Havana, June 26 — Norway is due to sign an agreement on Wednesday with the Cuban government under which the Scandinavian country will hand out USD $800,000 to fund healthcare services provided by the Caribbean island in Haiti.
The deal will be signed during the visit to Havana of Norway’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gry Larsen on June 26-27.
The official is also scheduled to attend the opening of a Regional Centre for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation, part of a Cuban-Norwegian program with a an annual budget of USD $1.3 million.
This is Norway’s fourth agreement with Cuba to fund medical aid since 2010 when a deadly earthquake struck Haiti. The two first installments both came in 2010 and a third in 2012; Norway’s contributions under the three-way cooperation deal now total USD $3.2 million.
Norway’s funding covers one third of the expenses of the Cuban medical brigade, working mostly in the south of Haiti. The tasks of the brigade include rebuilding the local healthcare system and controlling a cholera epidemic, which has struck hundreds of thousands of Haitians.
Cuba is also working in Haiti under an $80 million Brazilian-funded program for the reconstruction of the Haitian healthcare system. That program covers construction of four hospitals and purchase of equipment.