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SOUTHCOM COVID-19 Humanitarian Assistance Program Projects

U.S. Southern Command’s COVID-19 assistance projects are funded under the command's Humanitarian Assistance Program to support requests from partner nations for supplies and equipment needed to respond to the virus outbreak, treat infected patients and prevent additional exposures.

Video providing overview of how U.S. Southern Command’s Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP) is providing COVID-19 support and aid to help partner nations in Latin America and the Caribbean combat the pandemic. (Video by John Ciccarrelli, SOUTHCOM Public Affairs)

 

OVERVIEW

About COVID-19 Humanitarian Assistance Program Projects

The U.S. State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development review the projects and concur with their proposed assistance before they are approved. All COVID-19 assistance items donated under the program were purchased from host-nation or regional suppliers with no impact on the Department of Defense’s force health protection supply chain.

 

Countries Assisted

(The governments of 26 nations have requested U.S. assistance under HAP)             

Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uruguay.

 

Supporting Partner Nation Care of COVID-19 Patients

More than 80 HAP projects donated personal protective equipment to first responders, medical-care providers and medical transport personnel caring for and aiding COVID-19 patients. The equipment consisted on N-95 masks, gloves, face shields, protective coveralls and disposable aprons, and helps ensure the safety and welfare of health-care providers and medical support staff critical to the region’s ongoing pandemic response.

 

Supporting Partner Nation Mitigation Efforts

Other HAP donations to date also include cleaning and disinfecting supplies to assist the region’s ongoing efforts to prevent future infections and stop the spread of COVID-19.

 

About SOUTHCOM’S Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP)

HAP helps partner nations build their disaster readiness, response and mitigation capabilities. The program funds infrastructure, equipment and training to help nations prepare before disasters and crises strike, but also supports countries who request assistance from the U.S. government when they experience health and weather-related emergencies.

GRAPHIC: Overview of SOUTHCOM facilitated donations in Latin America and the Caribbean

Graphic depicting U.S. Southern Command: COVID-19 Humanitarian Assistance Program projects. Embedded text: U.S. Southern Command: COVID-19 Humanitarian Assistance Program projects. 26 Countries. 201 Projects worth an estimated $11.1 million. 22 donations of field hospitals. 102 donations of protective equipment. 28 donations of medical supplies. 5 donations of testing supplies. 40 donations of medical equipment. 45 donations of disinfecting supplies. In partnership with the U.S. State Department and USAID. Total U.S. Government assistance: $112 million (source: U.S. State Department fact sheet, June 18, 2020.) Note: All DOD donated items were purchased from host country suppliers with no impact on DOD’s force health protection supply chain. (Graphic produced by Jose Ruiz, U.S. Southern Command Public Affairs)

Graphic depicting U.S. Southern Command: COVID-19 Humanitarian Assistance Program projects. Numbers as of June 4, 2020. Embedded text: U.S. Southern Command: COVID-19 Humanitarian Assistance Program projects. 26 Countries. 170 Projects worth an estimated $10.8 million. 11 donations of field hospitals. 85 donations of protective equipment. 18 donations of medical supplies. 3 donations of testing supplies. 33 donations of medical equipment. 29 donations of disinfecting supplies. In partnership with the U.S. State Department and USAID. Total U.S. Government assistance: $83 million (source: U.S. State Department fact sheet, May 19, 2020.) Note: All DOD donated items were purchased from host country suppliers with no impact on DOD’s force health protection supply chain. (Graphic produced by Jose Ruiz, U.S. Southern Command Public Affairs)