U.S. Provides Equipment to Bolster Marshall Islands’ COVID-19 Readiness Plans

August 08, 2022 – U.S. Embassy Majuro Chargé d’affaires Jeremiah Knight today handed over critical equipment through the Secretary of Health and Human Services Office to the Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands as part of the U.S. Government’s commitment to help the country strengthen its COVID-19 readiness plans. The assistance is part of the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) support to the Marshall Islands to prevent, prepare for, respond to and bolster health systems to address COVID-19 and reduce cases of re-emergence.

55 desktop computers and 46 tablets were supplied to upgrade the Republic of the Marshall Islands Health Information System and Telehealth Program via USAID’s Meeting Targets and Maintaining Epidemic Control (EpiC) project. . The assistance will significantly strengthen the Ministry of Health and Human Services (MOHHS) capabilities and efficiencies in COVID-19 surveillance, including collecting and analyzing data on critical COVID-19 and health indicators.

“We commend the hard work of the Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands in implementing measures to protect the Marshallese people from COVID-19,” said Chargé d’affaires Knight.”

Since the pandemic began, the U.S. Government, through USAID, has provided over $57 million in direct COVID-19 relief and recovery assistance to the Pacific Islands region, including the Republic of the Marshall Islands. United States assistance has helped train healthcare workers, establish quarantine facilities, enhance contact tracing, bolster laboratory surveillance, improve public health communication, enhance vaccine rollouts, and support economic recovery efforts.