Cuban doc­tors to share best prac­tices for im­prov­ing com­mu­nity health

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Steven Ross John­son

The Univer­sity of Illi­nois Hospi­tal and Health Sciences Sys­tem and the Cuban Min­istry of Health kicked off a two-year ini­tia­tive aimed at shar­ing best prac­tices in pro­vid­ing com­mu­ni­ty­based care. The goal is to re­duce in­fant mor­tal­ity rates, as well as im­prove ma­ter­nal health and cancer screen­ing.

Cuba, which of­fers univer­sal health­care, has one of the low­est in­fant mor­tal­ity rates in the world with an es­ti­mated 4.5 deaths for ev­ery 1,000 live birth in 2016. The U.S., mean­while, has one of the high­est in­fant mor­tal­ity rates among wealthy na­tions, at 5.8 deaths for ev­ery 1,000.

Cuban doc­tors are con­sid­ered ex­traor­di­nar­ily com­pe­tent de­spite us­ing out­dated equip­ment and med­i­cal treat­ments and lack­ing fi­nan­cial sup­port.

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