Cuba to Send 6,000 Doctors to Brazil

Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota (r) and Cuban FM Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla. (Photo: Wilson Dias/Abr)

HAVANA TIMES — Some 6,000 Cuban doctors will soon travel to Brazil to work in poor areas with a precarious health situation, the two governments decided today in Brasilia, reported DPA news.

The negotiation of the agreement, carried out with the support of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), was announced after the meeting held in Brasilia of Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, and his Brazilian counterpart, Antonio Patriota.

“We are organizing to receive a larger number of doctors here, to face the shortage of medical professionals in Brazil. Such cooperation has great potential, and we assign strategic value to it,” said the Brazilian minister.

According to Patriota, details about how the Cuban doctors will work in Brazil still must be defined including whether they will receive a permanent or temporary residence visa: “We are still finalizing the understandings so that they (the doctors) can perform their professional activity in Brazil.”

No mention was made whether the Cuban physicians would be allowed to travel with their families.

The Cuban foreign minister highlighted the growing importance of the relationship between his country and Brazil, especially in the social areas, tourism and economic development: “There is an excellent exchange of ideas,” said Rodriguez.

According to the Brazilian Foreign Ministry, during his visit to Brasilia, Rodriguez and discussed various issues of the bilateral and regional agenda, with emphasis on “development support and cooperation.”

“The bilateral agenda in Brazil and Cuba has been intensified with high-level visits and diversification and deepening in economic and social areas. The two countries cooperate in sectors ranging from biofuels, construction, transport, food security and health, including initiatives involving third countries such as Haiti,” said the statement.

The Brazilian government said, moreover, that the exchange between Brazil and Cuba increased sevenfold between 2003 and 2012, when it reached a record high of 661.6 million dollars.

10 thoughts on “Cuba to Send 6,000 Doctors to Brazil

  • May 16, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Not everybody in Brazil is thrilled with the idea of importing Cuban doctors:

    “Brazil: Doctors question contracting of foreigners

    This Wednesday, Brazilian doctors objected to the government’s plan to contract up to 6,000 Cuban doctors to fill a need found in the interior regions of the country, warning that the qualifications of the personnel is difficult to verify.

    Geraldo Ferreira Filho, president of the National Federation of Doctors, told a congressional audience that during some years, 95% of the foreign physicians who attempted to validate their credentials in Brazil were rejected.”

    Not all doctors are equal. Not all medical degrees are quality degrees. Having a piece of paper declaring you are a doctor, does not make you a doctor.

  • May 10, 2013 at 12:40 am

    Wow, sounds like what a lot of Americans, who have no health insurance have to go through. Only they can wait and wait and be left to die if it looks like they may not pay. You do not know what the deal is between Brazil and Cuba, betting Cuba will get a lot more out of the deal than you think. On under served areas, here in America we call those places rural and ghetto. Yep, we have that problem too.

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