Cuban Medics Fighting Ebola Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Cuban health workers fighting Ebola in Africa

The Annual Conference of Norwegian Trade Unions in Trondheim unanimously nominated the Henry Reeve Cuban Medical Brigade which has been fighting Ebola in Africa for the Nobel Prize. 

More than 460 Cuban doctors and nurses have been in West Africa since last October to help fight the Ebola epidemic there.

Since the virus was first detected in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1976, 23 outbreaks have been reported in several countries. The most recent outbreak began in Guinea, but spread to neighboring Sierra Leone and Liberia, which is currently the most affected country.

The Henry Reeve Brigade was created on Sept. 19, 2005, with over 1,500 members. Its first missions were in Guatemala and Pakistan, countries that faced the consequences of a hurricane and a devastating earthquake, respectively.

Cuba also offered to dispatch the brigade to the United States to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina, a move that U.S. authorities rejected.

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