science: a jewel in the Caribbean
visit in 2000 to Cuba's research institutes in biotechnology,
medicine, agriculture and the basic sciences, and my meetings
with Cuban scientists, left absolutely no doubt in my mind
that Cuba's progress in science has not been achieved overnight.
the heart of Cuban science
In 1981, Cuba fell prey to a serious epidemic of dengue
fever. The National Centre for Scientific Research summoned
a Meeting of Directors from 12 research centres to deal
with the crisis. [More]
best health in the developing world
In the late 1950s, a Cuban infant had a one chance in ten
of dying, mainly from diarrhoea and respiratory diseases.
There were just over 6000 doctors and one medical school
at the time. [More]
tobacco, sugar and neem
Cuban S&T is intimately linked to development and the
agricultural sciences are no exception.
research confined mainly to universities
Research in the basic sciences is conducted
primarily at the universities.