Museums of Cuba and the U.S. Sign Cooperation Agreement

Museums of Cuba and the U.S. Sign Cooperation Agreement

Scientists from Cuba’s National Museum of Natural History (MNHNC) and the American Museum of Natural History of New York, signed a cooperation agreement in Havana.

Esther Perez, director of the Cuban institution, and Ana Luz Porcekanski, head of the Biodiversity Center of the US museum, signed the document at the headquarters of MNHNC, located in the historic area of Old Havana, declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1982.

The agreement expresses the decision to contribute to the knowledge of the composition and characterization of the Cuban flora and fauna, as well as clarify the taxonomic status of invertebrates, vertebrates, and microorganisms of the Caribbean biota, informed Regla Balmori, a specialist of the local gallery.

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Cuban and U.S. officials discuss counterterrorism

A technical meeting between Cuban and U.S. officials responsible for counterterrorism efforts, with the aim of discussing opportunities for cooperation in this area, took place on Wednesday, June 8, in Havana.

The Cuban delegation included representatives from the Ministries of the Interior and Foreign Affairs, the Attorney General’s Office and General Customs of the Republic. Representing the U.S. were officials from the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice, and the U.S. Embassy in Havana.

The two delegations agreed on the importance of advancing cooperation in the sphere and agreed to continue to hold technical meetings on the issue in the future.
The encounter took place in a respectful and professional climate.


New Group of Cuban Doctors Arrives in South Africa

A new group of 22 Cuban doctors arrived in South Africa on Sunday to give continuity to a cooperation agreement signed by the two countries” leaders Fidel Castro and Nelson Mandela two decades ago.

The physicians, in addition to other 320 doctors who are now rendering their services in this African nation, will start working in Free State, more than 465 kilometers south of Pretoria.

“They will help implement a public health system that is similar to the one we have in Cuba,” Dr. Alberto Antonio Yanes, head of the Medical Mission in South Africa, told Prensa Latina.

Health authorities in this country and in eight of its nine provinces where collaborators are working are very interested in the application of the experiences of our healthcare system, Dr. Yanes stressed.

For South Africa, Cuba’s contribution in health care, among other objectives, has been important to fight the scourge of infectious diseases such as AIDS and tuberculosis, he said.

Those diseases are currently killing millions of people in the continent, as well as South Africa, Yanes noted.

Those professionals, who arrived at the Olvier Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on Sunday, are mostly specialists in family medicine, as well as in anesthesia, pediatrics, gynecology and psychiatry.

(Prensa Latina)

Cuban medical cooperation makes positive contribution in the Caribbean

During this week’s meeting of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) in Havana, mention will surely be made of the wellbeing and hope which Cuban medical cooperation has brought to peoples of the region.

More than 30,100 Cuban health care collaborators are currently working in 18 of the 25 ACS member nations, according to Dr. Regla Angulo Pardo, member of the Party Central Committee, and director of the country’s Medical Cooperation Central Unit (UCCM).

Dr. Angulo reported that Venezuela leads the list of cooperating countries with 28,395 Cuban doctors, technicians and nurses working there; followed by Haiti with 555; Guatemala 364; Trinidad & Tobago 164; Guyana 160; Jamaica 93; Belize 87; and Honduras 79.

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Group that Seeks to End US Blockade vs Cuba Created in Georgia

The US organization Engage Cuba launched a State Council created in Georgia, which will direct their actions to end the economic, commercial and financial blockade that the US imposes against the Caribbean island.

The council is made up of prominent businessmen and community leaders, who seek to expand trade with Cuba and provide opportunities for companies of this southern state.

‘Georgia businesses are stuck and our foreign competitors continue to take advantage of Cuba’s growing markets. Opening up trade with Cuba would provide enormous opportunities for agriculture, tourism and industry,” said James Williams, president of Engage Cuba.

‘It’s time to end 50 years of failed, isolationist policies toward Cuba’, he added.

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South Africa to Continue Demanding End of U.S. Blockade against Cuba

South African President Jacob Zuma said his country will continue calling for an end to the U.S. blockade against Cuba.

In statements to Prensa Latina news agency, Zuma said South Africa believed that re-establishing relations was a correct initiative on the part of the U.S., but that Washington’s economic blockade against Cuba needed to be removed.

President Jacob Zuma said he was happy with the level of relations between South Africa and Cuba, relations that he described as “excellent,” noting that Cuba was, in his words, South Africa’s “oldest friend and comrade.”

More than five hundred Cuban experts work in cooperation projects in South Africa. They include health professionals, engineers, and other technicians. And over 3,000 young South Africans currently study in Cuba, mostly medicine.

(Radio Havana Cuba)


Cuban search and rescue team returns from Ecuador

The search and rescue brigade which left for Ecuador following the earthquake which hit the country’s northern coast on April 16, returned to Cuba on the evening of April 27.

The brigade members were received at Havana’s José Martí International Airport by Marcia Cobas, a member of the Party Central Committee and deputy minister of Public Health, as well as Brigade General and Interior Minister (Minint), José Luis Mesa Silva.

The group composed of 29 rescue workers traveled to Ecuador where they helped with recovery efforts over 10 days, together with health professionals from the Henry Reeve International Contingent of Doctors Specialized in Disaster Situations and Large-Scale Epidemics.

Upon receiving the delegation, Cobas highlighted the importance of the mission which saw collaboration between “health personnel and Minint officials,” for the first time.

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