While the overall Cuban public health system has been assessed as effective despite limited financial resources, less attention has been paid to its mental health component. This observational study of the Cuban Mental Health Model examines the extent to which it, too, stresses health promotion, a community and family orientation, and offers a coordinated system of increasingly specialized treatment options as well as extensive manpower training – all within a centralized planning and socialist context. Strengths and weaknesses, as well as areas for improvement, are explored. Additionally, the author analyzes the impact of both the continuing United States Embargo and the collapse of the Soviet Union, a once strong sponsor of the Cuban economy. Finally, the generalizability of the Cuban Mental Health Model to other low-resource nations is considered.
|School:||Mount Sinai School of Medicine|
|School Location:||United States -- New York|
|Source:||MAI 50/05M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mental health, Caribbean Studies, Public health|
|Keywords:||Developing nations, Global|
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