Havana, Apr 10 (Prensa Latina) – The historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, has managed to build a social protection system with recognized achievements worldwide, despite being a country with low resources, intellectual Salim Lamrani stated today.
In an article released in Granma newspaper, the professor estimated that putting people at the center, the politician got “to offer all citizens a social protection system similar to the richest nations.”
This was possible, despite the Caribbean island’s limited resources and the economic, commercial and financial blockade the United States has imposed it for more than 50 years.
“Giving priority to the dispossessed, Fidel Castro has created the most egalitarian society of the Latin America continent and the Third World,” the professor of the Paris-Sorbonne University said.
He added that due to that, he became the spokesman of the voiceless, seeking social justice and equitable distribution of wealth.
Lamrani mentioned many of the statistics displayed by Cuba, which guarantee it the recognition of several international and specialized agencies.
In teaching, UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) recognized that Havana has the lowest illiteracy rate (0.2) and the highest education rate of the continent, with 100 percent in primary level and 99.7 in junior high level.
The Economic and Social Council of the European Union estimated that “those are exceptional figures among developing countries,” the columnist stressed.
The American Association for World Health stated that the Cuban medical care system is “evenly considered as the preeminent model for the Third World,” while the New England Journal of Medicine stressed that Havana “has twice the number of physicians per inhabitant than the United States.”
According to the UN Development Program, Cuba is the only country from Latin America and the Third World that is among the first ten nations with the best human development index on the three criteria: life expectancy, education and living standard.