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The work of internationalist Cuban doctors

Touching testimonies from humble people who in some cases received health care for the first time; from the doctors themselves about their experiences in the humanitarian mission, and from their colleagues and authorities in different countries.


#DustingFiles / #CubaEsSalud #CubaIsHealth – Commitment to social service: #Cuban doctors reach the farthest peasant settlements Via @CubanWindow


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Summary From the Original Taking healthcare to rural areas / Offering healthcare services in the country’s remote mountainous regions is a learning experience vital to the professional development of young Cuban doctors. After graduating they work for one year in offices in rural zones across the nation as part of their social service commitment

Their efforts have contributed to reducing infant and maternal mortality rates; raising average life expectancy, and reducing numbers of deaths due to chronic non-infectious diseases.

Dr. Gisel Acosta Fonseca worked in the community of San Lorenzo, located in the Sierra Maestra mountains, some 18 kilometers from the municipality of Bartolomé Masó in the western province of Granma.


” Community-based social organizations support us in our efforts to implement a wide range of protocols. These include the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CRDs), The Federation of Cuban Women (FMC), and the National Association of Small Farmers (ANAP). At the same time we attend a primary and secondary school, as well as a boarding and semi-boarding institution, where we provide information on different issues, to teach children and young people correct food and hygiene habits to guarantee their health ”

Dr. Luis Rogelio Proenza Reyes had a similar experience while working in Montero, a town near the municipality of Niquero, also in Granma province. A largely sugar producing region, residents are known to be friendly but reserved.


“I lived at the office, in rooms next to the consultation area. The most common ailments I saw were intestinal parasites, respiratory infections, and allergies. We also had patients suffering from chronic non-infectious conditions such as, high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease.”

Dr. Reymi Castillo González worked in the community of Guamo Viejo, in the municipality of Río Cauto, Granma province, with campesinos who dedicated their time either to growing rice or shrimp fishing. This was the first time she had visited the area, although she was born and lived only a few kilometers away.


The young doctor explained that she was warmly received by residents, and built and maintained friendships with some of her patients. “I had to address population aging because I was met with a group of people over 60 years of age. I believe that these residents were very concerned about healthcare at a social level; and wanted to know about good hygiene habits.”

Yordán Reinier Merladet Montero was stationed in a remote, mountainous area known as La Habanica, home to over 1,000 inhabitants. There, among the region’s lush vegetation, campesinos grow coffee, taro, and tubers. The town has electricity and telephone lines; and a well equipped office which included oxygen tanks, suture materials, and medicines to treat emergency cases, according to Dr. Merladet Montero. In addition to the consultation area, the facility was also fitted with a bathroom, kitchen, and two extra rooms, as well as household appliances and a radio station.

According to the health professional on the day of his arrival, at about 11pm, he received a patient with an injured leg.


“He was riding his horse when a big rock fell on him. It had cut his toe and his other foot was in pretty bad shape. That day there was no electricity, I had to use a lantern to do the stitches. The most difficult thing was finding the necessary materials to dress the wound. I don’t know how I did it, but I was able to treat the patient.”

#Cuba’s Human Breast Milk Banks – Via @RewievMedicc

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David, Daniel, and Diego were born at 32 weeks via caesarean section in Cuba’s eastern province of Granma—they weighed between 1520 and 1780 grams each. Their mother, Dayanis Díaz, wasn’t producing enough milk for her triplets and just 24 hours after birth, they were being fed with pasteurized milk from the hospital’s breast milk bank. For a month, the three Ds were nourished with this donated milk until Dayanis started lactating sufficiently, at which point her own milk supplemented that from the milk bank. Shortly thereafter, the triplets were discharged, weighing in at 2500 grams. «Every day I give thanks for the patience, understanding and support of the milk bank team,» says Dayanis.

In Santiago de Cuba, Jorge Rodríguez was born prematurely, with low birth weight, and was in critical condition for the first several days. Tragically, his mother died giving birth and his neonatology team began nourishing him with milk from the local milk bank. After three months, he was healthy enough to go home «thanks to the breast milk bank and the voluntary spirit of the donors. We are very grateful,» says Jorge’s father.

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#Cuba Treats successfully #SkinCancer with #HeberFeron #Biotechnology #UnblockCuba


The evaluation of results in the treatment of one type of skin cancer (basal cell carcinoma) with HeberFeron – produced by Cuba’s Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology – has shown that the drug can reduce the appearance of new lesions eight-fold.

The news attracted attention at a scientific meeting to analyze the issue, in the province of Holguín, with more than 120 doctors in attendance, including specialists and residents from across the country

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#Cuba, Reference in Preventing and Treating #Diabetes Via Latin Press


Cuba has been an international reference in the prevention and treatment of diabetes, considered a global catastrophe in health, Ileydis Iglesias, director of the National Institute of Endocrinology, said.

In statements to Prensa Latina, in the context of the 1st International Diabetes Congress taking place at the Conference Center in Havana until May 24, the specialist highlighted that Cuba is the country with the best glycemic control of its patients, the Pan-American Health Organization has acknowledged.

This is possible despite the limitations the nation has such as not having a continuous monitoring blood glucose meter or an insulin infusion pump for patients who do not resolve with multiple injections, because they are devices made with US technology.

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#Cuba Hosts International #Diabetes Congress – Via Telesur English Youtube

ThursdayMotivation – “A doctor is only a slave to his humanistic vocation”, letter from a #Cuban doctor in #Venezuela – Via Cubadebate / the images were taken in #Venezuela, #Pakistan, #Haiti, #SierraLeona, #Brazil / (Part I)

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As a health professional formed by the revolution in the teachings of Martí, Che and Fidel, I believe in altruism, in humanism and  internationalism, which constitute the essence of medical education in my country, asserting what it will express Jose Marti: “Helping the one who needs it is not only part of duty, but of happiness”.

Thousands of collaborators fulfill the internationalist duty in all the Venezuelan geography and the difficulties do not prevent the fulfillment of our mission, having the involuntariness as a principle.

Continue reading “ThursdayMotivation – “A doctor is only a slave to his humanistic vocation”, letter from a #Cuban doctor in #Venezuela – Via Cubadebate / the images were taken in #Venezuela, #Pakistan, #Haiti, #SierraLeona, #Brazil / (Part I)”

Via @telesurenglish – #Cuba begins the free distribution of the #HIV prevention pill / #Health #health4all #PReP


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Lessons of #Love: School for children with physical-motor disabilities in Santiago de #Cuba Via Granma English #HealthCare #EducationForFree #SpecialEducation


The school is located in Villa Elvira, a residence which the illustrious patriot Emilio Bacardi Moreau (1844-1922) had built for his wife’s enjoyment on the former El Coral estate, in the neighborhood of Cuabitas, outside of the city, on Boniato Road.Perhaps the rural atmosphere with flowering mangoes and palms, surrounded by green hills, combined with the care artists took in the decoration of buildings and gardens, including a large central fountain, as well as the welcoming dormitories and game rooms, and especially the staff, make clear that there is joy here.”I think the opening of the school has been successful,” said Dr. Triana Mederos, national director of Special Education at the Ministry of Education, “because these students with physical-motor disabilities, these first 67 from the provinces of Las Tunas, Holguín, Granma, Guantánamo and Santiago de Cuba, seem to feel at home, as if they had already studied here several years.”“As you can see,” she said, “centers of this kind imply much effort and resources from the state, and although the fundamental objective is the physical, psychological, and pedagogical rehabilitation of children, they are not compulsory schools, and require the willingness and close involvement of parents.”She added that “programs and strategies are designed on the basis of the extensive experience of our teachers, precise diagnoses and attention from specialists in Public Health, the Ministry of Labor and Social Security, the Cuban Association of the Physically Limited (Aclifim), with the decisive integration of parents and families.”

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