Cuba's model for health care and what it meant for the world made it a big attraction for Atlantic.
Atlantic’s interest in improving health care through prevention, primary care and community outreach led the foundation to Cuba. Although considered one of the best in the world, Cuba’s health care system was under stress in the early 2000s from a lack of resources. Atlantic knew that by working in Cuba it would learn a great deal about effective patient-centered care—lessons that would inform its health care work globally and that could be shared with other countries.
Atlantic’s investments in Cuba totaled over $66 million. The majority supported organizations working to better health outcomes by improving care and treatment for Cubans or spreading knowledge about its effective public health practices, especially to nations with impoverished and underserved communities. Some investments also funded work to help normalize relations between Cuba and the United States.
From 2002-2015, Atlantic invested over $66m in Cuba, mainly to improve health outcomes and share Cuba's primary health care model globally.
The Atlantic Charitable Trust of England and Wales provided the majority of this funding.
99% of Cubans have a relationship with a primary care doctor
1st nation to send hundreds of doctors to help fight Ebola
2nd highest doctor-to-patient ratio in the world
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U.S. – Cuba Relations
Atlantic’s support for efforts to normalize relations contributed to a 2014 decision that the United States and Cuba would restore ties cut for more than 50 years.
Atlantic’s investments addressed factors affecting the health of a country’s population, including supporting quality training of medical personnel and encouraging supportive government policies.