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Primary health care in Cuba; the other revolution.


Primary health care in Cuba; the other revolution.

Whiteford, Linda M. and Laurence G. Branch.

Rowman & Littlefield


138 pages




Within a conceptual framework of health equity and critical medical anthropology, Whiteford (medical anthropology, U. of South Florida) and Branch (health policy and management, U. of South Florida) describe and analyze the development of the "Cuban jewel," Cuba's world-class primary health care system, which provides free access to all. They begin with the state of health care at the time of the Cuban Revolution, going on to describe the influence of the Declaration of Alma-Ata, adopted in 1978 at the International Conference on Primary Health Care. They then examine Cuba's approaches to the four traditional public health foci: child and maternal health, control of communicable and contagious diseases, treatment of chronic diseases, and care for the elderly. Finally, they consider the role of the "public" in Cuba's public health system and summarize lessons learned.

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