Building a Just and Sustainable World June 2007
What if sending doctors around the world could provide more security than defense spending? What if poor, young people could realize their dreams to become doctors? Cuba is making these ideas a reality.
Cuba's health care system produces a population as healthy as many of the world's wealthiest countries and does so at a fraction of the cost, emphasizing preventative care with doctors and nurses in every neighborhood.
My article, Cuba's Cure, examines Cuba's health care model, and its global health mission. The mission is most evident when its doctors fly in to help out after natural disasters. Less well-known is the free medical training Cuba provides to thousands of students from all over the world. In return for the training, the students agree to go back to their own under-served communities to practice medicine.
Cuba is not a paradise. There is room to strengthen democracy, human rights, and freedom. But there are also things we in the U.S. can learn about the right to health care and the possibility that security and peace might be more likely to emerge from solidarity, than from violence.
The summer 2007 issue of YES! Magazine tells this and other stories of exciting social change in Latin America. Request a Free Trial Issue if you aren’t yet a subscriber, or get this issue as the first in your subscription.
More YES! articles on Cuba
Meet the Cuban doctors who rush in to help in disaster zones, and stay to provide lasting health care solutions to poor communities around the world.
A vaccine with proven effectiveness against Meningitis B was developed in Cuba in the 1980s. Since then, 55 million doses have been administered worldwide, but not in the U.S., where outbreaks still kill children. Dr. Robert Fortner finds out why…
An interview with Joel Suárez, of the Martin Luther King Center in Havana, who discusses the role of the Cuban Baptist Movement in popular education and citizen empowerment.
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The film ¡Salud! explores the hearts and minds of international medical students in Cuba; their stories plus testimony from experts around the world bring home the competing agendas that mark the battle for global health.
YES! takes on Health Care in the U.S.
See the facts on U.S. health care, our assessment of the options available, and hear the stories of patients, doctors and those pressing for change. Includes our most-read articles of 2006:
Health Care: It's What Ails Us and Has Canada Got the Cure?
Health Care for All: available Online or as a Back Issue.
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