Cuba’s Henry Reeve International Contingent of Doctors Specializing in Disasters and Serious Epidemics are being recognized once again: this time they have been honored by the South African Communist Party, SACP.
The award was presented by Blade Nzimande, the Secretary General of the party, to Jorge Cuevas, a member of the Secretariat of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, at the 14th SACP Congress in Johannesburg.
Cuevas said “In the name of the people of Cuba, we express our deep gratitude for this Special Recognition to Cuban doctors, particularly in the fight against Ebola in West Africa,” and added that the prize signifies a greater commitment by the Cuban people to global unity.
“Today we can say that Cuba's commitment to international solidarity is a fundamental part of the principles that have kept our Revolution and our socialism alive,” he continued.
“I am also convinced that the person who deserves this award is the principal doctor of the whole Cuban Revolution, Commander in Chief Fidel Castro,” he concluded.
The Henry Reeve Brigade was first created by the late revolutionary leader on Sept. 19, 2005.
Its first missions were in Guatemala and Pakistan, countries that faced the consequences of a devastating hurricane and earthquake, respectively.
In May, the group was given the Dr. Lee Jong-wook Memorial Prize for Public Health from the World Health Organization, recognized particularly for its work in combatting the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, where Cuba sent more than 250 workers when the crisis peaked in 2015.
For their work in the west African nations, the medics were also nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015.