Twelve hours of blockade is equal to all the insulin needed to treat the country’s 64,000 patients for a year
A Havana billboard reads: Twelve hours of blockade is equal in cost to all the insulin needed to treat the country’s 64,000 patients for a year

End the blockade on health

US sanctions are depriving 11 million Cubans of vital medicines and surgical supplies

Cuba Vive is a medical aid appeal to send life-saving medicines, surgical and other vital medical aid to Cuba.

Cuba’s commitment to health as a human right has helped the country achieve world-renowned health services for its people despite 62 years of an illegal US blockade.

Today, these achievements are under threat. A combination of the COVID-19 pandemic, global economic crisis, climate change, extra sanctions imposed by the Trump administration, and Cuba’s inclusion on the US State Sponsors of Terrorism (SSOT) list has taken a terrible toll on the health service.

Let Cuba Live
Cuba’s dedicated health professionals struggle with limited resources to treat patients. From surgical supplies to spare parts, paracetamol to sutures: items that are in plentiful supply in the UK, are increasingly hard to come by or cost up to three or four times more.

Today’s shortages are unprecedented. After leading the region for many years, Cuba’s impressive health indicators are beginning to suffer. Between 2019 and 2022 the infant mortality rate rose from 5 per thousand live births to 7.5 per thousand.

In response, the Cuba Solidarity Campaign, and UNISON North West, Northern, Northern Ireland and Scotland regions have launched a medical appeal to send containers of life-saving medicines, raw materials, surgical supplies and medical equipment to Cuba.

Help break the blockade on health. Support the Cuba Vive appeal to provide urgent medical aid for Cuba.

“Thank you for launching this appeal. Every butterfly needle, every medicine, every item of medical aid that is sent, will be helping to save a life.”

Bárbara Montalvo Cuban Ambassador to UK

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