THE Namibian Government has nominated the Henry Reeve International Cuban Medical Brigade for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize.
The nomination recognises the Brigade’s extensive work of exporting Cuba’s medical skills for the benefit of communities across the world.
The Brigade has been extensively involved in providing support to countries across the world since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to a statement by the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation (MIRCO), Cuba has displayed excellent global citizenship by championing international solidarity despite the economic and financial embargo which severely constrains the country.
The Medical Brigade’s willingness to discharge humanitarian aid despite the challenges created by severe international sanctions deserves the recognition and worthy of Namibia’s nomination.
Members of Cabinet affirmed its support for the nomination of the Brigade for the coveted accolade.
And in this regard, the MIRCO submitted the nomination on 15 December 2020 to the Norwegian Nobel Committee.
Previously, members of the Brigade also worked selflessly to combat Ebola in West Africa in 2014 and had focused support for the people of Haiti when they experienced a Cholera epidemic in 2010.
“Namibia recognizes this selfless work as a consistent commitment to acknowledging health as a fundamental right and providing support in emergency situations with full appreciation for the risks humanitarian crises pose to peace and development,” the statement concluded.