A Clean Bill of Health

A Clean Bill of Health Despite decades of crippling sanctions, Cuba has achieved the unthinkable. Its health care system rivals most Western countries and infant mortality rates are lower than those in America.
"There is no place in the world with such a system as we have in Cuba", raves one happy patient. Prevented from importing drugs by sanctions, Cuba was forced to make is own medicines. It now sells this technology to other countries, enabling revenues from the health sector to rival those generated by tourism. But it's the training for free of international medical students that's really marking Cuba's stamp on the region. "In ten years, we will have trained between 100,000 - 150,000 students", boasts Dr Estevez. America claims gestures like this are a means of Cuba buying UN votes. But Cubans see their success as an act of defiance against America.


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