Cuban Experience in Children Health Care Praised
Intl Organizations promote Cuban experience in health care for children.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) will announce the result of an investigation on Cuba´s experience in the health care attention on children during the last 50 years during an international workshop that began this Monday in Havana.
According to Sierramaestra.cu website, the event will have participants from some 15 countries that will analyze the situation of children´s health care in the region and world.
A text with the outcome of the investigation summarizes a more extensive document which will soon be made public, outlining "our gratitude to the Cuban Revolution and its Commander in Chief Fidel Castro for making this task a reality which we have described with admiration and respect and which can be resumed with a phrase stating that there is nothing more important than children".
The objective of the research, carried out by the National Maternal-Infant Directive was aimed at identifying the "lessons" that could help other nations reach the objectives of the Millennium Development Goals listing the general measures developed by Cuba in addition to those ones by the health care sector.
Among the "lessons" which, according to WHO and PAHO, deserve to be taken as a reference and which could be applied to other countries with the objective of reducing the infant mortality rate are: legal measures that guarantee that the State be responsible for the health of its population; the right to public health assistance and protection; an accessible, free health care system with the participation of thepopulation in the health programs.
Also fundamental is the increase of the population's level of education and culture; the development of primary health attention; creation of rural doctors, health clinics and maternal homes; comprehensive health attention programs for the mothers and children; universal and free vaccination; gastroenteritis and acute respiratory ailments control; formation of human resources and fight against epidemics, among others.
The text also highlights international solidarity that has allowed the Cuban health professionals to participate in the attention of children's health in over 100 countries which has also favored their integral development and human values.