Havana, Nov. 11 (RHC) More than 200 U.S. university professors wrote to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee to support the nomination of Cuban doctors for that award in 2021, they reported today in a press release.
A major international campaign is calling for the award to be given next year to the International Contingent of Doctors Specialized in Disasters and Serious Epidemics Henry Reeve, created in the Caribbean nation in 2005 by the Historic Leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro.
According to the U.S. Organizing Committee for the Nobel for Cuban Doctors and Nurses, the academics who wrote to the Committee to support this initiative work in fields ranging from sociology and political science to ethnic studies and law.
The signatories of the charter represent a wide spectrum of universities, from Ivy League schools such as Harvard, Yale, Brown and Columbia, to state institutions such as the universities of Massachusetts, Maryland and California.
The note said that the Cuban medical brigade has already sent more than 50 teams to countries around the world to treat people with Covid-19 and help prevent infection in the midst of the pandemic.
“As of October of this year, more than 3,700 Cuban health professionals have participated in this effort.”
Felix Kury, Professor Emeritus of San Francisco State University and founder of the Martín-Baró Clinic, said that there is no better time than now to highlight the selfless work of the island’s professionals fighting the coronavirus while risking their own lives, and he said that for their altruistic and supportive work they deserve the Nobel Peace Prize.
Adrienne Pine, director of the Inequality and Care program at the American University Health, said she and her colleagues recognize the extraordinary example of international solidarity provided by the Cuban specialists.
The Caribbean country’s professionals are saving lives around the world, including when Covid rates reach record levels here in the United States, he said.
Mankind should follow his example and prioritize health over profits, added Pine, who is a member of the U.S. Organizing Committee for the Nobel Campaign for Cuban Doctors and Nurses.
That group highlighted that, in addition to fighting against Covid-19, the Henry Reeve Contingent played an important role after natural disasters occurred in nations such as Guatemala, Bolivia, Mexico, El Salvador, Pakistan, Indonesia, Chile, Ecuador and Haiti.
He also recalled that among the most important missions of the brigade were the fight against Ebola in West Africa and the confrontation to cholera in Haiti.
(Taken from RHC)