Picture of Dr Aleida GuevaraDr Aleida Guevara to Visit Sheffield to Speak About Cuba’s Rapid Response to the Ebola Crisis

The Department of Politics is delighted to be welcoming Dr Aleida Guevara – Cuban paediatrician, medical mission veteran and daughter of Che Guevara – to the University of Sheffield next month.

Aleida – a paediatrician in Havana who has participated in Cuban medical missions in Africa and Central America - will visit the Students’ Union Auditorium on Tuesday 2 December 2014 to discuss ‘The Greatest Story Never Told – Cuban Internationalisation and the Ebola Crisis.’ Cuba’s rapid response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa, sending over 450 medical professionals into the front line, has attracted international praise.

In the developing world, Cuba’s humanitarian internationalism is better known. It has created primary healthcare systems across the world, sent emergency teams after disasters such as the Kashmir and Haiti earthquakes, created the ‘Mission Miracle’ programme of free eyesight restoration that has treated 3.4 million poor people in Latin America and the Caribbean, and provides free university medical education for thousands of students from the developing world.

Why does Cuba have this capacity for humanitarian solidarity? Aleida’s visit is a rare opportunity to hear and question a remarkable representative of the Cuban Revolution about this story.

Dr Steve Ludlam, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics, said: “Cuba’s front-line medical solidarity in the Ebola crisis has highlighted the country’s internationalism. I am delighted that we are welcoming Cuban paediatrician Aleida Guevara, a veteran of medical missions abroad, and, yes, the daughter of Che Guevara, to speak in the University during her UK visit.”

Dr Aleida Guevara will speak at the Students’ Union Auditorium, from 2pm to 3pm, on Tuesday 2 December 2014. The event is free to attend.

The meeting is hosted by the Department of Politics, the SUSU Politics Society and the SUSU Latin American Society, with the assistance of the Sheffield Cuba Solidarity Campaign.