Antigua & Barbuda And UNDP Pledge To Complete Hanna Thomas Hospital by 2020


As the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly continues, Prime Minister Gaston Browne and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Achim Steiner engaged in formal discussions on the recovery efforts on Barbuda after the destruction by Hurricane Irma. Prime Minister Browne updated the Administrator on the slow progress of the rebuilding efforts and the rebuilding of the sole hospital on island, a project overseen by UNDP.


Prime Minister Browne expressed to Administrator Steiner the need for mechanisms to be put in place to facilitate a faster response to the rebuilding efforts, like addressing some of the reporting mechanisms required which Small States may not have the capacity to fulfil.   Administrator Steiner also expressed concerns on the pace of the rebuilding and noted the importance of Barbuda’s recovery and particularly the need to conclude work on the Hanna Thomas Hospital.


Prime Minister Browne and Administrator Steiner reached an agreement that restoration of Hanna Thomas Hospital will commence immediately and will be completed on  1st January 2020.



  1. What took them two years ??..and I wonder which fronting contractor the PM has got up his sleeve this time to reap more personal benefits?.
    We are still awaiting some answers from UNDP…..

    • As you stated I am of the opinion that the delay is very much because the UNDP have to be very distrustful of where the funds will go which applies equally to both govt. and construction company. One can only hope the Administrator would be able to set up something to control the money.

  2. I hope this is a lesson learnt by the Barbudans……. If they were not ridiculous in their actions towards the PM and his current administration, the overall development of Barbuda & its hospital would have reached alot further……. Barbudans need to wake up, smell the coffee and allow wisdom to dictate and desist in allowing politics to control of them.

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