Support from the Government of Canada to strengthen the national health system in Matanzas, Pinar del Río and Artemisa

10 March 2023
Los kits  de medicamentos adquiridos fueron distribuidos en la red hospitalaria, con prioridad en los hospitales pediátricos y materno-infantiles
Yailín Alfaro
Los kits de medicamentos adquiridos fueron distribuidos en la red hospitalaria, con prioridad en los hospitales pediátricos y materno-infantiles

Support from the Government of Canada enabled the acquisition of medicine and medical supplies kits to strengthen the health system in Matanzas, Pinar del Río and Artemisa, Cuban provinces impacted by emergencies in 2022.

In Matanzas, the explosion at the supertanker base on August 5 caused the deaths of 17 people and injured 146. Meanwhile, the passage of hurricane Ian through Pinar del Río and Artemisa in September caused severe damage to housing, electricity and telephone service, the drinking water supply and agricultural production.

The acquired medicine kits were distributed throughout the hospital network in Matanzas, where priority was given to pediatric and maternal and child hospitals, and they supported the health care provided to approximately 11,000 people, particularly women and children. In addition, another 2,000 people benefited from emergency medical supplies.

UNICEF Cuba worked together with the national authorities –the Ministry of Public Health– to identify the critical supplies needed to maintain the continuity of health services in the affected territory. UNICEF also coordinated with Prosalud to carry out community activities with children and adolescents to promote healthy lifestyles and environmental protection.

The medicines and medical supplies kits, which will soon arrive in Pinar del Río and Artemisa, will contribute to providing quality care to 20,000 people, with an emphasis on women and children.

The support of the Government of Canada in both emergency situations was very important, since it took place in a complex socioeconomic context in Cuba, marked by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Under these conditions, the National Health System saw its capacity to acquire and replenish supplies, medical supplies and essential medicines reduced.

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United Nations Children´s Fund - UNICEF Cuba
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