Building Bridges to Better Health – Cuban Collaborations
Cuba is an example where modest infrastructure investments, combined with a well-developed public health strategy has generated health status measures comparable with industrialized countries. Focusing on the primary care level through the polyclinics as an important core and with the family doctor and nurse teams, Cuba has many areas of success including: reduction of infant and maternal mortality, control of infectious diseases, progress in control of chronic diseases, and establishment of a research and biotechnology industry, among others.
Cuba gives priority to health care and education, particularly for children and pregnant women, and promotes the values of social cohesion and equity among individuals, regions, and genders. Through its public policies and programs, the state seeks to ensure that children enjoy the same level of comprehensive development services and have the same opportunities to develop and succeed in school and in other aspects of life. This is the base of the National Child Development System in Cuba.
Cuba’s Health and Educational Programs
Additional resources on the Cuban Early Childhood programs and lessons for Canada:
Well Child Care: A Comprehensive Strategy for Cuban Children and Adolescents – Mercedes Esquivel MD PhD, Gisela Álvarez MD MS, María Elena Izquierdo MD MS, Daisy Martínez MD MS, Vilma Tamayo MD MS
Cuban maternity homes: a model to address at-risk pregnancy. Gorry C. MEDICC Rev. 2011 Jul;13(3):12-5