Cuba thanked the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) for donating 19 tonnes of powdered milk that will benefit some six thousand children in paediatric hospitals in the west of the country.

Deborah Rivas, Cuban Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment, reaffirmed her gratitude to the United Nations agency for its permanent and commendable efforts to strengthen the health system, especially in the midst of the complex scenario caused by COVID-19 and the intensification of the US blockade.

At a ceremony held at the Juan Manuel Márquez Paediatric Hospital in Havana, one of the entities that benefited from the donation, the deputy minister said that despite the difficult conditions in which the Cuban economy is operating, the country continues to exhibit health indicators in paediatric ages comparable to those of more developed nations.
She also praised UNICEF’s contribution to the fight against the pandemic in the years 2020 and 2021, which exceeded five million 300 thousand US dollars, showing exponential growth in 2021 compared to the previous year.

During such a complex stage, this international organisation of the United Nations has donated various resources to the Antillean nation, including syringes, means of protection, refrigerators and vital equipment such as an ambulance, an oxygen plant, and high precision ultrasound equipment, he said.
He reiterated Cuba’s strong commitment to its children and adolescents, incorporated in the Family Code Bill which is currently being submitted to popular consultation, and the government’s willingness to continue strengthening joint cooperation with UNICEF in pursuit of their health, education, promotion and welfare.

Alejandra Trossero, UNICEF representative in Cuba, explained that the donation, valued at 85,000 dollars, is destined for hospitals in Pinar del Río, Artemisa, Havana, Mayabeque and Matanzas.
She reiterated the commitment to continue supporting the largest of the Antilles in all programmes and recalled that Unicef has had a history with Cuba for some 60 years, and has had an office on the island for three decades.

Dr. Dania Madiedo, director of Juan Manuel Márquez, expressed her gratitude for such a noble contribution and highlighted the importance of milk, a food that represents one more medicine for children because it contributes to their development.