Last updated: 28/1/2020

Basic Information

Geographic area
Population group
Children, Elderly persons, Women

Programme Details

Programme objectives

Social Assistance Regime of Cuba is an extended way to protect all workers in distinct situations. The benefits are conceded to people who don’t have the right to social security pensions or who receive subsidies that turn out to be insufficient due to their specific situation. The principal beneficiaries are the families that lack appropriate economic support for the family members’ conditions of illness, disability or work.


Programme components
The programme encompasses a monthly cash transfer (1 - Monetary benefits), food and medicine (2 - Benefits in kind), and Benefits in services (3). The services include medical, stomatological, preventive and curative, general and specialized hospital assistance; physical, mental and labour rehabilitation and others that are determined by the law. Also, at-home social assistance service is offered.
Total effective: 181.355 recipients in 2018, being: a) Elderly: 59.613; b) People with disability: 36.309; c) Mothers with children with severe disability: 3.452; d) At-home social assistance: 5.065; e) Elderly %population 60 and over: 2,52%

Targeting and eligiblity

Target groups
i) Elderly without the right to age pension ii) Mothers on unpaid leave to take care of children with illness or disability iii) Orphans at age 17 who are still studying 4) Families under the economic protection of a dead worker 5) Families of a young person who is the breadwinner of the family and was conscripted to military service 6) Workers under long-term treatment 7) Pensioners with dependent family members

Coverage and other information

Contribution type and amount
Initially, monetary benefits are granted temporarily or as one-time occasion for a period of up to one year. However, it can be prolonged if the necessity of the recipient is considered to be permanent. The amount of benefit can vary depending on the number of dependent relatives in the household and if the principal breadwinner has completed General Military Service.
Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and frequency
The applicants should submit verifying documents of each condition that makes their financial situation difficult, which could be declaration of income, diagnostic certificate of health condition or disability and etc. Interviews of the claimants are done as part of socioeconomic investigation of the family, inquiring about the elements such as economic income, basic expenditure, age and the working situation of the family members and the characteristics of housing. A specialist designated by the Municipal Office of Labor concludes the approval of the claim taking into account all the mentioned elements. Benefits revision is carried out at least once a year to confirm if there was any modification to conditions under which the benefits were approved.