Issue 129 - September 2019 Member Countries
The Barbados Defense Force (BDF) achieved the verification of the World Health Organization (WHO) as the first International type 1 Fixed Emergency Medical Team (EMT), in the Caribbean. Being a team of military origin, it also became the first of its kind in the Americas to achieve this recognition from WHO.
The Ministry of Public Health, with the support of the Pan American Health Organization, conducted a workshop on “Development of an operational model for managing health emergency response with a multi-hazard approach, within the national response framework and focusing on the organization of the health sector.”
In May 2019, Phase II of the Smart Health Care Facilities began its fourth year of implementation with notable achievements. More than 1,000 people from seven countries are beneficiaries of the Caribbean Action Plan on Health and Climate Change, which will increase resiliency to disasters and reduce health facilities’ carbon footprint and environmental impact.