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Healthcare Without BordersUnderstanding Cuban Medical Internationalism$
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John M. Kirk

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061054

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061054.001.0001

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Cuba’s Medical Internationalism in the South Pacific

Cuba’s Medical Internationalism in the South Pacific

(p.215) 9 Cuba’s Medical Internationalism in the South Pacific
Healthcare Without Borders

John M. Kirk

University Press of Florida

The largest medical program supported by Cuba outside Latin America is found in tiny Timor-Leste (East Timor), a country devastated by civil war, and with only a few dozen physicians. At the request of the Timorese government Cuba sent hundreds of physicians to this impoverished country, and also trained 1,000 Timorese to become doctors. Now it has established a medical faculty in the capital, and is training students from many of the small islands of the South Pacific. The evolution of the Cuban role and the impact that it has had are the focus of this chapter.

Keywords:   Timor-Leste, East Timor, Medical faculty, Cuban role, South Pacific

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