Great News! Visas Granted to Cuban Health Care Professionals!

In a few moments, I am going to ask you to make a contribution to our campaign. Before I do that, I would like to tell you why this request is so important.

Earlier this year, the International Committee began planning our

Third Days of Action Against the Blockade in Washington, D.C. The week of activities is designed to raise awareness about the impact the U.S. blockade has had on the health of the Cuban people. But we are also in a critical moment in the discussion of our own health care system in the United States.

That’s why we invited Cuban health care professionals to join us in Washington. We wanted Cuban and U.S. health professionals to have the opportunity to engage in a fruitful dialog about what Americans can learn from Cuba’s health care successes, and how we can work together to advocate for a just policy towards Cuba on Capitol Hill.

As we approach the upcoming week of activities in DC, I want to share some great news!

The U.S. government has granted visas to Dr. Jesus Renó, head of pediatrics at the National Institute of Oncology and Radiology in Havana and Nurse Eduardo Gonzalez, who in 2014 went to West Africa to work with victims of Ebola. They will be traveling to Washington to participate in our week of activities from September 11-16. That is wonderful news but it comes with responsibility too.

Also with us will be five U.S. Graduates from the Latin American School of Medicine in Cuba (ELAM) including, Dr. Abraham Vela, Dr. Lucia Perez Agudelo, Dr. Gregory Wilkinson, Dr. Mercedes Charles, and Dr. David Lavender.

The International Committee is not only responsible for organizing the weeklong Days of Action – including arranging for those health care meetings, carrying out advocacy work on Capitol Hill and planning public events to bring attention to the blockade and its impact on health care – but we have also taken on the task of raising funds to cover the costs of travel and accommodation for both the Cuban health care professionals and also for U.S. graduates of ELAM. We need to raise $5,000 to cover these expenses.


Could you chip in to help cover their air fare expenses and accommodations? Any amount will be helpful.

The issue of health care – the focus of this year’s Days of Action – is too important for the voices of Cuban professionals not to be heard. See complete schedule of activities

In solidarity,
Alicia Jrapko
U.S. coordinator
International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity