SURINAME
FACTS
Doctors: 101 (21 for Covid-19)
Nurses: 70 (30 for Covid-19)
Total: 171
Cumulative: 350
Mission status: Active
AGREEMENTS
MOST RECENT AGREEMENT
General Medical Cooperation Agreement
DURATION: 8 YEARS
BEGAN: November 30, 2012
AGREEMENT SIGNER: Suriname’s
Ministry of Health
PREVIOUS AGREEMENTS
Collaboration Agreement (2007)
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Geographic areas: Broad coverage, in
Stoelmanseiland, Kajana, Djoemoe,
Wánica,and Nikerie
Health areas: Stomatology, internal and
comprehensive medicine, hygiene and
epidemiology, anesthesiology, ,
pediatrics, pharmacology, nursing and
electromedicine.
Contracts obtained: NO
Agreement obtained: NO
Laws available: NO
Current figures:
• Active personnel: 171
• Defections: 15 (estimated)
• Did not return to Cuba: 10 (est.)
• Prohibited from returning: 10 (est.)
Media available: Yes
Official data available: Yes
Violations documented: NO
Cases before UN/ICC: Yes
Cases in courts: NO
Most relevant violations: Violations
stemming from Resolution 168 and other
Cuban laws applicable to the mission

SUMMARY

Cuba’s medical collaboration with Suriname began with Operation Miracle in 2005, in the first phase of which patients were flown to Cuba for treatment. Since 2007 there has been a brigade comprising 10 ophthalmologists in Slands hospital in Paramaribo. This was part of an agreement drawn up by Cuba’s ambassador in Paramaribo, Andrés González Garrido, and the local public health official, Dr. Celsius Waterberg. The brigade works under two of the country’s three health systems: the medical mission, financed by the government, and regional health services, made up of various specialists. Suriname also has young nationals studying at the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana. With the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, Suriname received 51 doctors who from the Henry Reeve Medical Brigade.

DOCUMENTED CASES

Anonymous: None
Not anonymous: None
Public (media): None

Link to media reports

NAMES OF CHIEFS OF MISSIONS

Dr. Marianela Ortega, Chief of Medical Brigade
Dr. Edwin Noorsee, Coordinator of Medical Mission

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