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Healthcare Without BordersUnderstanding Cuban Medical Internationalism$
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John M. Kirk

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061054

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061054.001.0001

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The Children of Chernobyl

The Children of Chernobyl

25,000 Treated

(p.236) 10 The Children of Chernobyl
Healthcare Without Borders

John M. Kirk

University Press of Florida

In 1986 a major meltdown occurred at a nuclear reactor in Chernobyl, in the Ukraine. The impact on health was disastrous, and hundreds of thousands of people were affected. Cuba responded by offering to treat child victims of the nuclear explosion at a camp outside Havana, in Tarará. In all some 25,000 people came to Cuba for medical treatment. This chapter analyzes the nature of the medical treatment provided (at no charge) to the children. It also assesses the reasons for the Cuban government to undertake this mission at a time when its economy was crumbling.

Keywords:   Chernobyl, Nuclear explosion, Meltdown, Tarará, Ukraine

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