BHH in Cuba for International Convention for Public Health 2015
Rum, cigars, and 1953 Chevrolets, anyone? Gerry Puchlik and Melinda Lehman had the opportunity to attend “Cuba Salud 2015” in Havana last month. The convention, which focused on such topics as public health, universal health coverage, and the quality of health services, attracted attendees from around the world.
As the US begins to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba, a number of opportunities present themselves. Gerry and Melinda met with, among others, the Chief of Staff, Chief Cardiologist, Chief Orthopedic Surgeon at the Hospital Hermanos Ameijeiras, a 600+ bed referral hospital located in central Havana. The doctors indicated that they typically have to source equipment repair services and parts as well as medical supplies, such as prosthetics, from China or through third party countries. Long lead times and transport challenges mean equipment is often out of commission for unacceptable periods and patients may have long wait times. Given that the US is only 90 miles away (Key West), the hope is to establish direct connections with the US medical industry for services, equipment, technology, and possibly medicine. Additionally, knowledge sharing and professional exchange programs can be expanded and strengthened between the US and Cuba, providing opportunities for both countries.
Contact Gerry or Melinda if you’d like to hear more about the trip!
More info on the Cub Salud 2015 here.