The contingent, with 17 physicians, start working immediately in seven of eight districts where collaborators are, (Gaborone, Molepolole, Lobatse, Mahalapye, Serowe, Francistown, Maun and Selebi-Pikwe).
Continuous collaboration for 29 years
In total, about 95 physicians and other professionals of the sector are part of a continuous collaboration for 29 years, in benefit of the Botswana population, a fact repeatedly recognized here by the highest authorities.
For 37 years of diplomatic relations between both governments, Cuba has continuously offered support to Botswana in sectors of health, education and sports.
Possibilities to expand health cooperation
According to specialist from both countries, there are some possibilities to expand health cooperation and even diversify it towards other sectors, including (i) the participation in the national program to fight malaria and (ii) sending itinerant groups for treatments in the gynecology and ophthalmology as well as in dealing with diabetes and other diseases.
Dozens of young Batswana are currently studying in Cuba, some in the medical career and others in various branches of engineering.
More than 30,000 African students have already graduated since 1961 with the national program of scholarships offered by the Cuban government.
Source: New Group of Cuban Health Collaborators Arrives in Botswana Prensa Latina