Support The Hatuey Project’s new campaign to provide medicines for Cuban children with leukemia and lymphoma

The Hatuey Project delegation delivered $60,000 worth of supplies to Cuba this May

Did you know that the 5-year survival rate of childhood leukemia is over 90% with the right medications? The Hatuey Project has launched a new campaign to raise $75,000 to provide medicines for Cuban children with Leukemia and other cancers to help Cuban doctors overcome the crippling effects of the U.S. blockade. Cuban children and Cuban doctors need our help.

Conditions in Cuba have become increasingly difficult over the past few months. Sixty years of an inhumane blockade and an additional two years of being falsely listed as a State Sponsor of Terror by the US State Department has resulted in recent shortages of food, fuel, and essential medicines.

Organizers of the Hatuey Project met with Cuban doctors and nurses at Juan Manuel Márquez Pediatric Hospital in Havana, at the José Luis Miranda Pediatric Hospital in Santa Clara, and with the Institute of Hematology and Immunology in Havana, where they learned that doctors have been unable to purchase much-needed medications and materials.

Despite the incredible medical advances made by the Cuban medical system, the United States Blockade prevents doctors from accessing basic, life-saving medications for children.

In this video Dr. José Valdez, the director of the oncology department at Juan Manuel Márquez Pediatric Hospital, tells about the problems he and his patients face:

In Cuba, there are medications that could be purchased in third countries but when they have some U.S. component, Cuba is not allowed to buy them.

This means that sometimes we do not have the ideal or indicated medications for the specific illness of the child. We use an alternative, which does not give the same result. It is the children that pay the price for this needless policy.

While we continue to fight to end the US Blockade against Cuba and to remove Cuba from the State Sponsors of Terrorism List, the people of the United States can stand in solidarity with the Cuban people through material support.

Donate to The Hatuey Project. The Hatuey Project is a project of The People’s Forum, a non-profit public charity exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; as such, all donations are tax-deductible. All proceeds go to providing material aid. The Hatuey Project delivers the medicines through export licenses granted by the U.S. Commerce Department.

On behalf of The Hatuey Project, we thank you.

Gloria La Riva, Coordinator, The Hatuey Project
Nadia Marsh, MD, Prof. of Clinical Medicine
Simon Ma, MD, MPH, Family Medicine

Rachel Viqueira, MHS, Epidemiologist
Leni Villagómez Reeves, MD
Will Kohr, RN
Andira Alves, Affordable Housing Project Manager

About the Hatuey Project

We are health providers and social justice activists concerned about the harmful effects of the U.S. economic blockade of Cuba. We have inaugurated this medical aid project to extend solidarity to the Cuban people, with the procurement of vital medicines and medical equipment.

Cuba has already shown that its remarkable health care and scientific/biotech systems are fully capable of serving the 11+ million people on the island, providing excellent quality, universal and free care to everyone. But more than 240 measures by the Trump administration that turned the screws even further on Cuba’s people — in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic — have created a truly difficult situation for the people. We have already taken part in direct delivery of vital medicines over the last year, and we aim to do much more.

We invite you to join in our project in any way you can: With your monetary contribution, as well as helping procure major donations from pharmaceuticals and other medical providers. We are fully volunteer; all of the donations we receive will go strictly to acquire medical aid. Shipping costs will be held to the utmost minimum. The Hatuey Project is fiscally sponsored by the Alliance For Global Justice, so all donations are tax-deductible. Join our effort today!

People delivering medications

In July, our project delivered much-needed vitamins & medicines to 133 homes in Cuba for pregnant women who are at risk.

In August, we delivered almost $20,000 worth of medical supplies to aid the burn victims of the tragic fire at the oil depot in Matanzas. Click here to read more.

Cuban mother and child

The U.S. Blockade has created many challenges for the people of Cuba. Read the UN Report

Want to help the Hatuey Project? Download and circulate our brochure.