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SIMS presents ‘Screen on the Green’ Saturday, February 24, 2007 at 7:00pm

�Salud! questions what propels Cuban doctors to serve where most others won�t, and grapples with the tensions their presence sometimes provokes.
¡Salud! questions what propels Cuban doctors to serve where most others won’t, and grapples with the tensions their presence sometimes provokes.
Students for International Mission Service (SIMS) will be screening the movie ¡Salud!, which looks at the curious case of Cuba, a cash-strapped country with what the BBC calls “one of the world’s best health systems.”

Enjoy a night out under the stars on the green outside the SIMS cottage (east of Nichol Hall), and don’t forget to bring a lawn chair and a warm blanket! Refreshments will be available and all proceeds will go toward  future SIMS mission projects.

¡Salud! hits the road with some of the 28,000 Cuban health professionals serving in 68 countries, and it explores the hearts and minds of international medical students in Cuba. Their stories bring home the competing agendas that mark the battle for global health—and the complex realities confronting the movement to make health care everyone’s birthright.

Against the alarming backdrop of the global health crisis and deteriorating public health systems in even the richest nations, ¡Salud! tells the little-known story of Cuba: a poor country overcoming its lack of resources to provide universal health care and help other developing nations do the same. 

A feature documentary, ¡Salud! is directed by Academy Award nominee Connie Field and co-produced by Gail Reed. The film spans three continents to look at the philosophy and health professionals placing Cuba on the map in the worldwide movement to make health care a global birthright. Today, Cubans are among the world’s healthiest people, despite the island’s poverty. Cuba’s volunteer corps now posts 28,000 health professionals in 68 countries; and Cuban medical schools will graduate an unprecedented 100,000 new doctors from developing countries over the next decade.

For more information contact SIMS at (909) 558-8089 or  <sims@llu.edu>.  

TODAY news for Thursday, February 26, 2007