CARPHA and RSS Team Up to Deliver Supplies

CARPHA and RSS Team Up to Deliver Supplies

CARPHA and RSS Team Up to Deliver Supplies

Regional Security System | Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Director of CARPHA, Dr. Joy St. John handing over medical supplies to Senior Administrative Officer in the Ministry of Health and Wellness, Gillian Applewhaite, while Executive Director of the RSS, Captain (N) Errington Shurland and Officer Commanding (RSS Airwing), Major George Harris look on. (Photo courtesy Ministry of Health and Wellness)

The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the Regional Security System (RSS) have teamed up to help Member States prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The organisations are working together to distribute 15,000 throat swab test kits and 30,000 medical face masks which were donated by the People’s Republic of China to CARPHA. The critical supplies and equipment are being delivered to nine CARPHA Member States by the RSS.

CARPHA and the RSS have a long-standing partnership and have previously collaborated on the response to public health emergencies such as hurricanes. More recently, the two regional organisations have worked together to transport samples for coronavirus to Member States since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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It Takes Teamwork

It Takes Teamwork

It Takes Teamwork

Regional Security System | Friday, April 24, 2020

The BDF and RSS have been instrumental in facilitating distribution of critical COVID-19 related supplies and equipment, procured by PAHO. (Photo courtesy PAHO)

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has a long-standing working relationship with the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) and the Regional Security System (RSS), especially in response to public health emergencies. It is no surprise that with the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, both entities are once again collaborating with PAHO.

The BDF and RSS have been instrumental in facilitating distribution of critical COVID-19 related supplies and equipment, procured by PAHO, and destined to its Member States in the region. The logistics for this process is coordinated through the Public Health Emergency (PHE) Unit at the PAHO Barbados Office.

This is just an example of how the team has been functioning…PAHO procured essential health supplies for COVID-19 response for Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines.

A total of 162 boxes containing 3,919 PPE kits were delivered to the PAHO Barbados Office on Monday 20 April 2020, they were collected by a team of BDF soldiers on Tuesday 21 April 2020, and by Wednesday 22 April 2020, many countries acknowledged receipt of their donations, ably delivered by the RSS.

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