Cuban Healthcare: The Benefits of a Revolution: Sheffield CSC

Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James Street, Sheffield

Wednesday, 9 December 2015, 7:00pm

With Imti Choonara, Professor in Child Health University of Nottingham and Derbyshire Children’s Hospital

Writers in the International Journal of Epidemiology recently concluded that, “If the accomplishments of Cuba could be reproduced across a broad range of poor and middle-income countries the health of the world's population would be transformed.”

And this is despite being denied all manner of medical equipment and medicines by the US blockade, which remains in force in spite of the recent resumption of diplomatic relations. How has Cuba achieved so much with so little? Why is it so prominent in international medical solidarity? What can we learn from Cuba’s healthcare system?

Come and hear professional and first-hand evidence from one of the UK’s leading experts on Cuban healthcare. Imti Choonara is Professor in Child Health, University of Nottingham and Derbyshire Children’s Hospital. During his career, he has built links with Cuban hospitals and medical professionals, and helped Cuban medical specialists to bring their research to international audiences.

In October, the Director-General of the World Health Organisation described Cuba’s healthcare system as exemplary, not least in its international solidarity. With more doctors per head of population than any other country, Cubans have benefited from free healthcare for generations. They enjoy, for example, one of the lowest infant mortality rates of any state.

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