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In Their Own Words :: Joaquin Garcie Romero

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Internal medicine, intensive care,
The Gambia

When we went to the Republic of Gambia, what we found was that 95 percent of the people had no access to medical attention. At the peak, we had 250 Cuban health care professionals there. That meant a doctor in each of the main villages, which to some of them was something like a miracle. Having a doctor also created the expectation—they are recognizing they have a right to health care. We have to train Gambian doctors, because we can't keep such a large Cuban team there. So far, we have trained 15 Gambians, who have graduated and returned to practice in their country.

Here in Cuba, we face difficulties every day, but when you receive people who have nothing like what you have here, things we get for free, your concept of the world changes.

Read Cuba's Cure, our article on the Cuban health care system.
And see ¡Salud!, a film on Cuba's global health mission.

 

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