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International Health Aid: What can we learn from Cuba?
Feb
9
2010
February 09, 2010 6:30 PM
The Haiti earthquake has drawn the world’s attention to the vulnerabilities of people living in low and middle income countries where capacities to respond to daily health needs remains dangerously weak. Despite the outpouring of humanitarian aid in the aftermath of this tragedy, and furthermore the billions of dollars going to global health in the past decade, we see that international health aid has contributed very little to building capabilities in countries for responding to day-to-day needs, let alone crises like the recent earthquake.
 

 The small island nation of Cuba has not only produced excellent health results in a low income country, but has contributed tens of thousands of health workers internationally and has trained over 15,000 medical students from low and middle income countries for areas where they are needed.

This session will explore what we can learn from this example – and how we can apply such lessons.

Discussion of implications for Haiti led by...

  • Maureen Mayhew, physician who has worked in international health aid projects for Doctors Without Borders and US AID
  • Jerry Spiegel, health system researcher working in Cuba for 15 years.

Please download the poster here, or watch the film trailer here.

Click here to view Jerry Spiegel's article Integrating Health and Human Security into Foreign Policy: Cuba's Surprising Success.

Sponsored by the Liu Institute for Global Issues, School of Population and Public Health, Centre for International Health, Global Health Research Program

  Location:
Liu Institute for Global Issues, Multipurpose Room
Address:
6476 NW Marine Drive, UBC
February 2010
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