U.S. Embassy Donates Additional Medical Equipment to Support Barbados’ Field Medical Team

U.S. Ambassador Linda Taglialatela and Lieutenant Colonel Junior Browne following yesterday’s handover ceremony.

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.