The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) says CARICOM countries are poised to benefit from a fund to strengthen health systems to prevent, control and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and other emerging and re-emerging threats.
It said the fund will also support the generation of evidence and information on the management of public health priorities and emergencies and disease control programmes and policies.
Financing for the project is provided by the government of Spain through the Joint Fund for CARICOM-Spain Scientific and Technical Cooperation, through the CARICOM Secretariat.
Under the US$1.1 million grant, CARPHA will develop a Caribbean COVID-19 Monitoring and Evaluation Framework and establish a regional COVID-19 data repository.
CARPHA will also use the funds to, among other things, procure and distribute personal protective equipment and supplies for testing.