British academic nominates Cuban doctors for Nobel Peace Prize
London, Sep 29 (Prensa Latina) British academic Helen Yaffe nominated on Tuesday Cuban internationalist doctors from the Henry Reeve brigade for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize, rewarding their contribution in the fight against Covid-19 in 39 countries around the world.
After studying the development of Cuba's public healthcare system and its 'medical internationalism,' I appeal to the Nobel Committee to break the silence around this incredible feat and award the Nobel Peace Prize to the international medical contingent Henry Reeve, Yaffe affirmed in a letter addressed to the Norwegian committee that is responsible for designating the winners.
In her letter, the professor of Social History and Economics at the University of Glasgow also points out that before the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, over 400,000 Cuban healthcare professionals had provided services in 164 countries since 1960.
'Who are better to deserve this recognition than Cuban doctors who make huge personal sacrifices, away from their family and homes, their culture and their community, to work in difficult and dangerous conditions for months, and even years?' Yaffe wondered.
Noting that politicians and the mainstream media speak very little about them, the British academic highlighted that Cuban doctors have saved millions of lives and improved the health conditions of hundreds of millions.
She also recounts to the Nobel committee the internationalist record of Cuban physicians that began, she underscores, with the help given to the victims of the 1960 earthquake in Chile, and later they provided assistance to dozens of countries most affected by natural disasters or epidemics such as Ebola virus disease, and more recently Covid-19. All that outstanding work is the result of a development model based on welfare that promotes collaboration over competition, and in which international solidarity is seen as the highest expression of humanity, Yaffe stressed, after noting that Cuba also founded a medical school to train doctors from other countries.
Author of several books on Cuba, the academic added that this work deserves even greater recognition for being carried out by a small country, which the United States has kept under a commercial, financial and economic blockade for almost 60 years.
In that regard, she emphasized that only in 2019, the Trump government introduced 86 new sanctions against Cuba to deprive the country of its sources of economic incomes, alienate foreign investors and cause shortages of food and basic necessities.
The Nobel Prize Committee has an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the values it wishes to promote. I hope that you will heed the international clamor for a better and fairer future, and award Cuban international doctors with the Nobel Peace Prize, the letter concludes.
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