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Revista Cubana de Medicina Militar

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PENA GALBAN, Liuba Y et al. Development and perspectives of mental health in Cuba. Rev Cub Med Mil [online]. 2013, vol.42, n.2, pp.221-234. ISSN 0138-6557.

We present the development of mental health in Cuba and the factors that have contributed to it. We propose to work towards a new paradigm in health and disease processes, making emphasis on a forgotten aspect: Health. We also expect to develop a new humanist culture and even a new social model for the protection of people's health. We explain a proposal for social development in Cuban mental health. This social sanitary concept has allowed the systematic analysis of the problems in which all sectors of the community participate, identify these problems and face any situation that slow down the achievements of the basic mainstays of the system and the mental health services with courage and intelligence. It has also allowed the institutions to be determined and accessible and that the population fells satisfied with the promotion, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation services. We conclude that the proposal for the social development of mental health in Cuba takes into account the demands and the humanist, ethic and philosophical foundations as the main basis for its development, and its practical and didactic application.

Palabras clave : mental heath; social development; community health; organization.

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