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Chronic non-communicable diseases remain the leading cause of death in Cuba

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“The mortality rate due to chronic non-communicable diseases is the highest, with 731.4 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants,” states the Health Statistics Yearbook, in its 45th edition, with updated information until 2016, and recently published by the Directorate of Medical Records and Health Statistics of the Ministry of Public Health of Cuba.

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Work of Cuban medical brigade in Peru praised

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The officials highlighted the hard work, professionalism and dedication of the 23 Cuban health collaborators who every day treat hundreds of people affected by the natural disaster, which has resulted in the death of 107 persons in different regions across the country.

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Increasing business opportunities

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Since 2014, Cuba has emphasized that its economic development largely depends on increasing the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate, which over the last decade has been steady at around 2%, almost half of the Latin American average over the same period. Analysis of international experiences demonstrates that economic progress requires a sustained growth rate

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Cuban doctors in Peru: A work of altruism

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“We are ready and willing to overcome any adversity,” stated Dr. Ricardo Martínez Llizo, a member of the 23rd Brigade of the Henry Reeve International Contingent of Doctors Specializing in Disaster Situations and Serious Epidemics, currently providing services in Peru, while speaking to Granma International.

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La Pradera: Restoring body and mind

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The intensive, comprehensive rehabilitation services for children and adults offered to visitors from abroad, are the central focus of the La Pradera International Health Center, located west of Havana, specializing in supporting patients recovering from neurological damage, heart attacks, orthopedic problems, and hearing or language disorders, among other health issues.

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Raúl receives Minister of Health and Medical Education of Iran

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Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Ministers of Cuba, received on February 15, His Excellency Seyed Hasán Ghazizadeh Hashemi, minister of Health and Medical Education of the Islamic Republic of Iran, who delivered a message to the Cuban leader on behalf of the Iranian President, Hasán Rouhaní.

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A promise kept

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When Fidel Castro extended his hand to then Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, Mari bim Amude Alkatiri, promising that Cuba would help train 1,000 health professionals from that country, free of charge, who would go on to serve their people, Isabel de Jesús Amaral never imagined she would have the opportunity to become

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New measures to stimulate an increasing birth rate

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To cite just a few figures, the overall fertility rate for more than three decades has not surpassed the 2.1 children per woman necessary to ensure adequate population replacement; in 2015 the figure in Cuba was just 1.72. Meanwhile, 19.3% of the population is over 60 years of age and life expectancy at birth is now 78.45 years.

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AIDS: Prevention in our hands

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By November 8, 2016, 26,048 people in Cuba had been diagnosed with HIV since the first case of the virus was discovered on the island, only 17% of whom have died. Today there are 21,544 people living with HIV in the country, according to Dr. María Isela Lantero, head of the Ministry of Public Health’s National STI/HIV/AIDS Control and Prevention program, speaking during a press conference concerning World AIDS Day.

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Clinical trials key to developing new medicine

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A total of 98 clinical trials are being conducted at this time around the country addressing different diseases, reported Dr. Alberto Hernández Rodríguez, director of the National Clinical Trials Coordination Center (Cencec), during the International Workshop on Design and Management of Clinical Trials, held in Havana’s Conference Center.