New York, 13 October 2020. Respecting human rights also entails the noble task of reaching out to those in need. That is why Cuba has committed itself to the promotion of international cooperation and solidarity since as early as 1963.
From 1963 to date, more than 400,000 Cuban health professionals have been present in 164 countries on all continents. At the same time, 35,613 health professionals from 138 countries have been trained on the island free of charge, including graduates from the Latin American School of Medicine, young Americans among them.
More recently, Cuba has sent 46 medical brigades to 39 different countries and territories, made up of more than 3,800 members to help, within our modest possibilities, in the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in the countries of the South. As a result, Cuban doctors have treated over 255,000 people and saved more than 8,000 lives. The island has also shared some medications developed and produced by Cuba which, according to their proven practice, have been effective in the prevention and treatment of the disease; in like manner, medical experts and outstanding institutions in Cuba have continued to systematically share through videoconferences and virtual seminars their best medical experiences, practices and protocols.
The Cuban literacy program "Yo sí puedo", winner of the 2006 UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize, has taught 10,604,827 people in 30 countries around the world how to read and write. From Latin American countries - such as Brazil, Mexico, Panama, Venezuela, Bolivia and El Salvador - to New Zealand, Nigeria, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Angola and South Africa. The program is available in several languages and dialects, as well as in Braille, since it is an inexpensive and flexible method that can be adapted to any country or community.
The positive balance of the Cuban cooperation for the lives of millions of people in tens of thousands of communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean is unquestionable. In addition to health and education, there are specialists in the areas of construction, agriculture, sports training and art instruction, who extend to the world what they have learned in the largest island of the Greater Antilles.
Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations