Cuba Hosts International Health Convention

Vaccination program in Cuba
The event began in coincidence with the 16th Vaccination Week in the Americas. (Photo: ACN).

The convention will involve specialists from 83 countries with  some 56 high-level delegations from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and Asia

The 3rd International Convention, Cuba-Salud 2018, began today in coincidence with the 16th Vaccination Week in the Americas, which takes place here for the first time in the presence of WHO’s Director General, Tedros Adhanom.

The convention, taking place until April 27 at Havana’s Conference Center, will involve specialists from 83 countries, some 56 high-level delegations from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and Asia, 44 of which will be chaired by ministers, and more than 150 personalities from the health sector.

Under the motto ‘Universal health for sustainable development’, the meeting proposes the debate on social determination in this sector, primary care, family medicine, medical education, health economics and international medical collaboration, among other issues.

Cuba-Salud 2018 is presented as an ideal space for scientific reflection to recognize Cuba’s progress in this area and put the eyes of the world in the region, WHO/PAHO representative on the island, Cristian Morales, told Prensa Latina.

Improving health status not only requires scientific-technical progress but also government policies that prioritize healthcare for all people regardless of race or social status and Cuba is an example of what should be done about it, he said.

Among the activities is the 3rd Meeting of Young Graduates of the Latin American School of Medicine and visits more than 50 of primary healthcare institutions, hospitals and third level research institutes, he said.

The 14th Trade Fair Health for Everyone, which is the major commercial event in the sector, will be held in parallel to the event.

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