April 29, 2015 | Health Affairs Blog

The Two Sides Of Cuban Health Care: High-Quality Primary Care …

These opportunities grow out of a special legacy in health care that spans the history of revolutionary Cuba. Free and universal health coverage, with high-quality primary care, has been fundamental to the Castro government’s legitimacy since its first years. It is a true entitlement, expected by the Cuban people, a positive right enshrined quite simply in Cuba’s 1976 Constitution: “Everyone has the right to health protection and care. The State guarantees this right.”

What started in the 1960s with a 750-doctor Rural Medical Service has grown into a network of more than 30,000 family doctors; across the country, each of five hundred “polyclinics” serves as a hub for twenty to forty neighborhood medical stations.After visiting Cuba in fall 2014, cardiovascular surgeon and former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist documented impressive primary care:

Patients are seen at least once a year, often in their home[.] Emergencies are addressed immediately. Chronic conditions are identified and managed early.

And this care is provided at no cost. In private conversation with one of the authors, Frist subsequently marveled that not only does the average individual Cuban have a primary physician, that person knows his or her physician by name. That is a fading reality in America, true for only a minority.

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Emergent trauma surgery in Kenya is different. A 22-year-old male came to the operating theater area after having a tire explode in front of him as he was working on it. This is certainly not a safe practice, but it’s hard to argue with a young man doing what he can to make an honest living for himself and his family.

This Tuesday, Hope Through Healing Hands had the honor of welcoming the former Prime Minister of Haiti, Laurent Lamothe, to Nashville, Tennessee. Mr. Lamothe traveled to Nashville to speak at a LiveBeyond Fundraiser and to meet notable influentials in the music, faith, and nonprofit community who care deeply about the future of Haiti.

New York Times Bestselling author Rachel Held Evans reads her essay, "A Mama Knows," from THE MOTHER AND CHILD PROJECT.

In THE MOTHER AND CHILD PROJECT audiobook, Melinda Gates, Kay Warren, Tony Campolo, Christine Caine, and Senator William H. Frist, along with other inspirational leaders, cultural icons, political experts, academics, and service providers, provide a personal yet fact-based narrative exploring the plight of women and children living in extreme poverty in an effort to educate and inspire the church to speak up in support of maternal and child health issues in the developing world.

Read the full post on Harper Audio's SoundCloud account.

We believe that if we can help keep moms and children healthy worldwide, we can get at the nexus of many sustainable development goals. Moms can go back to work to combat extreme poverty; girls can stay in school to finish secondary school and potentially a university degree; we can promote gender equality, improve maternal and child health, and prevent mother to child transmission of HIV, to name a few outcomes.

News Channel 5 Network | Issues of Faith

This month on Issues of Faith, we're joined by Jenny Dyer, the Executive Director of Hope Through Healing Hands, and Scott Sauls, the Senior Pastor at Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville. They discuss a new compilation book called “The Mother and Child Project”. The goal of the book is to shine a light preventable deaths mothers can face during pregnancy and childbirth.

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News Channel 5 Network | Issues of Faith

This month on Issues of Faith, we’re joined by Jenny Dyer, the Executive Director of Hope Through Healing Hands, and Scott Sauls, the Senior Pastor at Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville. They discuss a new compilation book called “The Mother and Child Project”. The goal of the book is to shine a light preventable deaths mothers can face during pregnancy and childbirth.

Read the full article on News Channel 5 Network.

Hope Through Healing Hands was delighted to co-host a book launch in the Coral Gables’ Books & Books store owned by Mitchell Kaplan. The store is a treasure for the community, and we couldn’t have been more thrilled to celebrate the book in such magical place.

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