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Healthcare Without Borders: Understanding Cuban Medical Internationalism

John M. Kirk


One of the world’s best-kept secrets is Cuba’s longstanding commitment to providing medical care to developing countries. At present over 50,000 medical personnel are working in 66 countries. This book examines the role of Cuban medical cooperation in poor and developing countries from 1960 (a response to an earthquake in Chile) to 2014 (sending 165 medical staff to fight Ebola in Sierra Leone). It shows that, despite being a small country (pop. 11.2 million), Cuba provides more medical aid to the developing world than all of the G-7 countries combined. The first half of the book examines Cuba ... More

Keywords: Cuba, medical internationalism, medical aid, Operation Miracle, cooperation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780813061054
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813061054.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John M. Kirk, author
Dalhousie University