19 Feb 2015

NZ to help Cuban doctors with English

3:01 pm on 19 February 2015

New Zealand is to provide English language training for up to 15 Cuban doctors who are to do aid work in Pacific island nations.

The ministry of foreign affairs says the scheme, which will run for just over two years, aims to enhance the effectiveness of Cuba's medical assistance in the region.

Each doctor will complete an 18-week training course before heading to the Pacific country in which they will provide medical care.

At a signing ceremony in New Zealand earlier this month, the Cuban Ambassador, Maria del Carmen Herrera Caseiro, said the scheme provided an important platform to support Cuban medical cooperation in the Pacific.

The ministry's acting chief executive, Craig Hawke, called it a significant milestone in New Zealand's relationship with Cuba, and a practical, tangible piece of cooperation that is being delivered.