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Cuba's Cure.

Van Gelder, S. Yes! Magazine; Summer 2007.

The Cuban Paradox.

Birch SE. Norlander L.  AJN. 2007 Mar;107(3):75-79. [free full text]

Havana's Hospital Nacional Receives Overdue Overhaul.
Gorry, C. Cuba Health Reports. 2007; Feb 5. [free full text]

The story behind Cuba’s decline in infant mortality.
Reed, G. Cuba Health Reports. 2007; Jan 21.  [free full text]

Obesity: A growing problem in Cuba.
Giraldo, G. Cuba Health Reports. 2006; Dec 1.  [free full text]

The true stories of HIV/AIDS in Cuba.
Gorry, C. Cuba Health Reports. 2006; Dec 2. [free full text]

Better health statistics: The Cuban experience. 
Lazo, M. et al.  Lancet, 2006; 367(9515):985-6.

A case analysis of INFOMED:  The Cuban National Health Care Telecommunications Network and Portal. 
Seror, A.C.  Journal of Medical Internet Research, 2006;8(1).  [free full text]

Colombia and Cuba, contrasting models in Latin America’s health sector reform.
De Vos, P., De Ceukelaire, W. & Van der Stuyft, P. Tropical Medicine and International Health, 2006;11(10):1604-12.

Commentary: Daring to learn from a good example and break the ‘Cuba taboo.’
Spiegel, J. International Journal of Epidemiology, 2006;35(4):825-6.  [free full text]

Community-oriented social work in Cuba: Government response to emerging social problems.
Strug, D. Social Work Education, 2006;25(7):749-62.

Cuban cancer drug headed for US clinical trials.
Gorry, C. Cuba Health Reports. 2006; Nov 6.  [free full text]

Health in Cuba.
Cooper, R.S., Kennelly, J.F. & Ordunez-Garcia, P.  International Journal of Epidemiology, 2006;35(4):817-24.

International AIDS conference report [audio]. 
Fink, "The World," PRI, 8/15/06.
PRI's “The World” reported on the controversy over routine, voluntary HIV testing. The segment includes comments from Jorge Pérez, Director of the Hospital of the Institute of Tropical Medicine and former Director of Cuba's AIDS sanitorium (1989-2000).

Natural and traditional medicine in Cuba: lessons for U.S. medical education.
Appelbaum, D., Kligler, B., Barrett, B., Frenkel, M., Guerrera, M.P., Kondwani, K.A., Lee, B.B. & Tattelman, E.   Academic Medicine, 2006;81(12):1098-103.

Learning together: A Canada-Cuba research collaboration to improve the sustainable management of environmental health risks.
Spiegel, J., Garcia, M., Bonet, M. & Yassi, A. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 2006;97(1):50-55.

National program for detecting & treating mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
González, I. MEDICC Review, 2006;8(1):2-5.  [free full text]

Vertical transmission in Cuba.
González, I, Díaz M, Pérez, J. MEDICC Review, 2006;8(1):15-18.  [free full text]

The right to health care and the law.
Evenson, D. MEDICC Review, 2005;7(9):8-9.  [free full text]

Changes to Cuban health care aim to extend equity.
Reed, G. MEDICC Review, 2005;7(9):5-7.  [free full text]

MDGs and health equity in Cuba.
Gorry, C. MEDICC Review, 2005;7(9):2-4.  [free full text]

A monitoring system for health equity in Cuba.
Ramírez, A, López C. MEDICC Review, 2005;7(9):13-20.  [free full text]

Cuba's epidemic-fighting model.
Rojas Ochoa, F. MEDICC Review, 2005;7(7):2-5.  [free full text]

Cuba’s integration of traditional and natural medicine into their national health care system.
Kondwani, K.  PrometraNews, 2005. [free full text]

Cuba's national program for chronic kidney disease, dialysis & renal transplantation.
Herrera  R. MEDICC Review, 2005;7(5):2-5.  [free full text]

Economic crisis and access to care: Cuba’s health care system since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Nayeri, K. & Lopez-Pardo, C.M. International Journal of Health Services, 2005;35(4):797-816.

Family medicine in Cuba: community-oriented primary care and complementary and alternative medicine.
Dresang, L.T., Brebrick, L., Murray, D., Shallue, A. & Sullivan-Vedder, L. The Journal of the American Board of Family Practice, 2005;18(4):297-303. [free full text]

Health care? Ask Cuba.
Kristof, N.D. The New York Times, 2005, Jan 12;Sect. A:21.  [free full text]

Human immunodeficiency virus and other sexually transmitted diseases in Cuban women.
Rodriguez, M.E., Llop, A., Capo, V., Kouri, V., Resik, S., Rojas, L., et al. Clinical Microbiology and Infection, 2005;11(9):759-72.  [free full text]

“No one left abandoned”:  Cuba’s national health system since the 1959 revolution.
DeVos, P. International Journal of Health Services, 2005;35(1):189-207.

Shifting the demand for emergency care in Cuba’s health system.
DeVos, P., Murla, P., Rodriguez, A., Bonet, M., Mas, P. & Van der Stuyft, P. Social Science & Medicine, 2005;60(3):609-16.

Well Babies: Cuba's National Program.
Frank, M. MEDICC Review, 2005;7(6):2-5.  [free full text]

Good practice example: Cuba. 
International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, Early Warning Newsletter, December 2004;2,1. [free full text] 

Lessons from the margins of globalization: appreciating the Cuban health paradox.
Spiegel, J. & Yassi, A. Journal of Public Health Policy, 2004;25(1):85-110. [free full text]

What the Cuban context provides health researchers: The feasibility of a longitudinal multi-method study of the impact of housing improvements on health in Havana, Cuba.
Spiegel, J. Barcelo, C., Loucks, E., Bonet, M., Aldama, A. & Yassi, A. (2004).  Journal of Public Health, 2004;26(1):95-100.

Change in health risk perception following community intervention in Central Havana, Cuba.
Tate, R.B., Fernandez, N., Yassi, A., Canizares, M., Spiegel, J. & Bonet, M. Health Promotion International, 2003;18(4):279-86.  [free full text]

Womens’ opinions on antenatal care in developing countries: Results of a study in Cuba, Thailand, Saudi Arabia and Argentina. 
Nigenda, G. et al. (2003). BMC Public Health, 2003;3:17. [free full text] (pdf)

Cuban maternity homes.
Renz, H. Midwifery Today, 2002;61:52. [free full text]

Mass health education on sex and sexuality and its impact on Cuba: An interview-based medical report on the development, evolution, and current status of this educational program in Cuba, with emphasis on women’s health.
Olson, B.R. & Dickey, R.A. Journal of Women’s Health, 2002;11(9):767-71.

Nursing and health care in socialist Cuba:  What can we learn from each other? 
Lundy, K.S. & Janes, S. Applied Nursing Research, 2002;15(2):111-4.

Effect of the US embargo and economic decline on health in Cuba.
Barry, M. Annals of Internal Medicine, 2000; 132(2):151-4.  [free full text]

The public health impact of sanctions:  Contrasting responses of Iraq and Cuba.
Garfield, R. Middle East Report, 2000;215:16-19.

A conversation with Fidel Castro about health services.
Richmond, J. New England Journal of Medicine, 1984;310(15):994-995.
[President Castro describes primary health care in definitive interview with former US Surgeon General.]

Books & Reports

The Pugwash Workshop Report on Cuba.
The Pugwash Workshop on Medical Research in Cuba: Strengthening International Cooperation, took place from February 15-17, 2001 in Havana, Cuba.  The conference web page includes this workshop report, agenda, issue brief, and other valuable resources on the impact of the US embargo on both Cuban and US health.

Approaches to the management of HIV/AIDS in Cuba: Case study. 
Pérez, J. et al.  Geneva: World Health Organization, 2004.

Cuba weathering the storm:  Lessons in risk reduction from Cuba.
Thompson, M. & Gaviria, I. Boston: Oxfam America, 2004. [free full text]
Macintyre, K. C. & Hadad, J. In Bruce J. Fried & Laura M. Gaydos (Eds.), World health systems: Challenges and perspectives (pp. 445-62).  Chicago:  Health Administration Press, 2002.

Health system reforms in Cuba in the 1990s.
Garfield, R. & Holtz, T.H. In Peter Lloyd-Sherlock (Ed.), Healthcare reform and poverty in Latin America.  London:  Institute of Latin American Studies, 2000.

The threat of a good example: Health and revolution in Cuba.
Chomsky, A. In Jim Y. Kim et al. (Eds.), Dying for growth:  Global inequality and the health of the poor (pp 331-357). Monroe: Common Courage, 2000.

Denial of food and medicine:  The impact of the U.S. embargo on health and nutrition in Cuba.  
Reed G, Frank, M, et al. Washington, D.C.: American Association for World Health, 1997.  [free full text]

Healing the masses:  Cuban health politics at home and abroad. 
Feinsilver, J. Berkeley, CA:  University of California Press, 1993.

Cuba’s Family Doctor Programme.
UNICEF & Cuban Ministry of Public Health.  Republic of Cuba: Ministry of Public Health.  ISBN 92-806-0999-8


At a glance: Cuba. UNICEF

Cuba - World Health Organization country profile.

Cuba: Health situation analysis and trend summary.
Pan American Health Organization. [free full text]

Cuba Health Data
One stop research resource for current major health indicators from Cuba.

Country profile: Cuba.
EarthTrends: The Environmental Information Portal.  Population, Health & Human Well-being – This page is chockfull of useful statistics.

Human Development Indicators:  Country Fact Sheets Cuba.
Human Development Report 2006. United Nations Development Programme.

The Cuban health care professional’s portal is the single best source for statistical information and Cuban medical journals, plus links to other Cuban health websites, including all medical fields, the Virtual Medical Library, event and congress information and more.

Cuba's National Center for Sexual Education specializes in interdisciplinary services including workshops, counseling, and publications aimed at fostering sexuality that is full, safe and pleasurable for both men and women.

Instituto Finlay
Part of Cuba's scientific pole, where biotech research & development happens. The Finlay Institute produces vaccines.

Instituto de Medicina Tropical “Pedro Kourí”
For 60 years, the Pedro Kourí Tropical Medicine Institute has been dedicated to studying, preventing, controlling and eradicating communicable diseases. It is a WHO/PAHO collaborating center in a variety of fields.

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