The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
Towards better healthcare in Barbados
UNOPS is working with the government and partners to help strengthen the Small Island Developing State's national health system.
Small Island Developing States face unique challenges – from their high vulnerability to the impacts of climate change to economic inequalities, limited resources and overstretched health systems.
In Barbados, the COVID-19 pandemic strained health facilities and exacerbated weaknesses in the provision of public healthcare. Non-communicable diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and cancers, continue to be among the leading causes of death and disability in the country – adding further strain on the healthcare system.
To support the recovery of the national health system in the aftermath of the pandemic, UNOPS is working with the India-UN Development Partnership Fund, the government of Barbados and the UN Office for South-South Cooperation to procure and deliver medical equipment to 13 public hospitals across Barbados.
“Through efficient and transparent procurement, we are delivering urgently-needed medical equipment in Barbados and helping to recover and strengthen the national health system,” said Martín Arévalo, Country Director a.i. for UNOPS Multi-Country Office in Panama.
Funded by the India-UN Development Partnership Fund, more than 100 items of medical equipment were procured that will help to accelerate the diagnosis of non-communicable diseases and store sensitive medication. This includes a refrigerated truck to safely store and deliver medication to more than 15 pharmacies across the country, and a mobile X-ray unit to help prevent the spread of infection, particularly for infants and people with weakened immune systems.
“This donation will accelerate our vision of universal health[care] for all Barbadians,” said Dr. Kenneth George, Chief Medical Officer of the Ministry of Health and Wellness.