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Cuba and Gambia renew health cooperation agreement

Cuba and Gambia renew health cooperation agreementHAVANA, Cuba, Jan 3 (ACN) - Cuba and Gambia renewed a decades-old cooperation agreement in the health field, which provides Cuban medical assistance to the people of that African country.

The updated agreement was signed at the headquarters of the Gambian Ministry of Health by its minister, Ahmadou Lamin Samateh, and the Cuban ambassador to that nation, Ruben G. Abelenda.
After the signing, held in the presence of the head of the Cuban Medical Brigade in Gambia, Anaris Marta Odio, and local officials, Samateh and Abelenda praised the renewal of the agreement.
The beginning of Cuban medical cooperation in Gambia started on June 1996, when 38 collaborators arrived in Banjul as Technical Assistance.
Three years later, in 1999, the Integrated Health Program was implemented in that country, the first African nation to do so, with more than 150 collaborators.
That same year, at the initiative of the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, the Gambian School of Medicine was created, also the first in that continent, which is still functioning with the support of Cuban professors.

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