first_img Share NewsRegional CARICOM- Cuba Day by: – December 6, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img Share 18 Views   no discussions Flags of CARICOM and Cuba. Photo cedit: gip.gov.knThis year marks the 39th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations of Cuba with Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, which took place on December 8th, 1972.The Heads of State and of Government of Cuba and CARICOM who met in their First Summit in Havana on December 2002, decided to establish that December 8th will be observed as the CARICOM-Cuba Day and in commemoration to this date, Summit meetings will be held every three years. CARICOM-Cuba Summit Meetings have allowed to systematize meetings at the highest level between our countries, in a climate of friendship and cooperation between Cuba and member countries. Cuba has worked together with its Caribbean brothers and sisters with the purpose of ensuring the success of the 4th CARICOM-Cuba Summit, that will held on December 8, in Trinidad and Tobago.Cuba maintains close and excellent relations of friendship, solidarity and cooperation with CARICOM member countries in different fields. Cooperation has been implemented in the fields of education, training of human resources, health, energy, agriculture and others.Cuba has the political will to expand and further strengthen the links with the Caribbean.The Caribbean region faces political, economic, social and natural challenges, which require a united attention.Currently, 1 665 Cuban cooperators render services in the Caribbean, of whom 1 405 (84%) are from the health sector.One of CARICOM member states, Haiti ranks fourth among the main recipient of our cooperation worldwide.More than 4 thousand 072 Caribbean youths have graduated in our country, of whom one thousand 705 are medical doctors. Presently, 2 926 Caribbean youths study in Cuba, of whom 2 279 are being trained in Medical Sciences degree courses.Throughout these years of cooperation in solidarity with Caribbean nations, our doctors have made 26 million 195 thousand 929 consultations, performed 497 thousand 652 surgeries, assisted in 171 thousand 692 deliveries, vaccinated 1 million 850 thousand 734 persons and saved 425 thousand 601 lives.Eight Ophthalmology Centers have been set up in the Caribbean with free use of the equipment and Cuban human resources.Under Operation Miracle, 98 thousand 551 surgeries have been performed to persons from 15 Caribbean nations, which represents 1 surgery per every 158 inhabitants of the region. As part of the Program for the Reconstruction and Strengthening of Haiti’s Health System, 23 Community Reference Hospitals, 30 Rehabilitation Wards and 12 Health Centers render services, among other health facilities.Cuba offered 124 medical scholarships to Caribbean countries for the 2011-2012 academic year. With the Yes, I Can Cuban literacy program, 219 thousand 852 persons from Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Grenada have been taught how to read and write and presently 50 thousand persons pursue studies in those countries. Most of them are citizens from the sister Republic of Haiti. Cuba highly appreciates that CARICOM countries share a clear position against the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba and openly express themselves publicly in this regard. Out of the 19 countries of the region that expressed their rejection against the blockade in their speeches at the 66 session of the United Nations General Assembly, 10 are members of CARICOM, including Dominica. Cuban Embassylast_img

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