Brazil's diplomatic spat with Cuba leads to medical crisis
Cuba withdraws thousands of doctors amid souring relations with Brazil's far-Right president-elect
Angelita Santos cried when she heard the doctors were leaving. The health director in a town in the south-eastern state of Sao Paulo, she was aghast to hear Cuba was pulling out medical staff that kept facilities in Brazil's neediest regions afloat.
"We were rocked by the news. The doctors called us that morning in tears, and we were in tears too," she said. Her town of Embu-Guacu had 19 doctors for its 70,000 residents only last week. Now, amid a diplomatic rupture between Havana and Brazil's new far-Right president-elect, it had been left with just two.