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17 Oct 2017 description

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 — 214 children from Barbuda received psycho social assistance, after the trauma of hurricane Irma, through the *Return to Happiness Programme* implemented from October 2-7 by 17 education specialists. The Saint-lucian delegation of volunteers, who successfully completed the first mission, will extend their operations to other affected countries.

14 Oct 2017 description

Friday, October 13, 2017 — Agriculture revitalization has begun in Dominica following the passage of hurricane Maria last month. A seedlings project coordinated by the OECS Commission, FAO, CARDI and an agriculture consultant has been undertaken to ensure the self-sufficiency of the country. Over 100,000 fast growing seeds were recently planted and the first harvest is expected in four weeks.

05 Oct 2017 description

Emergency Relief Report Update

Thursday, October 5, 2017 — The OECS Commission continues to mobilise emergency relief to OECS Member States impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The following note summarises operations to October 05, 2017

NB: The National Bolivarian Armed Forces of Venezuela have now concluded their successful cargo drop missions into Dominica and an update on their activities will be provided later today 05, October 2017.

04 Oct 2017 description

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 — In the light of the mobilization to contribute to the recovery of OECS Member States impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the OECS Commission would like to bring to your attention the following operations completed on October 3:

  1. A Venezuelan C 130 aircraft collected food and water supplies from Grenada to deliver at Douglas Charles airport.

  2. A Venezuelan helicopter ensured delivery of food from the airport and the ports to the remote communities of Dominica.

04 Oct 2017 description

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 — The UK based humanitarian organization Khalsa Aid has helped provide emergency relief to Anguilla and is now focusing their efforts on Dominica in the wake of Hurricane Irma and Maria. They join other international non-profit organizations that have been mobilizing to contribute to the region's recovery.

28 Sep 2017 description

Thursday, September 28, 2017 — The OECS Commission has raised much needed relief items for citizens of Dominica through the efforts of staff, family members and friends who have donated generously. A shipment of supplies left for Dominica this week where it is has been distributed with the assistance of the Commission’s Dominica office.

28 Sep 2017 description

Thursday, September 28, 2017 — The Embassy of Dominica in Brussels (member of the Embassies of the Eastern Caribbean States) is working closely with the EU Directorate General for Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), to trigger the EU's emergency response system, to aid Dominica for both monetary and material relief.

25 Sep 2017 description

Monday, September 25, 2017 — In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and Maria, the private sector continues to play a critical role in donating much needed emergency supplies and materials to the rebuilding effort on islands impacted.

Saint Lucian roofing and building supplies manufacturer, Brice and Co. have donated a sizeable quantity of roofing materials to Antigua and have followed up with another donation of water to Dominica which left last Friday 22nd September.

24 Sep 2017 description

Saturday, September 23, 2017 — My Fellow Citizens and Residents:

With courage and resilience, our Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis has braved two powerful Category 5 hurricanes, Irma and Maria, within a span of two weeks, and we have come out of them without sustaining eithercatastrophic damage or loss of life. For this we give every praise, honour and glory to Almighty God.

23 Sep 2017 description

Media Release New Zealand High Commission Barbados 22 Sep 17

Saturday, September 23, 2017 — The Government of New Zealand has announced that it is contributing NZ$250,000 to the immediate relief efforts for Caribbean countries affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The funding will be disbursed through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to support governments in early recovery activities such as debris management and rehabilitation of basic services such as water and electricity.

22 Sep 2017 description

Friday, September 22, 2017 — In the wake of Hurricane Irma and Maria, emergency personnel, food and other supplies are reaching critically affected islands with a focus on the stabilizing the injured and securing communication lines as the regional narrative now turns to climate reality.

Dominica Update

A Venezuelan search and rescue team departed for Dominica yesterday on the Express des Isles Ferry service with travel funded by Cox and Co. to locate the injured and missing while a specialist medical team was transported in by helicopter.

21 Sep 2017 description

Statement from the Antigua & Barbuda Marine Association

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 — Our friends in Dominica were hit by Hurricane Maria on Monday evening. The category 5 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale ripped across the island and has literally devastated Dominica with electricity and communication systems down and expected to remain this way for weeks to come.

21 Sep 2017 description

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 — The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) is standing firmly with its member countries that have been impacted by Hurricane Irma.

The Bank has disbursed a grant of EC$1 million each to the Governments of Anguilla and Antigua and Barbuda to support relief and early recovery.

20 Sep 2017 description

Statement from Acting Prime Minister of Saint Lucia Honourable Lenard Montoute

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 — The Cabinet of Ministers met Tuesday morning to discuss the preliminary situation in Dominica following the passage of Hurricane Maria on Monday September 19th and Saint Lucia’s immediate response to provide relief.

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Equity, Social Justice and Empowerment, Honourable Lenard Montoute explained that plans were already underway to make Saint Lucia an operational base for the relief effort to Dominica.

18 Sep 2017 description

Monday, September 18, 2017 — With impending Hurricane Maria and the passing of Hurricane Irma, an 1800 tonne capacity barge carrying much needed food and emergency supplies from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has off-loaded in Tortola, The British Virgin Islands after the rapid mobilisation by the SVG’s Government, farming community and the private sector.  

13 Sep 2017 description

Media Statement: St. Lucia National Emergency Management Organisation

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 — The Government of Saint Lucia and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) have pledged their full support to the recovery efforts of those impacted by the passage of Hurricane Irma.

Through the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO), much needed emergency supplies have been made available to affected states and skilled personnel have also been deployed to assist with the restoration of utilities in those islands.

13 Sep 2017 description

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

1. The event

Hurricane Irma a destructive category 5 impacted the Territory on September 6, 2017 with winds of 185mph causing widespread damage to the road infrastructure, housing stock, ports, telecommunications, electrical infrastructure and critical facilities. The Morning Briefing for Hurricane Irma was held with key government and private sector officials on September 4 and the NEOC was then activated following the aforementioned briefing.

12 Sep 2017 description

Hurricane Irma Aftermath: SVG Government Media Statement

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 — A vessel will leave Port Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on Friday September 15th, 2017 to take food and emergency supplies to the British Virgin Islands.

On the way it will stop in Saint Lucia. Persons interested in sending supplies to their families and friends are asked to drop them off at the NEMO headquarters in Saint Lucia with proper labelling by 3pm, Thursday 14th September.

12 Sep 2017 description

High-level OECS delegation visits islands most affected by the Category 5 storm

Monday, September 11, 2017 — As airports in the path of Hurricane Irma tentatively reopen, a high-level OECS delegation made preliminary visits to the OECS Member States most affected by the powerful Category 5 storm to assess first-hand the damage and immediate needs of the hurricane-ravaged islands.

27 Jun 2017 description

Regional guidelines developed to achieve standardised care

Inspired by successes in response to the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) epidemic in the sub region, coupled with the knowledge and experience garnered in recent years, OECS member states have signed on to eliminate HIV by 2030, using UNAIDS/WHO 90-90-90 continuum of HIV care targets.