Cuba, Social Determinants of Health, Women's Sexual and Reproductive Health, Community-Based Participatory Research


This research paper explores certain socio-political conditions that have contributed to the paradox of the Cuban healthcare model, viewed through the lens of Cuban women’s sexual and reproductive health. By examining Cuba’s reproductive healthcare system paradigm, this paper examines the complex relationship between socio-political and economic determinants, and Cuban women’s decision/ability to reproduce and provide for their offspring.

Analysis of Cuba’s strategy and orientation reveals strengths, weaknesses, and contradictions that impact women’s reproductive choices and access to care. This research invites consideration of the ways in which this nation’s approach enhances women’s sexual and reproductive health. The Cuban model demonstrates the viability of providing comprehensive universal coverage at an affordable cost and models the value of collective wellbeing, providing sexual and reproductive healthcare services for all its citizens.

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May 2020



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