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Venezuela to train Haitian doctors in community medicine program

Venezuela will train Haitian professionals in the Comprehensive Community Medicine Program (MIC) and the National Educator Training Program as part of a trilateral accord with Cuba and Haiti.

According to a press release from the Ministry of People’s Power for Higher Education (MES), Venezuela will build a university campus as part of the accord.

Anny Pérez, an official from the MES Office of International Cooperation, indicated that this plan of solidarity with Haiti was conceived within the framework of international cooperation espoused by the Bolivarian government and is a result of the historic debt that Venezuela has with Haiti.

“We responded to a request from the President of the Republic, Hugo Chávez, to establish strategic plans with the people of Haiti to support them in overcoming the deep economic and social crises they are undergoing, through the training of human talent so it can solve its structural problems that are evident in a high rate of mortality, illiteracy and unemployment—a product of the privatization of education and health care,” said Pérez.

Venezuela will send a contingent of professors to Haiti to begin training new doctors and teachers.

Updates to technical cooperation agreements were agreed to as part of the discussion for this higher education project.  These agreements will be developed within the mixed commission, which is also set to reach an agreement for recognition of degrees, so these new professional can work without restrictions in their country.

In March, it is expected that the Grand Marshall of Ayacucho Foundation (Fundayacucho) will have developed a selection process for the 50 scholarships in Venezuela that will be awarded to Haitians.

Agencia Bolivariana de Noticias (ABN), Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Press Office / January 28, 2009

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