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'Cuban medical brigade deserves Nobel Peace Prize', Laureate says
Prensa Latina - February 19, 2016
According to the former President in the period 2007-2012, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1996, as a Nobel Prize winner he has the possibility to nominate individuals or institutions to the prize, so this year, he proposed as candidates the doctors of the Caribbean island that offer their services in different parts of the world.
"It is a unique and extraordinary initiative that no one has replicated", he said during a conference at the International Congress "University 2016", which concludes this Friday at the Conference Center in Havana.
"The timing is perfect to deliver the prize to the medical brigade", said the politician, who acknowledged the support offered by Cuba to his country: 700 Timorese students have been trained as health professionals in the Caribeean island.
He also recalled that at the initiative of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, Cuba installed in Timor-Leste a medical school.
During his speech, Ramos-Horta recalled that the Cuban medical cooperation began in 1963, a year after the Algerian independence, when the first Cuban contingent went to that African territory.
He highlighted the fact that while other organizations, such as the Nobel Prize winner Doctors Without Borders, offer their help in places for specific periods of time when there are emergencies, the Cuban doctors remain in many countries for as long as necessary.
To serve people, humanity, train the best professionals, that is the purpose of education', expressed Jose Manuel Ramos-Horta in reference to the work of Cuban teachers, who train health workers in Venezuela, Yemen, Guinea Bissau, Ghana and his own country.