One hundred thirty Cuban collaborators of the Henry Reeve international brigade for the control of disasters and major epidemics returned to Cuba recently with the satisfaction of having reduced to 0,38 percent the cholera fatality rate in Haiti after four months of combating the disease.
The performance of the Cuban doctors in the 67 points of the neighboring country managed to save over 71,000 people and achieve the lowest mortality rate among the international forces still fighting the epidemic in the Caribbean nation.
The Cuban collaborators gave the world an example of humanism and sensitivity in these four months while most of Cuban staff still remain in Haiti working to alleviate the effects of the disease in the impoverished country.
For these health professionals, the biggest satisfaction in this noble and difficult work has been to snatch lives from certain death every day and give hope to the people -- many of them victims of the earthquake that hit the small nation in January last year.
Vital to counteract cholera was the implementation of the idea of the top leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, of creating an active inquiry group to find patients in the most remote and humble corners.
That initiative helped to find more than five thousand patients suffering from cholera, to which attention was given in treatment centers until they completely recovered.
The members of the Henry Reeve Brigade work tirelessly, overcoming adversities.
The brigade was created at the initiative of Fidel Castro on September 19, 2005 and had his first experience by helping the victims of a major earthquake in Pakistan.
Haitian authorities and people have expressed on many occasions their appreciation for the invaluable help of the Cuban doctors, the first ones to help the victims of the strong earthquake that caused nearly 300 thousand deaths.
Cuba, a country that has been providing help to Haiti in the field for over eleven years, has taught the world, once again, a lesson of humanism and solidarity, principles of the revolution that have supported other sister and far away nations wherever and whenever needed.