The Work carried out by the Cuban Medical Brigade in Haiti is only second to none.
Among the many donor nations that helped Haiti in treating the earthquake victims, the name of Cuba with its medical teams will always remain at the forefront. They were the first to set up medical facilities among the debris and to revamp hospitals immediately after the earthquake struck. A medical brigade of 1,200 Cubans with its doctors and nurses had operated all over earthquake-torn and cholera-infected Haiti, they worked non-stop, day and night, with operating rooms open 18 hours a day which could easily put US efforts to shame. The Cuban Medical Brigade is a part of Fidel Castro's international medical mission. It has won the hearts of many socialist and underprivileged nations, but little international recognition.
Here is the picture of a house located in Little Haiti in Miami. This beautiful mansion located at 5811 N. Miami Avenue is an old Cuban consulate, Villa Paula but also is one of the haunted houses in Little Haiti.
Old Cuban Consulate, Villa Paula, Haunted House in Little Haiti
The Villa Paula since 1989 has been named the most haunted building in Miami. It was built in 1925 and the first inhabitants were Senior Don Domigo Milode and his wife Paula. Six years after they moved in, Paula died of an unfortunate complication that arose during her leg amputation. Ever since paranormal activities have been reported at the Villa. There have been reports of unexplainable knocking of the front door, mysterious death of cats, clamping of heels in the backyard and even to the extent of sightings of Paula. The Villa with all its beautiful Cuban decors is since the 90s is preferably left unoccupied, at least after sunset.
These famous words pronounced by Raul Castro in commemoration of Haiti 210 years independence. "We will not forget this remarkable historical coincidence that today 1. January - 210 years - the first revolution triumphed in the Latin American and Caribbean region, which was also the first and only victory of the revolutionary movement led by black slaves who fought against this odious system and both the national independence".
Cuban medical teams have played a great role in treating Haiti's earthquake victims. Cuban Medical Internationalism is a Cuban programme, (since the Cuban Revolution in 1959, as part of Fidel Castro's international medical mission) of sending Cuban medical personnel overseas, particularly to Latin America. They were the first to arrive in Haiti with several hundred health personnel. The Cubans, immediately after the earthquake, had set up medical camps among the debris and revamped the collapsed hospital facilities very quickly. The Cuban doctors, nurses, and other health personnel had worked day and night non-stop, Operating rooms were opened 18 hours a day. However, it is a striking fact that there was little mention in the media that Cuba had sent several hundred health personnel on the ground before any other country. Dr Mirta Roses, the director of the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) who acted as the coordinator between the Cuban doctors, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and a host of health sector NGOs, had described the aid provided by Cuban doctors was "excellent and marvelous". In the recent past, a medical brigade of 1,200 Cubans has operated all over the earthquake-torn and cholera-infected Haiti. They have treated over 30,000 cholera patients (around 40% of the total cholera patients) in Haiti. Since 1998, Cuba has trained 550 Haitian doctors for free at the Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina en Cuba (Elam). Presently another 400 students are receiving free medical education in Cuba.
Haiti has an embassy in Havana Cuba to run and maintain the bilateral relations between the two nations.
Haitian Immigrants arrived in Cuba in early 19th century. It is this time when Haitian Creole arrived in Cuba and since it has remained the second widely spoken Language in the country. Haitians since historical times have moved to Cuba as slaves or as workers in the cane plantations.
Details for the Haitian Embassy in Cuba can be accessed in their website: embhaiti.cu
(537) 204-5421 / (537) 204-5423
According to several news sources, Haitian President Michel Martelly had a meeting with Cuban leader Raúl Castro on behalf of the United States for the release of Alan Gross. According to the sources, he was asked by Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson facilitate the relationship between Cuba and the United States since he has a good relationship with both. It is noted that this meeting took place in early 2013 when President Michel Martelly took a secrete trip to Cuba with his son Olivier Martelly
Following the meeting with the Cuban leader, President Martelly was personally contacted over the phone by Vice President Joe Biden to thank him for his efforts.
After the news of the cessation of the embargo between the United States of America and Cuba, Haitian President, Michel Martelly, issued a statement that expressed his felicitations for the news, as Haiti, closely entwined with both countries, has literally been stuck between the proverbial rock and a hard place. Martelly used Haiti's position to facilitate the negotiations for the release of US citizen, Alan Gross.The tempering of relations between Cuba and the U.S. is expected to be a gradual thing, as both countries need to embark on a process of recovery.
You are looking at two leaders being closely watched by US policy makers. Former Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide being welcomed by the leader of Cuba, Fidel Castro
Jean Bertrand Aristide, former President of Haiti, has always been amenable to working with the Cuban Government. During his Presidency, educational services and health programs launched by Aristide and the Lavalas party had been undertaken with assistance from their Caribbean neighbor. Haiti and Cuba began a humanitarian relationship in 1998 through which Haitian doctors received training in Cuba, and doctors from Cuba moved to work in the rural parts of Haiti. Throughout the years up until the January 2010 earthquake, nearly 600 Haitian doctors had been trained in Cuba.
Here is a picture of Haitian President Michel Martelly in a meeting with his Cuban counterpart Raúl Castro
President Martelly met with President Castro as recently as May of 2014. This time, the Haitian leader was on an official tour of Cuba, and was accompanied by Pierre-Richard Casimir, his foreign affairs advisor, as well as the Minister of Health, Florence Duperval, who thanked the Cuban delegation for their aid in training Haitian medical professional. This too was a propitious line-up, as Minister Duperval would be named Acting Prime Minister after Former Prime Minister Lamothe was recently forced out of office.
A testament to the good relations between the two countries is the role played by the Haitian President in helping Cuba mend its relations with the United States.