On Wednesday, May 19, U.S. Ambassador to Barbados Linda Taglialatela attended a brief ceremony with Lt Col Junior Browne, Director of Operations for the Barbados Defence Force’s Field Medical Team (FMT) to officially handover US$30,000 in medical equipment.
This donation will assist with the deployment of the Field Medical Facility in the event of a natural disaster. Twenty-seven highly durable protective cases will ensure the safe transportation of medical equipment in the event the FMT is deployed in support of a local or regional disaster.
The protective cases were funded by U.S. Southern Command’s (USSOUTHCOM) Humanitarian Assistance Program. This donation compliments the original $1.7 million donation from USSOUTHCOM for the field facility in 2019, which for more than a year has been put into service in various locations around Barbados to support the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 response.
This donation is part of the U.S. government’s continued support for Caribbean disaster resilience and response.