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Thu Nov 6, 2014, 01:09 AM

Why Cuba Is So Good at Fighting Ebola

Why Cuba Is So Good at Fighting Ebola
Alexandra Sifferlin @acsifferlin
Nov. 5, 2014

It's the only country besides the U.S. to send substantial human resources to West Africa

As the first nation to dedicate hundreds of health care workers to West Africa, Cuba is an unlikely hero in the Ebola outbreak.

In spite of not being among the wealthiest countries, Cuba is one of the most committed when it comes to deploying doctors to crisis zones. It has offered more than 460 Cuban doctors and nurses to West Africa, and currently, 165 are working there under the direction of the World Health Organization (WHO). More than 50,000 health care workers from Cuba are working in 66 countries around the world.

“Cuba is world-famous for its ability to train outstanding doctors and nurses,” said WHO director Margaret Chan in a Sept. press conference announcing Cuba’s surge of health care workers. In the same meeting, Cuban Minister of Health Roberto Morales Ojeda called on all countries to “join the struggle against this disease.”

In 1998, Cuban medical teams discovered that they were treating a lot people who had never before had access to doctors, and they decided that leaving the health care systems as they found them was irresponsible. So Cuba founded the Latin American Medical School (ELAM), which offers scholarships to low-income students from around the world with the expectation that they will graduate and return to their home countries as health workers.


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Thu Nov 6, 2014, 07:10 AM

1. Perhaps it's because Cuba and Cubans are not motivated by the Almighty Dollar


Perhaps it's because godless Communists are much better Christians than the Chosen People (of any flavor, Jewish, Calvinist, $$$).

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