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Barrio Adentro ("Inside the neighborhood", or "Into the neighborhood") is a government-sponsored Venezuelan program to provide free health care and dental care to poor and traditionally underserved communities. The project includes the construction of medical clinics and accommodations for doctors in both urban and rural districts that previously had little or no access to health care, importation and payment of thousands of Cuban doctors, and the training and retraining of thousands of Venezuelan doctors, both in Venezuela and in Cuba. The Venezuelan government claims that 18 million people, or nearly 70% of the population, has been treated through Barrio Adentro. Health care or healthcare is an industry associated with the the prevention, treatment, and management of illness along with the promotion of mental, physical and spiritual well-being through the services offered by the medical and allied health professions. ... X-rays can reveal if a person has cavities Dentistry is the practical application of knowledge of dental science (the science of placement, arrangement, function of teeth) to human beings. ...

The program started in March, 2003 in the Libertador neighborhood of the Venezuelan capital Caracas, and has expanded rapidly to the rest of the country. At least 15,000 Cuban doctors have been put to work in Venezuela, where they are paid about $250 per month, less than private doctors earn in Venezuela (and less than Venezuelan doctors were offered to participate in Barrio Adentro), but considerably more than they were paid in Cuba. Venezuela, in exchange, is providing Cuba with oil at below market rates. This is one of many such partnerships Venezuela and Cuba have made, to provide Cuba with oil and Venezuela with professionals and expertise. 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Cerro Avila, Caracas. ... Oil is a generic term for organic liquids that are not miscible with water. ...

Venezuelan political opponents of President Hugo Chávez and his Movement for the Fifth Republic party have charged that the Cuban Barrio Adentro doctors are agents of the ruling Communist Party of Cuba invited by Chávez to propagandize the Venezuelan population. The Venezuelan Ministry of Health claims that it was unable to find a large enough supply of adequately-trained Venezeulan doctors willing to provide free care in poor areas. The Venezuelan Medical Federation (FVM) has lobbied against the plan, filing a lawsuit in an attempt to prevent the Cuban doctors from practicing medicine, arguing that they are unlicensed. Hugo Chavez in 1999, as President of Venezuela Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías (born July 28, 1954) is the President of Venezuela. ... The Movement for the Fifth Republic (Spanish: Movimiento V [Quinta] Republica, MVR) is a left-wing Venezuelan political party founded by Hugo Chávez, the current President of Venezuela. ... The Communist Party of Cuba (Spanish: Partido Comunista de Cuba, PCC) is the ruling party of Cuba. ...

The program has drawn international praise from the Latin American branch of the World Health Organization, and representatives from Saudi Arabia have visited Venezuela to study the program in order to consider implementing similar programs in their own country. For other meanings of the acronym WHO, see WHO (disambiguation) WHO flag Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, the World Health Organization (WHO) is an agency of the United Nations, acting as a coordinating authority on international public health. ...

External links

  • An Oil-for-Aid Deal that Really Works
  • Free Neighborhood Clinics Spread Across Venezuela
  • Inside The Barrio: Venezuelan Health Care Takes Off
  • Saudi Minister affirms his country wants to apply Venezuelan missions
  • Mision Barrio Adentro: Chavez's Revolutionary Achievement

  Results from FactBites:
A People's Health System Venezuela Works to Bring Healthcare to the Excluded by Peter Maybarduk (3318 words)
Barrio Adentro enlists the patient as a partner in the care of is or her health.
Barrio residents gather in "Bolivarian Circles" to discuss the potential effect of new laws before the national assembly on their community, and to petition for government services or local ordinances.
Barrio Adentro was built and is continuously shaped by the same people who benefit from it.
Social Justice (616 words)
Barrio Adentro Mission’s main goal is to guarantee the excluded Venezuelans to access health services through an integrated health management model, aimed at improving Venezuelan’s standard of living.
Barrio Adentro Mission was created by the Venezuelan government in order to guarantee access to health care to all Venezuelans.
Barrio Adentro Mission is currently as advanced and efficient a health system as those of any developed country.
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