Publication Date

2011-12-15

Availability

Open access

Embargo Period

2011-12-15

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Latin American Studies (Arts and Sciences)

Date of Defense

2011-05-10

First Committee Member

Lillian Manzor

Second Committee Member

Eleni Sfakianaki

Third Committee Member

Gina Maranto

Abstract

Despite tremendous growth in health and human rights literature over the past two decades, discussion on relationship between the two disciplines has remained noticeably absent from academic work on general health and medicine in Cuba. This thesis intends to demonstrate the value of a health and human rights approach in presenting a balanced analysis of reproductive health in Cuba. Ethnographic information collected over two trips to Cuba, interviews, and extensive literature reviews are systematically analyzed through the Jonathan Mann’s health and human rights framework. The resulting conclusion is that a rights-based analysis of healthcare in Cuba can lend greater understanding to the healthcare system and how it relates to the complex political and social themes of present-day Cuba.

Keywords

Health; Human Rights; Reproductive Health; Cuba

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