown in these advancements, with varying achievements among countries and territories.

To achieve universal health, it is crucial to be able to monitor and evaluate progress towards improving the health and well-being of populations. The standardized rate of potentially avoidable premature mortality is an important indicator of health system performance. This indicator takes into account the preventable component of premature mortality through public health interventions, as well as the treatable component related to the quality of healthcare services.

Analyzing potentially avoidable premature mortality allows for the comparison and tracking of performance over time, serving as a tool to hold health systems accountable in the Region of the Americas. It also emphasizes the importance of investing in not only healthcare services but also addressing social and environmental determinants of health. By focusing on these broader determinants, countries can develop comprehensive strategies to reduce inequalities and improve the overall health of their populations.

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