“Just as the Cuban combatants in Angola
set an example that can never be erased, the heroic actions of Cuba’s army of white coats will occupy a place of honor.”
FIDEL CASTRO, OCTOBER 2014
In 2014 three West African countries were hit by the largest
epidemic on record of the deadly Ebola virus. In response
to an international call for help, Cuba’s revolutionary
socialist government provided what was needed most—and
what no other country even tried to deliver.
In a matter of weeks, more than 250 volunteer Cuban
doctors, nurses, technicians, and public health specialists
were on the ground providing hands-on care to thousands
of desperately ill human beings and their traumatized
families and communities.
By mid-2015 the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, Sierra
Leone, and Guinea had been virtually eradicated.
The discipline, courage, sense of humor, and pride
of these Cuban volunteers rings throughout the firsthand
accounts recorded here. Their actions showed the world
the kind of men and women only a deep-going socialist
revolution can produce.