US donating J$95 million towards Jamaica's COVID-19 fight

April 01, 2020
US Ambassador to Jamaica, Donald Tapia

The United States Government has committed J$95 million (US$700,000) to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in Jamaica.

These funds will go directly toward Jamaica’s emergency response. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) intends to provide these funds to meet the COVID-19 response needs of the Government of Jamaica.

The United States, via USAID, is coordinating with the Government of Jamaica, international humanitarian partners, and other stakeholders to identify priority areas for investment.

U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica, Donald Tapia states, “To date, the Government of Jamaica has done a commendable job at addressing the spread of COVID-19 in country. These funds will directly support emergency response activities that are vital for helping to #flattenthecurve here in Jamaica.”

With these emergency response resources, USAID will seek opportunities to support:

* Case management to strengthen clinical care while minimising the risk of onwards transmission to others.
* Infection prevention and control in health-care facilities.
* Laboratory strengthening to prepare laboratory systems for large-scale testing of COVID-19.
* Communications to help educate people on steps they can take to prevent and respond to the spread of the virus through country-specific media campaigns.
* Surveillance and rapid response to enhance with case-finding and event-based surveillance for COVID-19.

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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