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
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.