Revista Cubana de Salud Pública
Print version ISSN 0864-3466
MARIMON TORRES, Nestor and MARTINEZ CRUZ, Evelyn. The Cuban experience in the south-south cooperation. Rev. cub. salud pública [online]. 2011, vol.37, n.4, pp.380-393. ISSN 0864-3466. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0864-34662011000400004.
The people are living today amid difficult situations caused by the world crisis; however, the financial-economic crisis is the one threatening the nations with serious global impacts, mainly in all aspects of development including health. One of the worst tangible consequences is the reduction of the Official Assistance for Development given by the 22 wealthiest countries to the poor and the resource-limited nations. This paper was intended to delve into the importance of the south-south cooperation to face crisis situations and a good example of the effectiveness of this type of collaboration is Cuba. This cooperation is based on the triangled collaboration among the southern countries, the transfer of technologies and the medical assistance derived from the development of the Cuban Health Care System, which is also part of its foreign policy. Cuba is an example of solidarity and unselfish assistance that has been put into practice since 1963 with good results. At the same time, it has proved that cooperation is an effective way of solving the health problems of the populations whenever this assistance is just and cooperative and aimed at strengthening the national capacities according to the priorities of the recipient country.
Keywords : South-south cooperation; Official Assistance for Development; financial crisis; medical cooperation; solidarity; human resources in health care; national capacities; Cuba.