News and analysis

News and analysis

News and analysis

News and analysis

Published:
11 May 2021
Type:
Analysis
Region:
Americas
Topic:
Medical care
E-services
COVID-19
Guideline:
Information and Communication Technology

Telemedicine is a discipline that involves the use of information and communication technology (ICT) to provide remote medical services. Health-care professionals can use it to carry out prevention activities and those related to the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of health-care system users

Published:
29 April 2021
Type:
Analysis
Topic:
Health
Family benefits
Unemployment
Extension of coverage
Social assistance
COVID-19
Guideline:
Administrative Solutions for Coverage Extension

After over a year since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, efforts to address existing and new social security coverage gaps due to extensive labour market disruptions continue to be at the forefront of governments’ agendas to minimize the negative impact of the crisis and protect people’s

Published:
21 April 2021
Type:
Analysis
Topic:
Health
Medical care
Service quality

Healthcare policies aim to ensure universal coverage for all citizens. Even in countries where  the total number of doctors is higher than ever, ensuring access to adequate medical services for all is a challenge. In particular in rural and remote areas “medical deserts” occur. This is a term used

Published:
13 April 2021
Type:
Analysis
Topic:
Health
COVID-19

Health systems across the world are under severe pressure to contain and mitigate the infection rate of COVID-19. The pandemic is revealing serious vulnerabilities and gaps in the health systems of many countries. These are impacting the capacities to control the pandemic, stabilize health

Published:
26 February 2021
Type:
Analysis
Topic:
Sickness cash benefits
Family benefits
Unemployment
COVID-19

The closure of childcare centres and schools resulting from the COVID-19 lockdown measures has imposed a heavy strain on families, both on the children and their parents, and especially the mothers. The pandemic exposed yet again the preponderance of women in childcare and housework, raising once

Published:
5 February 2021
Type:
Analysis
Topic:
Health
Long-term care

The COVID-19 pandemic is further exposing significant challenges in many health and long-term care (LTC) systems driven by ageing societies. The need for strategies and solutions to support policymakers and social security institutions in facing the LTC challenge is fundamental to guarantee that no

Published:
21 January 2021
Type:
News
Topic:
Health
Return to work
COVID-19

The International Social Security Association (ISSA) is stepping up its work on rehabilitation, and is taking into account the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on rehabilitation needs and capacities. The recently established ISSA Special Working Group on Rehabilitation has ambitious plans for the

Published:
4 November 2020
Type:
Analysis
Region:
Americas
Topic:
Health
Medical care
Maternity
Service quality
Social policies & programmes
Gender inequalities

Building fairer and more inclusive societies requires reversing the root causes of gender inequality. Access to social security is an important step in this regard, as it promotes the economic empowerment of women. Importantly, social security systems must be designed and delivered in a gender

Published:
27 October 2020
Type:
News
Topic:
Health
Employment
Occupational accidents and diseases
Governance and administration
Social policies & programmes

In these extraordinary times, the International Social Security Review has released a new special issue that offers a timely opportunity to consider the important relationship linking social security, inclusive growth and social cohesion

Published:
20 March 2020
Type:
Analysis
Topic:
Health
Social policies & programmes
Shocks & extreme events
COVID-19

Cash sickness benefit schemes have historically been among the first social security measures put in place. As the coronavirus crisis unfolds, such schemes are receiving renewed attention, and governments are expanding them significantly.