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Cuba Urges International Community To Further Engage In Ebola Efforts

News outlets report on a regional summit on Ebola held in Cuba on Monday, as well as Cuba’s efforts to address Ebola in West Africa.

Al Jazeera: Cuba punches above its weight in Ebola fight
“Cuba offered to collaborate with the United States to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa as the island nation sends an additional 460 doctors and nurses to the region — an example of how the Cuban government uses medical personnel to flex its soft power throughout the world, experts say…” (De Bode, 10/20).

Associated Press: Cuba invites U.S. to cooperate on Ebola
“Cuba is willing to work with the United States in the fight against Ebola, President Raul Castro said at a summit of leftist Latin American nations Monday…” (Rodriguez, 10/20).

Miami Herald: Latin America’s left call for global cooperation in Ebola fight
“The alliance of left-leaning Latin American and Caribbean nations known as the ALBA-TCP agreed to share resources, doctors, and information as they cobble together a plan to fight the global Ebola outbreak. Meeting in Havana on Monday, representatives from more than 11 nations agreed to a 23-point plan that includes public health campaigns, increased screening at borders and ports of entry, and creating specialized teams in each member country…” (Wyss, 10/20).

Reuters: World must stop Ebola in West Africa or face ‘pandemic’: Cuba’s Castro
“The world must confront Ebola in West Africa to prevent what could become one of the worst pandemics in human history, Cuban President Raul Castro said on Monday. … Cuba is sending 461 doctors and nurses to West Africa, the largest medical contingent of any single country to fight the worst Ebola outbreak on record…” (Trotta, 10/20).

U.N. News Centre: Ebola no longer ‘localized emergency,’ U.N. health officials tell regional summit in Cuba
“Ebola is no longer a localized public health emergency, top U.N. officials said in Havana today as they commended Cuba for sending doctors and nurses to the affected countries in West Africa, and addressed regional leaders gathering to discuss ways to resolve the emergency and halt spread of the virus to regional States…” (10/20).

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