By Nuria Barbosa León on August 8, 2017
To the left: Claudia A. Tavares Olivera, from Cape Verde, and Rasha Khalil, from Jordan, Photo: Manuel Correa
To offer health and hope around the world is among the missions of the more than 28,500 doctors from 103 countries who have graduated from the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM), which this year held its 13th graduation.
This beautiful project of fraternity, solidarity, and justice was founded in 1998 on the initiative of Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz. According to the most recent graduates, interviewed by Granma International, they have been imbued with a spirit of collectivity, humanism, and scientific rigor.
Narciso Paucca Cancho, from Ayacucho, Peru, emphasized the efforts of the school’s teachers, who gave their time to help students overcome any difficulties. “In the moments on duty and in consultation, they teach us to draw on emotional strengths to provide encouragement to patients and to know how to respond with hope to those who are in the terminal phase of an illness.”
We’re busy preparing for this year’s “Days of Action Against the Blockade” (Sept. 11-16, 2017), which begins in Washington in 34 days!
Our focus this year is on health care:
On how the blockade against Cuba has endangered the health of Cubans and Americans.
On how healthcare can be a basic human rights for all Cubans but still a pay-for-it privilege for Americans.
On how we can work together to end the blockade against Cubans and support universal health care for Americans.
Organized by the International Committee as part of the International Campaign for a Just U.S. Policy towards Cuba, the week will include meetings between Cuban health professionals and their American counterparts, as well as a number of American graduates of the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM). There will also be public events, and committee members and friends will be doing some selective advocacy work on Capitol Hill.
Check HERE for the latest schedule of events.