Medical Education Cooperation With Cuba

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1814 Franklin Street, Suite 820 Oakland CA 94612 USA

Mission:

MEDICC believes Health for All is Possible and works to enhance cooperation among the US, Cuban and global health communities aimed at better health outcomes and equity.

Results:

2014 was a pivotal year for MEDICC, transitioning leadership to new Executive Director Pierre LaRamée, a dedicated advocate of global health equity and Latin American human rights, who brought to MEDICC over 30 years’ experience in NGO leadership. Under his direction, all programs have expanded and new staff have joined MEDICC’s ranks to accommodate this growth. Among the ways we bridged the US, Cuban, and global health communities and shared the successful outcomes of Cuba’s public health and medical education systems, MEDICC: • Catapulted the story of the Latin American Medical School (ELAM) onto the global stage, through co-founder Gail Reed’s TEDMED talk “Where to train the world’s doctors? Cuba.” To date, the video has been viewed over 700,000 times and has been translated into 22 languages. • Coordinated educational exchanges to Cuba for 152 professionals, participating in 12 programs tailored to each group, including a high-level delegation of Congressional Diabetes Caucus members, medical experts and patient advocates to Cuba to learn more about diabetes care and an innovative therapy that reduces diabetic foot amputations. • Generated new Institutional Bridges and developed others, brokering a bilateral agreement between the American Public Health Association and the Cuban Society of Public Health, which envisions joint research and exchange of experience and publications; and furthering work on end-of-life issues between Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Cuba’s Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery as well as the relationship between the University of California at San Francisco’s Memory and Aging Center and CNEURO the Cuban Neurosciences Center. • Became a prime source for news on Cuba’s role in fighting the Ebola epidemic through press outreach and a new website. www.ebola.medicc.org. Cuba sent 256 nurses and doctors, the largest contingent of healthcare workers from any country. In cooperation with Global Links, MEDICC also launched a special fundraising campaign to secure shipment of medical supplies to the international and Cuban teams. • Launched new sites in one of our signature programs, Community Partnerships for Health Equity (CPHE), in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Summit County, Ohio; Kern County, South Los Angeles, Del Norte and San Diego; California. We also convened the first national meeting of MEDICC’s CPHE Network of Community Partnerships for Health Equity, with community health leaders and advocates from six cities joined together to share with each other actions taken to improve local health, prompted by insights gleaned from their visits to Cuba.

Programs:

Educational Exchange Programs in Cuba, Community Partnerships for Health Equity, Medical Literature for Cuban Professionals, Latin American Medical School, ELAM: Support for US students and graduates, Equitable Health Care in Haiti, MEDICC Review-International Journal of Cuban Health & Medicine

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MEDICC work it is also very important for the LatinAmerican context, where some institutions take its initiatives as a role model.

MEDICC, thank you for your resilience !

 
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MEDICC people had a presentation at the annual meetings of the International Health Section of the American Public Health Association maybe ten years ago. I feel we are partners now, both working to let the world know of Cuba’s mission. I’m a statistician. The evaluation of health programs for the poor is my area. There has never been a sound statistical evaluation of a health program. Now Sommers carried out a good evaluation. He demonstrated that young children given vitamin A were less likely to die than children not given supplemental vitamin A. But never has there been an evaluation of say a village health program. Such a program would include services that would require an MD. Cuba trains, without cost, thousands of MDs. To this statistician, who knows how my mother would have grieved had I died, the MOH of some country and the Cuban MOH might well work together to design and initiate a village health program, with a national, trained in Cuba MD. Such should, as see things, be well evaluated so as to have information to guide countries seeking to reduce child deaths. UNICEF statistics for 2010 tells us that if the world child death rate was the same as the rate in Cuba, 19,000 fewer children would die each day. There is a lot of resistance to this idea but it is decreasing. The fine work of MEDICC helps lead us toward a better world.
David J. Fitch, PhD

 
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A wonderful organization, which is addressing two pressing problems - one, the urgent need for qualified medical practitioners all around the globe in under served and poverty stricken communities. And two, counteracting the shameful, slanderous propaganda that issues forth from the US government concerning Cuba. I have worked with young people from poor and minority communities here in the US who have participated in Cuba's medical education program at no cost to themselves, aside from the rigorous effort required to succeed. They have come back with glowing reports of the connections they made with others young activists around the world, and with a dedication to serving those in need here in the US.

 
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I have been involved with MEDICC since 2007, when I assisted in the establishment of a mentor program for the US students attending the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana. I also have been the MEDICC representative on both People to People and research programs in Cuba. Although relatively small, yet nimble, the organization does a superb job in educating American health care professionals about not only the Cuban health care system, but also its complex society. I have traveled to Cuba many times since 1978 and MEDICC is the best organization I know of to learn about this rapidly changing country.

 
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MEDICC probably is the best organization I've worked with in decades: excellent perspective about global health, great projects and programs, and a superb staff. They do a tremendous amount with very limited resources, but extraordinarily committed people

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Over the past 5 years I have worked with MEDICC in many ways. I have been part of the MEDICC's Community Partnerships for Health Equity. Along with colleagues in the healthcare safety net in Oakland, Ca, I travelled twice to Cuba to learn about their successes in healthcare in the face of very limited resources. The visits were very well-organized and informative, allowing us to bring "lessons learned" home to our own institutions. I am now a member of MEDICC's advisory council and have volunteered in other ways with the organization. MEDICC greatly facilitates the understanding by Americans of the significant strengths of the Cuban medical system including the emphasis on primary care and prevention and the merging of public health and the delivery of health care. This provides opportunities to improve our own healthcare system. MEDICC is a very effective organization with an important mission.



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MEDICC is a multifaceted organization dedicated to enhancing collaborative efforts among diverse, global communities aimed at better health outcomes and equity for all. My experience in working with MEDICC has been to enhance medical school education for American Indians to become physicians. There is a huge disparity in the number of American Indians physicians in the United State. As former Surgeon General/Medical Director of the Navajo Nation, MEDICC worked in collaboration with the Navajo Nation government to look at innovative partnerships to develop the next generation of Navajo physicians. American Indians share the burden of huge health disparities among minority populations. We will be better equipped to address our health challenges by increasing the number of American Indian health professionals and through efforts such as MEDICC

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