“Not Just Tourists” bring more than luggage to Cuba

Some travellers from Ontario and Alberta have been bringing more than just tourist dollars to countries such as Cuba â.. they’re also packing badly needed medical supplies.
A do-it-yourself humanitarian aid group called Not Just Tourists has been filling old suitcases with donated medicine and supplies such as syringe needles and eyeglass frames to send to developing countries.
Van Riel said rural clinics and hospitals in Cuba have trouble getting such items partly because of the U.S. trade embargo with the country.
“When tourists came back and said they were so happy with plain old acetaminophen, Tylenol and ibuprofen â.¦ and vitamins, it just made me realize how in dire straits they were,” Van Riel said.
Not Just Tourists bring more than luggage to Cuba

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