Fidel's Castro's achievements:
1. Raised Cuban literacy to ~99%
2. Eliminated mother-child HIV
3. Outlived his enemies
This is from Yahoo Answers (Michael Moore highlighted this in 'Sicko'):
Cuba has one of the best health care systems in all of LA (Latin America), as well.
- Free for all citizens
- Major exporter of doctors to regions in need
- Free for all foreigners
- Lowest infancy death rate in LA, lower than USA
Al Jazeera's assessment of Castro:
The revolutionary's achievements in the face of US meddling made him a powerful symbol of resistance against hegemony.