By Alex Lopez Almaguer/ Radio Cadena Agramonte.
Perhaps no one imagined that the devastating hurricanes George and Mitch in several regions of Central America and the Caribbean, in the year 1998, would prove once again the solidarity of the Cuban people in disaster situations and other contingencies.
These meteorological phenomena claimed lives, caused disappearances and millions of victims, in addition to the substantial damage to the economy, infrastructure and material resources; but in the face of this bleak picture, don't miss the immediate response of the Cuban doctors who went to ease the pain of the affected communities.
A year later, motivated by these tragic events, was born at the initiative of the Commander in Chief Fidel Castro, a young humble coming from various parts of Latin America, Africa and the United States, which offered the opportunity to be trained as professionals of Medical Sciences in the Greater one of the Antilles.
With such a mark was the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM), in Havana. The first students, coming from Nicaragua, materializaban as well the noble and solidarity gesture of the Government of Cuba, the bearer of the necessary political will to help other people.
The foundation of the ELAM is the historical continuity of a rich program of social assistance, which dates back to the beginnings of the Revolution, when it was necessary to send to Algeria, in 1963, an army of white coats to save lives in that nation.
While it is true that the latin american students have lacked opportunities in their countries of origin; in Cuba, solidarity and fellowship entrench their professional training from a model essentially humanitarian law.
This project, which is part of the Comprehensive Health Care Program (PIS), embodies the dreams of those young people humble who study the medical career, who at the end of six years will return to their communities to contribute to the sustainability of their health systems.
It is as well as the ELAM, after 16 years, consolidates the effort of the Cuban State to strengthen and expand the medical cooperation to several regions of the continent; a proof of what can make a poor nation in economic resources, but rich in human capital and spirit of integration. (Photo: File)