Reduced Health Funding in Guyana Since 2011 Resulted in Higher Infant and Child Deaths and Worsened Adult Health Outcomes

Public investment in health in Guyana declined continuously since 2011, reaching its lowest level in almost two decades. The result was a substantial increase in child deaths and a slowdown in improvement in adult life expectancy. Balancing a budget on healthcare or tying its funding to non-economic outcomes are short-sighted policies with devastating consequences that are paid for with Guyanese lives.

Deaths By Suicide Remain a Major Public Health Issue in Guyana – Lawmakers Can Do More to End This Tragedy and Save Lives

Deaths by suicide in Guyana remain among the highest in the world, despite progress in recent years. In 2018, 31 of every 100,000 persons died by suicide. This puts Guyana second for the highest suicide death rate in the world, behind only Sri Lanka, according to data by the World Atlas. The cost of suicide is high, it destroys lives, damage communities, and undermine long-term economic prosperity. Fortunately, lawmakers can do more to prevent this tragedy and save lives.

Unbalanced Growth: Guyana’s Manufacturing and Agriculture Sectors Declined by 10 Percent Each, Despite Economic Growth of 3.3 Percent in 2016

The significant decline in manufacturing and agriculture output and the slowdown in services sector activities indicate a major shift from stable growth to more high-risk growth in the economy. Despite a positive overall growth, output in the manufacturing and agriculture sectors dropped by 10 percent each. The government should adopt policies to restore consumer confidence and thus private consumption spending, and attract new investments to boost growth.