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Why Brazil needs the Cuban doctors it is ditching

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Photo: Karina Zambrana/Fotos públicas

Created in 2013 by the Dilma Rousseff administration with the aim of sending healthcare professionals to remote areas of the country, the More Doctors Program employs 18,240 professionals—8,332 of them being from Cuba. Many have started to go home as Havana declared it is withdrawing from the program after President-elect Jair Bolsonaro imposed many conditions for its continuation. The list includes the taking of equivalency tests to attest that the Cuban doctors are indeed capable of working in Brazil, and that they receive the entirety of their salaries (75 percent of which currently stays with the Cuban government). Moreover, Mr....

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