Abt-supported initiatives in Jamaica are improving climate change adaptation and providing technical assistance to Zika mitigation efforts. Jamaica’s economy has suffered from continuous natural disasters; the USAID-funded CEADIR and AILEG projects helped establish a national climate change policy framework to help get the country back on track. Abt supported disaster risk reduction, climate-smart agriculture and land management efforts to establish climate-resilient, clean energy communities. USAID’s Zika AIRS Project (ZAP)—led by Abt—provides technical assistance, monitoring and evaluation, and implementation tactics to Jamaican communities combating the Zika virus.
USAID’s Local Health System Sustainability Project (LHSS), led by Abt Associates, is also working with the government of Jamaica and the private sector to strengthen the country’s COVID-19 response. LHSS is supporting a new public-private partnership with technical assistance and nine grants totaling $600,000 to several private health facilities and a private provider network. These grantees will support the government’s plans to administer 75,000 COVID-19 vaccinations to Jamaicans free of charge.