Latin America and the Caribbean is the fastest aging region in the world. This creates opportunities to improve the quality of life of older adults, create new jobs, promote gender equity and reduce health costs, among others. At the same time, it poses important challenges. One of them is the growth in the number of people with functional dependence, which could more than triple by 2050, exceeding 27 million. This increase, together with the decrease in the availability of informal care due to the decrease in the size of families and to the larger labor participation of women, pressures the countries of the region towards the search of solutions for long-term care. In this context, some countries in the region have begun - little by little - to implement national dependency care systems or, at least, to include the issue in the policy agenda. However, much remains to be done. In this Webinar we present the challenges facing the region to meet the growing demand for long-term care, and we offer concrete recommendations for the design and implementation of such systems.
Social Protection and Health ConsultantInteramerican Development Bank
Nadín Medellín is a consultant for the IDB’s Social Protection and Health Division. She has worked with the division since 2014 in developing research and designing and implementing operations related to conditional cash transfers, health, aging and dependence. Nadin has more than 10 years of experience working in development, including three years working in the public sector in his native Mexico and more than seven years working for international institutions including the IDB and the World Bank. Nadin earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Master’s in Economics and Public Policy from the Tecnológico de Monterrey, as well as a Master's degree in Urbanization and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Lead Specialist - Social Protection and Health DivisionInteramerican Development Bank
Marco Stampini joined the IDB's Social Protection and Health Division in May 2011. His work focuses on the preparation and evaluation of social protection strategies for the poor and vulnerable, with an emphasis on conditional cash transfer programs. Before joining the IDB, he was Principal Research Economist at the African Development Bank (2008-2011), a researcher at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies (2002-07), and a consultant on various development topics for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Bank. He was also a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University and the University of Brasilia, and Senior Lecturer at the Catholic University of America. His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as World Development, Demography and the Journal of Comparative Economics. Marco is a native of Italy, holds a doctorate in economics from Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies and is a Fellow at the Institute of Labor (IZA) in Germany.