We are currently providing services in 59 nations with 25,688 experts, according to a statement from the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP). Since the creation of the the Henry Reeve Contingent in 2005 by the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, 88 brigades have been sent to 56 countries, with 13,467 collaborators.
Three brigades treated Ebola in West Africa, with 265 collaborators and 58 brigades have treated Covid-19 in 42 countries, the statement noted.
“You have provided services in the most remote places, where other professionals do not go; many have had the privilege of being the first doctors in indigenous communities and communes. They have witnessed patients’ fear of a stethoscope and have shared beds, food and medicines with them,” the statement stressed.
It added that, with the beginning of medical collaboration in Algeria on May 23, 1963, Cuban health professionals have shown the world the worth of medicine in times of Revolution. Since then, our medical collaborators have left their permanent imprint on five continents.
In 1960, Fidel Castro saw off the first medical professionals who took part in the humanitarian aid to the brother Chilean people, the statement recalled.
“Two years later, at the inauguration of the Victoria de Giron Institutte of Basic and Preclinical Sciences, the Commander in Chief predicted, “Today we can only send 50 doctors, tomorrow no one knows how many,” the statement pointed out.