I am writing to ask if you will nominate the Cuban doctors, nurses and technicians who make up Cuba’s Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade for a Nobel Peace Prize.
As the world faces a global health crisis, thousands of Cuban doctors, nurses and technicians have responded to overseas requests for help by volunteering as part of the island’s Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade. From Jamaica to Italy and Angola to Indonesia, more than 3,700 Cuban medics have supported health workers in 39 countries in their fight against COVID-19.
“We were shipwrecked and you succour us without asking us our name or origin. After months of mourning, anguish and doubts, now we see the light.” These were the moving words of Stefania Bonaldi, mayor of Crema, as she said farewell to the Cuban medics who helped treat coronavirus in Lombardy, one of the worst-affected provinces in Italy.
For their selfless work providing humanitarinism and hope to people across the globe, we are asking you to award them the Nobel Peace Prize in 2021.
The key principles of the brigade are health, peace, humanitarianism and solidarity, and since its formation in 2005, Cuban health workers have provided relief in emergencies regardless of politics or borders, treating almost four million people in 45 countries. Most notable recent examples include the doctors who worked in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia during the Ebola outbreak in 2014.
In the last fifteen years, 13,500 members of the Henry Reeve International Brigade have saved 93,000 lives during natural disasters and health emergencies. I believe that their inspirational internationalism deserves recognition.
Nobel Peace Prize nominations can be made by members of national assemblies and university chancellors or professors. As you belong to one of these groups I hope you will consider the Cuban medical brigades worthy of the award for their selfless humanitarian work saving lives and promoting friendship and cooperation between nations and consider making a nomination.
The deadline for submissions to the Nobel Committee is 31 January 2021. If you are happy to make a nomination or would like to know more, full details of the brigade and how to make the nomination is available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.