Havana, 4 Sep (Prensa Latina) Forty-one years ago Cuba hosted the 6th Summit of Non-Aligned Countries (Noal) and by then its collaborators were serving in 28 countries of that Movement, a practice that has multiplied today in front of the Covid-19.
In the opening speech of that meeting, President Fidel Castro stressed that his country offered ‘solidarity with deeds, not with beautiful words’. Cuban technicians are currently working in 28 countries that are members of the Movement, said the Caribbean leader.
In the vast majority of them, considering their economic limitations, that collaboration is carried out free of charge, despite our own difficulties,’ he added.
According to what he told the leaders of the Movement, at that time Cuba had been providing services abroad to double the number of doctors deployed by the World Health Organization to date.
Twenty-six years later, the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution created the Henry Reeve Medical Contingent, specialized in the care of serious epidemics and natural disasters.
It happened in the days following the passage of Hurricane Katrina, when the Cuban head of state offered the United States the assistance of a medical contingent to attend to the thousands of victims of the meteor, especially in New Orleans.
Cuba’s offer was rejected by Washington, but the Henry Reeve Contingent was born there, and a growing list of personalities, activists and organizations from various parts of the planet are proposing it for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize.
From 2005 to date its members have saved thousands of lives in nations hit by hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis and other calamities.
Guatemala, Mexico, Haiti, Chile, Pakistan (it was premiered in the Noal at the Havana summit) and Sri Lanka, among other countries, received the Cuban pilgrims when they needed it the most.
Also those of the health contingent fought Ebola in West Africa and today they are deployed (or have completed missions) in some 40 countries and territories to confront the pandemic that keeps humanity on edge.
Just to mention the Cuban contribution to the Covid-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean, it is enough to mention that the Henry Reeve’s responded to requests from the governments of Grenada, Barbados, Dominica, Venezuela, Mexico and Saint Lucia.
Also from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Honduras, Antigua and Barbuda, Haiti, Suriname, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Venezuela and Saint Kitts and Nevis.
The same happened in Martinique, under French sovereignty; and in Montserrat, Turks and Caicos, Virgin Islands and Anguilla, British overseas territories. From those nations and territories, they observe with hope the progress of clinical trials of the Cuban vaccine project against the disease, Soberana 01.
Especially when the advanced and large-scale purchases of other vaccines from the great pharmaceutical companies in certification processes by countries of the so-called First World have already begun.
When, in September 1979, Havana hosted the 6th Noal Summit, the largest of the Antilles was already recognized for its medical cooperation and its internationalist contribution to other peoples of the world.
At that time, it was difficult to foresee that, before a pandemic like the present one, the small Caribbean island would have the capacity to send dozens of medical brigades to such different places as Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Turin and Crema, Italy; or Baku, Azerbaijan, a bridge country between Europe and Asia that today holds the presidency of the Non-Aligned Movement.
And above all, in 1979, it was unthinkable that Cuba could dream of being one of the first countries in the planet to create its own vaccine against Covid-19, to immunize its population and to help other peoples.
(Taken from PL)