Canada announced on Thursday that it will make a financial contribution of $113.5 million to Caribbean countries to support their efforts to prevent, detect, and respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Canada is committed to continuing to be a strong partner of the Caribbean countries, including Cuba, in these difficult times, and recognizes the needs in the region are immense, said Canada’s Embassy in its press release.
Canada will make $5.3 million available to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to help save lives, protect healthcare workers, contain the spread of COVID-19, and ensure effective surveillance in the hemisphere.
The CARICOM countries and Cuba will receive $3.5 million.
Canada is also providing $5 million to the International Atomic Energy Agency to purchase specialized equipment for medical institutions in the Caribbean.
An additional $2 million will be provided to Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives to support activities related to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in Central America and the Caribbean.