Cuba criticizes inaction by Security Council over Palestine

The United Nations.— On July 12, Cuba denounced the UN Security Council’s failure to act in response to Israeli attacks against the Palestinian people, despite global support for the occupied Arab nation’s cause, reported PL.

In an open debate on the situation in the Middle East, the island’s permanent representative Ana Silvia Rodríguez denounced the Security Council’s failure to adopt a single resolution demanding Israel end its aggressive policies and colonial practices against the Palestinian people.

“The Council’s failure to take action in the face of such acts is alarming. It is unacceptable that the Security Council should continue be held hostage by the veto, or the threat of veto, by the United States, preventing the organization from fulfilling its responsibility and protecting the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people,” she stated.

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Pan-American Health Organization Praises Cuban Medical Support

Director of the Pan American Health Organization, Carissa Etienne

The Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Carissa Etienne has praised Cuba’s contribution to training foreign health professionals and its medical missions worldwide.

Addressing participants in the First International Encounter on Primary Healthcare Experiences in Cochabamba, Bolivia, Etienne noted that in Brazil alone, there are currently over 10,000 Cuban health workers.

She also mentioned Cuba’s healthcare missions in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Ecuador and in other small Caribbean island nations, such as Dominica.

The top PAHO official stated that 706 Cuban health professionals are currently working in Bolivia, many of them affiliated with the My Health or Mi Salud program, which is similar to Cuba’s Family Doctor-and-Nurse Program.

She also praised Cuba’s training program, which has graduated many Bolivian students as doctors.

Etienne noted that the region is facing an economic and political situation, that presents challenges to universal healthcare.

Also participating in the encounter were delegates from Ecuador, Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, Brazil, and Bolivia.

(Radio Havana Cuba)

Cuba Calls to End Violence Against Women and Girls

Cuba Calls to End Violence Against Women and Girls

Cuba has reaffirmed here that the forms of violence against women and girls should be eliminated in all its manifestations.

It is unfortunate that one of every three females in the world are suffering from physical and sexual violence, Claudia Perez, adviser of the Cuban Permanent Mission in Geneva, said during an interactive dialogue on the issue, held as part of the 32nd period of sessions of the Human Rights Council, whose sessions continue today.

Perez stressed that about 90 percent of 2.5 million human trafficking victims are women and about 90 percent of the victims of conflicts are civilians, mostly women and children.

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Cuba Urges the Non Commercialization of Health in Anti-Aids Fight

Cuba today stated that respect for the human right to health and development without commercialization or condition, was key to achieving the goal of ending the HIV/Aids epidemic by 2030.

Health must prevail over any consideration of material, technology and intellectual property, Cuban Health Minister Roberto Morales said at a high-level meeting on ending Aids.

Morales defined Cuba’s position before the adoption by the UN General Assembly of a political statement that reaffirms the commitment of Member States to eradicate the epidemic by 2030.

Cuba agrees with the document, but recognizes that there are still problems and challenges that should be reflected more clearly in it.

Morales insisted that no law, agreement, policy or national or international practice should limit universal access to the best available treatment for patients infected by the virus, which has killed more than 34 million people since 1981.

He also underlined the importance of international cooperation in the fight against HIV/Aids, without conditions and under the leadership of the World Health Organization and the joint program on HIV/Aids (UNAIDS).

(Prensa Latina)

Cuba Calls for Political Will to Eradicate Illicit Drugs

Cuba called today in the General Assembly of the UN for political commitment of States and other actors to control illicit drugs, which are an obstacle to sustainable development and human welfare.

On the second day of high-level session on the world drug problem, Cuban Justice Minister Maria Esther Reus, confirmed the absolute will of her country to work in order to free societies from that scourge.

According to the minister, the three-day session raises expectations and interest, given the need to strengthen international cooperation to tackle a phenomenon, that far from weakening, deepens and intensifies.

Reus said that to solve the problem of mass production and trafficking of from the South, it is necessary to eradicate the majority demand from the North.

Another global priority must be to stop militarizing countries, devastating farmers, disrespecting national sovereignty and ignoring the particularities of each region, Reus added.

The drug problem and other related scourges are due to the incidence of an unjust, selfish and unequal international order, and a political, economic and social system, imposed universally, where the corrupt power of those who seek profit at all costs prevails, she said.

Reus said there are experiences that demonstrate the effectiveness of the fight against drugs when comprehensive, preventive and educational policies are promoted; the social inclusion is a reality, and the people have access to health care, including treatment and rehabilitation.

(Prensa Latina)

The UNDP Praises Cuba’s Results in Combat vs. HIV/AIDS

The UNDP Praises Cuba's Results in Combat vs. HIV/AIDS

Myrta Kaulard, representative to Cuba of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), praised on Thursday the work of the Caribbean nation in the prevention of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)/ HIV/AIDS.

The expert participated in the 2nd Congress on Health Promotion, which wound up in this capital on April 7 and where she asserted that, in the region, Cuba is among the nations less affected by HIV.

Kaulard spoke during a round table held on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the UNDP, which was part of the meeting that brought together at Havana’s Convention Center more than 300 delegates from about a dozen countries.

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Preparations to celebrate World Health Day in Cuba

Under the slogan: “Stay Super, Beat Diabetes”, Cuba is preparing to celebrate World Health Day on April 7, with activities to spread awareness and prevent chronic non-communicable diseases, specifically diabetes mellitus.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) support the annual event, which this year will see the participation of health institutions across the world, Cristian Roberto Morales, representative of these two international organizations, told reporters in Havana.

“Diabetes puts significant pressure on health care systems across the world, as it requires important human, material and technological resources, resulting in very high costs,” the official explained, adding that 62 million people suffer from the disease and this figure is expected to rise by 40% by the year 2040.

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