Save the Children praises Medical Care of Children

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Cuba's medical system for children is the best in Latin America and one of the best in the world, according to a report by the prestigious NGO Save the Children.

The report, published on Tuesday, notes that Cuban children have less chances to die from any disease than others in European developed capitalist nations such as Germany, Russia, France and the United Kingdom, and even in the United States.

The study is based on three main aspects: the number of physicians, nurses and other health specialists per every one thousand inhabitants; the number of children vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough; and the proportion of women who give birth in the presence of an obstetrician.

The NGO's report adds that Cuba's health system is far better than that of many Latin American countries such as Uruguay, Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Panama, El Salvador and Costa Rica, just to mention a few.

According to Wikipedia, Save the Children is an internationally active non-governmental organization that enforces children's rights, provides relief and helps support children in developing countries. It was established in the United Kingdom in 1919 in order to improve the lives of children through better education, health care, and economic opportunities, as well as providing emergency aid in natural disasters, war, and other conflicts.

Today, there are 29 national Save the Children organizations participating in the International Save the Children Alliance -a global network of nonprofit organizations supporting local partners in over 120 countries around the world.

Save the Children promotes policy changes in order to gain more rights for young people, especially by enforcing the UN Declaration of the Rights of the Child. Alliance members coordinate emergency-relief efforts, helping to protect children from the effects of war and violence. (acn).

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