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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.

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Cuban Medical Brigade celebrates 18 years in Guatemala

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Cuban doctors, nurses, technicians, and other professionals continue sharing their love today in all corners of Guatemala, just as they first did 18 years ago.
The dedication of this army of white coats, as Comandante en Jefe Fi­del Cas­tro named them, has earned the affection and respect of many people in this land, as was made clear during the celebration commemorating their arrival in 1998, following Hurricane Mitch.

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Havana Consensus Leads to Action Against Arboviruses: OPS

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The representative of the Paho/WHO in Cuba, Cristian Morales, explained here today that once defined the route map for a strategy to control arboviruses we can pass on to action against these illnesses.

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Cuba and the U.S. sign cancer research agreement

Cuba eeuu acuerdo

The agreement, signed by Dr. Ro­berto Morales Ojeda, Cuban minister of Public Health, and Sylvia Burwell, U.S. secretary of Health and Human Services, involves the implementation of collaboration projects, meetings, conferences and workshops, as well as promoting exchanges of information and best practices, research, monitoring, follow-up, and forms of cooperation related to the control of cancer, a major health problem in both countries and across the world.

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Cuba registers new skin cancer medicine

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After 20 years of research and clinical trials, Cuba’s Havana-based Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Center (CIGB) has developed a new medicine called “Heberferon.” BiologistIraldo Bello, who participated in the process, described the drug which combines interferón “Alfa” and interferón “Gamma” through the use of recombinant technology at the CIGB – as “unique” in the world.

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Legendary Havana hospital renovated

Hospital Calixto García

Despite being over 120 years old, the General Calixto García University Hospital has been revived through a series of repair and maintenance works being undertaken across several areas, which are now in their final stages. The secondary-level care facility is spread over 13 hectares and includes 37 medical departments spread over 29 pavilions, including emergencies, surgery and intensive care, all of which are attended by highly qualified and experienced health professionals.

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Natural medicine facilities to be certified

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At least ten local Natural and Traditional Medicine (MNT) production facilities, across the same number of Cuban provinces, are set to receive certification for meeting best pharmaceutical practice standards by the end of this year, according to a sector expert. Speaking to ACN, Johann Perdomo Delgado, head of the Ministry of Health’s MNT department, confirmed that centers of this kind are based in Ar­temisa, Mayabeque, Matanzas, Villa Clara, Sancti Spíritus, Ciego de Ávila, Camagüey, Las Tunas, Holguín and Santiago de Cuba.