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Cuba’s Health Worker Training Programs Could Help Lessen Shortages Worldwide

The Lancet: Cuba’s focus on preventive medicine pays off
“…There is currently a deficit of more than seven million doctors, nurses, and other skilled health professionals in the developing world, according to estimates from WHO. … So what is to be done? The answer, or at least a partial one, might be found in Cuba’s quiet revolution in one of the most fundamental interventions: training. While most countries provide financial aid to developing countries, the Cubans have been training both domestic and foreign doctors who are playing substantial roles overseas. With more doctors per head than almost anywhere else in the world, Cuba has created a new kind of soft power: so-called medical diplomacy…” (Loewenberg, 1/23).

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