UK’s contribution of $3.8M to help Antigua and Barbuda fight COVID-19

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The United Kingdom has agreed to contribute 3 million Pounds (USD $3.8 m) to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to help eight countries of the Caribbean – Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – contain the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and mitigate its impact.

The financial contribution from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) is in addition to the USD $9.9m already provided by the UK Government via the World Health Organization (WHO) allocations to support PAHO’s response strategy to COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean as outlined in its Donor Appeal.

The funds from DFID will assist Caribbean countries to access critical medical equipment and other urgent supplies for the immediate health response to COVID-19.

The objective of the six-month project is to help save lives and reduce human-to-human transmission of the virus, including secondary infections in healthcare settings, through re-organization of health services and the implementation of Infection Prevention and Control measures.

It also aims to ensure early detection of COVID-19 cases by strengthening existing surveillance systems and scaling up laboratory capacity. Part of the strategy will also improve the communication of clear and transparent public health information about risks and protective measures to populations on the islands.

Pan American Health Organization Director Dr. Carissa Etienne said “PAHO very much appreciates the strong partnership and long-standing support of the Government of the United Kingdom. We are grateful to UK DFID for helping Caribbean small island developing states combat the serious COVID-19 pandemic and address the unique challenges they are facing.”

Stefan Kossoff, Country Director for the UK DFID in the Caribbean, said: “The UK Government is committed to supporting our Caribbean friends and partners through this crisis.  We all face unprecedented challenges with COVID19, and UK assistance is supporting vulnerable health systems in the Caribbean and across the world – to save lives, protect vital services and reduce the risk of future waves of infection globally.

In addition to our multi-million commitment for the development of a possible vaccine, this direct regional support will help Caribbean countries to cope with the coronavirus crisis, boost their healthcare efforts and protect the most vulnerable. The UK stands with the people of the Caribbean in these difficult times.”

The donation from the UK Government will also contribute to the UN’s Multi-Sectoral Response Plan for the Eastern Caribbean, launched on 30 April 2020 and which aims to support countries in the Eastern Caribbean to scale-up their respective national actions to respond to COVID-19 through a multi-dimensional approach. With funds from DFID, PAHO will support a coherent public health response that addresses the most pressing needs of the benefitting countries and ensure strong coordination and management as well as information sharing arrangements with other UN and regional/bilateral agencies to maximize impact and eliminate potential duplication.

PAHO, as the specialized health agency in the Americas and the Regional Office of WHO, is providing critical leadership, coordination and assistance to fight the spread of COVID-19, save lives, and protect the most vulnerable peoples in all 52 countries and territories of the Americas.

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  1. Bull shit, poverty been killing Caribbean people since slavery more than the corona virus can ever amount to, poverty, mis guidance, corruption, etc is the real pandemic we are facing here in the Caribbean!our repatriation is what these people should be giving to us after all these evils we have endured an still facing until this very day!! These little crumbs don’t frighten me!! We all are not illiterate an ignorant as these politicians an such think we are!

  2. All this money being given to NGO’s to fight Covid-19 in the Caribbean, you would think that there is a pandemic down here. Antiguan government just announced that there are no more cases in Antigua. I personally don’t trust these organizations as where ever they go in the world to fight some disease or another, infections increase. If they realize that there is no pandemic to fight, will they bring us some of the virus? Think how aids devastated some African countries. In my opinion, these NGO’s like pushing vaccines as this is big business for the pharmaceutical industry. Some so-called philanthropists think the world is over populated and vaccines should be used to control world population. Of course, you know who they are focused on, brown and black people.
    What the Caribbean needs is financial help to tide us over until the tourism sector recovers. More people in the Caribbean are probably likely to die from starvation than some virus.
    Tell these people what we need is money. What we don’t need is group of people coming to fight a virus and in the process bringing the virus with them while justifying their big pay checks. Why are countries in Europe, Russia, America and Canada still showing an increase in infection? These countries probably need more help. What the Caribbean needs is money.

  3. But…..but….but ur fearless leader, Brownie Moustachio, has promised that COVID had been expunged from our fair island! Maybe Bownie is wrong?????

    • Tap lie!!! He NEVER said that. Neither has the CMO, Health Minister or WHO. You jus loveth wan jarma and negative vibes.

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