Cuba is elected to PAHO’s Executive Committee and denounces U.S. funds to denigrate our medical cooperation

Oct 3, 2020 by

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Cuba was elected to the PAHO Executive Committee for three years, but not without first facing another maneuver by the US administration, which took advantage of this second day of sessions of the 58th Board of Directors of the Organization to try to tarnish the global prestige of Cuban medicine.


This time she was the Director of Economy and Development of the U.S. Department of State Kristen Pisani, who intervened to “categorically” opposed the Cuban candidacy. The basis of his speech was the retaliance of lies and accusations that make up the campaign that has been developed for months by the U.S. government to try to link Cuba’s international medical cooperation with human trafficking.

Pisani also questioned the More Doctors for Brazil program and stated that Cuba’s election would be offensive and could “undermine the principles of that Organization.”

During this Monday’s working day, the United States also attempted to undermine Cuba in the voice of its representative, Mr. Garret Grigsby, who received the dignified and forceful response from the Minister of Health of Cuba, José Angel Portal Miranda.

The Minister replied, among other questions, that “It was not Cuba that has politicized this forum. It is the U.S. government that, unable to gain international support for its dishonest campaign against Cuba’s international medical cooperation, is trying to run over Cuba’s work. If the United States cared about the income of Cuba’s health personnel, it would have lifted the blockade by now.”



During this second day, in response to her unfounded accusations, Kristen Pisani, the American representative, received the arguments of the island’s Deputy Minister of Public Health, Marcia Cobas, who called it regrettable that the U.S. government reiterate these falsehoods.

The Cuban Deputy Minister defended Cuba’s right to be elected to the Executive Committee and called as disrespectful and immoral the attempt to link human trafficking with the noble work of our medical staff, which emphasized “voluntarily and usually goes to places where other health services do not reach.”

He also mentioned the existence of a $3 million fund that the U.S. government has dedicated to buying false testimonies that attempt to document Cuba’s illegitimate allegations of cooperation.

Photo: PAHOFor the same purpose of sabotaging cooperation programmes, these funds are accompanied by pressures and incentives such as visa granting. Finally, in her brief but forceful reply, the representative of Cuba recalled that her country’s international cooperation had received recognition in various parts of the world, including that of international organizations such as the World Health Organization and the United Nations.

Marcia Cobas called America’s campaign despicable and deserving of international condemnation.

Also in his speech he alluded to the remarkable results of the More Doctors for Brazil program which has been attacked, politicized and as a pretext for the most recent U.S. maneuver that imposed, through financial blackmail on the Pan American Health Organization, an “external review” of that program as denounced yesterday by the Minister of Public Health of Cuba , José Angel Portal Miranda.

Following Cuba’s reply, the Board of Directors adopted the resolution of election of the three candidates, which includes Suriname and Brazil, therefore rejecting the desperate US manoeuvre. Once again the United States was completely isolated in its aggression against Cuba.

At the end of the day, the Cuban delegation’s proposals to reinforce the importance of international cooperation and solidarity in the resolution on the COVID-19 pandemic in the Americas region were adopted.

During the two days of sessions of the 58th Board of Directors of the Pan American Health Organization several Member States, during their interventions, thanked and recognized Cuba for its cooperation in the area of health.



Dr Etienne, Mr President, Delegate:

Since COVID-19 posed a health risk to the country, its prevention and control has been a priority for our government.

Since January we have started our preparation, a cross-sectoral National Plan was approved and implemented throughout the territory, with the participation of State and Government agencies, social and community organizations; led and directed by the President of the Republic, Miguel Díaz Canel Bermúdez.

Actions begin and end in the community, with the active search for cases through requisition to the entire population, self-suspects, specialized surveillance of suspects, isolation of contacts and the conduct of diagnostic tests.

All conditions were created for exclusive care for symptomatic, asymptomatic and suspected confirmed patients. We strengthened the National Laboratory at the Pedro Kourí Institute of Tropical Medicine, as well as the network of Molecular Biology Laboratories that cover the entire territory, significantly increasing the number of PCR diagnostic tests.

Health personnel, scientists and researchers have worked with full dedication. Our protocols of care and the use of medicines developed by our biotechnological and pharmaceutical industry have enabled the recovery of 87% of people infected and that the lethality rate is below the regional and global average. A clinical trial is found as a vaccine candidate against COVID-19.

At the same time, we strengthened our international solidarity with the sending of 52 medical brigades from the Henry Reeve contingent to 39 countries and territories affected by the disease.

All this, despite the impact of the U.S. economic, trade, and financial blockade, which has escalated during the pandemic, and which hinders access to inputs and equipment for patient care; and its fallacious campaign against the medical cooperation that Cuba offers.

Our country has also received solidarity assistance, thanking all those who have supported us in this battle, especially PAHO.

In conclusion, I reiterate that we have proposed to strengthen the content of the resolution on international cooperation and solidarity. In times of pandemic, PAHO’s collective and united action is essential. We call on all Member States to support these proposals.

Thanks a lot.

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