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Cuban Docs' Challenge in Swaziland, Saving Lives
"What amazes me the most is to find a Cuban doctor at the least expected place struggling to save a human life," said doctor Raquel Toledo, a Cuban collaborator in Swaziland.

There are no words to describe what it feels like, personally and professionally, to provide our medical services to this people, she said in a phone interview with Prensa Latina.

Toledo, a specialist in Pediatrics, is the head of Cuba's medical brigade in Swaziland, which includes nine women and two men.

She remembered that the collaboration effort started in 2005, base don King Swati III's personal request to our Commander in Chief Fidel Castro, during his official visit to Cuba.

On October 6th, 2005 the first eight members of the brigade arrived in the country, followed by other 12 members a month afterwards.

Eighteen doctors and two technicians were deployed in six regions of the country: Mbabane, the capital; Piggs Peak, Mankayane, Hlathikhulu, Nlhanghano and Siteki.

Doctor Raquel talks passionately about the challenges faced in a country with the highest AIDS morbidity and mortality rates, according to World Health Organization official information.

Also the co-infection of Tuberculosis makes patients' life quality more dramatic, since 60 percent of the population lives in extreme poverty and only 50 percent has Access to drinkable water, she added.

She stressed on the collective commitment to continue the solidarity work they have been carrying out for a decade as she smiled when the reporter asks about the family and the distance. "We're fine, that's the message", she answers. / By Deisy Francis Mexidor - PL.

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