Project profile — Support to COVID-19 Response in Latin America and the Caribbean


PAHO - Pan American Health Organization (47083)
2020-05-29 - 2021-08-01
Global Affairs Canada
NGM Americas

Country / region 

• South America, regional (100.00%)


• Health: COVID-19 control (12264) (100.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to decrease coronavirus (COVID-19) related mortality and morbidity of populations, especially those experiencing marginalization and/or vulnerability in the targeted Caribbean and Latin America countries. Project activities include: (1) ensuring equitable distribution of personal protective equipment for occupational health and safety of health care workers; (2) providing training to health care workers on up-to-date COVID-19 diagnosis and treatment; and (3) providing technical assistance for national COVID-19 testing and surveillance systems to governments.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) enhanced coordination and efficiency of national and regional response operations on COVID-19; (2) decreased human-to-human transmission, including reducing secondary infections among close contacts, healthcare workers and preventing transmission amplification events; (3) effective and early identification, isolation, and care for patients early, including providing optimized care for infected patients; and (4) improved communication of critical risk and event information to all communities and counter misinformation.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2021 include: (1) purchased and delivered more than 370,000 face shields, 100,000 goggles, 268,000 gowns, 427,000 mask respirators and 3.2 million medical masks; (2) provided training to 102 Ministry of Health personnel in Guatemala on disinfection, waste management, sanitation and hygiene; and (3) provided training to 90 primary health care providers in Suriname on COVID-19 case management along the continuum of care, working with Medical Mission to determine options for waste management solutions to facilitate infection prevention and control for the interior of the country.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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