Cuban trained doctors – confronting COVID-19 in Cuba, abroad and even in the U.S.

Tues, Sept 8th – 8pm Eastern
Cuba, with a population of over 11.3 million has suffered only 92 deaths from COVID-19 – 8 per million.
The US has a population of 331 million and 178,500 people have died from COVID-19  – 540 per million.
Cuban doctors and nurses have been on the frontline against the virus in numerous countries around the world.
HEAR FROM U.S. graduates of the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) in Havana, Cuba
They will explain about ELAM, and how young people from economically deprived and communities of color can apply for a full scholarship from the Cuban government to train there. Excerpts will be shown from the movie about the school – Dare to Dream
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Background Notes
Since 2000 the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) in Havana, Cuba has provided medical training for 29,000 doctors from 104 countries around the world. Many of them were provided full scholarships from the Cuban government including 196 graduates from medically underserved communities in the US.
Since 1960 Cuba has sent 500,000 of its own health personnel around the world to provide long term and emergency healthcare in 164 countries – going to places where doctors were either non-existent or in short supply.
On August 29th 2005 Hurricane Katrina destroyed New Orleans. Cuba offered to send an emergency medical brigade of 1500 doctors to the city. The government of George W Bush ignored the offer. The brigade went to the mountains of Pakistan instead in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake. They were named the Henry Reeve Brigade in honor of a young US citizen who fought and died alongside Cubans in their revolutionary struggle for independence from Spain in the 19th century.
During the COVID-19 crisis Cuba has sent 38 emergency medical brigades to 31 countries in the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and even Italy and Andorra in Europe. Cuba is willing to send its own doctors and specialists to the US but again none have been requested.

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