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Cristine Werle, Massey University

Cristine’s Research Topic: “The gift of health: Cuban medical cooperation in Kiribati

“I spent a month in Tarawa talking to the community and the incredibly resilient Cuban-trained doctors featured in the picture. My main interest was to investigate how the public health driven medicine practised by Cuba is translated by these doctors in the Pacific context, where a lot of disease is preventable. With insufficient workers and high demand for specialised care, Kiribati‚Äôs health system is largely curative, meaning that Cuban-trained doctors struggle to make the transition and that their knowledge about prevention is under-explored”

Cristine Werle, Master’s in Development Studies
September 2019

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