MEDICC Review Journal Highlights Cuba’s Global Health Cooperation

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New July issue of MEDICC Review includes interviews with new US graduates of the Latin American Medical School

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Cuba’s solid track record of providing medical assistance to other countries demonstrates the possibilities of global health cooperation, even under the constraints of scarce resources.

MEDICC Review today announced the publication of its new issue on Cuba’s International Health Cooperation: highlighting the country’s engagement around world in disaster medicine, public health, and training the next generation of physicians.

Since 1960 when Cuba provided medical assistance to Chile after a devastating earthquake, the country has implemented a national policy of global medical cooperation and engagement, from its latest efforts in fighting Ebola in West Africa, and helping victims of the earthquakes that hit Haiti and Chile in 2010, to training thousands of doctors from poor countries on scholarship.

“Cuba’s solid track record of providing medical assistance to other countries demonstrates the possibilities of global health cooperation, even under the constraints of scarce resources,” said Dr. Christina Mills, MEDICC Review Managing Editor. “Its Latin American Medical School, ELAM, has trained nearly 25,000 doctors from 84 countries, including the USA, who have pledged to serve in poor communities upon graduation.”

The new issue of MEDICC Review features exclusive interviews with new US ELAM graduates. “I’m committed to doing a family medicine residency in Louisiana. We have very poor primary care in my home state and family medicine tends to carry a stigma in the United States, so I know this where I’m needed,” said Dr Tia Naquel Tucker, ELAM class of 2015.

“Cuba’s International Health Cooperation” issue also includes research for improving curriculum for medical students in South Africa, lessons from the field on monitoring for cholera in Haiti, and setting up a field hospital in Chile.

MEDICC Review is the first peer-reviewed journal in English dedicated to publishing original manuscripts by Cuban health and related professionals on topics of medical research, population health, and policies and practice of health in Cuba. The journal also publishes international authors on subjects related to health equity. Published by Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba (MEDICC), Oakland, California, USA, MEDICC Review articles are available open access, free online and available through PubMed and other indexing services http://www.medicc.org/mediccreview

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