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Social Work in Cuba

David L. Strug

in Encyclopedia of Social Work

Published by NASW Press and Oxford University Press


Published online November 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199975839 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780199975839.013.1036

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This entry discusses the development of social work in Cuba since the revolution of 1959. It describes a community-oriented social work initiative created by the government in 2000 to identify vulnerable populations and to address their needs for support services. It also discusses a social work educational initiative begun at the University Havana in 1997. Together these two initiatives transformed social work in Cuba. This entry also notes that Cuba implemented major economic reforms in 2008 and it discusses the relationship of these reforms to the closure in 2011 of the two social work initiatives noted above. How social work will develop in Cuba in the future is unclear. Information for this entry comes from research the writer has conducted on the development of social work in Cuba over the past decade and from a review of the relevant literature.

Keywords: community; Cuba; Cubans; reforms; revolution; social policy; social work; University of Havana

Article.  5844 words. 

Subjects: International and Global Issues in Social Work ; Social Work Practice Settings ; Race and Ethnicity ; Occupations, Professions, and Work

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