Cuba's healthcare and education were exemplary for a poor country. They had a good record of preventative healthcare, and they exported more doctors and health professionals to other needy countries than many that were far richer.
28-Nov-16 Update - some figures from Wikipedia:
- Life expectancy: Third in the Americas, after Canada and Chile
- Infant mortality: 5.13 per 1,000 live births, down from 32/1000 in 1957. Again, less than the US.
- In 2015, became the first country to eradicate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis, acknowledged by the World Health Organisation.
- As of 2014, there were 50,000 Cuban-trained healthcare workers in 66 countries
- Literacy rate: 99.8%, tenth-highest in the world (vs c.86% in the US)