Nationals in the Diaspora Unite to Assist in COVID-19 Relief Efforts


As Antigua and Barbuda plans the way forward in its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, moving closer to the next phase of reopening the country and the economy, a group of patriotic nationals in the Diaspora have expressed an interest in participating in the recovery process.

The Antigua and Barbuda Associations United (ABAU) has launched an initiative “Save Wadadli” which will focus on addressing the unprecedented health, economic, and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the community. This umbrella organization representing 25 community groups in the Diaspora, will convene a meeting to discuss solutions to help minimize the spread of the disease and to provide support, as the country embarks on a path of economic recovery.  The initiative will be launched during a video conference meeting on Thursday, May 14th, 2020 at 7pm (Eastern Time). Nationals from across the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, United Kingdom and the rest of Europe are expected to participate.

Dr. Joseph John of Medical Surgical Associates, will be the keynote speaker and will update citizens on the latest developments of COVID-19 and measures that are being taken by the government to mitigate the impact of the disease on citizens.

Although the caseload for COVID-19 in Antigua and Barbuda may be much lower than anticipated, there are concerns that resources for testing and resultant containment remain sparse. Given the degree of uncertainty about how long the pandemic will last, nationals question how the country’s fragile infrastructure, reliance on imports for physical sustenance and dependency on tourism for economic sustenance, might put Antiguans and Barbudans at risk for several months of continued challenges.

“During this pandemic, it is critical that we build a strong network of support that will augment what the government is doing on the ground. As patriotic nationals we always stand ready to contribute in any way that we can to the well-being of our country. All Antiguans and Barbudans everywhere, are invited to bring their ideas, questions, and insights, to participate in this important discussion,” said Conrad Andy Howell, President of the ABAU.

This virtual town hall discussion has been designed to address questions and share updates about the impacts of this deadly disease on the community.  ABAU will mobilize its member groups to focus on exploring solutions and fundraising opportunities to develop an action plan to provide well needed support during this global crisis.

Persons interested in participating in “Save Wadadli” can register on Eventbrite or Visit

Contact information:

Andy Howell

T – (973) 885-0860

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