Global Links persists in sending humanitarian aid to Cuba
A load of medical supplies valued at $ 140,000 was sent to Cuba last week by the non-profit organization Global Links. The cargo consisted of surplus supplies such as stretchers and wheelchairs, in addition to 345 boxes of sutures, gauze and specific tools for medical procedures, and it was supervised by Marisol Valentin, an official at the headquarters in Pittsburgh.
Despite the embargo against Cuba, in the last twenty years Global Links has managed to create and build a bridge of supplies from hospitals in Pittsburgh, Maryland and Virginia.
Global Links, since its founding in 1989, was the first non-profit organization to receive an export license from the United States Department of Commerce to provide large-scale humanitarian medical aid to hospitals in Cuba .
The normalization of diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba has facilitated the work of Marisol Valentin mostly because the need for special permission from the Treasury Department for travelling to the island was eliminated.