The U.S. blockade on Cuba is a direct assault on children, and harms the nation as well, said Jose Juan Ortiz Bru, the island's representative in the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in the eastern city of Holguin.
When analyzing the consequences of U.S. actions against Cuba, Ortiz Bru described them as cruel because they prevent Cubans to fully develop, especially children, since they are the most vulnerable segment of the population to hostile acts like the blockade.
In statements to ACN, Ortiz Bru, who will complete his term in Cuba this month, said a fact that has a negative impact on Cuban children is that the government needs to allocate lots of resources to the countries defense that could otherwise be used for development in general.
Programs implemented through United Nations are also affected by the U.S. blockade since Cuba is not allowed to buy in the United States a number of products that are absolutely essential to preserve life, reiterated Ortiz, after concluding a working visit to the city of Holguin.
In that case, he used as an example f the Cuban government's inability to acquire certain types of heart valves and infant anesthesia, among other means and resources.
Ortiz Bru, head of UNICEF in Cuba during the last five years, spurred in conjunction with the Public Health Directorate of the territory the Learning to Live Project with positive influence on sex education and the prevention of suicidal behavior.
Among the joint projects stand out in this eastern province the Breast Milk Bank, in the Lenin Hospital, and the development of healthy, safe and educated recreation activities in the coastal town of Gibara.
The International Fund for the United Nations Children's Fund, created in 1946 to assist children in Europe after the Second World War, seven years later became a permanent body within the system of the United Nations. / ACN