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The current population of Cuba is 11,257,979 and the GDP per capita is $9,800.  It is the most populous island nation in the Caribbean as well as the largest in area.  Cuba’s people, customs and culture draw from the aboriginal populations, the period of Spanish colonialism and the introduction of African slaves and its proximity to the United States.  

Cuba adheres to socialist principles in organizing its state-controlled planned economy.  Most of the means of production are owned and run by the government.  Historically, Cuba has ranked high in numbers of medical personnel and has made contributions to world health.  Cuba has universal health care and though there are shortages of medical supplies, there is no shortage of personnel.  Primary care is available throughout the island and infant and maternal mortality rates compare favorably with those in developed nations.  

For Cuba, the MDGs are a priority despite having met in advance some of the goals primarily in education and health; these are a result of the social model and social policies implemented since 1959.

Communities in Cuba

Faces Voices and Places Cuba

Cotorro Community

Cuba has joined the initiative with the Cotorro community. Cotorro is a municipality located on the outskirts of the Havana Province, covering an area of 65.7 square km.  This community was selected because of the innovative way in which the socioeconomic vulnerability challenges have been address.

The community is a suburban area and sets an example for its high coverage of health services and low morbidity and mortality rates.  Some examples of good practices are the Maternity Homes, Grandparents House and Psycho-Pedagogical Centers.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 April 2012 10:45