This analytical report published by Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) estimates the effects of epidemic outbreaks on health vulnerability. The model proposed is empirically tested for five countries in Latin America, where dengue is a national health priority. Using data from national censuses, satellite climate information and data from a newly developed disease outbreak surveillance online platform, the paper finds that climate has non-negligible effects on health vulnerability. The evidence found and the vulnerability index constructed can be used to analyze the main determinants of vulnerability in order to address policy concerns.

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Organization: IDB, Soluciones en Economía Aplicada (SEA)

Topics: Health, Risk Reduction/Management, Human Security

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2014

Language: English