Partnerships for self-determination: The Cuba-Timor health cooperation (2018)

This paper uses the Cuban Timor Leste health partnership to illustrate desirable principles in aid partnerships. For all its problems, Timor Leste has graduated one thousand doctors in the past decade, created clinics in all rural districts and has seen substantial improvements in some critical health indicators. Over this period, Cuba was by far the most important partner in health training and health services. We consider what it was about this partnership that facilitated substantial gains in both human capacity and human development. Continue reading “Partnerships for self-determination: The Cuba-Timor health cooperation (2018)”

Unlikely partners: Challenges for an Australia-Cuba collaboration in Pacific health (2014)

In June 2010, at a joint press conference in Perth, the foreign ministers of Australia and Cuba expressed their wish to work together in a range of areas, in particular health aid programs in the Pacific and Caribbean regions (AMFAT 2010). Australia-Cuba collaboration has its own logic: both countries have great capacity to assist the Pacific island nations, and there is always value to be found in genuine efforts at cooperation and complementarity. However the move also raises the question: how might these two very different systems work together, when they have such distinct aims and methods? Continue reading “Unlikely partners: Challenges for an Australia-Cuba collaboration in Pacific health (2014)”

Timor’s New Doctors / Los Nuevos Médicos de Timor (2014)

By 2014, 800 Cuban-trained Timorese doctors had graduated in Timor Leste. They bring new values to the country, a Timorese ‘social medicine’. Continue reading “Timor’s New Doctors / Los Nuevos Médicos de Timor (2014)”

Not really Europeans / No son realmente europeos: Cuban doctors in the Pacific (2013)

Interviews with Cubans and Pacific Islanders participating in Cuban international health solidarity in the Pacific region. Continue reading “Not really Europeans / No son realmente europeos: Cuban doctors in the Pacific (2013)”

An army of white jackets: Graduation of 406 Timorese doctors (2012)

406 Timorese doctors graduate as a result of Cuban-East Timorese health cooperation. Continue reading “An army of white jackets: Graduation of 406 Timorese doctors (2012)”

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)”