[News] Cuba: U.S. government earmarks millions to hinder Cuban medical cooperation
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*Cuba: U.S. government earmarks millions to hinder Cuban medical
August 19, 2019
The Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement strongly
rejecting a USAID program against Cuban medical cooperation. Cuban News
Agency reproduces the full text of the statement:
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly denounces and condemns the
recent aggression against Cuba by the Government of the United States
through a USAID program aimed at financing actions and the search for
information to discredit and sabotage the international cooperation
provided by Cuba in the area of health in dozens of countries and for
the benefit of millions of people. It is an effort that adds to the
gross pressures exerted against various governments to hinder Cuban
cooperation and to previous efforts of the same purpose, such as the
special parole program aimed at the theft of human resources trained in
The core of the immoral slander consists in alleging, without any
foundation, that Cuba engages in human trafficking or the practice of
slavery and in attempting to denigrate the meritorious work that
hundreds of thousands of Cuban health professionals and technicians in
various countries, particularly in the Third World, have voluntarily
carried out throughout history.
This is an insult to the bilateral and intergovernmental cooperation
programs, all legitimately established between the Cuban government and
the governments of dozens of countries, which have been consistent with
the United Nations guidelines on South-South cooperation and have
responded to the health requirements that those governments themselves
have sovereignly defined.
It is an attempt against a solidarity effort that has received the
recognition of the international community and the specific praise of
the highest executives of the United Nations, the World Health
Organization and the Pan American Health Organization.
These lies are revealing of the low moral standing of the U.S.
government and the politicians who are in the business of aggression
against Cuba. The campaign has millions of dollars in funds and the
complicity of several major media outlets and, in particular,
unscrupulous reporters who sacrifice their supposed impartiality and
objectivity to serve the political interests of the U.S. government.
For decades and even today, in those nations with the most unfavorable
economic conditions, this cooperation has been and is being offered as a
gesture of solidarity, whose expenses are covered almost entirely by
Cuba. Similarly, and in line with the United Nations conceptions of
cooperation among developing countries, it is offered in several nations
on the basis of complementarity and partial compensation for services
It consists of a totally fair and legitimate exchange among developing
countries, many of which have natural wealth, economic dimensions or
higher levels of industrial development than Cuba, but lack the human
resources that our State has managed to generate; dedicated
professionals and humanists willing to work in the most difficult
conditions; and the concepts of health coverage that years of successful
experience have allowed us to build.
The Cuban technicians and professionals who participate in these
programs do so absolutely freely and voluntarily. During the fulfillment
of their mission, they continue to receive their full salary in Cuba and
also have a stipend in the country of destination, along with other
forms of compensation.
In cases in which Cuba receives compensation for the cooperation
provided, these collaborators have the merit of providing a highly
valuable, fair and totally legitimate contribution to the financing,
sustainability and development of the free and massive health system
that is accessible to each and every Cuban, as well as to the
cooperation programs that are deployed in many parts of the world.
Access to health is a human right and the United States commits a crime
by denying it or obstructing it with political motives or aggression.
*Havana, 29 August 2019
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