Healthcare without Borders: Understanding Cuban Medical by John M. Kirk

By John M. Kirk

“Kirk’s priceless examine finds to us, for the 1st time, the diversity and personality of Cuba’s extraordinary achievements, which will be an proposal and a version for people with some distance higher advantages.”—Noam Chomsky, writer of Manufacturing Consent
“Invaluable. offers plentiful, distinct, and transparent facts of the full evolution of clinical internationalism inside of Cuban overseas and social coverage, going way past the headlines to track that evolution rigorously and honestly.”—Antoni Kapcia, coeditor of The altering Dynamic of Cuban Civil Society
“Offers a textured and nuanced evaluate of a fancy politico-cultural phenomenon.”—Louis A. Pérez, writer of The constitution of Cuban background: Meanings and objective of the Past

Cuba has extra clinical team of workers serving abroad—over 50,000 in sixty six countries—than all the G-7 nations mixed, and in addition greater than the realm wellbeing and fitness association. For over 5 many years, the island state has been a number one strength within the constructing global, supplying humanitarian relief (or “cooperation,” as Cuba’s govt prefers) and starting up courses for preventative care and scientific training.
In Healthcare with out Borders, John Kirk examines the function of Cuban clinical groups in catastrophe aid, biotechnology joint ventures, and within the Latin American institution of Medicine—the biggest scientific school on the planet. He appears to be like at their responses to numerous crises all over the world, together with the 1960 earthquake in Chile, the Chernobyl catastrophe within the Ukraine, the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti and the following cholera outbreak, and the 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

Kirk matters an informative and enlightening corrective for what he describes because the tendency of the industrialized world’s media to disregard or underreport this scientific reduction phenomenon. within the procedure, Kirk explores the philosophical underpinnings of human rights and entry to therapy on the middle of Cuba’s scientific internationalism courses and partnerships.

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In terms of medicine, a similar level of support can be noted. By the end of 1984, Cuba was supporting 1,800 scholarship students from 75 developing nations who were studying to be physicians, medical technicians, or medical specialists. 25 The Cuban government paid all costs of education for these students. Origins and Evolution: From “Beggar’s Helper” to a “White-Jacketed Army” · 27 A parallel approach to training doctors in Cuba from the developing countries of Africa and elsewhere was to establish medical faculties in various countries.

A study of Cuban developmental aid personnel abroad between 1977 and 1986 illustrates this. In the Middle East and Africa, for instance, there were 5,403 civilian workers from Cuba deployed in 1977, rising to a high of 9,435 in 1981, before falling to 8,540 in 1986. 22 Cuban medical cooperation spread quickly in Africa after the Angolan experience, particularly in the countries of sub-Saharan Africa. According to Julie Feinsilver, over 30 countries in Africa were receiving Cuban medical support by late 1988, as were others around the world.

Citing United Nations Development Program data, he noted that per capita national income on a purchasing power parity basis was $5,747—far below that of Chile ($13,651), Uruguay ($13,808), or Costa Rica ($10,870). Agricultural output in 2010 had just recovered to 2000 levels, ending a lost decade of food production. In terms Origins and Evolution: From “Beggar’s Helper” to a “White-Jacketed Army” · 15 of national investment rates, Cuba was also in the bottom 10th percentile in the world, while Cuban exports of $4 billion in merchandise goods were less than 10 percent of its annual output.

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