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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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Cuba’s Medical Internationalism in El Salvador since Hurricane Ida

Cuba’s Medical Internationalism in El Salvador since Hurricane Ida

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Healthcare Without Borders

John M. Kirk

University Press of Florida

In 2009 Tropical Storm Ida caused major damage in El Salvador, killing hundreds, and wreaking havoc in many communities. Based upon personal experience in the community, Kirk analyses the evolution of the Cuban role in El Salvador. The Henry Reeve Brigade arrived within days to help, but afterwards its role increased and diversified. In addition to providing immediate emergency relief, Cuban physicians became involved in health promotion campaigns (mainly against dengue and malaria) and also helped in strengthening the new national health system, and in particular the national system of rural clinics.

Keywords:   Tropical Storm Ida, El Salvador, Henry Reeve, Dengue, Malaria

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