HAVANA TIMES, Jan. 17 — Cuba now has 220 doctors and health staff working in the disaster relief in Port au Prince, Haiti along with ten tons of medicines flown in to meet the most pressing needs.

Numerous young Haitian doctors who studied medicine on scholarships in Santiago de Cuba have joined in the effort, including 37 who arrived from Cuba on Saturday.

Cuba News Agency reports on Sunday that planes carrying specialists in emergencies also bring shipments of medical supplies.  On Saturday the equipment for three operating rooms arrived from Cuba to support the efforts of the medical brigade already working at several points in the Haitian capital.

Cuba has an ongoing program of treatment throughout Haiti under an agreement with the host government.  Besides the doctors concentrated in Port au Prince for the earthquake relief effort, another 227 provide services throughout the impoverished Caribbean country.

7 thoughts on “Cuba Steps Up Aid to Haiti

  • 6 weeks have passed. 700,000 homeless, remain overcrowded, and disease breeding (tuberculosis & cholera). Cuba’ public health success in treating AIDS has always been an untold story. The UN is creating another failed experiment in humanitarian aid to overshadow, Palestine financially and socially.

    The success that New Orleans has had, post Katrina is due to massive relocation (to Houston and Baton Rouge) and insurance money..THose remaining formed a real future.

    Haitians have no insurance and the international community has not made good on the Millenium Challenge pledges.Relocation and decent, housing (not rolls of plastic) is needed. The carribean nations should relocate haitians semi permanently to reduce the urban population by 70%.

    And when CNN and Anderson Cooper return to report on the rains and cholera in the next months we as Americans should consider why our good will and generosity has not been able to soothe, heal, protect, lift up and rebuild personal dignity…

  • I too,like David in Australia, searched the internet to find news coverage of aid from Cuba to Haiti. I live in Canada and have not seen anything regarding Cuban Aid on the American or Canadian News. Usually Canada does carry news regarding Cuba.
    I do know however that Cuba does have excellent medical trained professionals who are readily offered for emergency aid in international crisis. When Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans , I heard that Medical assistance from Cuba was was declined by the USA. A shame.
    To David , I hope you and your wife take the first opportunity you have to visit Cuba. You will enjoy the culture and the people very much. It is also very safe to travel away from the hotels and into the countryside and cities and villages. I am a Canadian by birth and love to travel to Cuba! (7 times in last 15 years) KC

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