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  •  I am seeking the link to a story I read ages (41+ / 0-)

    ago talking about how chavez turned the oil profits into health clinics and was importing doctors from Cuba to staff them.

    You could, I recall, 'see health clinics from the highways' there were so many of them.

    And the MD's from Cuba were allowed to practice: apparently Cuba turns out tons of MDs but they have no place to practice (As always I am likely butchering the exact dynamics beyond recognition...)

    Check this:.

    Why Do Venezuelan Women Vote for Chavez?


    If the the international press is to be believed, President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela is a dictator, a menace to the region and is driving his country to the ground.  If that is so, why do his people vote for him in landslide numbers?  Why does he have an enormous following of the women of his country? Are they all deluded?  Are they all paid or coerced to vote?  It would seem so to the casual reader of headlines because the achievements of the Chávez government are treated like a top secret: Venezuela’s new participatory democracy should not be advertised.  A new form of economic and social development that does not pay homage to global capital should be shunned.  Nevertheless, a new world is being formed in a Latin America that has refused to be any power’s “back yard”.  These developments are not ignored in Latin America where the Venezuela revolution has had a deep impact. The women of Venezuela have especially embraced the Bolivarian Revolution of Venezuela, not because they are “followers” but because actually, they have become protagonists of a social, economic and, cultural revolution that has transformed Venezuela and the region.

    It all started with the Constitution of 1990, written by an elected assembly in clear and inclusive language, which contained legislation that would transform the lives of Venezuelans and particularly, of  women.  It gave women the right of equal pay for equal work, (Article 91); the right to a life without violence, according to International Convention against Discrimination against Women (Article 21): the right to protection and public assistance for during maternity in all its phases (Article 76); and the now world famous Article 88 that recognizes women’s domestic work as productive economic activity entitled to public pensions.  The constitution also adheres to the International UN Declaration of the Rights of the Child.

    When the Constitution was only two years old and by no means was its mandate entirely implemented in law, in April of 2002, President Chávez was deposed and kidnapped in a coup d’etat orchestrated by the financial elites and abetted by the United States.  It lasted 48 hours.  The catalyst for its end was the tens of thousands of ordinary people who took to the streets to demand the return of their democratically elected president.  They faced sharpshooters who were shooting indiscriminately at the crowds to create chaos.  Masses of these people were women – women who realized that this government that they had elected now had been taken from them.  The loyal armed forces then chose to side with the people and not the elites, and President Chávez was returned to his rightful position, becoming the first president in modern history to be deposed only to brought back due to widespread popular protest.[i]


    Health is an issue very dear to women’s hearts.  In the new Venezuela, it is considered a human right, which the government is obliged to promote.  Perhaps the most important, anti-poverty program that has galvanized women’s support is the government’s health care services and policies.

    In 1998, access to medical care was abysmal and expensive, with only 20 physicians per 100,000 inhabitants.  A creative arrangement with Cuba whereby in exchange for 100,000 barrels of petroleum, Cuba sends to Venezuela 45,000 health care workers, mostly physicians, [x]has made possible the health delivery program Barrio Adentro that places experienced physicians throughout urban poor neighborhoods, rural villages, and indigenous settlements.  The huge majority of Cuban physicians in Venezuela are women.  This program since its inception in 2003 has saved 302,171 lives and reduced maternal mortality as 99.3% of women giving birth attended by the Barrio Adentro physicians survive.  [xi]

    Today there are 59 physicians per 100,000 inhabitants, new clinics, and renovated and new hospitals throughout the country.  There are now hundreds of emergency clinics, primary health clinics, and rehabilitation centres where a decade ago they were scarce. There is a new medical curriculum with the help of Cuban medical professors that emphasizes health as a human right and medical services grounded in the community.  And,  70% of the new physicians graduating in the country are women.

    lengthy, detailed, and referenced article, from Counterpunch - fwiw.

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 02:36:26 PM PST

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