BBC News Latin America & Caribbean
The healthcare system lacks equipment, buildings are crumbling and many healthcare workers have left in search of better lives.
By Paula Molina
The artist and businesswoman is honoured at an event marking the nation's status as a republic.
Barbados has removed Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state.
By Daniela Relph
Royal correspondent, Bridgetown
Watch Celestina Olulode as she travels to the island to find out what Barbadians make of the move.
Tens of thousands of Venezuelans escaping poverty and violence at home are risking their lives to travel south to Chile.
By Will Grant
BBC News, Tegucigalpa
Archeologists think the mummy, found near Lima, could be up to 1,200 years old.
By Hazel Shearing