Sections & Offices

The United States Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean is home to a number of offices from within the Department of State. Please see the sections below for information about each one.

The Political/Economic Section’s principal mission is to advance U.S. policies and interests throughout the Eastern Caribbean in order to strengthen the region’s democratic institutions and market economies, encourage bilateral and regional cooperation in the fight against terrorism and drug-trafficking, and build partnerships to meet other key challenges facing the region and the Western Hemisphere.

To achieve these goals, the Section’s daily and longer-term responsibilities include:

  • Advising the Ambassador and Deputy Chief of Mission on key political, economic, commercial, labor, and environmental developments in the Eastern Caribbean;
  • Representing the U.S. government and promoting U.S. policy objectives with local governments, regional and international organizations, businesses, civil society, and media;
  • Monitoring and reporting to relevant U.S. agencies on the full range of priority issues for the U.S. government;
  • Coordinating the Embassy’s submission of required reports, including those on human rights, religious freedom, terrorism, the Caribbean Basin Trade Preference Act, and the Mission Strategic Plan;
  • Advocating for U.S. economic and commercial interests, in collaboration with other U.S. agencies, including the Foreign Commercial Service (FCS), Department of Agriculture, Treasury Department, and Federal Aviation Administration; and
  • Organizing official visits, including those of senior U.S. officials, Members of Congress, and their staffs.

Mission Strategic Goals

The Political/Economic Section’s broad regional and substantive portfolio provides many opportunities to cooperate with governments in the region to advance U.S. interests in a prosperous and secure region.  Democratic and market economic institutions are well-established in the Eastern Caribbean, but both face challenges that form the core of our diplomatic agenda with countries of the region:

  • Combating International Crime and Drugs:  By assisting the region’s governments to improve their law enforcement capabilities through judicial and legislative reform as well as through an array of training programs, we are working to build a stronger foundation for our cooperation with the Eastern Caribbean to protect America’s “Third Border” against transnational crime, including drug and arms trafficking, money laundering, and other financial crimes.
  • Bolstering Counter-terrorism Efforts:  The region’s governments have been active partners in the war on terror, but there are gaps in their capacities to secure and monitor their borders and to disrupt and deter terrorist financing networks.  We are supporting their efforts to narrow and close those gaps through reforms of their law enforcement and financial oversight systems.
  • Strengthening Democratic Institutions and Promoting Economic Prosperity:  We are seeking to strengthen the region’s democratic systems by developing their abilities to counter challenges, such as corruption, that undermine the governments’ legitimacy, slow economic development, and stymie security and law enforcement efforts.  We are also supporting economic reforms that promote free trade, open and transparent investment regimes, and economic integration.  We are expanding trade and commercial ties between the United States and the Eastern Caribbean by encouraging business exchanges and promoting greater access for U.S. firms to local markets and investment opportunities.
  • Advancing U.S. Public Diplomacy Interests and Goals:  Working closely with our public diplomacy section, we are seeking to maximize outreach and educational opportunities in order to highlight U.S. engagement with and long-range commitment to the region.

Key Personnel

  • Political/Economic Counselor – Shante Moore
  • Political/Economic Officer – Rachel Meyers
  • Political/Economic Officer – John Hayley
  • Political/Economic Officer – Janet Kennedy
  • Political/Economic Officer – Christopher Ausdenmoore
  • Office Management Specialist – Donna Lupton
  • Political/Economic/Commercial Assistant – Jonelle Watson

Commercial Portfolio and Description of Activities

Since the closure of the FCS office in fall of 2007, the Pol/Econ section has assumed the commercial outreach portfolio for the Mission. The Pol/Econ office works closely with the Foreign Commercial Service Office in Santo Domingo and the Foreign Agricultural Trade office in Miami as well as with the Commercial and Business Affairs Office in the Economic, Energy and Business Affairs Bureau in Washington on joint trade promotion activities, in addition to reporting, advocacy and other activities, and advising on significant developments affecting U.S. commercial interests.  FCS Santo Domingo manages commercial diplomacy for the entire Caribbean.

In conjunction with the Ambassador and Deputy Chief of Mission, the Pol/Econ Section supports U.S. business interests in major projects and procurements, and traditionally works with FCS to provide U.S. businesses market intelligence (through publications such as International Market Insight, Industry Sector Analysis, and Country Commercial Guide reports), trade leads, business counseling, commercial advocacy, contact and trade event services such as Gold Key Service programs, trade missions and exhibitions.  The section also helps U.S. exporters and investors resolve trade and investment disputes. All promotion activities are closely coordinated with the Commercial Service’s network of offices throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.  The section has also made a concerted effort to re-energize ties to the U.S. business communities on all the islands.

Key Issues

  • Help U.S. firms participate more fully in private and public sector projects, and look for opportunities to increase two-way trade and investment with the Eastern Caribbean
  • Coordinate trade missions that showcase U.S. products, services and technologies
  • Revitalize contacts with U.S.-affiliated companies throughout the region and, where appropriate, encourage the formation of American Chambers of Commerce (AmChams)

The Public Affairs Section of the Embassy of the United States of America to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean seeks to engage local communities in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean through public diplomacy outreach.  The section works to strengthen U.S. relations in the region by:

  • Explaining U.S. policies, as well as the context for policy by presenting American society in all its complexity
  • Supporting U.S. policy through support for bilateral and regional programs,
  • Increasing cooperation between the peoples of the United States and the Caribbean through educational and cultural exchange programs

We accomplish these goals through a variety of means such as interacting with local press, providing information via the Embassy’s website and social media pages, and organizing cultural, educational, and exchange programs directly with the citizens of Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.

  • Cultural programs include exchange programs to bring American artists to the Caribbean and support for local cultural events.
  • Educational exchanges include Fulbright and Humphrey Fellows exchanges and others.
  • Professional Exchanges:  The International Visitor Leadership Program is designed to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries through carefully designed visits that reflect the participants’ professional interests and support U.S. foreign policy goals.  The IVLP has sent over 500 professionals from Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean to the United States in the past 25 years; and the Speaker Program which brings American professionals to the region to interact with their counterparts on specific policy issues.
  • EducationUSA: EducationUSA Advising Centers facilitate the process of applying to U.S. colleges and universities by providing prospective students with accurate, unbiased, comprehensive, objective and timely information on the full range of educational opportunities in the United States and our services are FREE.  The Eastern Caribbean Outreach Advising Center is located within the U.S. Embassy and country-specific centers are currently active on the islands of Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Nevis, Saint Lucia, and St. Vincent. The United States offers a school and a program that’s just right for every qualified student and EducationUSA is here to provide all the information you need.
  • Facebook page
  • Twitter page

Or visit us in person:

  • Barbados: Information Resource Center
  • Antigua: American Corner
  • Dominica: American Corner

The Public Affairs Section also invites proposals for support through our PAS grants program. These PAS grants help further projects in Barbados in the Eastern Caribbean primarily in the areas of citizen security, combating gender-based violence, environment and climate change, empowering youth, global education and culture.

Requests for proposals will be issued by the Embassy around February and July of each year and reviewed during those months. Unsolicited proposals may be submitted throughout the year but will be reviewed on a quarterly basis.

All proposals will be competitively reviewed; only fully completed PAS Grants forms will be considered for support.

For more information regarding the Public Affairs Section please visit our Fact and Question Page.

Key Personnel

  • Public Affairs Officer – James Rodriguez
  • Deputy Public Affairs Officer – Gaina Davila
  • Information/Media Specialist – Kwayne Sanchez
  • Information Resource Center Coordinator – Amanda Martinez
  • Cultural Affairs Assistant (Exchanges) – Lisa Howell
  • Cultural Affairs Assistant – Nakita Holder
  • Social Media Assistant – Nikisha Toppin
  • Public Affairs Assistant (Administration) – Sabrina Foster
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The Consular Section assists American citizens in the Eastern Caribbean and provides visa services (both non-immigrant and immigrant) to residents of the Consular District.  For American Citizen Services (ACS) purposes, the District covers the seven independent countries of the Eastern Caribbean plus the French overseas départements of Martinique and Guadeloupe, the French “overseas collectivities” of St. Barthélemy and St. Martin, and the British overseas territories of Anguilla, British Virgin Islands and Montserrat.  We are also the visa-issuing post for residents of Grenada and the three Eastern Caribbean islands of the Netherlands Antilles: Saba, St. Eustatius and Dutch St. Maarten.

The Consular Section issues U.S. passports and reports of birth abroad (the equivalent of a U.S. birth certificate), performs notarial services, acts on behalf of the Social Security Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide federal benefits to retirees, monitors arrests of American citizens within the Consular District, and visits incarcerated Americans to determine that jail conditions provide a minimally healthful environment, and that Americans are being treated in a manner consistent with local and international law.

The Consular Section works with authorities of the host country to assist American victims of crime and to locate missing Americans, assists the families of Americans who die in our Consular District, and assists Americans who are destitute or seriously ill.  The Consular Section is also responsible for assisting American citizens in our consular district in the event of natural disasters or other large-scale emergencies.

The Consular Section is open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, except on U.S and Barbados holidays.  Appointments for visas can be made online.  U.S. citizens do not need appointments, and can visit the Consular Section anytime between 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:00-2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  The U.S. Embassy is located in the Wildey Business Park in Wildey, St. Michael.

Visa Types

  • Non-immigrant Visas – Visas for persons wishing to travel temporarily for business, tourism, or study in the U.S.
  • Immigrant Visas – Visas for persons wishing to reside permanently in the U.S.

Mission Statement

The Military Liaison Office (MLO) for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean maintains U.S. national security interests, facilitates regional security, and fosters cooperation, stability and prosperity.

Activities

MLO Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean manages U.S. Southern Command’s bilateral engagements with Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.  Activities include executing Foreign Military Financing and Foreign Military Sales programs, regional and multinational exercises, humanitarian assistance and disaster preparation missions and programs, the State Partnership Program, Traditional Commander’s Activities, and the International Military Education and Training program.

MLO Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean’s responsibilities also include force protection of all Department of Defense assets in the region, coordinating U.S. military forces deployed to the area, and processing diplomatic clearances for U.S. military aircraft and vessels.

For more information, please visit http://www.southcom.mil.

The Eastern Caribbean program of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) supports development assistance activities in the six independent states of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) plus Barbados.  The program has focused on promoting economic growth through an improved business and investment climate, helping governments and the private sector compete in the global marketplace, combating HIV/AIDS, and protecting fragile ecosystems. A new development assistance strategy for the years 2011-2015 will continue the fight against HIV/AIDS, but will also contain new initiatives to create employment opportunities for youth and to assist the island nations in adapting to the effects of climate change.

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Our Mission

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a threat-focused national security organization with both intelligence and law enforcement responsibilities. The mission of the FBI is to protect and defend the United States against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats, to uphold and enforce the criminal laws of the United States, and to provide leadership and criminal justice services to federal, state, municipal, and international agencies and partners.

Our Presence

The FBI is a global organization with a global presence, operating Legal Attaché (Legat) Offices at many U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide.

The FBI operates a Legat Office at the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados. The FBI also has a Legat Sub-Office at the U.S. Embassy in Nassau, Bahamas. These offices serve as the FBI’s official representatives to the Northern and Eastern Caribbean.

Legat Bridgetown’s area of responsibility includes the countries of Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, the French West Indies (Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Barthélemy, and Saint Martin), Grenada, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Sub-Office Nassau’s area of responsibility covers the Bahamas and the United Kingdom Overseas Territories (Anguilla, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, and the Turks and Caicos Islands).

Our Work

As part of the FBI’s International Operations Division, the Legat Office advances the FBI’s international mission to defeat criminal and national security threats by building a network of trusted partners and strengthening international capabilities.

The FBI promotes enhancement of partner capabilities by conducting in-country training and seminars focused on addressing local and regional crime problems. The FBI also sends foreign law enforcement personnel to trainings in the United States to include the FBI National Academy (FBINA) and the FBI National Executive Institute (FBI NEI). Furthermore, the world-renown FBI Laboratory assists foreign law enforcement investigations by providing forensic and technological services.

The FBI is a partner to multiple regional security institutions to include: the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police (ACCP), the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Regional Security Service (RSS), and the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI).

The FBI investigates crimes against U.S. citizens overseas and those adversely affecting U.S. interests overseas.

Contact Information

The Legat Office in Bridgetown, Barbados can be contacted at 246-227-4158.

The Legat Sub-Office in Nassau, Bahamas can be contacted at 242-322-1181 extension 4542.

The FBI website can be found at www.fbi.gov. It contains information about Most Wanted Fugitives, Most Wanted Terrorists, and also how to report a crime or information about an investigation.

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Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Bridgetown is active in the “Demand Reduction” program which includes, but is not limited to, giving presentations to civic and other groups like schools, church and community watch groups, and the Rotary Club.

The DEA Bridgetown Country Office provides training to host nation counterparts such as the Police Force Drug Squads, and the Financial Investigative Units (FIU) of the countries of the Eastern Caribbean.  Some of the training topics covered are: Drug identification; Evidence Handling; Undercover Operations; Firearms Training; Defensive Tactics; Surveillance; Maritime Operations; Asset Forfeiture; Marijuana Eradication; Safety and Security; Technical Operations; and Health and Stress Management.  DEA Bridgetown sponsors the following annual conferences every year for host nation counterparts in the region: Drug Commanders; Center for Drug Information; Financial Investigations; and the International Drug Enforcement Conference.

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The IRS is the U.S. government agency responsible for tax collection and tax law enforcement. Outside the United States, IRS Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) units work with foreign governments to pursue some of the most significant cross border financial investigations targeting tax evasion, fraudulent schemes, organized crime syndicates, narcotics distribution rings and terrorist organizations.  In the course of these investigations, the IRS-CI may receive information from informants, assist in undercover operations, gather evidence and financial intelligence, and coordinate regional or global financial investigations with CI field offices.

For more information, please visit the Internal Revenue Service website

The mission of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) is to minimize the impact of international crime and illegal drugs on the United States and its citizens through providing effective foreign assistance and through fostering global cooperation.

INL programs in the Eastern Caribbean and Barbados seek to reduce the trafficking of cocaine through the region; reduce violence and gender-based crime; improve border security; reduce financial incentives for crime; undercut the profitability of drug trafficking; and promote justice by improving the efficiency of the criminal justice system.

INL Bridgetown’s goals are:

  • to inhibit the flow of cocaine from Venezuela through the Eastern Caribbean;
  • to improve the interdiction capacity of the Eastern Caribbean and Barbados through providing technical assistance, training, and critical equipment for local law enforcement;
  • to undercut the profitability of drug trafficking by empowering Eastern Caribbean and Barbados to seize and forfeit the illicit proceeds of crime; and building Financial Intelligence;
  • to improve the efficiency of the criminal justice systems in Eastern Caribbean and Barbados by implementing international best practices on issues such as plea bargaining and remote witness testimony.
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Background

The CDC CRO, funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), was established in 2002 as a regional office of CDC’s Global AIDS Program.  The CRO supports governments to implement more effective HIV/AIDS responses in the Caribbean.  CRO provides financial and technical assistance to Ministries of Health directly and through regional implementing organizations in four main areas: strategic information, laboratory systems, prevention, and health systems strengthening. CDC CRO works with the 12 countries of the Caribbean Regional HIV/AIDS Partnership Framework (PF): Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. Regional partners include PAHO, PANCAP, UNAIDS, UWI, CHRC, and GF.

CDC CRO Mission Statement:

To improve the public health of the Caribbean countries by supporting national governments and their partners – non governmental, regional and international organizations – in order to characterize and effectively respond to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Priority Areas: HIV Prevention, Strategic Information, Laboratory Systems, Health Systems Strengthening

  • Goal 1: HIV PreventionTo contribute to achievement of the Caribbean Region Strategic Framework (CRSF) goal of reducing the estimated number of new HIV infections by 25% by 2013

Current Focus

CDC CRO’s priority prevention strategies are:

  • HIV prevention services targeted at Populations Most at Risk for HIV (MARPs) including persons engaged in sex work; clients of persons engaged in sex work; people who inject drugs; and men who have sex with men
  • Services for people living with HIV and their sexual partners
  • Supporting people to know their HIV status
  • HIV prevention services to Prevent Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT):

CRO is supporting Ministries of Health and other partners to scale up HIV rapid testing and quality counseling through training, supervision, quality assurance mechanisms, targeting counseling and testing to MARPs, and monitoring and evaluation.

CRO also provides technical assistance implementation of MARPS focused evidence based prevention interventions.

Goal 2: Strategic information – To improve the capacity of Caribbean national governments and regional organizations to collect and use quality, timely, HIV and AIDS data.  This will allow countries to better characterize the epidemic and support evidence based decision-making to improve programs, policies and health services

Current Focus

  • Providing technical assistance and training to partner countries to strengthen HIV surveillance systems in order to better characterize the HIV epidemic
  • Strengthening the countries’ capacity to plan and implement surveys among Most At Risk populations (MARPS) and to use routine program data to strengthen HIV program activities. MARPS studies are currently being supported in Barbados, Bahamas, Dominica, Jamaica Saint Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago.

Goal 3: Laboratory Systems – To increase the capacity of national governments and regional organizations to improve the quality and availability of diagnostic and monitoring services and systems for HIV and AIDS and sexually transmitted and related infections, including Tuberculosis, under a regional network of tiered laboratory services

Current Focus

  • Setting up, in partnership with key laboratory stakeholders in the region, a new strategy that will create a regional reference laboratory (RRL) in Barbados. The reference laboratory will support all the OECS countries and sub regional clinical laboratory hubs in Jamaica, Bahamas and Trinidad and Tobago. These hubs will serve as back-up laboratories for each other and will support the other Caribbean countries including Belize and Suriname based on local and national transportation needs and other logistic considerations;
  • Providing leadership and guidance to implement a stepwise approach to sustainable quality management systems and facilitating the process of accreditation of laboratories in the Caribbean region in line with the WHO/CDC recommendations. CRO provided both technical and financial support to the Ladymeade Reference Unit (LRU) in Barbados for the implementation of the ISO 15189 Quality Management System (QMS) and eventual CAP accreditation of its laboratory;
  • Training of laboratory staff in HIV rapid testing and quality assurance; advanced techniques for TB diagnosis; quality control; and laboratory bio-safety and bio-security
  • Improving laboratory capacity through procurement and distribution of equipment – CD4 machines, TB microscopes, and Minus 80 degrees freezers.
  • Strengthening Laboratory Management Towards Accreditation (PDF, 571kB)

Goal 4: Health Systems Strengthening – To improve the capacity of Caribbean national governments and regional organizations to effectively lead, finance, manage and sustain the delivery of quality HIV prevention, care, treatment and support services at regional, national and community levels over the long term

Current Focus

Building national and regional capacity for leadership and management for an effective and sustainable response to HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean through technical and financial support, such as:

  • CDC funded Caribbean health Leadership Institute training program at The University of the West Indies in Jamaica
  • CDC funded Strategic Information Unit of the Pan Caribbean Partnership for HIV/AIDS within CARICOM Secretariat, Guyana
  • Human capacity development within Cooperative Agreements between CDC and the Ministries of Health of Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, St Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean health research Council (CHRC), and PAHO HIV Caribbean Office (PHCO).

Contact us

CDC Caribbean Regional Office
US Embassy Bridgetown
Wildey Business Park
Wildey, St. Michael
BB 14006
Barbados

Tel: 246.227.4322
Fax: 246.227.4177

 Recommended links :

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Background

The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is a global health program launched in 2003 to combat and limit the spread of the HIV/AIDS disease.  PEPFAR represents the largest commitment in history made by a nation to a single disease.  Through PEPFAR, as of September 30, 2012, the U.S. directly supported more than 5.1 million people on antiretroviral treatment (ART). This number is up from 1.7 million in 2008 – a three-fold increase in only four years.

In FY 2012, PEPFAR programs supported antiretroviral drugs (ARV) to prevent mother-to-child transmission for more than 750,000 pregnant women living with HIV. Thanks to this effort, an estimated 230,000 infant HIV infections were averted in 2012 alone. PEPFAR also supported HIV testing and counseling for more than 46.5 million people in 2012.

The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is a global health program launched in 2003 to combat and limit the spread of the HIV/AIDS disease.  PEPFAR represents the largest commitment in history made by a nation to a single disease.  Through PEPFAR, as of September 30, 2012, the U.S. directly supported more than 5.1 million people on antiretroviral treatment (ART). This number is up from 1.7 million in 2008 – a three-fold increase in only four years.n FY 2012, PEPFAR programs supported antiretroviral drugs (ARV) to prevent mother-to-child transmission for more than 750,000 pregnant women living with HIV. Thanks to this effort, an estimated 230,000 infant HIV infections were averted in 2012 alone. PEPFAR also supported HIV testing and counseling for more than 46.5 million people in 2012.

Caribbean Region

The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is a global health program launched in 2003 to combat and limit the spread of the HIV/AIDS disease.  PEPFAR represents the largest commitment in history made by a nation to a single disease.  Through PEPFAR, as of September 30, 2012, the U.S. directly supported more than 5.1 million people on antiretroviral treatment (ART). This number is up from 1.7 million in 2008 – a three-fold increase in only four years.

In FY 2012, PEPFAR programs supported antiretroviral drugs (ARV) to prevent mother-to-child transmission for more than 750,000 pregnant women living with HIV. Thanks to this effort, an estimated 230,000 infant HIV infections were averted in 2012 alone. PEPFAR also supported HIV testing and counseling for more than 46.5 million people in 2012.

The Caribbean has higher HIV rates than any region outside of sub-Saharan Africa. The adult HIV prevalence of 1.0 percent is almost twice that of North America (0.6), and more than twice that of Latin America (0.4). Unprotected sex between men and women—especially paid sex—is believed to be the main mode of HIV transmission in this region; however, evidence indicates that substantial transmission is also occurring among men who have sex with men.  An estimated 60,000 people live with HIV in the eleven countries of the Caribbean Regional program. The HIV epidemic varies within countries and across the region.  For example, HIV affects young women 1.2 to 3 times more than young males in the Bahamas and Barbados, while in Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago the reverse is true.

Progress has been made in the general population. In 2012, UNAIDS reported a decrease in the incidence of HIV infection among adults in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago by 26-49 percent, and over 50 percent in the Bahamas, Barbados, and Suriname. During 2008-2009, mother to child transmission of HIV was reduced to the point where elimination of new HIV infections in children has become a reality. There is also a decrease in the number of persons dying from AIDS-related causes in three countries (decrease of 25-49 percent in the Bahamas and Jamaica, and by more than 50 percent in Suriname).

Started in 2009, PEPFAR’s Caribbean Regional Program, is coordinated from the U.S. Embassy in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, as part of the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) in Washington D.C.  Four other U.S. Embassies are part of the regional program including the Bahamas, Jamaica, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.  With a focus on partnership and country ownership, the program works closely with country National AIDS Programs and other regional partners including UNAIDS, PAHO, the World Bank and the Global Fund.

The U.S. – Caribbean Regional HIV and AIDS Partnership Framework is the five-year strategy document, and the U.S. – Caribbean Regional HIV/AIDS Partnership Framework Implementation Plan is the five-year implementation document (2010 – 2014).  Annual Regional Operational Plans are submitted to OGAC for work plan and budget approval.

Program Areas

Partnership Framework program goal areas include:  Prevention, Strategic Information, Laboratory Strengthening and Health Systems Strengthening.

The Caribbean Regional Partnership Framework is signed by the following countries:

Antigua & Barbuda
Bahamas
Barbados
Dominica
Grenada
Jamaica
St. Kitts & Nevis
St. Lucia
St. Vincent & the Grenadines
Suriname
Trinidad & Tobago

The Caribbean Regional Partnership Framework is signed by the following regional partners:

  • The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)
  • Pan-American Partnership against HIV/AIDS (PANCAP)

The U.S. Government Agencies participating in PEPFAR in the Caribbean Region:

  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
  • U.S Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Department of Defense (DOD)
  • Peace Corps
  • Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
  • Department of State

Contact Us

PEPFAR
Caribbean Regional Program
U.S. Embassy Bridgetown
Wildey Estates, St. Michael
Barbados
Tel: 246-227-4248
Fax: 246-228-8589

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Regional Operational Plans

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Peace Corps Volunteers have served in Eastern Caribbean since the program was established in 1961. Currently, 124 Volunteers are serving in Eastern Caribbean. Volunteers serve on the islands of Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Volunteers are assigned to work in one of the four following areas: Youth Development, Institutional/NGO Development, Small Business Development, and Special Education. In addition to these primary assignments, many Volunteers work on HIV/AIDS prevention and care.