By Agnerys Sotolongo / Photos: Jorge Pérez and Prensa Latina
Pain is one of the more frequent reasons for visiting the doctor. It is such a common problem that many health institutions have created pain clinics that focus on the diagnosis and management of pain and offer special treatment to cure or at least ease chronic pain.
With almost two decades of experience as a therapeutic clown, Joan Barrington of Toronto recently shared some of the tools of the trade with members of the Cuban children's theatre troupe, La Colmenita.
Today, Cuba has great prestige in the field of Medical Sciences and steady development in health care. The implementation of groundbreaking treatments, the application of new techniques, and the training of highly professional staff is a testament to this. That said, Comercializadora de Servicios Médicos Cubanos, S.A. (SMC) offers a varied set of healthcare programs in Cuba. Cubaplus interviewed SMC President Ismael Castillo García on the prospects of such programs.
Cuban researchers from different scientific institutions have been working together in the search for new antiretroviral therapies and vaccinations against HIV/AIDS, and with progress having already been made, the research teams have strong hopes of advancing their research.
Cuban sex education experts have been waging a silent battle to defend the principle that sexuality is a vital part of the personality of all human beings and that its full development is essential for individual, interpersonal, and even social wellbeing.
Cuban scientists' success in the creation of a therapeutic vaccine called CimaVax-EGF, the world's first vaccine for lung cancer treatment, has broadened hopes of achieving healing, survival and social integration for patients suffering from malignant tumors.
Cuba has cultivated a large and resourceful network of physicians, nurses and health technicians; a network which is only made possible thanks to well-designed academic practices and the constant commitment of academic institutions and the government to the improvement of healthcare professionals in postgraduate courses. The healthcare system in Cuba is made up of 60 different specialties.
Cuba's National Institute of Oncology and Radiobiology (INOR in Spanish) has a history of more than 50 years dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment and research of cancer, always in the constant search for new therapies to provide the patient with longer survival and a better quality of life.
The Caribbean Medical Association (AMECA), a non-governmental organization and part of the Association of Caribbean States, created the 120 Year Old Club on September 24, 2003 as an unique project to gather together people who wanted to live until the age of 120 while maintaining a high quality of life. The Club supports its members' personal commitment and contributes in such a way that more people can attain their objectives.
Last March Guinea-Conakry reported the first cases of an Ebola outbreak which quickly spread to other Western African countries. Since then, more than 14,000 people have become infected, 5,200 of which have died.
Ninety-two year old Ana María Guzmán can touch the ground without blending her knees. She discovered the fountain of youth in one of Havana´s parks. For her and another 84 elderly persons, Tai Chi is the key to good health and readiness.
Since its constitution just over 50 years ago, MEDICUBA S. A. has served the national health system as the way of entry for the acquisition of the necessary supplies to adequately respond to the needs of the Cuban population,” said the Carlos Torres Suco, M.Sc., Medicuba’s president.
Founded more than two decades ago, SERVIMED is today a symbol of Cuba’s health system throughout the world, its prestige earned through the services that it has provided people who visit Cuba for healthcare at various accredited institutions that are known for their high scientific and humanitarian standards.
<p><img src="/sites/default/files/images/v55.5/55minutos.09-equinoterapia.jpg" alt="" height="340" width="700">En Cuba hay actualmente varios centros donde se practica la equinoterapia, entre los cuales se encuentra el de la Habana del Este, en la capital cubana, específi camente en el balneario de Celimar, al cual acuden cada martes y jueves poco más de una veintena de niños con diferentes grados de retraso y patologías asociadas.