Although Fidel Castro’s socialist reforms continue to contribute to a highly educated and healthy population, most Cubans lack purchasing power.

Home to 11 million people, Cuba's economic growth rose to 1.6 percent in 2017 up from 0.5 percent the previous year.
Home to 11 million people, Cuba's economic growth rose to 1.6 percent in 2017 up from 0.5 percent the previous year. ( Reuters )

Socialist reforms in Cuba – brought from Fidel Castro's era –have placed the country high on the Human Development Index and boosted its literacy rates.

But some argue the "collective good" comes at a cost.

TRT World 's Ediz Tiyansen reports from Havana. 

Source: TRTWorld and agencies