Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples
Wednesday, 14 November 2018
Cuba Announces Withdrawal from Brazil's More Doctors Program
Havana, Nov 14 (Prensa Latina). Cuba's Ministry of Public Health (Minsap) announced on Wednesday that it will not continue in Brazil''s More Doctors Program, given the conditions set forth by the president-elect of the South American country, Jair Bolsonaro, for the island''s professionals.
In a statement, the Cuban institution explains that this decision was communicated to the Director of the Pan American Health Organization and to the Brazilian political leaders who founded and defended this initiative that provided health services to the poor population of Brazil.
The Cuban Ministry adds that Bolsonaro, with direct, derogatory and threatening references to the presence of Cuban doctors, has declared and reiterated that he will modify the terms and conditions of the More Doctors Program, disrespecting the Pan American Health Organization and its agreements with Cuba.
Cuba rejects that the current Brazilian president, Michel Temer, also questioned the training of professionals of the Caribbean nation and conditioned their permanence in the program to the renewal of the university degree and individual hiring as the only way.
The announced modifications impose unacceptable conditions and fail to comply with the guarantees agreed upon since the beginning of the Program, which were ratified in 2016 with the renegotiation of the Term of Cooperation between the Pan American Health Organization and the Brazilian Ministry of Health and the Cooperation Agreement between the Pan American Health Organization and the Cuban Ministry of Public Health,' expresses the Minsap.
These conditions make impossible to maintain the presence of Cuban professionals in the Program, says.
The Minsap reiterated Cuba's commitment to the solidarity and humanist principles that have guided Cuban medical cooperation for 55 years.
(Prensa Latina Service)
President Diaz-Canel Highlights Work of Cuban Doctors in Brazil
Thursday, 15 November 2018
Havana, Nov 15. President Miguel Diaz-Canel has rated the work of Cuban doctors in Brazil as dignified, professional and altruistic, after Havana announced Wednesday it will no longer participate in the More Doctors for Brazil Program.
In a tweet in his account @DiazCanelB, the Statesman requested respect for the service of the health professionals, after president-elect Jair Bolsonaro questioned their work and uttered contemptuous and threatening remarks against their presence in Brazil.
The Cuban Health Ministry announced Wednesday it will no longer go ahead with the More Doctors for Brazil Program, following harsh conditioning Bolsonaro said it would enforce on the Cuban doctors.
In a release, the Ministry adds its decision was first conveyed to the director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and Brazilian political leaders that founded and defended the health initiative that provided medical care to Brazilians particularly low income and poor people, even in jungle areas.
It stresses Bolsonaro had made contemptuous, threatening remarks to the presence of Cuban doctors and insisted he would change the terms and conditions of the Program in open disrespect to PAHO and its agreement with Cuba.
The Health Ministry further rejected the president-elect's questioning of the doctors' professionalism and conditioning their work in Brazil to revalidating their medical degree.
Such conditions are unacceptable and ignore the warranties agreed upon since the start of the Program, which were ratified in 2016 by PAHO, the Health Ministry of Brazil and the Cooperation Agreement between PAHO and the Cuban Public Health Ministry, the release states.
It recalls the initiative that was first launched by then President Dilma Rousseff in 2013 guaranteed medical care to a broad section of the Brazilian population, in tune with PAHO's principle of universal health coverage.