Thousands of Brazilians could be left without healthcare as Cuba begins pulling out 8,400 doctors who have been stationed in the country’s smallest and remotest towns for the past five years.
In an official statement dated November 14, Havana announced it will end its agreement with Brazil as a response to president-elect Jair Bolsonaro’s public comments about the program, which it deemed “threatening and depreciative”. On multiple occasions over the course of the presidential campaign, Bolsonaro has disputed the skills of the Cuban doctors and criticized the agreement’s terms.
Launched in 2013 by former president Dilma Rousseff, the program “Mais Médicos” (More Doctors) sought to widen healthcare access in Brazil’s most vulnerable towns, some of which never had a resident doctor before. It opened thousands of job posts in those areas, offering salaries of around 3,500 dollars per month plus a stipend for housing and meals (for comparison, Brazil’s minimum wage is currently around 300 dollars per month).
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