A targeted, regulated expansion of genetic services as means to increase health capabilities in Latin America
Leifeste, Claire E.
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Due to the recent health transition from infectious diseases to non-communicable diseases, genetic disorders are now a global public health priority. Genetic disorders have a high prevalence and a high burden of disease in developing nations. Services that address these disorders are known to increase health capabilities of individuals. Public health measures that seek to increase access to genetic services can distribute these benefits to underserved populations. This paper focuses on Latin America, as it is a suitable candidate for expansion due to the already established health infrastructure. Through examining previous initiatives in genetics in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Cuba, this paper argues that a targeted, regulated expansion of genetic services, made easily accessible to low income individuals, will increase health capabilities and overcome the inverse equity law.
Claire Leifeste is a member of the Class of 2016 of Washington and Lee University.Capstone; [FULL-TEXT FREELY AVAILABLE ONLINE]