“As someone who benefited from the exposure to Cuba’s medical system, I would like to give back to Jamaica; I would like to use the knowledge that I have gained in Cuba to implement some of the programmes than can be implemented, especially the system of primary health care.”
SINCE the triumph of the Revolution in 1959, the development of Cuban medicine has been a government priority. The country is now a point of reference internationally, with Cuba, in fact, currently having the highest number of doctors per inhabitant in the world…
From the beginning of the London Olympic Games of 2012 to one day after the closing ceremonies, Cuba provided coverage 24 hours every day in the country, ´s language, Spanish. What is more, the coverage was entirely free of commercials…
The 21 Cuba International Book Fair’2012 will be held from February 9th to the 19th, 2012.It will pay tribute to the Bicentennial of the rebellion organized by José Antonio Aponte against the Spanish colonial empire in Cuba and the Centennial of the Colored Independent Party members’ uprising. It will also honor our many Caribbean cultures, envisioned as a great cultural melting pot, diverse and at the same time integrated by their common history..
A total of 77 people attended the first international academic conference on the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA) held at London Metropolitan University on 29 January, which attracted academics from Puerto Rico, Istanbul, Canada, Cuba, Venezuela and the English-speaking Caribbean. Papers dealt with ALBA and regionalism in South America, research on ALBA in Venezuela, Cuba’s medical mission in Venezuela, ALBA ‘grandnational’ projects, ALBA and the English-speaking Caribbean,, and the successes, setbacks and challenges of ALBA.
Click here for the Conference Programme, Abstracts and Presentations
On December 25, 2010, the Organization of American States announced the dismissal of its Special Representative in Haiti, the distinguished Brazilian diplomat, Ricardo Seitenfus. This dismissal followed the publication of an interview with Seitenfus by the Swiss Newspaper, Le Temps. In this commentary, the Cuban leader, Fidel Castro, quotes extensively from the Seitenfus interview; and gives new information on the Cuban medical programme in Haiti and the fight against cholera.
The OAS Secretary General, decided, at the beginning of 2009, to appoint as his personal representative in Haiti a Brazilian intellectual, Ricardo Seitenfus who at that time was working in his country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Seitenfus was enjoying well-deserved prestige in diplomatic and government circles in the Haitian capital because of the seriousness and openness with which he was dealing with the problems. In 1993 he had written a book called “Haiti: Sovereignty of the Dictators”. He visited Haiti for the first time that year…
Haiti in the hands of the NGOs Christophe Wargny, Le Monde Diplomatique
They are the real heroes of the Haitian earthquake disaster, the human catastrophe on America’s doorstep which Barack Obama pledged a monumental US humanitarian mission to alleviate. Except these heroes are from America’s arch-enemy Cuba, whose doctors and nurses have put US efforts to shame…
The Cuban leader, Fidel Castro, revealed on November 26 that Cuba will send an additional 300 doctors, nurses and health technicians to Haiti, in response to an appeal by Valerie Amos, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, which has so far raised less than ten percent the $164 million needed. In a further note on November 27, he reported that there had not been a single cholera death in seven days within the 37 treatment centres being run by the Cuban Medical Mission in Haiti.
Note: Valerie Amos was the first Black woman Cabinet Minister in the UK Government and went on to become Leader of the British House of Lords and UK High Commissioner to Australia. Baroness Amos was born in Guyana.
Haiti: Underdevelopment and Genocide, Reflections by Fidel Castro
Just a few months ago, on July 26, 2010, Lucius Walker, the head of the American organization Pastors for Peace, at an encounter with Cuban intellectuals and artists, asked me what the solution for Haiti’s problems would be…
The following is an English translation of an item that was published on the website of ALBA-TCP on Thursday 4, November and forwarded by a colleague. It appears to be a letter written by an Argentine doctor serving with the Cuban medical brigade in Haiti to, his friends and family, in response to their concerns, about the cholera outbreak and the, approach of tropical storm/hurricane Tomas. It relates how, the Cuban medical brigade, working with the Haitian authorities, helped to detect, the cholera outbreak, to provide early treatment,, and to delay its spread to Port au Prince., Such examples of, solidarity seem to be, worth emulating in the light of the controversy that has broken out in CARICOM over conditions attached, to relief assistance.
To my friends and family: These lines are meant to provide information on the health situation in Haiti, as a result of the concern of many friends who have written asking about conditions here. The first thing I can say is that we have a disease–cholera–which has not been reported in this country for over 100 years. Secondly, that it is one of the most dreaded diseases here, given the ideal conditions that exist for its persistence and spread…
Selective Commendation, Selective Indignation: Recent Media Coverage of Cuba, Emily Kirk, John Kirk and Norman Girvan1 Comment »
On March 31, representatives of over 50 governments and international organizations gathered at the United Nations Haiti Donor Conference to pledge long-term assistance for the rebuilding of Haiti. At the conference, Cuba made arguably the most ambitious and impressive pledge of all countries-to rebuild the entire National Health Service. While the efforts of other government have been praised, those of Cuba, however, have largely been ignored in the media…
Selective Commendation, Selective Indignation CounterPunch
Cut, Out The Selective Reporting Jamaica Observer
Media Blind to Cuba’s Haiti Effort Trinidad Express
Selective Commendation, Selective Indignation PAPDA: Haitian Platform for Development Alternatives
Alberto Jones is an Afro-Cuban of Jamaican origin who runs the Caribbean American Children Foundation in Palm Coast, Florida
Historically, anti-Cuba groups based in Florida and Europe have systematically accused the Cuban government of being racist…
The program for the reconstruction and strengthening of the Haitian national healthcare system, drawn up by the Haitian government and Cuban governments, with the cooperation of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and other countries and humanitarian organizations, will guarantee wide health coverage for the population, in particular the low-income sector…
From Stabroek News April 5, 2010
On Saturday the Stabroek News carried a small report on a Guyanese doctor trained in Cuba (one of a larger group of 64) who had been posted to the Lethem Hospital. This is Cuba’s medical internationalism at work (the subject of an excellent book by Canadian professor John Kirk), and something we have been accustomed to in Guyana since the 1970s..
Cuban Medical Aid to Haiti: One of the World’s Best Kept Secrets Emily J Kirk and John M Kirk, CounterPunch
Lies and Facts in The Media War Against Cuba Arnold August, Global Research
Mentiras y hechos en la Guerra mediática contra Cuba Arnold August, Global Research
The Cuban Revolution, Internationalism, and the End of Apartheid
Latin American Perspectives, Issue 150, Vol. 33 No. 5, September 2006 81-117
One of the most remarkable aspects of the Cuban Revolution continues to be the various internationalist missions it has sent to other countries. From the earliest years ofthe revolution, Cuba has sent thousands of doctors, teachers, and other personnel on humanitarian assignments to various countries (see, e.g., Erisman, 1991). In the mid-199Os, for example, Cuba had three times as many doctors as the World Health Organization serving abroad and providing free medical treatment (Castro, 1996: 30-31)….However, the most dramatic manifestation of Cuba’s internationalism is little known in the West: the island’s crucial role in securing the independence of Namibia and ending racist rule in South Africa.
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