Human Rights, Latin America

US block help against AIDS set for Cuba

America does not cease. Attacking the small Island has been its obsession for years, doing so even if it means putting the health of the people that live there at risk.

Luis Enrique González

Proof of this is that the US froze four million, 207 thousand dollars that the Global Fund to Fight AIDS and Tuberculosis had designated for the first trimester. That was how it was reported by Cuba, and the declaration was made by the vice minister of International Commerce and Foreign Trade, Orlando Hernández. Hernández pointed out that this action can be added to the long list of examples of extraterritorial application of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed on Cuba by the US for more than 50 years.

He indicated that last January, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in charge of channelling the financial aid to Cuba, informed that the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), an agency of the United States Department of the Treasury, had frozen funds set for the health sector on the island.

The financing that came regularly every year, was destined for projects of the Global Fund to Fight Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome and tuberculosis in this Caribbean country. The Cuban civil servant added that this action constitutes an illegal act that seriously hinders the international cooperation provided by the UN system through its fund agencies and programmes. He added that it is even worse because of how much it affects the funds designated to combat and prevent pandemics in Cuba, the eradication of which the Cuban Government and international community dedicate their greatest efforts towards.

The declaration highlights that this unilateral measure from Washington will affect likewise, the putting in practice and continuity of social projects, aimed at vulnerable groups of the Cuban population, as well as the universal character of the UN’s agencies, funds and programmes.

(Translated by Piers Jarvis – Email: piersjarvis@hotmail.com)

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