Los 54: Third graduation of Timorese doctors (2011)

54 Timorese doctors graduate as a result of Cuban-East Timorese health cooperation. Continue reading “Los 54: Third graduation of Timorese doctors (2011)”

La medicina social en Timor Oriental (2010)

“Medicina social”, un concept con un desarrollo notable en América Latina Social, promovido por Salvador Allende en los años 30s del siglo pasado, vincula un modelo amplio y un ethos de salud pública con procesos de tranformación social. En años recientes, tal influencia ha sido extendida a Timor Oriental por medio de un muy amplio programa cubano de ayuda y formación en salud. El present artículo analisa hasta qué punto se puede estar desarrollando una medicina social endógena en Timor Oriental. Continue reading “La medicina social en Timor Oriental (2010)”

Social medicine in East Timor (2010)

“Social medicine”, a Latin American concept, notably developed by Salvador Allende in the 1930s, links up a broader model and ethos of public health with processes of social transformation. In recent years that influence has spread to Timor Leste, through a very large Cuban health cooperation and training program. This paper considers to what extent an endogenous “social medicine” might be developing in Timor Leste. Such a development would require transition away from the existing small, private clinic based model. Continue reading “Social medicine in East Timor (2010)”

The First Group / Los Primeros (2010)

Cuba has been training over 900 medical students from Timor Leste. In September 2010, the first group of eighteen graduated as doctors. Continue reading “The First Group / Los Primeros (2010)”

Book review of Che Guevara: The economics of revolution (2010)

Helen Yaffe’s book demonstrates how good history can make a timely and valuable contribution to contemporary debates. The socialist thought of ‘Che’ Ernesto Guevara (on top of his heroic guerrilla and internationalist role) has special relevance for the current global economic crisis and the strong resurgence of socialist-inspired ‘alternatives’ in Latin America. Continue reading “Book review of Che Guevara: The economics of revolution (2010)”

Farewell to Timor Leste: Cuban doctors return home (2010)

Interviews with two Cuban doctors who are returning home after two years living and teaching in Timor Leste. Continue reading “Farewell to Timor Leste: Cuban doctors return home (2010)”

Cuban health cooperation in Timor Leste and the Southwest Pacific (2010)

Cuban doctors and their large-scale medical training program came to Timor Leste in 2004, then to Kiribati, Nauru, Vanuatu, Tuvalu and the Solomon Islands over 2006-2008. By its size and focus, this ‘South-south’ program, more than any other, is transforming the health systems of those island nations. Cuba’s ‘solidarity aid’ in health and education is famous in Africa and Latin America, but only more recently spread to the Southwest Pacific. Continue reading “Cuban health cooperation in Timor Leste and the Southwest Pacific (2010)”

HIV/AIDS in Cuba: Lessons and challenges (2009)

Cuba, a relatively poor, socialist, developing country has the lowest rate of HIV infection in the Caribbean subregion and a rate among the lowest in the world. Yet when we look at the published explanations for this, outside Cuba, we face a wall of controversy and disdain. A fair amount of the criticism seems due to ideological wars and the economic blockade by the United States of America imposed on Cuba. The latter certainly undermines communication, scientific exchange, and understanding. Continue reading “HIV/AIDS in Cuba: Lessons and challenges (2009)”

The Pacific School of Medicine in Cuba (2009)

Interviews with students from Timor Leste, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Tuvalu and Nauru who are studying at the Pacific School of Medicine in Cuba. Continue reading “The Pacific School of Medicine in Cuba (2009)”

HIV/AIDS in Cuba: A rights-based analysis (2009)

The common assertion that Cuba’s achievements in HIV/AIDS control have come at a cost in human rights is reinforced by US hostility toward its small neighbour. Nevertheless, a rights-based analysis may be one useful way of exmining the actual Cuban experience. By reference to the United Nation’s Guidelines on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights, this paper examines the Cuban experience as it relates to the themes of quarantine and person freedom; privacy in testing and tracing; education, participation, and non-discrimination; and the availability of AIDS treatment. Continue reading “HIV/AIDS in Cuba: A rights-based analysis (2009)”