United States funds project for Improving Surge Capacity for Health Emergency and Disaster Response in the Eastern Caribbean

(From left) Commander Elizabeth Booker, Senior Defense Official/Defense Attaché U.S. Embassy Bridgetown, Barbados Defence Force Chief of Staff, Colonel Glyne Sinatra Grannum, U.S. Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS, Linda Taglialatela, Dr. Godfrey Xuereb, PAHO/WHO Represent

September 18, 2018

The United States Embassy, through its Military Liaison Office, will partially fund the development of an Emergency Medical Team (EMT) Level 2 Capability Project within the Barbados Defense Force as part of a Pan American Health Organization and World Health Organization proposal. EMT Level 2 Capability will afford the Barbados Defense Force the capacity of providing basic surgical expertise, life support services and ancillary services. The project will support countries of the Eastern Caribbean by creating a high quality and flexible rapid deployment team that can triage and treat patients in the shortest possible time in case of major medical emergencies, as well as respond to the health consequences of climate change related disaster and other public health threats.

This support, totaling approximately US$760,000 of an approximately US$1.2 million total cost, will cover medical equipment, consumables, and logistics equipment to our partners, and is just one part of a broader, enduring commitment to our friends and neighbors in the Caribbean. United States Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and the OECS, Linda Taglialatela, stated that “this isn’t just a commitment by the United States…it’s a commitment shared by all like-minded nations in the Caribbean…a commitment to work together to advance prosperity, security, and stability across our hemisphere.” She added, “We look forward to working with the Pan-American Health Organization, the Barbados Defence Force, and other partners to make that shared goal a reality.”