ALBA Project tailored to help Haiti
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- 01 / 27 / 2010
The program of solidarity emerged at the extraordinary meeting of the Political Council of the ALBA-TCP (Trade Treaty of the Peoples) to analyze the situation of that Caribbean nation, devastated on January 12 by a powerful earthquake, which killed over 150,000 people.
The mechanism is part of a group of measures reflected in the Declaration read by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, which also includes the approval of a Humanitarian Fund for Haiti.
The health sector is a maximum priority of the program, for which all aspects of logistics, infrastructure, transportation, technical support and supplies have been guaranteed, Prensa Latina news agency reports.
Likewise, the ALBA-TCP approved a plan to take care of children, specifically in the education and food sectors, and expressed concern for what it described as an excessive presence of military troops, in clear reference to those from the United States.
For the Alliance, made up by Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Cuba, Dominica, Ecuador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Venezuela, any help to Haiti must be given by respecting its territorial integrity and sovereignty.
Venezuelan Health Minister Carlos Rotondaro told Prensa Latina that the regional bloc will work on the recovery of hospitals and will speed up the finishing or construction of Comprehensive Diagnostic Centres, until arriving to the 10 centres planned.
Rodriguez pointed out that there are currently 766 Cuban specialists in Haiti, 466 of which are working in Port-au-Prince.