Medical Aid for Cuba and Palestine
|She should not have to wait for urgent care.|
“Blockade” and “embargo” are just words, bureaucratic jargon. But they represent very real policies being enacted and supported by the US that are devastating the lives of women, children, and families in Palestine and Cuba.
In Cuba, a small boy with lymphoblastic leukemia is denied US-made drugs that could save his life. He may be the next victim of the shameful US embargo: left untreated, this type of leukemia is fatal in two to three months. Cuba has created a medical system that is a model for the world, putting people’s right to health first—but the embargo bars Cuban doctors and nurses from accessing the medicines they need to save lives.
In Gaza, Palestine, a mother rushes her four-year-old daughter to the hospital. The girl struggles to breathe through a violent cough. But because of the years-long Israeli blockade, which keeps vital supplies out of Gaza, the emergency treatment she needs is missing. Red tape and military barriers stand between her and life-saving care in Israel.
Cuba and Palestine may seem to have little in common. But both have been cut off by policies that limit their access to urgent medical care. Their people have suffered needless, avoidable sickness and death as a result.
MADRE has seized a historic opportunity to make an incredible difference. You can play a crucial role.
|Cuban doctors with medicines sent by MADRE.|
We’ve located a US-based intermediary licensed to ship medications directly to Gaza, and we’ve been able to renew our government-issued license to send humanitarian aid to Cuba.
We already have sister organizations at the ready in Cuba and Palestine. They are prepared to immediately deploy the medicines to doctors, hospitals, and most importantly, the patients who need them most.
The dollars we raise will translate into nutritional supplements, antibiotics and vital medical supplies. They’ll become medicines for meningitis, cystic fibrosis, asthma, pneumonia and childhood cancer. They’ll buy gauze and latex gloves, and provide missing parts for neonatal respirators, incubators and infusion pumps.
Through MADRE, you do more than provide urgent relief. You stand by our commitment to end unjust policies that cause suffering. Thank you.