Access to health in Brazil increased thanks to doctors from CubaStaff 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.
More Doctors 11,000 Cuban specialists came to Brazil
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.