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Last Cuban doctor defectors arrive in US after policy change

Last Cuban doctor defectors arrive in US after policy change
Thursday, February 9th 2017, 9:30 am CET

MIAMI (AP) – Yoandri Pavot applied just in time for a visa under a
recently scrapped U.S. policy that had long welcomed doctors from Cuba
who defected while on assignment in third countries.

Pavot and other Cuban doctors arriving this week in Miami… Continue reading

The Cuban hustle – Doctors drive cabs and work abroad to make up for meager pay

The Cuban hustle: Doctors drive cabs and work abroad to make up for
meager pay
By ROB WATERS
FEBRUARY 8, 2017

HAVANA — He knew as a child that he wanted to be a doctor, like his
father. He went to medical school, became a general surgeon and
ultimately a heart specialist. He practiced at Cuba’s premier
cardiovascular hospital, performed… Continue reading

Cuba Seeks to Have Defecting Physicians Return to Work in the Island

Cuba Seeks to Have Defecting Physicians Return to Work in the Island /
Juan Juan Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 27 January 2017 — With notable determination, the
Cuban government seeks to lure, or rather rope-in, physicians, nurses
and other healthcare workers who have defected while serving on medical
missions outside Cuba.

To this end, it has sent out a flyer… Continue reading

Cuban doctors get a new shot at emigration — if applications were submitted prior to cutoff

Cuban doctors get a new shot at emigration — if applications were
submitted prior to cutoff
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

Hundreds of Cuban medical professionals waiting in third countries for
permission to emigrate to the United States got a reprieve Thursday with
a new announcement by the Obama administration: paperwork submitted
prior to the official end of the Cuban… Continue reading

Fidel Castro is dead – He leaves behind a dysfunctional legacy

Fidel Castro is dead: He leaves behind a dysfunctional legacy
BY ALFONSO CHARDY
achardy@MiamiHerald.com

During the almost five decades that Fidel Castro ruled Cuba, he steadily
boasted of his revolution’s achievements in health, education and welfare.

Yet Castro’s critics insist that the pillars of those achievements were
hollow from the start, and crumbling by the time he retired in 2008.… Continue reading

Cuba’s latest prescription for its sick economy

Cuba’s latest prescription for its sick economy
Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 12:15 am
By JANET O’NEILL

For those always looking for something good in the bad guy, let me offer
a present-day example of the sometimes foolhardiness of that endeavor.
My illustration is Cuba, a communist totalitarian dictatorship and
President Obama’s recent new amigo.
There have been opinions expressed… Continue reading

HHS memo shows that agencies should be ready to work with Cuba

HHS memo shows that agencies should be ready to work with Cuba
Carten Cordell, Federal Times 4:21 p.m. EDT June 13, 2016

The 50-year freeze in U.S.-Cuba relations continued its diplomatic thaw
on June 13, this time with the Department of Health and Human Services.

HHS and the Cuban Ministry of Public Health entered into a Memorandum of
Understanding that… Continue reading

Cuba – If it’s such a health superpower, why have thousands of doctors fled?

Cuba: If it’s such a health superpower, why have thousands of doctors fled?
A total of 1,278 Cuban medics fled to make use of a US parole programme
for doctors in 2013 alone.

“I LIVED IN Spain for 18 years but knew due to the economic crisis, I
couldn’t continue my studies there. If I wanted to become a doctor,… Continue reading

Obama May Meet Zika Head On in Cuba

Obama May Meet Zika Head On in Cuba
White House Letter
By GARDINER HARRIS FEB. 15, 2016

WASHINGTON — As the White House considers a historic visit by President
Obama to Cuba this year, a concern beyond the political and diplomatic
hurdles has arisen: the Zika virus.

Mr. Obama has said he would “very much” like to visit Cuba before… Continue reading

CUBA REFUSES TO PAY DOCTORS SENT ABROAD TO FIGHT EBOLA

REPORT: CUBA REFUSES TO PAY DOCTORS SENT ABROAD TO FIGHT EBOLA
by FRANCES MARTEL26 Oct 201538

The estimated 460 Cuban doctors deployed to west Africa to participate
in the fight against the Ebola outbreak developing there last year have
not been paid the car, home, or World Health Organization (WHO) salaries
they were promised if they returned from the mission… Continue reading

Cuba, A Country Without Thermometers

Cuba, A Country Without Thermometers / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar
Posted on October 25, 2015

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, 25 October 2015 – There are few grandmothers left
who simply put their hand on a grandchild’s forehead to find out if he
or she has a fever. With the widespread availability of body temperature
thermometers in the home, this peculiar gift has… Continue reading

Cuba sin termómetros

Cuba sin termómetros
LUZ ESCOBAR, La Habana | Octubre 25, 2015

Quedan pocas abuelas que con solo poner su mano en la frente del nieto
pueden saber si pasa por un estado febril. Con la llegada masiva a los
hogares de los termómetros para medir la temperatura corporal, se ha
perdido ese don tan peculiar. Ahora resulta imprescindible contar con… Continue reading

Not a penny for fighting Ebola

Not a penny for fighting Ebola
PABLO PASCUAL MÉNDEZ PIÑA | La Habana | 23 Oct 2015 – 11:10 am.

The Cuban medical personnel who fought Ebola have not received the cars,
homes or payments promised them by the regime, while those tapped for
honors are still waiting for their medals.

The Cuban medical personnel who fought Ebola have not… Continue reading

No han recibido ni un quilo por combatir el ébola

No han recibido ni un quilo por combatir el ébola
PABLO PASCUAL MÉNDEZ PIÑA | La Habana | 22 Oct 2015 – 5:21 am.

El personal sanitario cubano que luchó en África contra el ébola no ha
recibido los autos, casas y pagos prometidos por el régimen. Hay
condecorados que aún esperan por su medalla.

La muerte y un entierro… Continue reading

Tampa nonprofit can again perform hip, knee surgeries in Cuba

Tampa nonprofit can again perform hip, knee surgeries in Cuba
Updated: October 4, 2015 at 06:16 AM

TAMPA — The United States’ five-decade-long policy of isolating Cuba was
meant to economically cripple its Communist government.

Instead, some in the medical profession say, it played a role in
crippling the bodies of some with debilitating hip and knee problems who
could… Continue reading

New U.S.-Cuba relationship frequent theme during pope’s visit

New U.S.-Cuba relationship frequent theme during pope’s visit

Pope Francis tells Congress it’s his duty to build bridges
White House will continue to seek pope’s support in new relationship
Pope: U.S.-Cuba reconciliation represents ‘positive steps’
Carolyn Kaster AP
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
mwhitefield@miamiherald.com

HAVANA
During Pope Francis’ trip to Cuba and the United States, there have been
constant reminders of the… Continue reading

Only Half the Story

Only Half the Story / Fernando Damaso
Posted on September 12, 2015

Fernando Damaso, 11 September 2015 — A few days ago the Cuban Ministry
of Public Health published an extensive article under the headline
“Health Services to Our People Are Guaranteed and Improving.” But it
only told about half the story, ignoring everything else.

The article mentions the participation… Continue reading

Heart to Heart International will head to Cuba soon to deliver medical supplies

Heart to Heart International will head to Cuba soon to deliver medical
supplies
As soon as the Cuban government gives its approval, Heart to Heart
International will deliver catheters, syringes, rubber gloves, diapers,
thermometers, antibiotics and more to a pediatric hospital in need.
BY ERIC ADLER
eadler@kcstar.com

The United States government took a major step forward in its mission to… Continue reading

How the Obama White House runs foreign policy

How the Obama White House runs foreign policy
By Karen DeYoung August 4 at 8:33 PM

When Susan E. Rice took over as President Obama’s national security
adviser two years ago, she was struck by how the White House had grown.
Since she had last served on the National Security Council, during the
Clinton administration, its staff had nearly quadrupled… Continue reading

Cuba’s medical breakthroughs have caught U.S. attention

Cuba’s medical breakthroughs have caught U.S. attention
By Paul Guzzo | Tribune Staff
Published: August 2, 2015

TAMPA — As relations with Cuba improve, many people in Tampa are hoping
for easier access to one export item the island nation has made famous —
premium cigars.

But there’s far more at stake with another product developed in Cuba — a… Continue reading

International Road Safety Expert Advises Cuban Authorities

International Road Safety Expert Advises Cuban Authorities / 14ymedio
Posted on July 16, 2015

14ymedio, 15 July 2015 — The president of the International Automobile
Federation (FIA), Jean Todt, met in Havana with Cuban authorities in
charge of transport to find ways to reduce accidents on the island’s
roads. Todt is in Cuba on Monday in his capacity as United… Continue reading

El Gobierno otorga la Orden Carlos J. Finlay a los médicos que envió a enfrentar el ébola en África

El Gobierno otorga la Orden Carlos J. Finlay a los médicos que envió a
enfrentar el ébola en África
DDC | La Habana | 10 Jul 2015 – 11:41 am.

Raúl Castro no asiste al acto. Envía a los profesionales una carta en la
que dice que representan los ‘genuinos valores que ha cultivado la
Revolución’.

El Consejo de Estado… Continue reading

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