Cuba’s Reputation on the Rise Worldwide

By Elio Delgado Legon

Cuban doctors training for their Ébola fighting mission in West Africa.

HAVANA TIMES – Cuba is a small archipelago in the Caribbean, which the world hardly spoke of before 1959. It was one of the poorest, most underdeveloped, illiterate and unhealthy countries in the world, which was only any good for foreign agricultural companies (mostly US) for 60 years, who made great profits at the expense of Cuban peasants’ hunger and misery. However, when the Revolution triumphed and came into power, everything began to change.

What used to be a country of illiterates living in complete underdevelopment, is today a State that is making steady progress towards development and winning a reputation worldwide for its seriousness and breakthroughs in different fields, in spite of a strict blockade which makes even the simplest bank transfer anywhere in the world difficult.

Educated in internationalism, without selfishness and offering those who need it a little of what we have, the Cuban people’s solidarity efforts and altruism have ensured us the friendships of most countries. From the gratitude of African nations for the role Cuba played in the way history played out on this continent, to its medical collaborations in over 165 countries, Cuba has sowed friendships, which has immeasurable value.

When I talk about Cuba’s “reputation”, I’m thinking about the high esteem and comments from countries where Cuba’s excellent medical services are offered, comments made to the World Health Organization and Pan American Health Organization about the Cuban health system. It still isn’t as perfect as we would like as the US blockade makes it hard for us to get a hold of cutting-edge technology, but still, UN officials use Cuba as an example within the underdeveloped world and beyond.

When there was an Ebola outbreak in three countries in Western Africa, the World Health Organization turned to Cuba asking it to collaborate in wiping out the virus, which threatened to spread to other parts of the world. This is an obvious testament to the great reputation that Cuban medicine now has.

Scientific research centers in our country have had astonishing results, developing unique drugs and vaccines of their kind in the world and others which, haven’t been the first, but are far superior to those that already exist. This consolidates the reputation Cuban science and its research facilities have which Bush’s plan to restore capitalism on the island said had to be closed down, because an underdeveloped country couldn’t have these kinds of centers as they resemble progress.

Every scientific breakthrough on the island, and those that are in progress (which is what we are working towards) is a result of progress made in Cuban education, which wiped out illiteracy in 1961 and has a universal, free high-quality education system, which has been recognized by high-ranking UNESCO officials. Plus, Cuba has worked with other nations to erradicate illiteracy and to reduce it in others, even developed nations, which has also contributed to securing Cuba’s prestige in this field.

Closely-linked to our education system, we can also say that great headway has been made in all art forms, especially music, which has great prestige worldwide. Training to become a musician in any capitalist country costs a lot of money, which is why the majority of talent is lost because they can’t afford to pay for their studies; however, it doesn’t cost a dime in Cuba. This is why there are Cuban musicians working in countless countries and they are highly-prized.

I have only mentioned some of the points that have contributed to Cuba’s great reputation in the world, but I could also add the political point, because when a Cuban leader speaks at an international evemt, they do with truth in the palm of their hand and they say what many would like to. That’s why Cuba’s reputation is on the rise worldwide.

Elio Delgado Legon

Elio Delgado-Legon: I am a Cuban who has lived for 80 years, therefore I know full well how life was before the revolution, having experienced it directly and indirectly. As a result, it hurts me to read so many aspersions cast upon a government that fights tooth and nail to provide us a better life. If it hasn’t fully been able to do so, this is because of the many obstacles that have been put in its way.


19 thoughts on “Cuba’s Reputation on the Rise Worldwide

  • November 22, 2018 at 12:44 pm
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    Just a correction Anton!
    Average earnings in Cuba equal $21 (US) per month. The pension is 200 pesos per month ($8).

  • November 22, 2018 at 12:42 pm
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    Yes Miguel. From the Roncali lighthouse on the Guanahacabibes peninsula to Baracoa is 1300 kilometres. In 1773 George III of Great Britain exchanged Cuba for Florida with the Spanish, only to lose that in 1776 with the American Revolution. The land area almost equates with England (not the UK). As far as I know, the only University Professor of drumming in the world is at the University of Havana. Cuban music is not Spanish music, it is Afro-Cubano and wonderful! The oldest house in the Americas (North and South) is in Santiago de Cuba, completed in 1517 (the house of Velequez) The city of Trinidad de Cuba is now 504 years old. Talk of Cuba as if it is an emerging Third World country is ridiculous, it has more European influence history than virtually any other country in the Americas, not all of it good (the Spanish were awful colonialists), but undeniable even by the innocent (ignorant by choice?) like Elio Legon.

  • November 21, 2018 at 6:17 pm
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    What’s natural about not having food,been paid under U$100 a month which can afford you nothing,30 years in prision for unauthorized killing of a pig,having police enter your home for trash inspection (suspected of ilegal chicken trade)

  • November 20, 2018 at 12:41 am
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    Elio’s article reads like a 1930s Italian proclaiming that the trains run on time.

  • November 15, 2018 at 9:59 pm
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    Hahaha. Don’t hould back. Please tell us how you really feel. You probably shouldn’t use your laptop to write it though. And forget about sending your response via the internet. Both of those tools were developed by us uncivilized folks.

  • November 15, 2018 at 9:05 pm
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    Your country, the United States, is uncivilized! You and all of your americans are sub human parasites.

  • November 15, 2018 at 2:30 pm
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    Elio
    I have promised myself not to look back
    At what once was , what was lost or the mistakes that where made .my grandfathers ,fathers, uncles aunts and family lived with it. I wonder how. Long it took them to forget the past and live in the here and now.
    I left at the age of 5 and became an American . So my regrets are here in the US.. i live in the here and now . The people in cuba are living now not in the past .
    They live now and with what they have.
    They see how others live and what they have now. The past dies and the future lives on . Open your heart and except the future . Let go

  • November 15, 2018 at 7:17 am
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    Vicente you are right in all you wrote about Cuba! And all it’s accomplishment! It bothers me when they say Cuba the small island in the Caribbean, it actually is the biggest island. If you but Cuba on a map next to Florida it’s pretty much the same size. Cuba has created some of the best musician in the world and Latin American. I am Cuban American and very proud of my roots.

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