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Third Days of Action Against the Blockade

September 11 @ 10:00 am - September 16 @ 9:00 pm

The Institute for Policy Studies again joins the International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity along with other U.S. organizations in solidarity with Cuba, in starting to plan the Third Days of Action Against the Blockade from the 11th to the 16th of September, 2017.

The purpose of our activities is to raise awareness about the impact that the US blockade is having on the health of the Cuban people as well as people in the U.S. who are denied access to advancement that Cuba has made in the health field.

Many in the US believe that the blockade is gone and that the United States and Cuba have normalized their relations, but nothing could be further from the truth. It is true that on December 17, 2014, President Obama and President Castro started a new approach to the relations between both countries but unfortunately the blockade remains intact.

We have invited three Cuban health care professionals to be with us in Washington. They will share with US audiences the consequences of the blockade in the health of the Cuban people and will also talk about the development of new Cuban-developed pharmaceuticals currently being used in Cuba and many other countries, but due to the blockade, these drugs are not available to U.S. citizens. Our Cuban guests have volunteered to also make themselves available to speak to groups and schools. The visiting Cuban medical professionals are:

  • Dr. Jesús de los Santos Renó Céspedes is Head of Pediatrics at the National Institute of Oncology and Radiology in Havana, Cuba. He is a professor, researcher and specialist in Pediatric Oncology. Dr. Renó is also a member of the International Society of Pediatric Oncology.
  • Dr. Angel Mejias Salcedo, Internal Medicine specialist and teaches at several universities in Cuba. He has worked in Venezuela and Liberia, where he worked with victims of Ebola.
  • Eduardo Gonzalez Copello is a Nurse Practitioner in Cuba specialized in STD, HIV/AIDS, and leprosy, and is teaching at several educational institutes in Cuba. In 2014, he went to West Africa where he worked with victims of Ebola.

Because of the blockade, Cuba has had to develop its own pharmaceuticals, which are proving successful in treating conditions such as lung cancer, diabetic foot ulcers and other medical problems.

Get more information on the Third Days of Action Against the Blockade.



September 11 @ 10:00 am
September 16 @ 9:00 pm
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