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Cuba’s Response To Ebola Outbreak Receives Attention, Praise

News outlets report on Cuba’s contributions to Ebola efforts in West Africa.

Agence France-Presse: Cuban response to Ebola outbreak helps thaw relations with U.S.
“Cuba’s contribution of hundreds of doctors and nurses to fight Ebola puts the island at the forefront of the international response and is even thawing relations with a sworn enemy, the United States. … The island’s response to the epidemic, which has killed more than 4,500 people in West Africa, has won plaudits from humanitarian workers who say the international community’s reaction has otherwise been lacking. … Cuba’s contribution has also won plaudits on the international stage — even in the United States, where Cold War bitterness toward the island still lingers, more than 50 years after the Cuban Missile Crisis and the severing of diplomatic ties…” (Jara/Grosbois, 10/21).

Associated Press: Cuba sends 91 more doctors to fight Ebola
“The 91 [Cuban] nurses and doctors going to Guinea and Liberia join 165 already in Sierra Leone — making this island of 11 million people one of the largest global contributors of medical workers to the fight against Ebola. The commitment has drawn rare praise from the U.S. and focused worldwide attention on Cuba’s unique program of medical diplomacy…” (Weissenstein, 10/21).

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