World Youth Study Medicine in Cub

Havana, Sep 13. -More than 20,000 youth from Latin American, African and Oceania countries are currently training in the Medical Sciences universities of all Cuban provinces.The 2011-2012 school year officially began on Monday at the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM), located at the outskirts of Havana, with an enrollment of about 2,300 foreign students.

This is the 12th academic year of this institution, founded in 1999 by an initiative by the leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro. Previously, the center graduated about 10,000 physicians.

"You, students, as Fidel Castro stated, have to be trained with the quality of our physicians, with a high scientific-technical, humanist, ethic and solidarity formation, ELAM Rector Juan Carrizo repeated to the new students.

According to Granma newspaper, after the earthquake that devastated Haiti in January 2010, about 250 volunteers from 28 countries trained in such educational center went there to assist that Caribbean people. (Prensa Latina)