Social Panorama of Latin America 2004

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The 2004 edition of the Social Panorama of Latin America analyses the major demographic changes that have occurred in the region over the past few decades, examines the socioeconomic status of Latin American youth, looks at institutional and programmatic guidelines for youth policies and describes how household structures and family roles have changed. As in past years, recent trends in poverty and income distribution in the Latin American countries are also reviewed.



Young people enjoy better health than other age groups, but health care is less adapted to their specific morbimortality

Over the last 50 years, youth mortality has dropped dramatically thanks to the progress of medical science and the broader coverage of health care and other basic services. The regional youth mortality rate now stands at 134 per 100,000 inhabitants. External factors are the main cause of death among young people today, particularly murder, which mostly affects men. However, given that these causes are not recognized as "health problems" as such, they are not considered in the context of prevention–based health policies for young people, who therefore lack an institutional response to their specific risks.


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