[act-ma] 3/27 Salud at the Ashland Public Library.
July 26th Coalition
info at july26.org
Sun Mar 25 08:34:13 PDT 2007
7PM: ¡Salud! Cuba’s amazing health care
accomplishments and contributions. (93 min)
Friends of Ashland Library <http://www.FriendsoftheAshlandLibrary.com>
Documentary Film Series <http://friendsoftheashlandlibrary.com/events/events/movies_documentary/>
Cubans are among the world’s healthiest people, despite the United
States’ 48-year embargo against the Cuban population -- an embargo even
of food and medical supplies. In 2006, for the 15 consecutive year, the
United Nations General Assembly, by a vote of 183 to 4, (voting against
were the U.S., Israel, the Marshall Islands and Palua) condemned the
embargo and called upon the United States to end it.
In addition to a healthy population, 28,000 Cuban health professionals
serve in 68 countries. At the Latin American Medical School (ELAM) in
Havana, now the largest medical school in the world, 12,000 low- income
students from 27 countries—including nearly 100 from the United
States—receives a free medical education in exchange for pledging to
return to poor communities when they graduate.
Since 2004, Cuba has carried out Operation Miracle, through which almost
400,000 patients from 28 countries – not including about 100,000 Cubans
– received operations free of charge and recovered their sight. In 2005
the Bush administration refused a Cuba offer of 1,500 specially trained
disaster relief doctors for New Orleans.
How are Cuba’s health care accomplishments and world- wide contributions
possible? ¡Salud! explores that question. See this documentary, join in
the discussion, and ponder the answers for yourself.
“We have a different type of nuclear weapon: it’s our ideas. We possess
a weapon as powerful as nuclear power and it is the immense justice for
which we are struggling.”– Fidel Castro, November, 2005
"200 million children in the world sleep in the streets today. Not one
of them is Cuban." (A sign in Havana, photographed March 1997)
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