Cuba To End Government Doctor Exchange Program With Brazil

Associated Press: Cuba ends medical exchange program with Brazil
“Cuba said Wednesday that it is ending a program that sent thousands of government doctors to underserved regions of Brazil in exchange for hundreds of millions in badly needed hard currency. The end of the ‘Mas Medicos,’ or ‘More Doctors,’ program signals a sharp deterioration in relations between communist Cuba and Brazil, which just elected far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro…” (Weissenstein/de Sousa, 11/14).

New York Times: Cuba Is Pulling Doctors From Brazil After ‘Derogatory’ Comments by Bolsonaro
“…Jair Bolsonaro had warned that the terms of the deal would change when he took the Brazilian president’s office on Jan. 1, saying that the Cuban government could not retain any part of their salary and that the doctors must be allowed to bring their families, which they are currently not permitted to do. Mr. Bolsonaro has also raised questions about the quality of the doctors’ training in Cuba and has said the doctors would have to prove their medical credentials by getting their diplomas validated in Brazil. … In response, Cuban authorities told the Pan-American Health Organization — which has helped manage the program — that its doctors have to leave Brazil…” (Darlington/Moriconi, 11/14).

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