The Government of Canada announced on August 2016 a grant of 3 million Canadian dollars (CAD) to help the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and its Member States in the Caribbean reduce the health consequences of emergencies and disasters by improving preparedness and making the health sector more resilient to climate change.

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As part of this year's hurricane preparedness activity, PAHO helped organize and participated in the UN inter-agency hurricane simulation exercise in Barbados this week. The activity, which started on 9 May and culminated on 12 May, aimed at validating the emergency preparedness and response plans of the various UN agencies. It also tested the effectiveness of mechanisms meant to coordinate the response of the different sectors and agencies in emergency situations.

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The Ministry of Education and Culture of the British Virgin Islands has a direct working relationship with the Health Sector and the Department of Disaster Management. This relationship has allowed for the adaptation of the Smart Health Care Facilities concept in the Education Sector to create a Smart Schools Programme. It aims at using sustainable mitigation, adaptation and resilient techniques to ensure that all schools are safe, healthy and applying green measures.

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Anegada residents now have an improved health clinic renovated under the SMART' initiative to make the facility safe and green. The Ministry of Health and Social Development received funding from the PAHO in 2015, to assess all of the health facilities in the Territory. Following this assessment, the Ministry collaborated with the Department for Disaster Management, developed a proposal to improve the safety levels at the Anegada Clinic. Funding for these improvements was provided by the PAHO Department of Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief. As part of the smarting' process, improvements were made to the clinic's roof, windows, electrical, exterior wall and floor finishing with most of the work being completed by December, 2015. (More)

altBridgetown, Barbados, 6th April 2016 - The United Kingdom has finalized a cost extension to the existing Smart Health Care Facilities in the Caribbean Project in the amount of £30 million. The addition funding will provide for safer and greener health facilities in the Caribbean to deliver care in emergencies and disasters, generate operational savings, reduce disaster losses and contribute to climate change mitigation.

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