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Distinguished experts gather for international course on dengue

ACN on August 7, 2017

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HAVANA.– Recognized Cuban and international experts are gathering in Havana today through the 18th, at the Pedro Kourí Institute of Tropical Medicine, for an update on the current situation of dengue and other arboviral illnesses.

The objective of the XV International Course on Dengue is for doctors, virologists, immunologists, sociologists, epidemiologists, entomologists, healthcare administrators, and academics, among other Cuban and international professionals, to discuss the most important issues regarding diseases transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, including along with dengue, zika, chikungunya, and yellow fever.

According to the IPK, those who have confirmed their participation include experts from the Pan American and World Health Organizations, Sylvain Aldighieri, Mathieu Bangert, Haroldo Becerra, Marcos Espinal, Florence Fouques, Leticia Franco, and Gamaliel Gutiérrez.

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Cuban skin cancer drug available nationwide

By ACN on August 5, 2017

Heberferon, the only Cuban drug of its kind in the world for the treatment of basal cell carcinoma of the skin, is already available throughout the national territory, barely six months after beginning of the program for its extension.

During that period, more than 400 patients in the country have benefited from the drug produced by the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB), which combines the action of two interferons to inhibit tumor growth and eliminate or reduce lesions, including those that are complex, multiple and in advanced stages.

These results were presented at the First National Workshop of Coordinators of the National Extension Program for the Use of Heberferon, held for two days in the province of Camagüey, in conjunction with the IX Methodological Workshop on Skin Cancer.

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Cuba consolidates maternal-infant health

by Lisandra Fariñas Acosta on August 2, 2016

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The country’s infant-mortality rate currently stands at 4.1 for every 1,000 live births during the first six months of 2017

Maternal-infant health indicators in Cuba at the end of the first half of 2017 demonstrate that the Ministry of Public Health’s Maternal-Infant Program, designed to benefit Cuban children and families, continues to be consolidated nationwide, according to Dr. Roberto Álvarez Fumero, head of the program.
He noted that results have been significantly impacted by efforts to promote breastfeeding and the opening of nine new human milk banks, among others.

With 44 fewer deaths than registered in the same period last year, the country has maintained an infant mortality rate of 4.1 for every 1,000 live births during the first six months of 2017 – the result of the hard work and dedication of healthcare sector professionals and an example of the levels of comprehensive social development achieved in the country, stated Álvarez Fumero.

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Cuba’s network of breast milk banks strengthened

The opening of the island’s tenth Human Milk Bank at the Gustavo Aldereguía Hospital in the province of Cienfuegos helps strengthen the network of institutions of this type and places Cuba third among Latin American nations with the highest rate of breast milk banks per million inhabitants, surpassed only by Brazil and Uruguay.

Dr. Roberto Álvarez Fumero, head of the Ministry of Public Health’s Maternal and Child Health Program, explained that the new bank forms part of the gradual development of the network, which has been possible thanks to sustained cooperation between the Cuban government, the Ministry of Public Health and the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF.

Human Milk Banks help guarantee this vital substance for those infants who are seriously ill or require surgery in the first days of life, and whose mothers’ can not provide them with breast milk.

Dr. Álvarez Fumero also noted that over the past year, the country’s network of milk banks – which covers 60% of the island’s provinces – has offered some 10,988 women assistance and guidance on correct breastfeeding techniques and how to donate milk.

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