Medical Education Cooperation With Cuba

Rating: 4.93 stars   60 reviews

Issues: International

Location: 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: In 2013, we were proud to: * Provide travel guidance to more US residents than ever before visiting Cuba to learn about the island's health care system--174 travelers in all, who had full schedules meeting health workers and patients in Havana and other provinces. * Top 30,000 article-reads per month for our online journal MEDICC Review, which published on -hot topics: Diabetes, Primary Health Care, Chronic Diseases and Mental Health. * Award 42 Mnisi Fellowships to US students and graduates of Havana's Latin American Medical School (ELAM) to help them prepare for their US medical licensing exams. * Place a record number of 40 US ELAM students in 26 clinical sites in 11 states and the District of Columbia providing them with valuable US clinical experience. *Celebrate the culmination of the two-year Community Partnerships for Health Equity (CPHE) in Albuquerque, New Mexico with a community forum to share how health lessons learned from the Cuban health system have inspired community projects in Albuquerque; and kick off a new CPHE in the Bronx, New York. *Ship four sea containers of medical aid (with our humanitarian partner Global Links) to Santiago, Cuba to help the region recover from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, including an infrastructure shipment of electric beds and mattresses for the 630-bed teaching Hospital Saturnino Lora.
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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Rating: 5 stars  

I found out about MEDICC first, after watching movie Salud about ELAM. My wife immediately recognized bus from La Ceiba to Tokoa in Honduras which is passing through her village and later about Luther & Wendy - two students from the neighboring Garifuna village, who are ELAM alumni. Luther update was featured as well in the recent Gail Reed TED talk. MEDICC is essential not only with providing otherwise totally unknown ELAM achievements, but also helping Luther to deliver health care to remote Garifuna region in Honduras, where no other health professionals care to go.

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I didn't know about MEDICC until the earthquake in Haiti. Then I started my monthly donation until now. I know it's not too much, but is the best i can do. i'm Cuban American and i think it is the best inversion that i ever did, not for profit, but for a better life for my people. I'm proud to be a donor and i congratulate MEDICC for what they do.

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As a member of a Cuban American organization, Cuban Americans for Engagement (CAFE), I am keenly aware of the role MEDICC plays explaining within the US the strengths of the Cuban medical system. Because of its lack of resources, Cuba puts all its efforts into prevention. If you haven't already, listen to Gail Reed explain on the TED program where the world's doctors should be trained. It is in Cuba.

By also helping U.S. disadvantaged youth study medicine in ELAM, the Cuban medical school, MEDICC is playing its part in the thawing of relations between the two nations.

Today (10/29/2014), in an unexpected move, the U.S. accepted Cuba's invitation and sent a CDC official to Havana to join the Caribbean and Latin American nations in a summit summoned last week to organize the hemisphere against the spread of ebola. Working together for the sake of global health, Cuba and the US are putting aside half a century of enmity. MEDICC was already on the ground.

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When Hurricane Sandy struck in Santiago de Cuba, destroying thousands of houses and leaving many more Cubans in dire need of medical supplies, MEDiCC was one of only two institutions that I was able to contact that was raising emergency funds for the stricken. Because of its ability to develop a relationship based on trust with the Cuban government, MEDICC was able to ship aid quickly where it was most needed.

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