USAID to donate an additional J$44 million to aid Jamaica's COVID-19 response

May 22, 2020

The United States Government has committed an additional J$44 million (US$300,000) to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in Jamaica.

The funds to be provided by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID, will go directly toward Jamaica’s emergency response.

The United States, via USAID, says it will be coordinating with the Government of Jamaica, local non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders, to identify priority areas for investment.

“To date, the Government of Jamaica has done a commendable job at addressing the spread of COVID-19 in country, this additional $300,000 will add to the more than $1.7 million the United States has already provided to support Jamaica’s COVID-19 response,” said U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica Donald Tapia.

With the emergency response resources; USAID says it will be seeking opportunities to support:  

-Risk communications and messaging from trusted community sources and disseminated through social media.

-Raise awareness of prevention measures and good hygiene practices through behavioral change communication and community engagement.

-Provide targeted social support to vulnerable groups.

This assistance builds upon U.S. investments of nearly US$87 million in health and nearly US$619 million total over the past 20 years for Jamaica.

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