United States Blocks Funds to Fight AIDS in Cuba

Luis Enrique González writes, “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.” He is referring to the United States’ decision to freeze $4,207,000 of aid allotted for Cuba by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS and Tuberculosis. Here are excerpts with a link to the full article below:

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. [. . .] He indicated that last January, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), in charge of channeling 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 program. 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.

For full article (translated by Piers Jarvis), see http://www.theprisma.co.uk/2011/03/20/us-block-help-against-aids-set-for-cuba/

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