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Additional 2,808 foreign doctors will arrive in Brazil this week, President Rousseff announced. The doctors will join the other health professionals who began entering the country in July in order to take part in the government’s Programa Mais Médicos (“Mnatale2013 059ore Doctors Program”).

Under an agreement that will earn cash-strapped Cuba some $225 million a year, Cuban doctors have been deployed to health centers in the slums of Brazilian cities and villages across the drought-stricken Northeast that had no resident doctors. Bahia state is reopening rural health centers that were unstaffed.

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