3rd Days of Action Against the Blockade
September 11 – 16, 2017
The International Committee’s Campaign for a Just Policy towards Cuba along with other organizations in the United States, are planning the Third Days of Action Against the Blockade in Washington DC from September 11-16, 2017.
The purpose of our activities is to raise awareness about the impact that the US blockade is having on the health of the Cuban people as well as people in the U.S. who are denied access to advancement that Cuba has made in the health field.
Many in the US believe that the blockade is gone and that the United States and Cuba have normalized their relations, but nothing could be further from the truth. It is true that on December 17, 2014, President Obama and President Castro started a new approach to the relations between both countries but unfortunately the blockade remains intact.
We have invited three Cuban health care professionals to be with us in Washington. They will share with US audiences the consequences of the blockade in the health of the Cuban people and will also talk about the development of new Cuban-developed pharmaceuticals currently being used in Cuba and many other countries, but due to the blockade, these drugs are not available to U.S. citizens. Our Cuban guests have volunteered to also make themselves available to speak to groups and schools. The visiting Cuban medical professionals are:
Dr. Jesús de los Santos Renó Céspedes is Head of Pediatrics at the National Institute of Oncology and Radiology in Havana, Cuba. He is a professor, researcher and specialist in Pediatric Oncology. Dr. Renó is also a member of the International Society of Pediatric Oncology.
Dr. Angel Mejias Salcedo, Internal Medicine specialist and teaches at several universities in Cuba. He has worked in Venezuela and Liberia, where he worked with victims of Ebola.
Eduardo Gonzalez Copello is a Nurse Practitioner in Cuba specialized in STD, HIV/AIDS, and leprosy, and is teaching at several educational institutes in Cuba. In 2014, he went to West Africa where he worked with victims of Ebola.
Because of the blockade, Cuba has had to develop its own pharmaceuticals, which are proving successful in treating conditions such as lung cancer, diabetic foot ulcers and other medical problems. These drugs, which have generated significant interest in the United States that include:
CimaVax-EGF: a vaccine used to treat cancer, specifically non-small-cell lung carcinoma;
Racotumomab: a vaccine for non-small cell lung cancer;
Nimotuzumab: a monoclonal antibody to fight advanced squamous cell carcinomas of the head and neck, pancreas, esophageal cancer and cerebral tumors;
Heberprot-P: a treatment for diabetic foot ulcers which help prevent amputations
Coriodemina: a treatment for psoriasis treatment;
Melagenina Plus: a treatment for vitiligo.
The activities in Washington DC will include:
- Visits to Capitol Hill directed at Congresspersons and Senators whose cities, towns or States that have high percentages of people affected with diabetes, cancer, etc.
- Briefing in Congress with Cuban Health Professionals
- Events in Medical Schools with students and professors.
- Meetings with health professionals in health institutions.
- Closing will be a public cultural event of solidarity with Cuba.
Initial Endorsers: Global Health Partners, Health over Profit for Everyone (HOPE)
Download the Days of Action half-sheet Brochure
THE TIME HAS COME TO PUT AN END TO THE U.S. UNILATERAL BLOCKADE AGAINST CUBA