Oil Rich African Countries Are Paying Millions For Cuban Doctors, Why Not African-American Doctors?

by Yvette Carnell

An article entitled “Cuba Injects Doctor Diplomacy Into Africa” notes the following:

While Cuba sends physicians to Africa’s poorest countries and grants scholarships for their students to study medicine on the island, it does

Cuban Dr. administering aid in Haiti

a brisk business with more prosperous countries on the continent — especially those that are rich with oil and poor in health professionals.

Petroleum-pumping Africa nations such as Algeria and Angola are paying hefty sums to staff their hospitals with Cuban doctors, with most of the money going to the Cuban government.

Cuba has a relationship with many countries in Africa going back decades, so no one is saying that they should stay out of African affairs. Far from it, they do good work. But when Cuban deputy minister says, as he did in the article, that “We have blood ties to Africa”, I think, so do black Americans.  But what kind of inroads are the heads of African countries making toward cultivating such a partnership with us?

Why aren’t African-American doctors participating more in the training of African and Haitian doctors? Why aren’t oil rich African countries investing in African American physician’s conglomerates?

Although it was once an understood that, for whatever reason, the onus was on black Americans to extend the olive branch, those days are over. It’s a two way street.

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5 Responses to Oil Rich African Countries Are Paying Millions For Cuban Doctors, Why Not African-American Doctors?

  1. Elizabeth June 20, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Did African-Americans apply for jobs in Africa…probably not. I have two female friends (African-American) women, on teaching in Kuwait (English) and one a graduate of Howard School of Dentistry teaching in St. Thomas.

    Most young African-Americans should look into positions in these countries as the money is GREAT! These women make over $100K per year.

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  2. James June 21, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Why aren’t African-American doctors more present in physician training in Africa and Haiti? I’d imagine the primary reason is financial support and or direction from the U.S. government. Cuba is able to induce (or oblige) its doctors to serve in Africa and Haiti since they owe their degrees to the state. Why don’t African countries (and Haiti) seek out more African-American doctors? I believe the answer to this question is found in asking rhetorically “Why should African countries and Haiti recruit American doctors when they already have an established relationship with Cuba dating to the 1960s that provides highly trained physicians?” Furthermore, I wonder if these countries need African-American doctors or better training and infrastructure to train, maintain, and retain local medical professionals to serve their populations.

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  3. wil-lie June 24, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    news flash…cubans are blacks…the white man want you to think everybody is white throught tv….but inside cuba black….they are trying to mix and change that colored. african cubans….are the african in america better

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  4. wil-lie June 24, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    blacks in america got extremely bad leadership……and blacks are extremely unorganize every thing is base on material thing to show that they have made it…but have they’ are you as blacks getting educated to buy the white man products or you trying to make the products your self…..it all start on the ground

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  5. whatssso July 9, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    cuba is now offering medical doctor training to anyone that is under served including black Americans…the u.s. recently broke embargo resrictions considering this. the training is 100% free via the MEDICCC program.. google it resist the conditioning. time to look elsewhere

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