The Holguin Center for the Research and Rehabilitation of Hereditary Ataxias (Cirah) is a global benchmark for the attention to patients with this degenerative disease.
The health center, unique in the province of science, technology and innovation in the health sector, is part of the project to create the Cuban Network of Hereditary Ataxias, which according to the acting director of the center, Doctor of Science Roberto Rodríguez Labrada:
"This network worked for some time, so we are working to recover it because it will allow to reach all regions of the country and count on patients for studies and clinical trials, both in Holguin and other Cuban provinces, so that the nearly one thousand living patients suffering from the disease can benefit from the services provided by the clinic and that others can be carried out in other parts of the country as part of the generalization of our results.”
The Cirah, located in the vicinity of the Loma de la Cruz in the city of Holguin, carries out important researches related to the disease.
These studies include the characterization of the presymptomatic period or prior to the appearance of ataxia in at-risk descendants, which allows an early neurorehabilitation therapy, in addition to the several researches published in journals of high scientific impact such as The Lancet Neurology.
Undoubtedly, having a Cuban network of hereditary ataxias will mean the union of efforts in order to benefit the health programs carried out in the country to assist patients with degenerative disease.