Norway donates $880,000 for equipment and medicines to Cuban aid mission in Haiti (RHC, Periodico)
- From: Dan Christensen <dchris@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2010 09:25:01 -0800 (PST)
Norway and Cuba Cooperate On Emergency Relief to Haiti
Havana, Feb 5, (RHC).- Today Norway and Cuba signed an agreement that
will make NOK 5 million ($880,000) available for health cooperation in
Haiti following the earthquake disaster.
Norwegian Environment and International Development Minister Erik
Solheim said "Norway wants to support the lifesaving work Cuban
doctors are doing in Haiti under extreme conditions. He said the money
will be used to purchase much needed equipment and medicines for the
Cuban medical personnel.
More than 330 Cuban doctors and other health workers were already in
Haiti when the earthquake struck. They immediately started to give the
victims medical care. In the wake of the disaster, more doctors and
health care personnel arrived from Cuba. Many of these had experience
after attending earthquake victims in Pakistan and China.
For many years, Cuba has played an important role in Haiti's health
care. Cuban doctors and other medical personnel are working in all
parts of the country. More than 500 Haitian doctors have been trained
in Cuba at no cost.
The agreement was signed Friday in Havana by representatives of the
Norwegian Embassy and Cuban authorities.
So far, Norway has provided NOK 100 million for immediate emergency
relief in Haiti.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has dedicated a page on its website to
answering the most frequently asked questions about the aid Norway has
provided in response to the earthquake disaster in Haiti.
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