Revista Cubana de Salud Pública
Print version ISSN 0864-3466
MARIMON TORRES, Nestor and MARTINEZ CRUZ, Evelyn. Evolution of the Cuban medical co-operation during one hundred years of existence of the Ministry of Public Health. Rev. cub. salud pública [online]. 2010, vol.36, n.3, pp. 254-262. ISSN 0864-3466. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0864-34662010000300010.
On January 28th 2009, the Ministry of Public Health of Cuba celebrated its 100th anniversary, being the oldest in the American continent. In this framework, it was intended to describe the evolution and importance of the Cuban medical co-operation and to substantiate the progress of solidarity since the inception of the Ministry and how this concept turned into a principle of the national healthcare system after the triumph of the Revolution. The different modalities of the medical co-operation, which developed according to the economic and social changes in the country, the chronological evolution of the history of the medical and teaching co-operation and the various elements that had an impact on the changes and the improvement of this co-operation were deeply analyzed. The prospects of this co-operation in the 21st century, centered on the formation of human resources in the field of healthcare, is the only possible way to attain sustainable development in the population´s health.
Keywords : Medical co-operation; solidarity; evolution; health human resources; sustainability; prospects.