WFTU: Give Nobel Peace Prize to Cuban Medical Brigades

Source:  MLToday | Aug 19, 2020 | 

WFTU: Give Nobel Peace Prize to Cuban Medical Brigades

2021 Nobel Peace Prize for Cuba’s Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade!

“Our country does not drop bombs on other peoples, nor does it send thousands of planes to bomb cities. Our country does not possess nuclear weapons, chemical weapons, or biological weapons. Our country’s tens of thousands of scientists and doctors have been educated in the idea of saving lives”

Fidel Castro

Dear colleagues, brothers and sisters of the world working class,

The World Federation of Trade Unions salutes its members, friends and simple workers around the world who have been struggling day by day for their survival, for the defense of their labor rights, for having a human life in the midst of unprecedented pandemic conditions.

The workers of the capitalist countries, since the outbreak of the pandemic, not only have been counting their dead, but also have seen in the most blatant way the inhumanity of the bourgeois governments, which without any hesitations did not take effective measures for the protection of the people, so that the big capital, the bosses, would gain even more. The countless dead in the USA, Brazil, Italy and Colombia, as well as in other countries, are witnesses to the crimes of their governments against their own peoples.

However, despite the pain and grief, we workers have proudly seen the solidarity and selfless spirit of the heroes of the working class, of the medical personnel who are waging the battle against the pandemic on a daily basis across the planet.

With that in mind, we consider as the highest expression of humanity and internationalist solidarity the contribution selflessly made  by the Cuban medical brigades that for 60 years have been providing services in almost the whole world with an altruism, solidarity and humanitarianism, in particular the Henry Reeve Contingent, founded by Fidel, with the purpose of saving lives in times of disasters, epidemics, pandemics and other events that require Cuban medical and paramedical assistance.

For this reason, we consider it very important that the affiliated organizations of the WFTU, each militant union, demand that the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize be awarded to the International Health Contingent “Henry Reeve” of Cuba!

In this way, the prize will be awarded to a group that truly contributes and works for the good of humanity and not for the objectives of the imperialists. At the same time, a global response will be given to those who cannot accept that a small and blocked country in the target of international imperialism can offer such a great service to humanity.

Therefore, we call upon every union to send solidarity resolutions, statements and declarations, to  demand that the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize be awarded to the Cuban Medical Brigades, via the following e-mail: info@wftucentral.org All documents will be published on the WFTU website.

Long live international solidarity!

The WFTU Secretariat
Athens, Greece – 18 August 2020

Cuba Dispatches Over 750 Medics to Crisis-Plagued Caribbean

Source:  TeleSUR
September 9 2017

hurricane irma in haiti.jpgDebris washes up on a beach in Cap-Haitien, Haiti as
Hurricane Irma approaches. | Photo: AFP

Responding to the most powerful hurricane to hit the Caribbean in decades, Cuban medical brigades have taken action to assist in recovery efforts.

More than 750 Cuban physicians have been dispatched to several Caribbean islands in the wake of Hurricane Irma’s destruction.

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They will maintain daily communication with Havana in order to stay informed about unfolding events, said Dr. Regla Angulo Pardo, director of Cuba’s Central Unit of Medical Cooperation.

Facing the most power hurricane to hover across the Caribbean in decades, “measures have been taken to preserve the lives of our 771 employees, and logistic assurances have been implemented,” the official said.

She noted that Cuba has sent medical brigades to six of the countries in the subregion that, in recent days, have been or will be in the the tropical storm’s orbit. Those islands include Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Bahamas, Dominica and Haiti.

In Haiti, heavy rains forced nine of 23 total collaborators to evacuate their locations. However, the remaining medical staff are assisting local health authorities and serving residents.

Guidelines provided by Cuba’s Ministry of Public Health, MINSAP, and corresponding embassies located on each island have kept members of the medical brigade safe and sound. The preparation has enabled staff to participate in subsequent recovery efforts.

“Collaboration with the Central Medical Cooperation Unit, together with the MINSAP Management Center and our embassies, have maintained communication to assess the damage and gauge what help our own collaborators can provide,” Pardo added.

She emphasized that in Antigua and Barbuda, particularly in the latter island due to the hurricane’s destruction of most of the infrastructure as well as 95 percent of homes, Cuba’s 43 physicians weathered the storm unscathed and have joined recovery efforts.