New York, 29 June 2020.In her statement during the UNICEF Executive Board annual regular session of 2020, Ambassador Ana Silvia Rodríguez Abascal, Chargé d'affaires of Cuba to the United Nations, stated that the well-being of its children is an inherent purpose of the Cuban social project, where health care and education system services are universal and free of charge for all the population, with 99.5 per cent of children under 6 years of age integrated into the education system.
Rodríguez Abascal referred to other achievements of Cuba, which ranks 35 among the countries with the lowest infant mortality rate in the world, with 5 per 1,000 live births, one of the lowest in its history. In addition to this, the child survival rate during the first five years of life has been over 99% for the last 20 years.
Likewise, she explained how through the National Immunization Program, almost 100% vaccination coverage is guaranteed in Cuba, including vaccination against 13 diseases, with six that remain eliminated. She added that serious child malnutrition is not a problem in Cuba.
The Cuban diplomat reiterated the full support of her delegation to the work carried out by UNICEF, and the call for continue strengthening its presence and contribution both in Cuba and in the rest of the world, particularly in developing countries. Furthermore, she appreciated the efforts undertaken by UNICEF to provide a coordinated, comprehensive and large-scale response to support developing countries in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations