US, Cuba sign historic agreement to cooperate on global health issues

HHS and the Cuban government on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding to promote collaboration on global health matters, according to STAT.

The agreement marks another step forward in the Obama administration's efforts to improve the U.S.' diplomatic relations with its long-estranged neighbor.

The U.S. and Cuba will work together to address global health issues, such as infectious diseases like dengue fever, and the medical challenges associated with aging populations, according to the report.

"Cuba has made significant contributions to health and science, as evidenced by their contribution to the Ebola response in West Africa and becoming the first country to eliminate mother-to-child HIV transmission," HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said in a statement. "This new collaboration is a historic opportunity for two nations to build on each other's knowledge and experience, and benefit biomedical research and public health at large."

The memorandum functions as an umbrella agreement that will allow the countries to take on more specific initiatives in the future, according to the report.

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