After threats from President-Elect Jair Bolsonaro, Cuba decided to recall the more than 8,000 Cuban doctors deployed to poor and remote regions of Brazil by the program Mais Médicos (More Doctors). As of May 2019, six months later, there are still 3,847 vacant positions in the program, while more than 2,000 Cuban doctors defied their own government’s orders to return home and stayed in Brazil. Embu-Guaçu, city with approximately 70,000 residents, has only 10 doctors, after 8 Cuban doctors left.
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Embu-Guaçú, Brazil - May 6th, 2019.
Maíra Erlich for The New York Times
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