‚Äʬ†Cuba is an economically poor country¬†with a national health service¬†that is free¬†to all.

‚Äʬ†They successfully focus¬†on¬†the¬†prevention of illness and health promotion¬†thus reducing the needs¬†for expensive¬†operations to cure¬†advanced¬†conditions. Doctors don‚Äôt wait for sick people to come to them, they go to the people.

‚Äʬ†Fundamentally community based:¬†family doctor¬†&¬†nurse team in¬†allneighborhoods;¬†primary care to¬†‚Čą700 people.¬†

‚Äʬ†Community clinics¬†(polyclinics)¬†with¬†healthcare¬†&¬†social¬†resources¬†in every¬†neighborhood of¬†‚Čą¬†35,000 people.

¬†‚Äʬ†Taking into account all types of doctors¬†–¬†Cuba has¬†1¬†doctor¬†for¬†‚Čą¬†125 people. US¬†has¬†1 doctor for¬†‚Čą¬†500 people.

‚Äʬ†Cuba‚Äôs medical care¬†considers¬†the whole person ‚Äď physical, psychological¬†and¬†social/community issues.

‚Äʬ†Adult and infant mortality rates¬†are¬†better¬†(lower)¬†than the US – the world‚Äôs wealthiest nation. For the economically poorest people in¬†Cuba,¬†they‚Äôre¬†much better than¬†for¬†poor¬†people¬†in the US, especially¬†in¬†all¬†major US cities.

Abroad¬†‚Äst‚ÄúOur homeland is humanity‚Ä̬†‚Äď Jose Marti‚Äʬ†Cuba is rich in¬†trained¬†human resources,¬†especially doctors,¬†and, since 1960¬†has¬†shared¬†them with¬†164 countries in the¬†world. Richer countries than Cuba pay for their¬†services, poorer countries¬†than Cuba¬†often get them for¬†free.

‚Äʬ†Cuba‚Äôs medical brigades¬†are often there for the long term¬†‚Äď with 30,000 currently in 59 countries,¬†but¬†can be supplemented by emergency medical brigades¬†after hurricanes, earthquakes¬†and¬†epidemics.¬†

‚Äʬ†256¬†Cuban medical personnel went to West Africa in 2014 to lead the¬†successful¬†fight against the¬†Ebola¬†outbreak¬†

‚Äʬ†The Latin American Medical School¬†(ELAM)¬†in Havana¬†is the¬†largest medical school in the world. Since 1998¬†it¬†has trained 29,000¬†low-income¬†young people from¬†104¬†countries to be doctors, often on scholarships¬†from the Cuban government. 200 of them are from the US.25,000 Venezuelans have been trained to be doctors.

The effects of the US economic blockade on health and healthcare in Cuba

‚Äʬ†Cuba is short of‚Äď medical equipment, supplies¬†for producing their own medicines¬†and¬†pharmaceuticals¬†which¬†are¬†imported. ¬†Most¬†shortages¬†are due to¬†the US blockade of Cuba¬†banning¬†sales from the US and¬†campaigns to¬†prohibit sales¬†to Cuba¬†from elsewhere. ¬†Often¬†medical equipment¬†is¬†only manufactured¬†in¬†US.

‚Äʬ†The blockade reduces Cuba‚Äôs ability to purchase food from abroad.¬†Food is a fundamental determinant of health.

‚Äʬ†In response Cuba has used its scientific and medical expertise to develop some¬†unique treatments¬†e.g.¬†to prevent diabetic foot ulcersleading to foot amputations,¬†and a vaccination to treat advanced lung cancer.

¬†‚Äʬ†Cuba¬†has also promoted¬†‚ÄúGreen Medicine‚Ä̬†that doesn‚Äôt require drugs ‚Äste.g.¬†acupuncture and herbal remedies.

During the COVID-19 pandemic

‚Äʬ†Cuba has developed its own successful anti-Covid-19 vaccines:¬†Abdalaand¬†Soberana¬†being used internationally; distributed free or inexpensively, versus the billions in profits made by Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna.

‚Äʬ†Cuban emergency medical brigades¬†assist¬†in¬†22¬†countries¬†in the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa¬†and Europe

¬†‚Äʬ†The Trump/Biden¬†administrations¬†try¬†to persuade¬†these¬†countries and all others who have Cuban doctors working long term, to send them home.¬†3,000 in Brazil were sent home leaving millions of without any medical care.

‚Äʬ†Trump¬†and Biden¬†tightened the economic¬†blockade of Cuba, with 243 sanctions and placing Cuba on the list of ‚Äúterrorist nations.‚ÄĚ The US has blocked¬†shipments¬†of medical¬†aid¬†and equipment coming from China¬†and Europe.

The United Nations & World Health Organization champion the Cuban health care system.    Cuban medicine demonstrates what is possible when the profit motive is taken out of health care.

END THE US EMBARGO OF CUBA. Normalize Relations.

End the sanctions, trade & travel bans of Trump/Biden


By US-Cuba Normalization Committee

Organizing Committee, International and Nationwide Conference for the Normalization of US-Cuba Relations.