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Women are the majority in Cuba’s healthcare sector

To pay tribute to those serving far from home, a virtual conversation was held at the Central Unit for Medical Collaboration, between Party Political Bureau member and secretary general of the Federation of Cuban Women, Teresa Amarelle Boué, and representatives of Cuban medical brigades in 15 countries

They organize processes, attend to patients, offer solutions and create alternatives. Some have assumed special assignments, given the pandemic’s urgency, in polyclinics, clinics and hospitals within our country; others fight the same battle overseas, driven by that humanistic and solidary vocation that defines Cuban women, especially those wearing white lab coats and saving lives.

Today women are the majority in Cuba’s healthcare sector. According to statistics published on the Ministry of Public Health’s website (Minsap), they represent 70.3% of all workers. They are also in the majority undertaking solidarity missions: in 2020, of all international collaborators, 24,717 were women, 55% of the total, including, in particular, 2,952 as members of brigades from the Henry Reeve Contingent Specialized in Disasters and Serious Epidemics.

To pay tribute to those who serve far from the homeland, and on their behalf, a virtual conversation was recently held at the Central Unit for Medical Collaboration, between Communist Party of Cuba Political Bureau member and secretary general of the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC), Teresa Amarelle Boué, and representatives of Cuban medical brigades in 15 countries.

Amarelle thanked these doctors, nurses and technicians for the efforts they make, day by day, in distant lands, and discussed the experiences they have lived in these nations, where opportunities for women’s realization and development may be much different from what we have in Cuba.

Given the much-appreciated dedication of Cuban women, above all in the current battle against COVID-19, just recognition of their work in all sectors – especially in Health and Science – is of special importance on the occasion of the 61st anniversary of the organization’s founding, the Secretary General of the women’s organization stated.

Dr. Elizabeth Segura Sierra, deputy director of the medical mission providing services in Haiti, reaffirmed, on behalf of the collaborators who, like her, have not seen their families or friends for a long time, “Wherever we are, we carry Cuba and the Revolution in our hearts, our greatest pride is to be Cuban women.”

source: Granma

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