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Cuban medical mission 26 years in Belize Print E-mail
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Thursday, 25 May 2017 00:00

To celebrate the Cuba-Belize diplomatic relationship and the 26-year Cuban medical cooperation in Belize, the Embassy of Cuba held a medical symposium and scientific day on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at the Inspiration Center in Belize City. Special Envoy for Women and Children, Kim Simplis-Barrow, wife of the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, thanked Cuba for its dedication in capacity building and interchanging ideas in Belize specifically as it pertains to developing the health care system in Belize.

Diplomatic relations have existed for many decades and as early as 1990, according to Dr. Carlos Ayala, Health Systems and Services Advisor, PAHO/WHO Belize, there was a 25-25 Exchange where doctors from Cuba came to Belize to assist while people from Belize went to Cuba to receive medical training. The 26th year of that brigade has seen the increasing needs of health systems within the region and even in the world. In 2014, Belize developed a health sector plan to improve access to health in the nation. Cuba has specifically aided in that development and has continued to send trained professionals to assist or spearhead in fields that we are lacking. According to Dr. Javier Zuniga, Regional Health Manager, there is a total of 32 Cuban nurses and doctors within our regional network.

The impact of the brigade in Belize has especially affected the Karl Huesner Memoral Hospital Authority. The partnership has been intergral in the health care system of the KHMHA and that relationship continues to fill major gaps in which Belize is lacking. Dr. Adrian Coye, CEO, KHMH, recounted the generosity of the people of Cuba and gave the new vision and mission of the KHMH to deliver affordable services of global standards.

Doctors that received training in Cuba were recognized and a plaque was handed over by the Embassy of Cuba in appreciation of the Cuba-Belize relationship.