feature: “cuba offers free medical school to blacks and latinos”

April 7, 2015

In September 2000, on a visit to New York City for the Millennium Summit of the United Nations, Cuban president Fidel Castro announced in a speech that free medical education in Cuba would be granted to black and latino students from low-income communities in the US – with the condition that graduates return to the US to aid underprivileged areas. The pioneering programme saw its first US students enter Cuba’s Latin American School of Medicine in 2001 and now American students continue to be admitted every August. Read more on the program here.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor