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Cuba Health Reports

International Journal of Cuban Health & Medicine

The only English-language periodical about Cuban medical and public health policy, research, programs, and outcomes. Since 1999,
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Honduras: Cuban-Trained Garifuna Doctors Supported in Hospital Expansion Drive
Diane Appelbaum and Hope Bastian
Photos by Diane Appelbaum

Honduran President José Manuel Zelaya Rosales, Minister of Health Elsa Palou, representatives of the Honduran Medical Association, and Cuban ambassador to Honduras Juan Carlos Hernández gathered recently in Ciriboya, an isolated indigenous community in La Mosquitia region of Honduras, to celebrate the...

Dr Fé Bosch and the October 10 Pain Clinic: Cuba’s Pain Care Pioneers
Text & Photos by Hope Bastian
July 30, 2008 - Around the globe, one in five people suffers from moderate to severe chronic pain; one in three is unable or less able to maintain an independent lifestyle due to pain. Between one-half and two-thirds of people with chronic...

Advancing the Global Health Agenda: World Health Organization Collaborating Centers in Cuba
Gloria Giraldo, MPH
July 22, 2008 - The World Health Organization promotes health research through a system of 944 Collaborating Centers spread across the globe in 99 countries. More than half of these centers, however, are concentrated in just 15 countries, mostly...

New Pediatric Liver Transplant Program Gives Cuban Children New Lease on Life
Text & Photos by Hope Bastian
April 25, 2008 - As the son of a surgeon father and a pediatrician mother, it should be no surprise that Ramón Villamil grew up to become Dr Villamil. Today, he is chief surgeon and coordinator of the interdisciplinary...

Cuba: More Doctors for the World
Gail Reed
April 14, 2008 - “Traditional models of medical training cannot resolve the terrible lack of health professionals and the urgent need for access to health care in today’s world,”  says Dr. Yiliam Jimenez, the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Relations’ Vice Minister for...

Cuba Already Feeling Effects of Climate Change
Hope Bastian
April 8, 2008 - Although public health is one of the sectors most threatened by climate change, the effects of this global crisis on health are not central to international climate change debates. ¨Climate change is sometimes debated as if it affected...

Promising Phase I/II Trial for Cuban Vaccine Candidate amidst Growing Cholera Threat
Text & Photo by Gail Reed
September 17, 2007 – In August, the World Health Organization (WHO) published alarming data on the re-emergence of cholera in many African and Asian countries, noting that the outbreaks run “parallel with the ever-increasing proportion of vulnerable populations living in unsanitary conditions.”...

Cuba's Medical History Stars in Popular Walking Tour
Text & Photos by Gloria Giraldo, MPH
August 6, 2007 -- In disbelief, organizers of Rutas y Andares (Routes and Pathways, thematic walking tours through Old Havana) divided the crowd of over 100 people who showed up one recent swelteringly hot morning in the Plaza de Armas to take...

Cuba Trains Hundreds of Haitian Doctors to Make a Difference
Text & Photos by Anna Kovac
August 6, 2007 – This July, 63 more Cuban-trained Haitian doctors graduated from the Latin American Medical School (ELAM)-Santiago Campus. This entire third graduating class is already back home doing two years of social service as required by the Haitian Health and...

Cuban Medical Degrees Recognized by Argentina
Gloria Giraldo, MPH with Conner Gorry
July 3, 2007 – Argentina’s government announced its decision June 22 to honor medical degrees from Cuba, affecting over one thousand Argentinean graduates and current students at Havana’s Latin American Medical School (ELAM), and other Cuban higher education institutions. The agreement was...

Turning the Tide on Cancer in Cuba
Conner Gorry & Gail Reed
June 20, 2007 – “Cancer control is as complex as it is urgent,” states Dr Teresa Romero, Director of Cuba’s new National Cancer Control Unit. The straight-talking Romero, responsible for coordinating the country’s strategy to rein in Cuba’s #2 killer, harbors no...

From the Source: Cuba's Health Minister on 'SICKO' and More
Gail Reed
Havana, June 15, 2007 —Cuban Health Minister Dr. José Ramón Balaguer said it wasn’t Cuba’s intention to promote its health services by allowing Michael Moore to bring patients here for the filming of ‘SICKO’, Moore’s new documentary on the US health crisis....

Cuba’s Aging Pains (and Gains)
Gloria Giraldo, MPH
June 10, 2007 - With difficulty, 70-year old José García rises with the help of his cane, slowly walking to meet his longtime wife in a soft embrace.  They fall easily into the bolero rhythm already flowing; the cane now rests near...

Cuba Rising in Major UN Indices
Gloria Giraldo, MPH
May 15, 2007 -- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has published the annual Human Development Report since 1990, providing a global report card by rating development indicators across geographic boundaries and socioeconomic systems. Cuba ranked 50th out of 177 countries in the...

Havana's Hospital Nacional Receives Overdue Overhaul
Conner Gorry
February 5, 2007 -- A nationwide program to refurbish, renovate, and upgrade 52 Cuban hospitals is bearing fruit, most recently in Havana, where the Hospital Nacional has recently completed a two-year project. Previously an example of a Cuban hospital that had fallen...

Studying Medicine in Cuba: First Impressions
Gloria Giraldo, MPH
January 15, 2007 -- Many young people dream of becoming doctors. Unfortunately, for most youth from rural areas in low- and middle-income countries, dreams like these remain in the realm of the impossible.  But Eugenia Amaralle, the 7th child in a family...

Julian Bond at Havana's Latin American Medical School
Gail Reed
January 30, 2007 -- He’s deserving of the greatest praise: that the history of the movements of disinherited people in the United States cannot be written without him.  And in the case of Julian Bond, his leading presence today is simply more...

The Story Behind Cuba’s Decline in Infant Mortality
Gail Reed
January 21, 2007 -- Fewer infant deaths in two of Cuba’s most unlikely regions are mainly responsible for the country’s 2006 record-low infant mortality announced earlier this month.  Cuba closed last year with an infant mortality rate of 5.3 per 1,000 live...

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