On April 26, the President of the Cuban Movement for Peace and Sovereignty of the Peoples, Silvio Platero, reiterated in Havana that the U.S. Naval Base in Guantánamo is the only one in the world which exists against the will of the people and government of the land on which it is located.
There are currently over 3,300 patients in need of a transplant in the country, which despite the high cost of procedures and medicines, is provided free of charge by the state.
Niurka Pérez Ginoris has had to overcome many difficulties during her career as a primary school teacher, but none as great as that which threatened the life of her pregnant daughter, Lisandra Linares, after she developed a potentially fatal kidney condition.
The solution: a mother to daughter kidney transplant which was performed on April 18 at the Arnaldo Milián Castro Hospital, and marked the resumption of living donor transplants, a procedure which hadn’t been performed in the central province of Villa Clara, for around four years.
It all began when Lisandra started to show abnormal signs of swelling during her pregnancy. After visiting the doctor she was diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome and lupus, conditions which would require immediate attention in order to save both mother and child.
“Imagine, I ended up weighing more than 200 pounds due to the liquid my body was retaining, my whole life turned into an ordeal,” states the 23 year-old.
This April 16 was commemorated in Venezuela for more than one reason. The date marks the realization of a dream of Fidel and Chávez: the Barrio Adentro Mission, whose 14-year history makes it a unique achievement
CARACAS.— Cuban collaborators in all social missions working in Venezuela celebrated two important events this April 16: the 56th anniversary of the declaration of the socialist character of the Cuban Revolution, and 14 years since the creation of one of the most beautiful initiatives in the history of the two peoples: the Misión Barrio Adentro (Inside the Neighborhood Mission).
“We are ready and willing to overcome any adversity,” stated Dr. Ricardo Martínez Llizo, a member of the 23rd Brigade of the Henry Reeve International Contingent of Doctors Specializing in Disaster Situations and Serious Epidemics, currently providing services in Peru.
Twenty-three Cuban collaborators have been working in the Peruvian region of Catacaos, in Bajo Piura, since March 31, treating victims of the intense rains and floods which recently hit the South American nation.
Their work is without a doubt an example of both altruism and the continuation of the legacy of Ernesto Che Guevara – heroic guerilla, doctor, and internationalist combatant who contributed to many of the independence struggles waged by the peoples of Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.
The Political Council of the Bolivarian Alliance for the People of Our America-Trade Treaty of the People (ALBA-TCP, in Spanish) is holding in Havana Monday its 15th ordinary session as a follow up of the body”s 15th Summit held in Caracas, Venezuela, in March.
The Bolivarian Republic is not alone, nor shall she ever be. With the example of Bolívar, Martí, Chávez and Fidel; the support of the American peoples, we will continue making revolutions, we will continue struggling for our dreams.