February 2019 Trip to Study Mental Health Care

Sep 17, 2018 by

Dear Cuba Solidarity Activists, 
I have been working with Medical Education In Cooperation With Cuba (MEDICC, www.medicc.org) to organize a one week People to People Educational Exchange for late February 2019 to study how Cuba approaches mental health care.  This trip will be centered in the seaside city of Cienfuegos (The Pearl of the South), with days in Santa Clara and Havana. 
The trip is approved and co-organized by Cuba’s National School of Public Health, which has a new division devoted to mental health care. A professor from the school will accompany the trip, along with a bilingual tourist agency guide and a professional translator. MEDICC also has Cuban staff members who will work with the tour. 
The trip is scheduled to leave from Florida on Sunday, February 24th and return on March 3rd.  Flights on a US airline will be from Ft. Lauderdale or Miami, to the city of Santa Clara, Cuba.  All other transportation will be on modern, air conditioned buses. Flights, visas, and hotels are being arranged by Marazul Tours. 
Approximate cost for the trip will be $3400 to $4100  (depending on single or double occupancy). This includes accomodations, 2 meals per day, the flight from Florida, and transportation inside the country. 
The group will visit various sites of treatment for mental health issues – the fundamental structures of the Cuban health system, the neighborhood doctor-nurse office, the polyclinic, and mental health hospitals. We will visit the Escuela Latino America Medicina ELAM, the international medical school in Havana, as well as meet with medical students and health workers around Cienfuegos. 
We will also visit the Che Guevara Mausoleum in Santa Clara, where Guevara led the decisive battle of the revolutionary war in 1958 and where his remains are buried.  There will be about 2 days in Havana, with ample time to visit some tourist sites. 
We will stay in two very good hotels – the Jagua in Cienfuegos,  and Hotel Presidente in a great walkable location in Havana.  
If you are interested in possibly joining this trip, please contact me by email or phone. 
This is an exciting time to visit Cuba – the country is coping with new challenges from the US Government’s seeking to limit contact between the peoples of our two countries, has elected a new President, Miguel Diaz-Canel,and is enacting a new Constitution. 
In solidarity,
Marilyn Albert
Richmond, California
cell 510 725 1880

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