Medical education in Cuba
At one medical school you can study for free_even if you are an American citizen, report Danni Kirwan and Dave Baguley
The first eight American citizens to complete the entire six year Latin American School of Medicine degree in Havana graduated this summer. It specialises in training doctors to work abroad in impoverished communities, and most of its students come from Latin America, the Caribbean, or Africa. The students pay no tuition fees.
It seems bizarre that Cuba should select its long time adversary the United States as one of its beneficiaries and train its doctors for free. The US is more than three hundred times richer than Cuba. The US has regarded Cuba as a political enemy since the Cuban revolution of 1959, and, more recently, President George Bush named it as one of the countries in the “axis of evil.” Is this recent chapter in Cuban history an act of unparalled altruism or a clever exercise in propoganda?
The eight graduating American students all come from ethnic minority backgrounds