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Daughter of Cuban Hero Receives Warm Welcome in Peru

November 15, 2014

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Lima, Nov 13.- Ailí Labañino, the daughter of Cuban anti-terrorist fighter Ramón Labañino, was warmly welcomed in Lima, Peru where she arrived on Thursday to take part as a guest in the 15th Peruvian Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba.

The young woman was given a fraternal welcoming at the Jorge Chávez International Airport by Ambassador of Cuba stationed in this South American country Juana Martínez and also an active member of the organization which sponsors the abovementioned meeting slated to be held in the Andean city of Huancayo, some 310 kms to the east of LIma.

On behalf of family members of the Cuban Five -arrested 16 years ago in the United States and unjustly sentenced to long terms of imprisonment- Ailín Labañino attends this meeting.

The Cuban Five were arrested in Miami, Fla, where they were gathering public information about plots that terrorist groups were organizing to carry out outrageous attacks on the island nation. René and Fernando González already served their sentences and are now free in Cuba, but Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero and Ailín’s father, Ramón, are still behind bars in the United States.

In the next few hours, young Ailín will travel to Huancayo in what is her second visit to Peru because in 2009 she took part in the 10th Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba which then was held in the historical city of Cusco.

The 15th Meeting will open tomorrow in Huancayo and a variety of topics will be discussed among which a demand to put an end to the infamous US blockade on Cuba and the case of the Cuban Five will top the agenda.

The Houses of Friendship with Cuba and the Peruvian Committee in Solidarity with the Cuban Five will read reports on the actions they have been doing as well as their youth arm and their intellectuals.

Besides, participants will be updated on the real situation facing Cuba nowadays and will decide which actions they might take in Peru, a country with a long tradition of solidarity with the Caribbean country.

This same solidarity was recently showed up by President Ollanta Humala, who while addressing to the UN General Assembly in September he asked to end the U.S. economic, financial and commercial blockade on the island country. In this respect, the Peruvian Parliament also passed a multi-party motion backing up Cuba.

As another proof of solidarity, Peru voted ‘Yes’ to a resolution presented by Cuba at the UN General Assembly demanding to lift the U.S. unilateral measure, which has been enforced for over 50 years. (Prensa Latina/Radio Cadena Agramonte).

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Will Ebola Finish Off the US blockade of Cuba?

October 27, 2014

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A Creature of Its Own Making
Will Ebola Finish Off the US blockade of Cuba?
by W.T. WHITNEY Jr., MD ( Counterpunch )

The New York Times October recently praised Cuba for sending health workers to West Africa to fight Ebola. “Cuba stands to play the most robust role among the nations seeking to contain the virus,” the Times said, adding that “Cuba’s contribution (…) should be lauded and emulated.”

More than that: “[O]nly Cuba and a few nongovernmental organizations are offering what is most needed: medical professionals in the field.” Indeed nations “with the most to offer” have held back. The newspaper has some advice. “Washington (…) is diplomatically estranged from Havana, the boldest contributor. [Therefore,] the benefits of moving swiftly to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba” are clear.

The week before, the Times had also called for the U.S. government to establish normal relations with Cuba. But this time the editors added urgency to their plea and left out earlier qualifications.

The United Nations has secured pledges for almost $1 billion, but aid flows slowly; $50 million were in hand as of October 21. According to the Times, “19,000 doctors, nurses and paramedics are needed by December1.” The United States and Britain are sending soldiers and building field hospitals.

The U.S. government is stymied. “Up until now”, reports conservative Times columnist David Brooks, “aid has been scattershot [and] [c]oordination has just not been there. At root, this is a governance failure.” In a subsequent column, he blames out-of control fear, which is a “function of isolation.” And, “We live in a society almost perfectly suited for contagions of hysteria and overreaction, (…) a segmented society, [with widening] gaps between different social classes.” “[T]hings that are supposed to keep you safe, like national borders and national authorities, seem porous and ineffective.” Ebola “exploits the weakness in the fabric of our culture.”

On the other hand, with 15,000 volunteers to choose from, health authorities in Cuba selected 461 doctors and nurses for a three-week long training course aimed at preparing them for anti-Ebola missions in Africa. On October 2, 165 health workers flew to Sierra Leone, and 19 days later 91 more traveled either to Guinea or to Liberia; another 205 remain in Cuba waiting for assignments. Most of the volunteers have already served on overseas health care missions.

Cuba’s regional leadership in fighting Ebola was on display October 20 in Havana at an emergency summit meeting of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA). The nine-member ALBA group of nations, formed by Cuba and Venezuela in 2004, provides for “solidarity exchanges” of commodities, educational and technical projects, and health care. Two other nations applying for ALBA membership were on hand, plus Haiti as a “permanent observer.”

Opening the summit, Cuban President Raul Castro highlighted Cuba’s close ties with Africa. “Over 76 thousand Cuban collaborators have rendered health services in 39 (African) countries, while 45 nations have had 3,392 physicians trained in Cuba absolutely free of charge. At the moment, more than 4 thousand Cuban healthcare collaborators are working in 32 African countries and (…) they are all joining in the preventive effort against Ebola.”

A comprehensive plan with 23 recommendations emerged from the summit. The ALBA nations resolved to coordinate actions and communications, enhance research and epidemiologic surveillance, protect and support health workers fighting Ebola in Africa and Latin America, and carry out public education campaigns. ALBA nations will maintain ample reserves of both medical personnel and supplies and act under the leadership of the United Nations, the World Health Organization, and the Pan-American Health Association.

ALBA specialists and health leaders will hold a “technical meeting” October 29-30 in Havana. Health ministers will consider their recommendations in shaping a “Plan of Action” to be sent to heads of state no later than November 5.

The United States and Cuba are at opposite poles as they deal with Ebola. One seemingly is stuck in paralysis and a siege mentality. The other offers a confident, collective approach to calamity. As opposed to Cuba’s well-established ties of solidarity with African nations, the U. S. record is of helter-skelter private charities, military interventions under the aegis of the United States Africa Command, and sponsorship of global capitalism, plunderer in Africa.

For the epidemic to be halted and the U.S. population protected, the U. S. government seems to need Cuba. In his recent commentary “Duty Calls,” Fidel Castro offered cooperation with the United States in fighting the epidemic – not for “peace between the two states,” but for “peace in the world, an objective that can and must be tried.” Said the Times, editorializing most recently: “He’s absolutely right.”

Rarely, if ever, has the so-called “newspaper of record” said anything nice about Fidel Castro. On October 21, the U.S. government, according to the Times, announced it “welcomed the opportunity to collaborate with Cuba” in providing medical aid to West Africa.

The October 20 editorial statement was a breakthrough, especially in view of its effort the week previous. Then the Times skipped over any demand that Congress repeal legislation at the heart of the most repressive blockade regulations. The newspaper also recommended new U.S. Cuban policies allowing U.S. companies to operate in Cuba and do so with competitive advantages. That message recalled similar ones offered earlier in 2014 by the prestigious Atlantic Council think-tank and by retired government officials and business people signing an open letter to President Obama.

This time, however, the newspaper seeks normalization of relations in terms of benefitting all people. Surely, one assumes, Times editorialists accept the idea that protection of the safety and survival of citizens is the duty of government. If such is the case, then their suggestion as to U.S. government failure in this regard is serious business, but no less so than their vision of rescue by Cuba.

What’s apparent is a note of urgency in establishing decent relations with that island nation. Eventually it may prove that the Times just now took an important step towards altering U.S. behavior toward Cuba.

So far, the flood of U. S. enmity, injustice, and abuse toward Cuba has rushed on for over half a century. If the tide were to turn now, commentary in the future could well focus on the paradox that Cuba’s mission of human solidarity, long the object of U.S. sabotage, turned out to be of considerable benefit to Cuba’s oppressor.

There’s a pattern to the Ebola disaster and its context that Karl Marx and his followers elucidated in an earlier era. They counted on a new world emerging from the debris of the old; built-in contradictions there would generate new struggles. The “old world” in Africa entails privatization, cruel debt-recovery measures, and sway by transnational corporations. Within that context the Ebola epidemic advances because of impoverishment and feebleness of health-care infrastructures and public health capabilities in affected African nations. And, says Spanish health-care analyst and economist Vicente Navarro, the culprit is “Neoliberalism [which] has made this possible, both in West African countries and those of southern Europe.”

In this scenario, the old guard is unable to deal with a creature of its own making – that is to say, Ebola. That sector gives in; it reaches out, a little, to foot soldiers in the service of all humanity. Turmoil around Ebola has ushered in socialist human solidarity, with Cuba in the lead. A new world puts in an appearance.

Another teaching from the same source also turns out to have been right. Realities – that which actually happens – supposedly operate to propel historical change. The force of ideals, alone, is not enough. And so the blockade hangs on. Agitation around ideas of cruelty, illegality, and immorality has fallen short. But now Ebola, as real a phenomenon as there can be, intrudes and may create circumstances that sap away at U.S. intransigence.

W.T. Whitney Jr. is a retired pediatrician and political journalist living in Maine.

Final Declaration and Action Plan of the 10th International Colloquium for the Release of the Five Heroes and against Terrorism.

September 17, 2014

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Havana, September 11th-12th, 2014

The 10th International Colloquium for the Release of the Five Heroes and against Terrorism, which concludes today in Havana, with the presence of ­­­266 delegates representing the Movement of Solidarity with Cuba in 45 countries, takes place in an important context; Fernando and René, Heroes of the Republic of Cuba have returned to their Homeland, after serving until the last minute their unfair sentences. They, along with their brothers who are still incarcerated in U.S. prisons: Antonio Ramón and Gerardo are symbols of resistance in the fight for peace and against terrorism.

After 16 years of an unfair incarceration, the U.S. government continues to defy its own and international law, violating the Human Rights of the three comrades that remain in jail and their families.

The Cuban Five were declared guilty of charges that were never proved, suffered from being arbitrarily locked-up in punishment cells, the legal team’s demands for a trial outside Miami, where there would be no anti-Cuban prejudice conditioning the jury’s verdict, were not taken into account.

The last legal resource protecting the Cuban antiterrorists, the Habeas Corpus presented by the defense before the Judge, more than 4 years ago, remains unanswered, they don’t seem to care about 5844 days of unfair imprisonment.

We have witnessed how the international claim for justice has been ignored, ten Nobel Prizewinners, governments, parliamentarians, religious, political and opinion leaders, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, International Amnesty, several human rights organizations, jurists, trade unionists and more than 6000 intellectuals and artists from all over the world, have claimed for Gerardo, Ramón and Antonio’s rights to be respected.
Former President Jimmy Carter said in April, 2011 “I believe that the detention of the Cuban Five makes no sense, there has been doubts expressed in the U.S. courts and by human rights organizations around the world. They have now been in prison 12 years and I hope that in the near future they will be freed to return to their homes”
Too much time away from their families and loved ones! Too much time for those who should not have spent one single second in prison!

Too much suffering and darkness for those who defend the truth and the light of hope and justice!

The Colloquium has based on the experience of what has been done so far, endorsed in nine previous Colloquiums successfully held in Holguín province, and has favored the Exchange of experiences and the deep and objective debate about what’s yet to be done, which is included in the Action Plan attached to this Declaration.

It can be noticed the strength and maturity reached by the Solidarity Movement for the Liberation of the Cuban Five worldwide, shown in the quality of the actions and initiatives executed, as well as in their scope. The main challenge is still to reach the U.S. power structures with that energy and experience gained, key point to solve the situation of Gerardo, Ramón and Antonio.

Dear friends:

The battle for the liberation of Antonio, Ramón and Gerardo is the most urgent cause in Cuba now, along with the end of the genocide blockade. It is supported by all those who defend the inalienable right to sovereignty and dignity of the peoples.

The U.S. government in an arbitrary and illegal way has used the case of the Five Heroes, discrediting once again its legal system, to maintain its political positions against the Cuban Revolution, and in particular the socialist system. By punishing the Five Patriots, not only they are trying to condemn Cuba, but also everyone who tries to defy the Imperial Power.

The values, principles, and integrity shown by the Cuban Heroes have become a dignity bastion for the just causes of other peoples, and therefore we ratify that the International Solidarity Movement for the Liberation of the Cuban Five will maintain its activism and actions until justice is done and they return home. We are certain that united we can achieve it.

We make a call to reinforce our fight to prevent that Gerardo spends the rest of his life in prison, that Ramón health continues affecting and that Anotnio fails to meet in time with his beloved mother, in the haste of time.

To return Gerardo, Ramón and Antonio to life and to their people would represent a positive gesture of respect to International Law regulations, to honest people in the world and it would put an end to the damage inflicted to the Cuban Five and their families. It’s President Obama who can avoid the perpetuity of this colossal injustice. If he fails to do so, he will receive international repudiation and the claim of the peoples for the prevalence of Truth and Justice.

We will never stop fighting!

Say No to State terrorism against Cuba!

16 years is too much time. Not even another single minute!

Immediate and unconditional freedom for para Antonio, Gerardo and Ramón!

Action Plan resulting from the 10th International Colloquium for the Release of the Five Heroes and against Terrorism.

For all the reasons and wills endorsed in this declaration, the international solidarity movement for the cause of our Five Brothers gathered in this 10th Colloquium, and in close coordination with the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples and the International Committee for the Liberation of the Five Heroes, summon to:

1- Address every man and woman with good will, specially the people from the U.S., to support the demand for the immediate release of our three antiterrorists, demanding in every possible way Barack Obama President of the United States to end this injustice.

2- Intensify the spreading of information on the case taking into account the political scenario and the growing interest in a change of policy towards Cuba in the eve of the presidential elections that will take place in 2016, so that this becomes an additional pressure element that forces the current U.S. administration to find a humanitarian solution to the case.

3- Strengthen the information spreading work to attract attention on the impact of subversive actions against Cuba, organized and financed in U.S. territory aiming to ratify the effectiveness of terrorism against Cuba, which motivated the work of the Five Heroes inside counterrevolutionary organizations and the anti-Cuban mafia based in the U.S.

4- Support the initiatives carried out in U.S. territory in favor of the cause and in particular the IV Symposium of Accusation and Solidarity “5 Days for the Five in Washington D.C.”, in September 2015, joining it with parallel actions around the world, to make the case more visible to the media and to obtain the necessary impact in International Public Opinion.

5- To sustain the initiative presented by the South African delegation to convene an International Meeting in the first semester of the year 2015.

6- Increase the mobilization around the case of parliamentarians around the world to direct statements to their counterparts in the U.S. senate and Congress, as well as culture, science, art and sports celebrities of international prestige that can contribute to multiply the message and increase political pressure.

7- Work with higher efficiency and creativity the publicity of the different campaigns, the results of the events and the visits of the relatives of the Five, in order to achieve a wide media repercussion, giving priority to the use of materials in different formats and languages, which can be promoted in alternative media.

8- Make more efficient use of the social networks and information technologies as information instrument to counteract the media silence on the case.

9- Encourage the approval of motions and/or declarations in favor of the freedom of the Five in national, regional and local Parliaments and Legislations.

10- Continue the actions in the 5th day of every month to prioritize the letters and messages sent to President Obama and the U.S. institutions, added to demonstrations in front of that country’s diplomatic venues in the world.

11- Request to religious congregations and institutions their intervention in favor of the Five, to favor a humanitarian solution of the case.

12- Promote the support to different trade unions of the world to the Campaign, giving priority to the influence on their U.S. counterparts.

13- Achieve a higher interrelation with the legal sector in order to take advantage of every legal resource in favor of the cause and to condemn the violations and arbitrary acts of the U.S. legal system.

14- Request support from the youth organizations to join the cause, using their spaces and potentials, promoting cultural, sports, educational and social mobilization actions among others.

15- Increase the work with intellectuals, artists, athletes, and opinion leaders, to strengthen the spreading work from multiple scenarios and in their spaces of social influence.

16- Arrange solidarity actions with Cuba at national, regional and global level, aiming to increase the claim for justice and freedom for the Five. Lograr acciones concertadas de solidaridad con Cuba a nivel nacional, regional y mundial, con vistas a incrementar el clamor de justicia y libertad para los Cinco.

17- Demand the freedom of Oscar López Rivera, Puerto Rican patriot incarcerated for 33 years in U.S. prisons. Likewise, demand the freedom of the Palestinian prisoners, among them more than two hundred minors in prisons of the terrorist state of Israel. Support initiatives such as the South African Conference in Solidarity with the Five, the event Mothers of the World for the Five, the bike rides, the next Colloquium and other actions that make this injustice visible.

On Purpose of Cuba and international cooperation (I)

September 12, 2014

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By José Luis Rodríguez

International collaboration provided by Cuba to other countries is an issue whose objective analysis abounds in the media all over the world. However, in recent times have appeared references to the subject in several works that challenge the collection of services to a group of Nations that are in condition to offset their higher costs. It gives the impression that this kind of considerations seeks to move the image that the country pursues millionaire winnings with the medical or educational assistance provided to other peoples, or that it’s acquiring influence policy in exchange for these services.

In this regard, it is important to remember that after the triumph of the Cuban revolution there has been evidence, more than 50 years of humanist vocation and solidarity that denies other interpretations which aims to judge marketing services of qualified labor force that the country exports today.

Since Cuba formed a medical Brigade to help the victims of a strong earthquake that struck Chile in 1960 – in the midst of the mass defection of 50% of the country who marched to the United States – until last year, the country sent 836 142 civilians 167 different Nations to help deal with serious shortcomings, especially in the area of health. That figure currently remain working more than 64 362 specialists in 91 countries, some 270 48 as health personnel, including around 20% of physicians in the country.

During the first years of the revolution, medical care was awarded primarily to those countries that were fighting for their liberation and which – in turn – presented critical health situations. Thereby, two of the most important medical brigades of those years went to Guinea and Tanzania. This line of action in Africa would be extended until the years 70 and 80 of the last century, with the outstanding participation of our medical staff in Angola and Ethiopia.

The comprehensive health program, which was a more effective approach to the assistance provided by Cuba, was established in the 1990s including medications, medical equipment and training staff.

Natural disasters from hurricanes that struck Central America and Haiti in 1998-99, as well as flooding in the State of Vargas, in Venezuela, generated the deployment of Cuban medical brigades composed of hundreds of specialists who allowed us greater efficiency in health care work.

A more specialized structure in the emerging confrontation of natural disasters the Henry Reeve Brigade was created in 2005, which offered its services to the Government of the United States to deal with the effects of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. This initial offering was not accepted but the Brigade served until 2012 twelve missions in different countries, especially in Pakistan, with 2 250 troops to deal with the consequences of a major earthquake, and again due to a terrible hurricane in Haiti, with 923 participants in 2010-2011.

Concerning the preparation of the medical personnel by Cuban specialists between 1976 and 2005 Cuba founded schools of medicine in Yemen, Guyana, Ethiopia, Uganda, Ghana, Gambia, Equatorial Guinea, Haiti, Guinea Bissau and East Timor. To the creation of the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) in 1999, which has graduated more than 20,000 doctors since then, and the program of training of physicians Venezuelans, who had an enrollment of 30,000 young people in 2012, among the larger projects would be added.

In addition to the above, in the field of international cooperation provided by Cuba not can be overlooked that also in the field of education has been given an important contribution. It is enough to point out more than 1 200 teachers who taught in Nicaragua at the beginning of the 1980s and the 21 thousand teachers that integrated the Che Guevara pedagogical internationalist task to teach between 1978 and 1984 in Angola. To this should be added the implementation of literacy method “Yes I can”, which has benefited at least 8.1 million people in 29 countries.

Until 2004, all these missions were taken mostly with resources provided by Cuba. So, following the methodology used then to calculate the official aid to development (ODA), estimated that in the 1980s Cuba went to that goal the 0.72% of its GDP, a figure that would rise to 2 percent in 2004, well above the 0.7% commitment assumed by the more developed countries of the world, but barely fulfilled only by a small number of them.

The greatness of that effort was appraised in December 2004 when the President of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, proposed that massive medical assistance provided by Cuba to his country from previous years should become a tradable good and – therefore – were compensated monetarily from the resources of Venezuela as oil country.

It was that decision that – taking into account the amount of resources that were already used in the Venezuelan case, and considering the favorable economic conditions of that country — began to collect an important extent the medical services provided by Cuba, as well as other services in the areas of education and sport basically.

(To be continued)

The author is Advisor of the center of research of the global economy.
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More Doctors program receives 95 percent approval rating from Brazilians

September 6, 2014

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According to a survey conducted by the Brazilian government, 95% of people treated under the More Doctors program were satisfied with the public health project, which employs 14,462 professionals, the majority Cubans, to treat people living in remote and peripheral areas.

The program offers health services to 50 million people in 3,785 municipalities, living in remote and isolated areas and in 34 indigenous districts, according to a survey published yesterday by the Ministry of Health, on the first anniversary of the program.

According to the survey, 86% of those treated under the program “greatly improved” since the arrival of the new professionals.

The 4,000 people interviewed in 200 municipalities between June 4 and July 6 by the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) gave the doctors – on average – scores above eight (out of 10).
According to the EFE, 84 % of people were satisfied with the duration of the consultations, with 80% giving positive scores to the service provided by doctors.

The most positive aspects of the program were indicated as being the increase in the number of consultations (58%), the presence of doctors everyday in health centers (33%) and quality of care provided by professionals (37%).

In regards to doctors, of the 11,456 Cubans, 96% of patients evaluated them as competent and 90% stated that they offer satisfactory care.

“This study confirms that the beneficiaries of More Doctors on the peripheries of big cities, in the interior of the country, the Amazon jungle and the northeast (the poorest region in Brazil) are very satisfied with the doctors,” stated Arthur Chioro, minister of Health.

Prevention and Comprehensiveness in the Protection of Children

May 29, 2014

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The protection system for the childhood and youth in Cuba created great interest among specialists from the United Nations Fund for Children and representatives of several Latin American governments taking part in the Second International Pro Childhood Conference 2014.

By: Mileyda Menéndez Dávila
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The prophylactic and multi-sectorial character of the protection system for children and youth in Cuba has spurred interest among specialists of the United Nations Fund for Children and representatives of several Latin American governments taking part in the Second International Pro Childhood Conference 2014.

The questions revolve around the daily exercise of the rights in those age groups, the mechanisms to denounce the cases in which they are aggravated, the diagnosis of families and communities with scenarios that can favour crimes that are punished by the law, as well as the strategies for the evaluation, protection and reinsertion of the underage victims and of those whose behaviour comes into conflict with society.

Cuba has been a pioneer in joining the international mechanisms promoting the protection of childhood and in the preparation of laws that give precedence to childhood protection in the family, work, culture, education, and health environment, explained Rosa Charró MSc., deputy-minister of Justice; and Idania Silot, representative of the General Court of the Republic.

An example of the guarantees to child protection in the legal system are the hard sentences for the crimes of abandonment, mistreatment, sexual abuse and corruption of minors, as well as the disposition to punish not only those who commit the crime but also those who allowed it, do not stop it or do not report them to the authorities.

Yoandry González MSc., head of the Department of International Cooperation of the National Revolutionary Police Forces (PNR), explained that there is a zero-tolerance policy to crimes that are growing alarmingly at the international level such as child trafficking, child pornography and prostitution.

In 2013, 224 sentences were issued for procuring and 14 for people trafficking. Although the cases are isolated, the system maintains a constant alert, he said. The PNR have collaboration ties with 29 police forces abroad and the Interpol, which have allowed the identification in the last few years 16 individuals involved in those crimes and who intended to travel to Cuba.

The conference will unfold until Thursday May 29 in the Palco Hotel. Participants will visit the Jose Marti School of Comprehensive Education (where they work with teenagers who have conflicts with the Law) and the Protection Centre for children and adolescents victim of crimes.

Translated by ESTI

Cuba may have found cure for cancer

March 31, 2014

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Cuban doctors have filed March 26 in Havana, the result of 14 years of research, a solution of antitumor peptides whose natural analogue is able to offer positive dynamics in cancer treatments.

According to Cuban specialists, what makes this solution unique is that peptides can act in areas of the human body that are impossible to operate on or treat with chemotherapy or other modern therapies.

A clear example of the success of the new method is the child, Leo, who was suffering from brain cancer. Now the boy looks like a regular guy and it is hard to tell at first glance that a few months ago he won a battle against death. The place where Leo had the tumor did not allow submission to the operation he needed, as undergoing the operation meant running a great risk of losing his life. The only possible remedy was using the minor drug developed by Cuban researchers Labiofam business group based on natural peptides.

Although the drug is still passing through the experimental phase, it has already demonstrated its specialist curative properties. The specialist in clinical trials at Labiofam, Niudis Cruz Zamora, highlighted the effectiveness of the product in the treatment of the child Leo. ”The patient began with a huge lesion measuring height thirty-two millimeters, a big hydrocephalus, and during the seven months he was bedridden he was only treated with the solution of natural peptides. The height decreased from 32.4 to 27.1 and in May 2013, the lesion reached its minimum size, ” he explained

Patients treated with the solution include people with advanced disease who have no alternative oncology. “I was as a vegetable, could not do anything, could not walk, could not talk, … for me this was a breakthrough,” says Abreu Yarislenis Castaneda who returned to a normal life thanks to the innovation of Labiofam. Experts say thanks to its impressive effect, which improves the quality of life of patients, the solution was the basis for a medicine that could become an ultimate weapon against cancer.

According to representatives of the company, the product could revolutionize the market. The scientists noted that they are not trying to create false expectations but solid tests on animals showed that 90% reduction of the tumor was achieved and in some cases it’s almost total disappearance. “There does not exist in the international database any active ingredients with similar effects,” says research scientist Labiofam, Alexis Díaz García. “We are anticipating that it can become a future formulation which can resolve the cases of cancer that have no solution, we are talking of breast, colon, prostate, which rank first in cancer mortality,” he added.

However, the company plans go beyond healing. The head of the business group, Jose Antonio Fraga, said that “this product is to be effective both in treating patients and prevention of disease.” Managers Research Center of Cuba are confident that the innovative drug production will be a major step in the near future to address this evil which takes millions of lives annually.

Source: Trabajadores

You and We Are the Five, Cuban Antiterrorist Fighter Says

October 21, 2013

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Athens, Oct 20 (Prensa Latina) The 8th Regional Meeting of Cuban Residents in Europe ended emotional and unexpectedly here today with the words of the antiterrorist fighter Ramon Labañino addressed to the participants from his captivity in the prison in Kentucky, United States.
The voice, heard by telephone, of one of the Five, as they are known in the campaign for their release, sounded amplified at an assembly hall that was in silence and shocked at the unexpected communication, brought to fruition by his daughter Aili, attending the meeting.

“You are also the Five, as we are,” said Ramon to his listeners, and expressed gratitude to everyone for the work the international movement of solidarity is carrying out for his release, and the need to stand together to continue fighting for Cuba.

Of the five Cuban antiterrorist fighters condemned in the United States since 1998 to prevent terrorist actions organized on American soil against their homeland, only Rene Gonzalez has been capable of returning to Cuba, after 13 years in prison.

Ramon Labañino, Fernando Gonzalez, Gerardo Hernandez, and Antonio Guerrero are still serving harsh sentences in prison.

Participants in the meeting unveiled a bust to Jose Marti and laid a wreath. The monument was made by Cuban artist Felix Madrigal Echemendia, and will be located at an Athenian square where other Latin American heroes’ sculptures are placed.

Global Solidarity Energizes Cuban Antiterrorists’ Relatives

Aili Labañino, daughter of one of the Cuban antiterrorist fighters unjustly condemned in the United States and invited to the 8th Regional Meeting of Cuban Residents in Europe, held here, talked with Prensa Latina after the event ended.
Her participation in this event was not only used to recognize and encourage the Cuban emigres to continue their struggle for the Five, as they are known worldwide, but to bring the voice of her father, Ramon Labañino, who addressed the participants over the telephone from his prison in Kentucky, United States.

How Ramon did to an excited audience, Aili also thanked the international movement of solidarity for the work as “it has filled us an energy that as relatives and individuals we need.”

Labañino’s eldest daughter said that to have that hope, transmitted by “many people in the world and many Cubans outside Cuba, as foreigners doing for Cuba,” which as her dad expressed, “make us think that there is not long to go as the beginning so the four antiterrorist fighters will be released.”

As a relative of one of the Five, Aili explained that along with her everyday life, such as any other Cuban, she is ” responsibility for representing them wherever we go, and of course the responsibility for being best Cubans, better people and try to be like them from the human and revolutionary viewpoint.”

Doctor shocker: Cuba puts UK to shame

September 4, 2013

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As news reaches us of Cuba sending 4,000 doctors to Brazil to provide medical care in the remotest parts of the Amazon, we are provided in the UK with new figures that illustrate just how stupidly imbalanced the world of health care provision is. This table (above) published today in the UK’s Daily Mail newspaper shows the country of origin of the thousands of foreign doctors currently working in the National Health Service. Without these doctors, they are saying, the NHS just would not be able to function because we are not graduatung enough of our own. The reason for that is the cost of studying for a medical degree, which has become too high, and the number of places available at medical schools being simply inadequate.
The table shows that there are 4 Haitian doctors in the UK. This is interesting because of course there are currently NO Haitian doctors in Haiti – where the medical services are being provided by Cubans, who, according to the Independent newspaper “put the rest of the world to shame.” This irony would be amusing if it were not so tragic. Look at the number of doctors of Sudanese and Nigerian origin in the UK! The question must be asked as to why it is that so many of these people are not working in their own countries where the level of medical care is so poor? Meanwhile, Cuba keeps on graduating doctors of its own and from around the developing world who make a solemn promise that they will work among the poor of their own countries when they qualify. Perhaps Britain should recruit some doctors from Cuba or, better still, send students of its own who can’t afford the cost of studying in the UK to Havana for training? Surely that would be better than sucking the developing world dry of its scarce medical resources?
(more: http://thecubabug.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/doctors-without-borders-while-cuba-has.html)

Cuban Doctors Bring Eyesight, Healthcare to Haiti

August 29, 2013

Cuban Doctors Bring Eyesight, Healthcare to Haiti
By Patricia Grogg

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Many Haitian women have their blood pressure taken for the first time at mobile clinics like this one staffed by a Cuban medical brigade in Salomon market in Port-au-Prince. Credit: Patricia Grogg/IPS

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Aug 28 2013 (IPS) – It’s Saturday, and the entrance hall of a police station in front of the busy market in Salomon in the Haitian capital has become an improvised health post. In a few minutes there is a long queue of people waiting to be seen by the Cuban medical brigade.

The police officer on duty said he was not authorised to speak to journalists, but the extent of police cooperation is obvious. The police stations’ tables and chairs are quickly lined up along the entrance hall to facilitate the work of La Renaissance hospital workers, who carry out preventive health work here once a week.

“We are a mobile clinic,” said Damarys Ávila, the head of La Renaissance hospital, which is staffed by the Cuban medical mission. “We check for high blood pressure, cataracts, pterygium (a benign tumour of the conjunctiva) and glaucoma,” she told IPS. “We send people with these conditions to the hospital.”

Women are the majority of those waiting in line. “Women have the highest rate of high blood pressure because they bear the greatest burden of labour. Then there are dietary factors, like eating too much hot, spicy food, refined flour and salt,” she said.

“Many people have their blood pressure taken here for the first time in their lives,” Ávila said.

On a tour of this unusual health post, where in a single morning 167 poor women and men receive attention, expressions of gratitude abound.

“We seek out the Cuban doctors because they treat people well and they don’t charge. We are poor, we cannot afford to pay,” said a resident of Port-au-Prince before she raised the heavy load she was carrying on to her head.

The first Cuban medical brigade to Haiti arrived on Dec. 4, 1998, bringing relief in the aftermath of hurricane Georges. Since then cooperation has been uninterrupted and has had a decisive effect in this impoverished country, which in 2010 suffered an earthquake that killed 316,000 people, according to government figures, along with an ongoing cholera epidemic that has also claimed thousands of lives.

During this period Cuban medical personnel have seen 18 million patients, carried out 300,000 operations, saved 300,000 lives and restored eyesight to 53,000 people. According to official reports, there are 640 Cuban health professionals in Haiti, including 357 women.

The international healthcare aid to Haiti stands out not only due to its scope – it reaches the entire country – and its humanitarian impact, but also because it is preparing the country for the future by putting in place a public health system, including the reconstruction of hospital infrastructure.

Financial contributions towards these efforts come from Cuba, and also from Australia, Germany, Namibia, Norway, South Africa, Venezuela, and to a lesser extent from other countries.

The Cuban programme involves remodelling and building 30 community hospitals to act as reference centres, more than half of which have already been completed. Some 39 Haitian health ministry units are to be fitted out as healthcare centres, with or without beds, as well as 30 comprehensive rehabilitation wards.

There are two ophthalmological missions, part of Operation Miracle, one based permanently in Port-au-Prince and the other touring the interior of the country. There is a laboratory for prosthetic and orthopaedic devices, three electromedical workshops and a network for epidemiological and environmental surveillance.

Operation Miracle got underway in 2004, and by 2011 (the latest figures released) had restored or improved vision for more than two million people in 34 countries of Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa.

John M. Kirk, a professor at Dalhousie University in Canada, said that Haitian doctors who trained in Cuba have a key role to play in creating a stronger health system in Haiti.

According to his figures, 430 of the 625 Haitians who graduated from Cuba’s Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM http://instituciones.sld.cu/elam/, ) in early 2011 are already working in their country. Another 115 Haitians graduated from the University of Santiago de Cuba in 2011.

ELAM was established in November 1999, and was proposed to the 9th Ibero-American Summit, held that year in Havana (http://segib.org/es/node/4775,), as a project for training health personnel in the regional grouping, made up of 19 Latin American countries, Andorra, Spain and Portugal.

But although the initiative was praised, it was not taken up by the high officials present at its inauguration. Cuba went ahead with the programme, which today embraces 122 countries and trains “young people mainly from the poorest strata of society, who are ethnically, educationally and culturally diverse,” its website says.

In an essay on the topic, Kirk said that since the 1970s, Cuba has helped to found medical schools in various countries, like Yemen (1976), Guyana (1984), Ethiopia (1984), Uganda (1986), Ghana (1991), Gambia (2000), Equatorial Guinea (2000), Haiti (2001), Guinea-Bissau (2004) and East Timor (2005).

A report given by the Cuban health ministry to IPS says 39,310 health professionals, including 25,521 women, are on “missions” in 60 countries. Of these, 34,794 are in the Americas, 3,919 in Africa, 554 in Asia and Oceania and 43 in Europe.

As a result of the economic reforms initiated in 2010, free provision of Cuban cooperation is being reduced, although it will continue to be “absolutely free” in the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, and Operation Miracle will also be free in Haiti, Honduras, Paraguay and Ecuador, among other countries.

Meanwhile, the Comercializadora de Servicios Médicos Cubanos (SMC – Cuban Medical Services Marketing Company, http://smcsalud.cu/smc/servlet/wpinicio,) is expanding: it offers fee-paying medical attention in Cuba and abroad to raise revenue to finance Cuba’s free public health system.

Through the SMC, Brazil has hired 4,000 Cuban doctors to work in poor areas in the north of the country.
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Related IPS Articles ( http://www.ipscuba.net/, )
Doctors in Brazil: Too Few, or Just Too Far Between?
CUBA-AFRICA: Decades of Assistance and Cooperation
HAITI: Patchy Healthcare Adds to Miseries of Women and Girls


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