US providing over $140 million to aid Jamaica's COVID response
The United States Government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), through its Caribbean Regional Office, based in Kingston, Jamaica, will be providing over $140 million Jamaican dollars (US $1million), to strengthen the Caribbean’s efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
The funding will support priority areas such as laboratory diagnostics, particularly testing, surveillance, infection prevention and control and patient management.
The support provided to the Jamaican Government, is part of a larger regional effort by the U.S. government, totaling US$3 million dollars.
Other benefiting nations include, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Barbados.
Funding support will also be provided to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).
“These efforts strengthen our regional disaster response capabilities and promote resilience under the U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership. This assistance also underscores the United States commitment to advancing Jamaica’s public health capacity for the benefit of the Jamaican people under our U.S.-Caribbean 2020 engagement strategy,” said U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica, Donald Tapia.
The CDC will work with the various Ministries of Health, and their regional partners, such as CARPHA, and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), to ensure the timely disbursement of the funds, and execution of the projects and activities.
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