Monday, August 22, 2005

Cuban-Venezuelan Achievements

As the oil prices increase and Iraq gets worse, the Administration is desperately looking for a new boogeyman. So we have been getting blanketed with anti-Chavez propoganda heavier than usual lately. With Chavez and Castro in Havana this week celebrating their achievements, I thought it would be a good time to compile what amazing things humanity is capable of if there is will, human capital and a bit of oil money: (All of this has happened in the last 5 years)

1) 1.2 million Venezuelans have learned to read through the Robinson Mission.

2) 20,000 Cuban medical personnel have performed 40 million free doctor visits in venezuela's worst and most isolated barrios and rural hamlets through the Barrio Adentro Mission.

3) 1.4 million Venezuelans have enrolled in programs to complete their high school education throught the Ribas Mission

4) 1 million Venezuelans have received training in construction, agriculture, tourism, development and other services through the Vuelvan Caras Mission - and thousands have started small businesses and cooperatives as a result.

5) 700,000 will attend college who otherwise could not have afforded it through the Sucre Mission.

6) 50,000 Venezuelans who are blind or near-blind, will see again due to Cuban science and ingenuity.

7) Thoudands students a year from all over the world will soon be taught to be Doctors, free of charge, at a Cuban-inspired Latin American School of Medicine to be established in Venezuela. 1,500 students, including an American, graduated as Doctors this week in Havana. The only catch is they have to promise to serve disadvantaged communities in their home countries.

This is the instability Cuba is spreading in the region... making people in other countries think of alternatives outside Washington's box.


Blogger jsb said...

Since 1998, when Chavez became President or later, infant mortality is up 16%, death by malnutrition is up 40%, malaria is up 50%.

6:13 AM  
Blogger leftside said...

I don't know where you got such information, but it was likely dated to the period just after the massive 2002 employer-led economic sabotage they had the nerve to call a strike. The economy took a major blow and did not recover until 2004. Of course, the economic collapse (some 15-20% gone) affected the most vulnerable most.

But infant mortality was clearly going down up until 2002 - a nearly 20% drop. I simply can't believe death by malnutrition would have gone up with the thousands of food kitchens and low-cost markets the Government has installed in the poorest areas. Malaria diagnosis probably increases as a result of the 40 million additional Doctor office visits the poor have made that otherwise went untreated in pre-Chavez days. The stats are getting surely getting better since 2002. The UN showed Venezuela registering one of the greatest Human Development Index increases last year.

5:26 PM  

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