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Nov 11, 2014 by

ICAP       November 11, 2014

Over 100 Medical Professionals Take Ebola Workshop in Havana

HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 11 (acn) More than one hundred medical professionals from 18 Latin American and Caribbean nations are attending the first International Workshop for the prevention and fight against Ebola, underway till November 14 at Havana´s Pedro Kouri Tropical Medicine Institute.

Deputy Health minister Marieta Cutiño said that the workshop aims at training health professionals who will join actions to prevent the appearance of the Ebola virus in our region or control it in case it appears.

Particpants also include representatives from AFrica and a Caribbean Public health agency, from Cuban medical brigades in Venezuela, Ecuador, Brazil, Bolivia, Guatemala, Haiti, Trinidad-Tobago and Mozambique, as well as other Cuban health professionals with the central unit for medical cooperation, the Civil Defense Research Center and the Interior Ministry.

A group of 13 highly experienced professors at at the Tropical Medicine Institute and from the University of Medical Sciences and the Health Ministry are in charge of the course.

Doctor Cutiño stressed the significance of the constant training to prevent and fight the disease, and keep on with epidemiological surveillance, bio-security and international sanitary control to preserve the health of the people of our nations.


Evo Morales Announces Latin American Tour including Cuba

HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 10 (acn) Bolivian president Evo Morales announced in the city of Potosi that he will visit some Latin American and Caribbean nations, including Cuba in late November and early December.

Morales said that he will also visit Argentina, Peru, Ecuador and Mexico as he presided over a national ceremony in the Bolivian city for the 204 of the Liberation Struggle. He thanked the local people for their support at October 12 presidential elections.

The Bolivian president insisted in his government demand against Chile for an exist to the Pacific Ocean and he stressed the work by former presidents Eduardo Rodriguez, ambassador at the Hague International Court and by Carlos Mesa who represent Bolivia in its demand.


The New York Times Acknowledges U.S. Destabilizing Attempts against Cuba

HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 10 (acn) For the fifth time in less than a month, the newspaper The New York Times published a long editorial on Cuba, on this occasion acknowledging the countless destabilizing attempts of the United States designed to cause the fall of the government in Havana, the Prensa Latina news agency reported.

Under the title In Cuba, Misadventures in Regime Change, the editorial board of the influencing New York newspaper looked back on Sunday at the innumerable plans conceived in Washington against national stability on the island, since the approval of the Helms-Burton Law in 1996 and until recently.

The Times highlights that these subversive projects served only as the foundation for the $264 million the United States has spent in the last 18 years trying to instigate alleged democratic reforms on the island.

It acknowledges that, far from accomplishing that goal, the initiatives have been largely counterproductive, since these funds “have been a magnet for charlatans, swindlers…”

“The stealthy programs have increased hostility between the two nations -highlights The New York Times- and stymied opportunities to cooperate in areas of mutual interest.”

The editorial goes into detail on how investments on initiatives to oust the government surged from a few million a year to more than $20 million in 2004, in the early years of the Bush administration (2001-2009), when “most contracts were awarded, without much oversight, to newly formed Cuban-American groups.

The New York Times adds that “in 2008, Congress appropriated $45 million for the programs, a record amount.”

In December, 2009, Cuban authorities arrested Alan Gross, “an American subcontractor who traveled to the island five times on U.S.A.I.D. business, posing as a tourist to smuggle communication equipment,” stresses the Times.

After this –continues the editorial-, senior officials at U.S.A.I.D. and the State Department argued that the covert programs were counterproductive and should be stopped, while Cuban-American lawmakers fought vigorously to keep them alive.

It recalls that a recent investigation by Associated Press (AP) revealed a controversial program of the company Creative Associates International, which built a rudimentary text messaging system similar to Twitter, known as ZunZuneo, to generate social destabilization in Cuba.

The editorial underlines that, instead of stealth efforts to overthrow the government, American policy makers should find mechanisms by way of governmental coordination.

“Washington should recognize that the most it can hope to accomplish is to positively influence Cuba’s evolution toward a more open society. That is more likely to come about through stronger diplomatic relations than subterfuge,” concludes the editorial by The New York Times.


Cuban Education is Reference for the World

HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 10 (acn) Over 2000 Cuban professors are currently working in 14 nations, while the island´s pedagogical work enjoys growing prestige, said Doctor Aida Terrero, International Relations director at the Cuban Education Ministry.

In a recent press conference, Terrero referred to an increasing interest by several governments of this region to attend to education needs of children, and in this regard she recalled that the Cuban program known as Educate your Child is being implemented in several Latin American countries, particularly to attend to children with special education needs.

The official said that some African countries as interested as well in Cuban education cooperation, particularly in terms of professional and technical training. Namibia, Ethiopia, Angola, Equatorial Guinea and Mozambique have requested support for Agronomy, Construction and Electronic training.

Meanwhile, the battle against illiteracy is a crucial step to achieve universal access to high-quality education, with no exclusion, said the specialists who also referred to the Cuban Yes, I Can Literacy methodology, which has benefitted over 8 million people. Countries like Nicaragua, Bolivia and Venezuela have declared free of illiteracy, while others are now pursuing that goal.

In this context, Cuba will hold the 14th International Pedagogy Congress 2015, January 25 to 30, which will call for the unity of all Latin American teachers. The event gathers professors, teachers, researchers and education directives who exchange criteria and experiences in favor of high-quality education.


Preparations in Havana for Pedagogy 2015 Begin

HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 10 (acn) Preparations for Pedagogy, the largest meeting of the education sector in Cuba, are in full swing for its 2015 edition, asserted Aida Terrero, director for International Relations of the Education Ministry, cited on Monday by the Granma newspaper.

Represented at the meeting will be the country’s best pedagogical experiences, and so far numerous foreign specialists have confirmed their attendance, commented the official.

Terrero also referred to the work carried out by Cuban voluntary workers in this field in other parts of the world, which are over 2,000 in a dozen countries.

Pedagogy 2015 will be held on January 26-30, 2015, at Havana’s Convention Center, and will seek to achieve the unity of educators to continue promoting regional integration.

It will be sponsored by the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the Organization of Iberian-American States for Education, Science and Culture (OEI), among other institutions.


Cuba’s Avant-Garde Work in Mother-Child Care Program Highlighted

HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 8 (acn) Argentinean physician Augusto Sola, president of the Iberian-American Society of Neonatology, highlighted on Friday Cuba’s achievements in this branch of Medicine, supported mainly by genetic and prenatal programs.

During the last session on Friday of the Iberian-American Meeting on Neonatology, held in Cienfuegos, 250 kilometers southeast of Havana, Sola said that the island shows great progress in programs for fertile women, pregnancy detection and risky deliveries, as well as clinical genetics in maternity, which has made prenatal control and the prevention of painful births possible, the Prensa Latina news agency reported on Saturday.

The South American scientist insisted in the importance of assistance to babies born underweight (less than 1,500 grams), since in the world one fourth of deaths in newborns is caused by this factor.

He physician underlined that the Caribbean nation shows an avant-garde work in this field thanks to the Mother-Child Care Program, prioritized within the health system.


Time Magazine Highlights Cuban Medical Cooperation to Fight Ebola        

 HAVANA, Cuba, No 8 (acn) A recent article published by Time magazine acknowledges that Cuban medical internationalism is a national priority on the island and that this is why Cuba is singularly prepared to fight the Ebola fever virus epidemic.

The article, published this week on the Web site of the influencing U.S. magazine under the title Why Cuba Is So Good at Fighting Ebola? points out: “as the first nation to dedicate hundreds of health care workers to West Africa, Cuba is an unlikely hero in the Ebola outbreak,” adding that “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,” the Prensa Latina news agency reported on Saturday.

Signed by journalist Alexandra Sifferlin, the article referring to the island continues: 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 Heath Organization (WHO).

“More than 50,000 health care workers from Cuba are working in 66 countries around the world,” underlines Time.

Cuba’s global health crisis response system is a Doctors without Borders-like program, but instituted by the government, stresses Sifferlin.

“When Cuban doctors graduate medical school, they are given the opportunity to volunteer to be called upon for medical missions, like an Ebola outbreak or a natural catastrophe,” points out the U.S. publication.

Time recalls that “more than 23,000 physicians from low-income communities in 83 countries (even the U.S.) have graduated from ELAM (Havana’s Latin American Medical School) and nearly 10,000 are currently enrolled.”

The magazine, printed in several languages and circulating since 1923, acknowledges that Cuba, by way of its medical services around the world, gains international goodwill and cooperation between countries.”

Time highlights that “at the very least, the Cuban model has a message for the international community: that local people can work for the greater health of their homelands and that constant preparation is more sustainable than being caught off-guard.”


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