The government of the United States of America has committed an additional $44 million or US$300,000 to help Jamaica mitigate the spread of coronavirus.
The funding is provided through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and will go toward the nation’s emergency response which will see a coordinated partnership with USAID, local non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders who will identify priority areas for the investment.
According to the American Embassy in Kingston “to date, the Government of Jamaica has done a commendable job at addressing the spread of COVID-19 in the country,” a news release from the embassy quotes US Ambassador to Jamaica Donald Tapia. “This additional [US]$300,000 will add to the more than [US]$1.7 million the United States has already provided to support Jamaica’s COVID-19 response.”
USAID aims to support the:
• Risk communications and messaging from trusted community sources and disseminated through social media;
• Raise awareness of prevention measures and good hygiene practices through behavioural change communication and community engagement; and
• Provide targeted social support to vulnerable groups.
The embassy also noted that the assistance “builds upon US investments of nearly US$87 million in health and nearly US$619 million total over the past 20 years for Jamaica” and that for “decades, the United States has been the world’s largest provider of bilateral assistance in public health. Since 2009, American taxpayers have generously made available more than US$100 billion in health assistance and nearly US$70 billion in humanitarian assistance globally.”
This funding will be manned by the Ministry of Health.