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The Cuban Health System: its global impact and the lessons to be learned

Monday 3 March, 6-7.30pm
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

What can the UK and the rest of the world learn from the Cuban health system?

Dr Peter Bourne, visiting scholar at the University of Oxford will give the first Health Equity Network Annual Lecture at LSE next month, sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council.

He will focus on the remarkable system in place in Cuba, which enjoys the highest ratio of physicians to population of any nation. Trained at 21 medical schools, more than 20,000 family physicians each serve around 600 people. Universal, free, accessible health care is guaranteed in the Cuban constitution. Results are a life expectancy of 76, the elimination of most infectious diseases and the lowest incidence of HIV/AIDS of any country with a population over one million

Dr Bourne said: 'What makes the Cuban system unique is the manner in which the delivery of care has been fused with public health. Cuban family physicians are trained to focus, in epidemiological terms, on the overall health of the people they serve. They provide the best possible care for a patient who comes through the door of their clinic with symptoms of diabetes, but they put just as much emphasis on preventing the onset of diabetes in their community and the early detection of cases.'

Peter Bourne is a graduate of Emory University Medical School and of Stanford University, and is currently Visiting Scholar at Green College, Oxford, and Vice Chancellor Emeritus of St. George's University, Grenada. Among his many appointments, he has been an Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations; Special Assistant to US President Jimmy Carter for Health Issues; Assistant Director at the White House Special Action Office for Drug Abuse Prevention; and Chief of the Psychiatric Section of the US Army Medical Research Team in Vietnam.

Attendance is free but a reservation is required. Please contact Adam Oliver at email: a.j.oliver@lse.ac.uk| with both your name and affiliation to reserve a place.

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 To reserve a press ticket please contact Adam Oliver on 020 7955 6471 or email a.j.oliver@lse.ac.uk|

13 February 2003

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