Pages of solidarity are being written in Cuban universities every day. Cuban ot only provides assistance to other nations in sending health personnel, but young students from around the world are trained in their classrooms.
About 11 thousand students completed their medical studies here in Cuba, which is the highest number in the history of the country.
More than 5 thousand students are from 59 countries, and graduated as doctors to raise the health rates of their respective countries.
Bolivia, Nicaragua, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Guatemala are the countries with the largest number of graduates from the universities of Medical Sciences of the island, where they were well-trained from the scientific point of view and capable, competent, with an inclination towards primary health care and great human values.
According to official data, the total number of graduates in medical sciences in the academic year 2011-2012 amounts to 32,171 health professionals among Cuban and foreign students, in medicine, dentistry, psychology, nursing degree and Health Technology.
Teachers in our country are involved in the training of more than 29 thousand students in the careers of Medicine, Nursing and Health Technology in eight countries: Venezuela, Bolivia, Angola, Tanzania, Guinea Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Gambia and East Timor.
The assistance that Cuba provides to other nations in the training of human resources had its highest expression arising from the hurricanes in the 90's that battered Central America, causing tens of thousands of dead and injured.
Hundreds of Cuban doctors were sent to Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. They provided assistance in places of difficult access to neglected communities, and their presence raised the question of what would happen when they left.
It was through the initiative of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, who would create the Latin American Medical School (ELAM) in Havana, which now has branches in several provinces of the country, and aims to train professionals to ensure medical care in remote areas.
Members of low-income families and beneficiaries of scholarships granted by the Cuban government, these health professionals have a new concept of medicine, based on solidarity and humanism.
This was evidenced after the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti when 250 volunteers from 28 countries attended this school trained to assist the suffering Haitian people.
In addition to the training of doctors, Cuba supports the training of nurses in the Caribbean through the implementation since 2005 of the Nurse Training Program for the Caribbean.
Fruit of the legacy of Latin American and humanist thought, Cuba's National Hero José Martí, and Fidel Castro, the Caribbean nation provides solidarity in health to any nation of the world, regardless of political or religious beliefs. Comments (0)