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“Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world…” Universal Declaration of Human Rights,UN
2016, Cuba has maintained for nine consecutive years mortality lower than five per thousand born
This indicator was placed at 4.3 in 2016, according to Cuban Health Network. In 2016, there were 116,869 births / 8,195 fewer than the previous year / and 497 children under one year died / 38 fewer than in 2015.
These rates place Cuba, together with Canada, as the country with the lowest infant mortality rate in the Americas, and among the 20 countries in the world with the lowest percentages of this indicator.
In 2015, Cuba became the first country in the world to receive validation from WHO that it has eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis.
Cuba’s achievement: The country has worked to ensure early access to prenatal care, HIV and syphilis testing for both pregnant women and their partners, treatment for women who test positive and their babies, caesarean deliveries and substitution of breastfeeding. These services are provided as part of an equitable, accessible and universal health system in which maternal and child health programs are integrated with programs for HIV and sexually transmitted infections
WHO Validation: “This is a celebration for Cuba and a celebration for children and families everywhere. It shows that ending the AIDS epidemic is possible and we expect Cuba to be the first of many countries coming forward to seek validation that they have ended their epidemics among children.” Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS / “Cuba’s success demonstrates that universal access and universal health coverage are feasible and indeed are the key to success, even against challenges as daunting as HIV, Cuba’s achievement today provides inspiration for other countries to advance towards elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis”. PAHO Director, Dr Carissa F. Etienne
High life expectancy in Cuba thanks to the application of healthy policies and the defense of the individual
Rates according to WHO
The development of human capital, the level of education of the population, the strengthening of primary health care and the control and reduction of different risk factors allow the Island to exhibit this indicator considered by developed countries.