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Cuban hepatitis B medication undergoing clinical trials

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A Cuban medication to treat chronic hepatitis B, HeberNasvac, created by scientists at the Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Center (CIGB), is currently undergoing clinical trials in collaboration with the French company Abivax. The product has been undergoing safety and efficacy tests for several years, stated a CIGB specialist.

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Malaysian firm to market Cuban vaccine against cancer

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Malaysian biotechnology firm Bioven, which is currently undertaking Phase III clinical trials of a promising Cuban vaccine against cancer, plans to list the medicine on the London stock exchange, following a fruitful collaboration with Cuba. The relationship of the Caribbean country with Bioven, a company in which the Malaysian government is one of the major shareholders, is an example of South-South cooperation, Elnartd Blanco, commercial manager of CIMAB, the distributor for the Cuban Center of Molecular Immunology (CIM), who created the vaccine, told Prensa Latina.

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Women’s lives are the priority

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On July 11, 1987, the world population reached five billion. From then on, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that World Population Day be celebrated on this date every year.
In less than 30 years, the total number of people on the planet has risen by over two billion, in a context marked by social, environmental and economic crises and natural disasters. GI spoke to Jesús Robles Vera, international programs coordinator of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Cuba, regarding initiatives to celebrate the date and population issues on the post-2015 development agenda.

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Cuba Ready to Share New Achievements in Maternal and Child Health


Cuban Health Minister Roberto Morales, expressed today the will of the island to share the experiences that turned it into the world’s first country without mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS and syphilis.
We reaffirm our commitment to continue helping other nations in access and universal health care coverage, giving priority to the prevention of such diseases, said the Cuban Helth Minister in an interview with Prensa Latina, after receiving the recognition that was made official here by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

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Díaz-Canel visits new packaging plant

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Cuban Vice President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez Durante visited a new packaging plant outside the provincial capital of Pinar del Río, where the latest technology is been installed to manufacture foldable boxes. Destined to primarily serve the pharmaceutical industry, the plant should begin operations in the second half of 2016, and will subsequently be expanded.

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Cuba Shows Significant Progress in Hunger Reduction

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Despite Washington”s economic blockade of Cuba, this country is currently among the 16 nations that have succeeded in reducing hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean a region with significant progress in fighting that scourge. Among those efforts, the island reached in advance the goal established in the First World Summit on Food, held in 1996, of reducing in half the number of malnourished people before 2015.

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Salvadorian President Highlights Scientific Exchange with Cuba

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Salvadorian President Salvador Sánchez Cerén highlighted here today the importance of exchanges with Cuba in the field of science and technology, which will contribute to improve the quality of life and heath care in his country. In a tour of the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB), Sanchez Ceren knew first hand the existing opportunities for cooperation with the recently created Group of Biotechnology and Pharmaceutic Industries of Cuba, BioCubaFarma, grouping 32 firms and 78 plants.

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Life expectancy: 78.45 years

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At the end of the period 2011-2013, the Cuban population’s life expectancy was 78.45 years, placing the island among the top 25 nations registering the highest figure in this human development indicator.
Juan Carlos Alfonso Fraga MSc. director of the National Office of Statistics and Information’s (ONEI) Center for Population and Development Studies (Cepde), stated to Granma that the cited figure represents a 0.48 increase in comparison to the period 2005-2007, which registered an average of 77.97 years. A rise in the life expectancy of both sexes was recorded in all provinces.

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Int”l Seminar on Longevity Ends in Havana


A roundtable discussion on cognitive deterioration in elderly population marked today the beginning of the last day of the 13th International Seminar on Longevity at this capital”s Conference Center. Free issues linked to the social support of people who care the elderly, Alzheimer’s risk factors, the promotion of active aging, and the challenge to achieve a good health in the elderly will be on discussion today.

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Health Workers Strike against Privatization in Chile

Health Workers Strike against Privatization in Chile. Photo File

Primary healthcare workers on Tuesday began a 48-hour strike to oppose privatization. Leaders of the National Confederation of Municipal Health Workers (CONFUSAM), which organized the strike, said they were protesting the privatization of public health services through concessions and contracts with private companies. The public health sector should be strengthened with an injection of more funds from the government to provide the population with better health care, said CONFUSAM president Carolina Espinoza.