Cuba’s Henry Reeve International Contingent of Doctors Specializing in Disasters and Serious Epidemics is being recognized once again: the medical team is set to receive this week the Dr. Lee Jong-wook Memorial Prize for Public Health from the World Health Organization.
The internationalist brigade is being recognized for its solidarity work throughout the world, as well its outstanding contribution to public health.
In particular, WHO is commending the team’s work in combatting the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, where Cuba had sent more than 250 workers when the crisis peaked in 2015. For their work there, they were also nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015.
Currently, the brigade is in Peru, helping the thousands affected by deadly rains and flooding for the better part of this year.
The Cuban Minister of Public Health Roberto Morales Ojeda will head the Cuban delegation to the 70th World Health Assembly, where the brigade will receive its award Friday.
Morales Ojeda will also participate in meetings with health ministers of the member countries of the Non-Aligned Movement, according to a statement from Cuba’s Permanent Mission to Geneva.
The Henry Reeve Brigade was first created by the late revolutionary leader Fidel Castro on Sept. 19, 2005. Its first missions were in Guatemala and Pakistan, countries that faced the consequences of a hurricane and a devastating earthquake, respectively.