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The Dengue Epidemic: A New Test of Latin America’s Health Sector

This event was originally scheduled for May 21, 2024. Please note it will take place on May 30, 2024.

Date & Time

May. 30, 2024
10:00am – 11:00am ET


Online Only


Since the beginning of the year, dengue, a mosquito-borne disease, has spread rapidly in South America, once again testing the resilience of the region’s public health systems. The Pan American Health Organization has issued a warning for the Americas, where more than 8.1 million dengue cases were reported through May, more than three times the number in the same period last year. The disease has killed at least 3,600 individuals. Worryingly, experts warn that significant dengue outbreaks could be the norm going forward, as climate change leads to longer and warmer rainy seasons, ideal conditions for mosquitos.

In Argentina, Brazil, and elsewhere, dengue is straining public health resources and leading to questions about the region’s preparedness, including the capacity to access and distribute vaccines and to communicate disease prevention guidance. This follows the devastating impacts in the region of COVID-19 that revealed a range of vulnerabilities and highlighted inadequate spending on public health.

Please join the Wilson Center’s Latin America Program on May 30, 2024, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am ET, for a conversation on the dengue outbreak and the regional response, the state of vaccine research, production, and distribution in Latin America, and whether Latin American governments have applied the lessons from the pandemic.


Sylvain Aldighieri PAHO

Sylvain Aldighieri

Director, Communicable Diseases Prevention, Control & Elimination, Pan American Health Organization
Adriana Alfonso Uruguay

Adriana Alfonso

General Health Director, Ministry of Health, Uruguay
Esper Kallas Butantan

Esper Georges Kallás

Director, Instituto Butantan

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Latin America Program

The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin America Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan policy forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action.  Read more

Brazil Institute

The Brazil Institute—the only country-specific policy institution focused on Brazil in Washington—works to foster understanding of Brazil’s complex reality and to support more consequential relations between Brazilian and US institutions in all sectors. The Brazil Institute plays this role by producing independent research and programs that bridge the gap between scholarship and policy, and by serving as a crossroads for leading policymakers, scholars and private sector representatives who are committed to addressing Brazil’s challenges and opportunities.  Read more

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