With a Rate of 7.5 Deaths Per Thousand, Cuba Has Lost its Leadership in Infant Mortality

14ymedio, Madrid, 2 January 2022 –The infant mortality rate fails to recover in Cuba and barely fell by a tenth compared to last year, when some of the worst data in recent decades were recorded, with 7.6 deaths per thousand live births. This year, the rate remains at 7.5, more than two and a half … Continue reading “With a Rate of 7.5 Deaths Per Thousand, Cuba Has Lost its Leadership in Infant Mortality”

The Cuban Government Attributes High Infant Mortality to the Lack of Staff

14ymedio, Havana, 11 November 2022 — With infant mortality of 7.4 per thousand live births since January 2022, Cuba fails to reverse the negative trend of previous years, particularly 2021, when the rate reached 7.6, the worst since 1996. In a meeting of high-level officials, broadcast two weeks ago on Televisión Cubana, Dr. Tania Margarita … Continue reading “The Cuban Government Attributes High Infant Mortality to the Lack of Staff”

Doctors Leave Cuba and it Affects the Infant Mortality Rate

14ymedio, Madrid, 8 April 2022 — The infant mortality figures in Ciego de Ávila were very bad news last year, when the province closed 2021 with a rate of 13.8 dead babies per thousand births. For the first quarter of 2022 up to March 24, according to the authorities, six newborns died and there were … Continue reading “Doctors Leave Cuba and it Affects the Infant Mortality Rate”

Infant Mortality Rate in Cuba’s Ciego de Avila Province is Higher than that of Mexico and El Salvador

14ymedio, Madrid, 15 December 2021 — Infant deaths doubled in Ciego de Ávila in 2021 compared to the previous year, going from 23 to 45 babies, up to 12 months, who died so far this year. The effect is also noticeable in the mortality rate, which jumped from 6.4 to 13.8 per thousand, as revealed by … Continue reading “Infant Mortality Rate in Cuba’s Ciego de Avila Province is Higher than that of Mexico and El Salvador”

Cuba Investigates the Deaths of Eight Premature Babies at the Diez de Octubre Hospital in Havana

14ymedio, Havana, 17 January 2023 — Eight premature and low-weight babies have died so far in January at the Diez de Octubre Gynecological and Obstetric Hospital in Havana, the Ministry of Public Health reported on Monday. Four of these newborn children died “since this past January 11th with presumptive signs of sepsis and the rest, … Continue reading “Cuba Investigates the Deaths of Eight Premature Babies at the Diez de Octubre Hospital in Havana”

Cuba’s Economy: Less Control, More Freedom

14ymedio, Elias Amor Bravo, Economist, October 22, 2022 — There is not a single country in the world whose leaders spend as much time, or consume as much energy, revising and perfecting systems for monitoring and controlling the economy as Cuba. If one were to add up all the hours dedicated to this task, they … Continue reading “Cuba’s Economy: Less Control, More Freedom”

Giving Birth In Cuba: How An Authoritarian System Enables Obstetric Violence

14ymedio, Partos Rotos – a Collaboration of Independent Cuban Journalists, Havana, 30 June 2022 — On August 12, 2015, at two in the afternoon, Paloma López called the ambulance that would take her to Ramón González Coro, an OB-GYN hospital in Havana. Early that morning, she decided to start her labor at home, as she … Continue reading “Giving Birth In Cuba: How An Authoritarian System Enables Obstetric Violence”

In Spite of the Disastrous Situation in the Country, President Diaz-Canel Only Sees Successes in Cuba

14ymedio, Havana, 26 July 2022 – – The day started off complicated in the editorial office of 14ymedio in Havana. Several members of the team awoke to no internet connection and started to look for alternative ways to reach their readers. They concluded, with resignation, that the reason for this was that Etecsa [the Cuban State … Continue reading “In Spite of the Disastrous Situation in the Country, President Diaz-Canel Only Sees Successes in Cuba”

70 Percent of Pregnant Women in Havana are Anemic at Delivery

14ymedio, Havana, 14 June 2022 — The figures are official and overwhelming: 70% of pregnant women in Havana have anemia. It is the percentage of women who are treated in the Gynecology and Obstetrics unit of the Eusebio Hernández Hospital, in the capital, known as the Obrera Maternity, but according to Dr. Jordanka Rodríguez Morales, … Continue reading “70 Percent of Pregnant Women in Havana are Anemic at Delivery”

The UN Asks Cuba to ‘Punish Those Responsible for Child Abuse’ on July 11 (11J)’

14ymedio, Madrid, June 10, 2022 — The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child urges the Cuban State to review the penalties imposed on minors “declared guilty of exercising their right to freedom of peaceful assembly in the context of the July 2021 protests.” This is one of the conclusions of the periodic … Continue reading “The UN Asks Cuba to ‘Punish Those Responsible for Child Abuse’ on July 11 (11J)’”

Cuban Bishops Condemn Teaching of ‘Gender Ideology’ in Schools

14ymedio, Havana, 21 June 2021 — On Sunday, the Cuban bishops released a message in which they demand that the right of parents to educate their children be “recognized and respected,” especially in matters of sexuality and ethical or civic content. The demand is based on what they consider an attempt to introduce “the so-called … Continue reading “Cuban Bishops Condemn Teaching of ‘Gender Ideology’ in Schools”

The ‘Puncturing’ of Statistics in Cuba

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 6 January 2019 — Recently, the official press announced that infant mortality in Cuba during 2019 was 5 children per thousand live births. The Communist Party owned Granma newspaper stressed that this meant that the Island continued to have better indicators than many countries in Latin America and the world, but did not mention that the data … Continue reading “The ‘Puncturing’ of Statistics in Cuba”

Papua New Guinea Prepares to Receive the Assistance of Cuban Doctors

EFE via 14ymedio, Sydney, 25 January 2019 — The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Peter O’Neill, said a group of Cuban doctors will arrive in his country to help improve the health services systems, in an interview published this Friday. “The diseases are not confined to a single area or a region, we need … Continue reading “Papua New Guinea Prepares to Receive the Assistance of Cuban Doctors”

Cuban Government Demands Payment of Ghana’s Debt for Medical Services

14ymedio, 14 May 2018 — Cuban Deputy Minister of Health Marcia Cobas, in charge of medical cooperation in third countries, is upset because the Government of Ghana has not paid for the one hundred Cuban doctors assigned to that African nation as of September. “It’s not fair,” Cobas said in a visit to Ghana, according to … Continue reading “Cuban Government Demands Payment of Ghana’s Debt for Medical Services”

2017, Another Year Lost For Cuba

14ymedio, Havana, 30 December 2017 — The year 2017 has not left a pleasant memory among Cubans. The last twelve months were marked by economic difficulties, the retreat in the diplomatic thaw with the United States, the destruction left by Hurricane Irma and a regional context increasingly adverse for the island’s government. Despite the reported growth … Continue reading “2017, Another Year Lost For Cuba”