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Barrio Adentro Mission: Seven Years Guaranteeing Access to Health Care

Barrio Adentro Mission today celebrates seven years of its creation. The main goal of this social program has been to guarantee access to health care to the excluded Venezuelan population, through a model of integral cares aimed at providing a better quality of life.

Eugenia Sader, Vice-Minister of Collective Health Networks of the Ministry of People’s Power for Health, considers that Barrio Adentro became in 2003 a national policy seeking to solve inequality problems related to medical attention in Venezuela.

Furthermore, Sader said that today Venezuelan citizens have 6,711 new popular doctor’s offices, 503 Integral Diagnosis Centers (widely known as CDI’s), 545 Integral Rehabilitation Rooms (SRI’s) and 21 High Technology Centers (CAT’s).

Raiza de Suárez, representative of a health committee in Caracas, said that these health care centers have allowed the government of President Hugo Chávez to achieve what no government had ever proposed: to guarantee access to health care beyond the national hospital infrastructure.

Bolivarian News Agency,  Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the U.S Press and Communications Office / April 16, 2010              

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