January-February, 2005 (Double Issue) - Volume 7 No. 1

As We Go to Press:

A medical team of 24 Cuban health professionals including family doctors and technicians, arrived in Colombo recently carrying medicines and know how to tsunami-struck Sri Lanka, the press in that country reported. Another Cuban medical team landed in Indonesia to help with disaster-related health issues there; Cuba is recognized worldwide as a leader in risk reduction and disaster relief.

Cuban Ambassador to Sri Lanka Enna Viant, her daughter and Sri Lankan officials greet the Cuban medical team as they land in Colombo with donations of medicine and expertise.


Treating Children with Congenital Heart Problems:
It Takes a Network

Since 1986, Cuba’s Children’s Heart Network has reduced infant mortality due to CHD from 3.3 to 0.8 per 1000 live births. This article explains the Network’s success.

Interview with Dr Acelia Betancourt Pérez, Intermediate Care Ward Chief

Despite serious CHD conditions, smiles abound at Havana’s Children’s Heart Center, where pediatric cardiologist Dr Acelia Betancourt oversees the pre- and post-operative wards.

International Voices

From far and wide: read what newspapers and specialist periodicals around the world are saying about the Cuban public health system.


Editor: Gail A. Reed, MS - Associate Editors: Michele Frank, MD; Conner Gorry
Contributing Editors: Diane Appelbaum, RN, FNP, MS; Debra Evenson, JSD
Reporters/Writers: Gail Reed, Michele Frank, Julián Torres, Conner Gorry - Copy Editor: Anna Kovac
Translation/Transcription: Sergio Font - Distribution: Ramón Rodriguez - Design: Lithium.Design Studio

Published monthly by MEDICC, Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba.
Open access, freely available online: reproduction authorized with appropriate citation. ISSN 1527-3172