The United States Government, through the U.S. State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is coordinating with international humanitarian partners and other stakeholders to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Suriname.
The U.S. recently provided to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in Suriname $185,000 to assist that organization with its efforts in risk communication, infection prevention and control and case management related to COVID-19. It also provided to the United Nations Children’s (UNICEF) in Suriname over $36,100 in supports of its efforts to mitigate against the spread of COVID-19.
The programs in Suriname, funded as part of $1.7 million that USAID will provide to the countries of the Caribbean, will support:
● Case management to strengthen clinical care while minimizing the risk of onwards transmission to others;
● Infection prevention and control in health facilities; and
● Communications to help educate people on steps they can take to prevent and respond to the spread of the virus through country-specific media campaigns.
This is not the first time the U.S. has worked with its partners in Suriname to promote a healthier Suriname. Over the last decade, dozens of grants from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) have supported Surinamese organizations working on AIDS issues. USAID has previously supported studies aimed at ensuring funding for health programs in Suriname aligned with the nation’s goals, and medical missions have been one of the cornerstones for the relationship between Suriname and the South Dakota National Guard.
For more information about USAID’s response to COVID-19, please visit:https://www.usaid.gov/coronavirus-covid-19