OFFICIAL VOICE OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CUBA CENTRAL COMMITTEE
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Cuban health professionals are working to save lives in every corner of the planet. This cooperation mostly takes place in remote locations where populations have never had access to a doctor, either because the host nation lacks the personnel or because they refuse to work in these inaccessible places.

Cuba’s international support in the health sector is not new, it is part of the Revolution’s tradition of solidarity, with its beginnings dating from 1960, when a Cuban medical brigade treated the victims of an earthquake in Chile, followed by the sending of another group in May, 1963, to provide health care in Algeria, recently liberated from French colonial rule.

The international collaboration efforts of the island have seen a total of 325,000 Cuban health personnel provide services in 158 countries. There are currently 55,000 Cubans working in 67 countries, including more than 25,000 doctors.

With the aim of saving lives, Cuban doctors of different specialties, epidemiologists, nurses and health technicians, provide services in the most remote areas with the professionalism and humanism that characterizes them.

Special mention can be made of the 256 collaborators who from October 2014 fought the Ebola virus in West Africa, divided into three groups: 165 in Sierra Leone, 53 in Liberia and 38 in Guinea Conakry, in addition to those who tackled the cholera epidemic in Haiti following the devastating earthquake of 2010.

Cuba will continue to advocate cooperation and regional coordination to improve the health care and health indicators of our peoples, representing a key challenge going forward.

 

Cuban health collaborators around the world

Based on data through May 31, 2016

 

Latin American & Caribbean countries with collaborators

Haiti (Total: 567, Doctors: 125)

Jamaica (Total: 148, Doctors: 34)

Belize (Total: 90, Doctors: 44)

Guatemala (Total: 415, Doctors: 223)

El Salvador (Total: 16, Doctors: 8)

Honduras (Total: 90, Doctors: 56)

Nicaragua (Total: 55, Doctors: 35) •

Suriname (Total: 7, Doctors: 2)

Guyana (Total: 181, Doctors: 79) •

Venezuela (Total: 28,351, Doctors: 8 764) •

Colombia (Total: 1, Doctors: 1)

Ecuador (Total: 710, Doctors: 639)

Brazil (Total: 10,994, Doctors: 10,987)

Bolivia (Total: 721, Doctors: 366)

Argentina (Total: 2, Doctors: 1)

Uruguay (Total: 24, Doctors: 9)

Bahamas (Total: 39, Doctors: 5) *

Curazao (Total: 2, Doctors: 2) *

Antigua & Barbuda (Total: 46, Doctors: 9) *

Dominica (Total: 30, Doctors: 14) *

St. Kitts & Nevis (Total: 14, Doctors: 8) *

St. Vincent & the Grenadines (Total: 2, Doctors: 2) *

Grenada (Total: 24, Doctors: 20) *

Saint Lucia (Total: 21, Doctors: 11) *

Trinidad & Tobago (Total: 157, Doctors: 34) *

On other continents

Portugal (Total: 52, Doctors: 50)

SADR (Total: 4, Doctors: 3)

Algeria (Total: 931, Doctors: 347)

Gambia (Total: 113, Doctors: 64) •

Guinea Bissau (Total: 33, Doctors: 26) •

Guinea Conakry (Total: 15, Doctors: 11)

Burkina Faso (Total: 25, Doctors: 19)

Niger (Total: 6, Doctors: 4)

Chad (Total: 22, Doctors: 7)

Ghana (Total: 1, Doctors: 1)

Guinea (Total: 221, Doctors: 135) •

Gabon (Total: 44, Doctors: 30)

Congo (Total: 46, Doctors: 28)

Angola (Total: 1 712, Doctors: 815) •

Namibia (Total: 125, Doctors: 55)

Botswana (Total: 100, Doctors: 50)

South Africa (Total: 344, Doctors: 337)

Lesotho (Total: 3, Doctors: 3)

Swaziland (Total: 20, Doctors: 18)

Zimbabwe (Total: 45, Doctors: 25)

Mozambique (Total: 303, Doctors: 221)

Tanzania (Total: 29, Doctors: 26) •

Uganda (Total: 6, Doctors: 4)

Ethiopia (Total: 25, Doctors: 16)

Djibouti (Total: 26, Doctors: 26)

Eritrea (Total: 2, Doctors: 1)

Saudi Arabia (Total: 148, Doctors: 144)

Qatar (Total: 462, Doctors: 95)

China (Total: 7, Doctors: 2)

Russia (Total: 1, Doctors: 1)

Timor-Leste (Total: 151, Doctors: 108) •

Vanuatu (Total: 2, Doctors: 2)

Cape Verde (Total: 52, Doctors: 41) *

São Tomé and Principe (Total: 9, Doctors: 9) *

Seychelles (Total: 46, Doctors: 45) *

Kiribati (Total: 6, Doctors: 5) *

Bahrain (Total: 11, Doctors: 3) *

• Countries in which Cuban personnel also offer medical training