[act-ma] Revolutionary Doctors - Steve Brouwer at Harvard

Paul Malachi Penchalapadu paul.malachi at gmail.com
Tue Mar 27 07:23:05 PDT 2012

*Health Roots Political Economy of Health Seminar Series **presents*
Revolutionary Doctors
*How Cuba and Venezuela are changing the world's conception of health care*
a talk by author
*Steve Brouwer*
*Mon. Apr. 9.  *
12:30 pm | Kresge 213
Harvard School of Public Health
677 Huntington Ave. Boston

*Lunch will be provided.*
Free and open to the public.  For visitor passes email jacob.bor at gmail.com
Facebook event<http://www.facebook.com/events/414443405248278/?context=create>

*Organized by the Health Roots Student Group at the Harvard School of
Public Health*

*About: *Drawing on long-term participant observations as well as in-depth
research, author and journalist Steve Brouwer tells the story of the
innovative and inspirational health care programs pioneered in Cuba and
being adapted to the needs of Venezuela today. Unlike the for-profit system
of health care in the United States, the Cuban and Venezuelan models aim to
provide free care for the entire population, particularly in poor rural and
urban areas. For nearly a decade, thousands of Cuban medical personnel have
focused on delivering primary, secondary, and preventive care while at the
same time training the Venezuelan doctors who will one day replace them.
These new physicians are receiving a thorough medical education while
continuing to live in and serve their own communities; many of them hope to
one day join the ranks of Cuba’s international medical brigades that are
spreading revolutionary approaches to health care in many parts of the
world. These models are not without their challenges, however, and Brouwer
gives a nuanced account of how Venezuela and Cuba are fending off
capitalist and imperialist influences that are openly hostile to any
alternatives to profit-driven, market-based health care.
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