Cuba is a beautiful country filled with nice people. Many of those people are educated doctors who go around the world saving lives for free, and they do the same at home. Al Jazeera has a nice long piece looking into the quality and motivations behind these great Cuban doctors. Spoiler: it’s not about money, it’s about helping people.
Cuba has sent aboutÂ 185,000 health workersÂ to more than 100 countries since the 1960s. Medical staff have been deployed to some of the world’s worst natural disasters, such as the catastrophicÂ 2004 tsunami in AsiaÂ and the deadlyÂ earthquake in PakistanÂ in 2005.
Last year as Ebola ravaged West Africa, Cuba sentÂ hundreds of doctors and nursesto hot zones in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea – more than any other country.
“They are always the first to arrive and the last to leave,” UN Secretary-GeneralÂ Ban Ki-moon has saidÂ of Cuban medical deployments. “They remain in place after the crises. Cuba can be proud of its healthcare system, a model for many countries.”