In a statement, the Association said it was urging the rest of the 35 member states in PAHO to resist this move by the United States which would compromise the integrity of the 118-year old organization and place the body in disrepute.
The following is the full text of The Jamaica Cuba Friendship Association's statement:
The Jamaica Cuba Friendship Association condemns in the strongest way the vile attempt by the Trump administration, to use the 118- year old Pan American Health Organization( PAHO) in a partisan way, as part of their efforts aimed at securing his re-election on November 3, 2020 and is urging the rest of its 35- member states and supportive institutions, to resist this move that is bound to compromise its integrity and place this august body in disrepute.
The target of Trump’s floundering election campaign is the Mais Medicos (More Doctors) program that at its peak included over 11,000 (Eleven Thousand) Cuban health professionals, which was launched by the government of Brazil in 2013, with the support of both PAHO and the World Health Organization (WHO) and targeted 63 million people in historically underserved communities in 4000 municipalities the vast majority located in the poor and remote areas.
In Jamaica we say ‘the proof of the pudding is in the eating’ and no amount of lies and misinformation from the mouth-pieces of US imperialism, can erase the truth of the Brazilian people’s life –changing experiences with our Cuban brothers and sister in that period of human interaction. Between 2013-2018 Cuban collaborators treated more than 113,559,000(One Hundred and Thirty Nine Million, Five Hundred and Fifty Nine Thousand) patients in more than 3,600 (Three Thousand and Six Hundred) municipalities across the country. Additionally, provided coverage for 60 million Brazilians, coupled with the fact that within the same period, 1214 students graduated from medical schools.
The disgraceful and discredited attempts by the satraps of the current US administration, to paint a vulgar picture of the internationalism and solidarity of the Cuba medical assistance in this time of the dreaded COVID- 19 pandemic, did not square with the reality of peoples of the world reality especially those benefitting from the work of the 3700 health professionals that make up the 46 health brigades in 39 countries across the world.
As a matter of fact, the direct opposite occurred, where a growing an international campaign has placed the Cuba’s Henry Reeves Brigade in pole position, as a contender for the Nobel Peace Prize , as they write another glorious chapter in the defence of humanity and the Cuban revolution.
We would strongly advice the current occupant of the White House, who in his desperate attempt at seeking re-election, has shown a flagrant disregard , gross indecency and callousness for the basic right of the US citizen to vote by his bare-faced actions, that courting the anti-Cuba community vote in Florida by dragging the world’s oldest public health agency(PAHO) in your campaign, cannot stop the living example which Cuba provides that another world is possible, which trumps crass materialism which Covid-19 so brutally exposed in the USA.
Trevor G Brown
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