Caribbean to benefit from EU-funded digital connectivity in the face of COVID-19


The Digital Response Connecting Citizens (DIRECCT) program, funded by the European Union (EU), intends to boost the Caribbean’s health, education, and small business sectors’ resilience to current and future crises.

Dr. Joy St. John, Executive Director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in Trinidad, said the program will benefit the Caribbean region by strengthening health information systems and increasing capacity for early detection, response, monitoring, and reporting of public health threats and emerging diseases.

The Improving Digital Integrated Public Health Surveillance in the Caribbean initiative intends to improve Caribbean ministries of health’s capacity for real-time access to public health surveillance data from a wide range of sources through the use of a digital integrated information platform.