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Access to health in Brazil increased thanks to doctors from Cuba

Staff Writer | July 12, 2016
The increase in the access to health is the consequence of the program More Doctors, which only in the Brazilian state of Bahia provides some five million people with health care.
Cuban specialists
More Doctors   11,000 Cuban specialists came to Brazil
That was stated by the state secretary of health Fabio Villas-Boas during the ceremony to celebrate the third anniversary of the program held last weekend at the Institute Anisio Texeira, which was attended by Governor Rui Costa and Cuban general consul for northeast Brazil Laura Pujol, among others.

In his speech, Villas-Boas reiterated that before the implementation of the program More Doctors in July 2013, "we had difficulties to bring health care to distant regions in the interior of the country, even to indigenous communities".

The program has in Bahia saw 1,432 doctors, 1,064 of them from Cuba, working in 340 municipalities to offer 74 percent of health care in that northeastern state, where some 687,360 health visits take place monthly.

Considered by the United Nations organization as a significant implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, the program More Doctors is carried out in 4,058 municipalities and 34 Indigenous Special Health Districts in the country.

The program, implemented on July 8, 2013, following the initiative of then-president Dilma Rousseff, has brought 18,240 doctors, including more than 11,000 Cuban specialists, to provide health care for 63 million people.



 

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