Cuba Calls for Int’l. Political Will in Aid to Haiti and Announces Staggering Number of Future Health Care Projects

Posted on March 31, 2010

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I'm sure that the Cuban government will issue the full text of Bruno Rodriguez
speech today at the donors' conference.  The list of proposed health care
projects for Haiti that the Cubans will provide is unbelievable.  If a 
transcript of his speech becomes available, I'll post it.

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Cuba Calls for International Political Will in Aid to Haiti 

HAVANA, Cuba, Mar 31 (acn) Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, Cuba's Foreign Minister, appealed to the
generosity and political will of the community of nations, speaking today at the international
donors conference for Haiti, held at the United Nations headquarters in New York. 

We need the unity of the Caribbean country rather than its division into market places and
projects of dubious charity, said Rodriguez Parrilla to the 136 delegates in attendance, to
which he who recalled that the international community has an enormous debt to Haiti, reported
Prensa Latina news agency. 

He said that countries have a moral obligation to provide additional financial resources and
greater cooperation, not only for the reconstruction of Haiti, but especially for its
development. 

The head of Cuban diplomacy called for the aid to Haiti to benefit the Haitian people,
especially the poorest. 

He explained to the audience  the program of reconstruction and strengthening of national
health system in Haiti,which the government of that nation has prepared along with Cuba and
Venezuela, and also has the cooperation of other countries and humanitarian agencies. 

This scheme is based, he said, in 101 primary health care centers which may provide services
each year to 2 800 000 patients, perform over a million medical emergencies, and implement the
vaccination campaigns needed in the Caribbean nation. 

The Cuban minister said that, in practice, the program is already underway, because, after the
earthquake 23 primary care centers, 15 community hospitals and 21 rehabilitation wards are
working. 

Rodriguez reported that as part of the scheme, Cuba, Haiti and Brazil on Saturday signed a
Memorandum of Understanding on Strengthening the System and the Public Health Services and
Epidemiological Surveillance. 

He explained that 11 years of work in that country, the Cuban medical brigade saved 442 233
lives, while the medical services in the period and the training of medical personnel in Cuba
represent the contribution of approximately $ 400 million, he said.
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