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Direct Relief Announces US$3 Million Grant to Support Resilience in Jamaica’s Health System: Renews Partnership as Hurricane Season Approaches

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KINGSTON, JAMAICA: Direct Relief yesterday, April 30, 2024, during a press conference hosted by the National Health Fund (NHF) at its Pharmaceutical Distribution Facility, announced a USD $3 million grant to Jamaica as part of its ongoing commitment to bolstering resilience in the Caribbean region.

This contribution, which will support the installation of a large Solar Energy System at the facility, comes as part of the organization’s renewal of its ongoing partnership with the island nation towards strengthening the healthcare systems and infrastructure against natural disasters and other emergencies. A Memorandum of Understanding was also signed to continue the flow of medical aid to the nation’s health system.

In praising the partnership with Direct Relief, Everton Anderson, NHF’s CEO, said, “Past assistance given, as well as forthcoming aid, are testaments to the benefits good partnership can bring to an organisation and to a country. Not only have we been greatly helped, but we are also thoroughly impressed by your humanitarian efforts worldwide.”

Jamaica, like many other nations in the Caribbean, faces unique challenges in maintaining healthcare access particularly in the wake of natural disasters such as hurricanes. Direct Relief’s grant seeks to address these challenges by supporting initiatives that enhance emergency preparedness, expand access to essential medical supplies and equipment, and fortify healthcare infrastructure.

“Direct Relief is deeply privileged to support the country of Jamaica and local health providers, who are incredibly committed to high quality care for their patients and their communities,” said Dr. Byron Scott, Chief Operating Officer of Direct Relief. “With the start of the hurricane season weeks away, Direct Relief is committed to strengthening the health system and health services, including power resilience as part of disaster preparedness,” he added.

Over the two-day visit to Jamaica Direct Relief staff met with the Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr the Honourable Christopher Tufton, the Most Honourable Juliet Holness who has led previous Jamaican delegations to overseas conferences with Direct Relief, and Chief Executive Officer, Everton Anderson, along with other NHF representatives. The group toured the NHF’s newly refurbished Warehouse, Drug Serv Greater Portmore, and visited local community centers.

Direct Relief has a long history of providing humanitarian assistance in Jamaica and across the Caribbean region. From responding to the devastating effects of natural disasters to supporting ongoing healthcare needs, Direct Relief has worked closely with local partners, such as the NHF, to deliver vital medical aid where it is needed most and making a meaningful impact in improving health outcomes and saving lives.

The NHF has express its commitment to fostering a partnership with Direct Relief that will persist for decades to come in the interest of improving healthcare for Jamaicans.

For more information about Direct Relief and its initiatives, visit https://www.directrelief.org/.

About Direct Relief

Direct Relief is a humanitarian aid organization, active in all 50 states and more than 80 countries, with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies. Direct Relief delivers lifesaving medical resources to communities in need, including essential medications, supplies, and equipment. Direct Relief is consistently ranked among the world’s most trusted charities and has received a 100% fundraising efficiency rating from Forbes, among other honors.

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