During an event, where Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs delivered the keynote address, the Government of Sint Maarten achieved a milestone for the country under the theme: “Building resilience by improving emergency response and disaster preparedness for the people of Sint Maarten.”
The project will be funded fully by the European Union and will be executed and implemented by the Pan American Health Organization, the Americas arm of the Health Organization (PAHO/WHO).
The Ministry of General Affairs (AZ), Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (VSA) and the Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Infrastructure and Environment (VROMI) are also key stakeholders for this project.
The project aims to build two resilient SMART multipurpose shelters in the communities of South Reward and Hope Estate. These multipurpose shelters will not only provide safe lodging for vulnerable residents during times of disaster but will also have a multi- purpose function for the community, outside of the hurricane season.
During the high-level launch, the Minister of VSA Richard Panneflek spoke about the importance of building a resilient health sector on Sint Maarten; where continued health care is paramount.