HAVANA , Cuba, Sep 30 (acn) Some 400 delegates and guests, half of them Cubans, will meet today in this city to discuss the role of universities in the health of population.
Renowned personalities of medical education and public health of the United States, Great Britain, Angola, Mexico, Venezuela, El Salvador, Belgium, and other countries in Latin America and Eastern Europe will participate in the 2nd International Conference on Medical Education for the 21st century, which runs until October 3.
Dr. Iliana Morales, director of Science and Technology of the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP by its Spanish acronym) and president of the organizing committee, announced that the event will focus its discussions on how human resources graduate from these centers of higher learning can contribute directly in solving major health problems the world’s population suffers today.
The list of those attending the event includes Dr. Maria Isabel Rodriguez, who served as El Salvador Health Minister, and this time the Havana Medical Sciences University will confer her Doctor Honoris Causa title.
As part of the side events a symposium on ethics in health, headed by Dr. Ricardo Gonzalez, MINSAP Ethics Committee president, and visiting professors from the United States will be developed.
Another symposium will deal on education in pharmacology and will be given by the main educators of this specialty in Cuba.
The Forum, based in Havana Conventions Palace, includes the presentation of three books by Cuban group of authors on comprehensive general dentistry, obstetrics and perinatology: diagnosis and treatment and anatomy applied to dentistry.
Cuba has 14 medical universities and faculties in Artemisa, Mayabeque, Isla de la Juventud and the Latin American School of Medicine, and more than 37 000 teachers with scientific category, Iliana Morales told.