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Cuba's New Global Medicine, by Don Fitz at Monthly Review

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John Kirk and Michael Erisman {in their book, Cuban Medical Internationalism} provide the most comprehensive documentation of the extent of this undertaking. Since 1961, over 124,000 health professionals have worked in over 154 countries. In 2009, 24 percent of Cuba's 70,000 doctors were participants in health care "brigades" on international "missions."

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Though the majority of Cuban doctors travel to locations in {the western} hemisphere or Africa, they have also provided relief to the Ukraine after the 1986 Chernobyl meltdown, Sri Lanka following the 2004 tsunami, and Pakistan after its 2005 earthquake. Cuba is establishing medical agreements with Laos, Kiribati, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, and Tuvalu. By 2008, in addition to 11 million in their own country, Cuban doctors were providing medical care for over 70 million people, and "almost 2 million people throughout the world, many of whom were probably children when they received help, owe their very lives to the availability of Cuban medical services."


Click here to read Don's entire piece at Monthly Review.


 

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I have a law degree (Stanford, 66') but have never practiced. Instead, from 1967 through 1977, I tried to contribute to the revolution in America. As unsuccessful as everyone else over that decade, in 1978 I went to work for the U.S. Forest (more...)
 
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