Cuban Doctor on Canada-Wide Speaking Tour on Cuba's Medical Mission in Haiti, Oct 15 to Nov 4

Submitted by Roger on October 18, 2011 - 20:01
Date of the event
Dr. Jorge Tomas Balseiro Estevez, a member of Cuba's medical internationalist mission to Haiti, will speak in more than a dozen cities in Canada in October and November. The tour is organized by the Canadian Network on Cuba (CNC) and la Table de concertation de solidarité Québec-Cuba. For information on Dr. Balseiro's speaking tour, contact:; cell: 902-449-4967
Saturday, October 15, 4 pm
Casa Latino-américaine
880, rue Père Marquette, bureau 113, Québec (au nord du boulevard René-Lévesque, à l'angle de l'avenue Belvedère)
Sunday, October 16, 4 pm
At: Haitian Cultural Association Perle Retrouvée
7655, 20e Avenue, Montréal (Crémazie Est et 20e Avenue, entre St-Michel et Pie-IX)
Table de concertation de solidarité Québec-Cuba, contact 514 728 7222
Monday, October 17, 1 pm
Bureau de la communauté haïtienne de Montréal (B.C.H.M.)
6970, rue Marquette, Montréal (à l'ouest des coins Bélanger et Papineau)
Monday, October 17, 6 pm
UQAM, par l'Observatoire des Amériques,
Centre d'études sur l'intégration et la mondialisation, Salle DS-1950, pavillon J.A. De-Sève, 320, rue Sainte-Catherine Est
Tuesday, October 18, 12:30 pm
Collège Marianopolis, 4873, avenue Westmount, Westmount
Tuesday, October 18, 6:30 pm
La Maison d'Haïti
8833, boul Saint-Michel, Montréal
Table de concertation de solidarité Québec-Cuba, contact: 514 - 728-7222
Humanity's Mission: Cuban Medical Internationalism In Haiti
Wednesday, October 19, 4:30 pm
Clinical Research Centre, Dalhousie University, 5849 University Ave, Dean's Council Room, C-206, 2nd Floor
Wednesday, October 19, 7 pm
Dalhousie University Student Union Building, 6136 University Avenue, room 303
Nova Scotia Cuba Association, contact: 902-449-4967
Cuban Medical Internationalism In Haiti
Thursday, October 20, 7:30 pm
Embassy of Cuba, 388 Main Street, Ottawa
Cuba-Canada Connections, contact: 613-225-6232
Cuba's Medical Internationalist Mission In Haiti
Friday, October 21, 7 pm
CEGEP de l'Outaouais, au salon étudiant (agora bleu) 333, Boul. Cité des jeunes, Entrée porte no. 2
l'Association d'amitié Outaouais Cuba, Action Santé Outaouais, AKASAN (Ayisiyen Ki Ap Soutni Ayisiyen Nétalkole)
Cuban Medical Collaboration: Haiti experience before and after the earthquake
Saturday, October 22, 2 pm
Richardson Laboratories amphitheater in KGH CCFA-Kingston
Monday, October 24, 7:30 pm
Cuba's Health Solidarity in Haiti
Steelworkers' Hall, 25 Cecil Street CCFA-Toronto Contact:
Cuba's Medical Mission to Haiti
Wednesday, October 26, 7 pm
Hearth Room, Hillhurst-Sunny Side Community Association, 1320 5 Ave NW
CCFA-Calgary   Contact:
Thursday, October 27, 7 pm
Room 2-115, Education North Building, University of Alberta
Cuba Edmonton Solidarity Committee
From Devastation to Salvation
Friday, October 28, 7 pm
Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph St. (at Victoria Drive, 3 blocks north of Hastings)
Organized by Canadian-Cuban Friendship Association, endorsed by Haiti Solidarity BC and Vancouver and District Labour Council
Contact: 604 253 6442
Saturday, October 29, 12 noon
Beban Park, 2300 Bowen Rd., Room 1
Contact Sue Creba at  250-755-3371 or Bob Smit at 250-760-0547
Saturday, October 29, 7 pm
BCGEU Hall, 2994 Douglas
Friends of Cuba, Victoria Peace Coalition & Canadian Network on Cuba
Sunday, October 30, 1 pm
Sunshine Seniors Center, 5604 Trail Ave., Sechelt B.C.
Contact  Jef Keighley 604-885-3390, or Jacquie Shelemy, 604-886-6823
Cuba For Haiti
Tuesday, November 1, 7 pm
Mondragon Café 91 Albert Street
Manitoba-Cuba Solidarity Committee or call 783-9380.
Cuba's Internationalism in Haiti
Friday November 4, 2011, 7 pm
Katzman Lounge - University of Windsor  (corner of Huron Church and Wyandotte)
Canadian-Cuban Friendship Association-Windsor
Contact: or (519) 991-4167
Dr. Jorge Tomas Balseiro Estevez has extensive experience in Cuba's many medical internationalist missions across the globe. From 1988-89, he worked as Director of the Cuban Civilian Hospital in the Republic of Angola. In 2004-2006 he worked as a clinical psychiatrist in the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation of the Republic of Guyana.
In 2008, as a member of the Henry Reeve Brigade in Haiti, he was director of the Hospital de Campana de Leogane. In the immediate aftermath of the earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010, Dr. Balseiro worked extensively with Cuban technical and medical personnel giving emergency aid. They were soon joined by the arrival of a group of more than 50 Latin American doctors, trained at the Latin American School of Medicine in Cuba. Dr. Balseiro also participated in rescue missions of hurricanes Ike and Paloma in his own country in 2008.
Dr. Balseiro was Provincial Director of Public Health of the Province of Camaguey, Cuba from 2000 to 2003. Currently, he is the Director of the University Psychiatric Hospital of Camaguey. Dr. Balseiro has authored numerous articles on mental health issues that have appeared in a variety Cuban and international magazines. He trained internationally in Hungary, Mexico, Guyana and in Cuba in different topics of mental health and mental health and disasters.
Dr. Balseiro is 55 years old and speaks Spanish and English. For information on Dr. Balseiro's speaking tour, contact:; cell: 902-449-4967.
Backgrounder: Cuba In Haiti
Cuba's cooperation with Haiti began in 1998, after Hurricane George hit Haiti. At the time of the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti, 402 Cuban internationalists, 302 of them medical personnel, had already been helping the Haitian people.
Since the earthquake, Cuban cooperation has grown to 1,304 persons, with 679 Cubans, and 625 graduates and students from 26 other countries, trained and educated free of cost at Cuba's Latin American School of Medicine.
Cuban doctors immediately responded to the cholera epidemic following the earthquake, saving thousands of Haitians. The cholera mortality rate in Haiti is 2.07 per cent, whereas for the sick people assisted by the Cuban Medical Brigade it is 0.48 per cent. Haiti's former president, Rene Preval, once said the people of Haiti view the Cuban physicians as extremely important, "second only to God."
The Cuban medical mission has treated more than 300,000 patients, performing more than 8,000 surgeries. Cuban assistance encompasses more than just the provision of immediate medical attention. It is now also focused on strengthening and rebuilding the Haitian healthcare system. Toward those ends, the Cuban medical and paramedical internationalists work in 56 hospitals and healthcare centres, and have installed and equipped 30 rooms, in which more than 85,000 patients have been treated.
Immediately following the earthquake in Haiti, the Canadian Network on Cuba initiated a fundraising campaign - Cuba for Haiti - to donate to Cuba's efforts in medical support to Haiti. To date, the campaign chaired by Professor Keith Ellis of Hamilton, Ontario has raised and sent to Cuba over $295,000.