International Commitments and Projects

The Government of Jamaica has ongoing obligations / commitments to the following Sub-regional, Regional and International bodies. Delivery of the following services is executed by the EDMSSB:


Technical Programme Areas

Emergency and Disaster Risk Management

    • Strategic medical and Public Health advisory services are given to CARICOM on health emergency and disaster risk management
  • Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA)
    • Jamaica is the Health Focal Point for the Northern Caribbean on behalf of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA)
    • The Branch maintains trained and equipped National and Caribbean Rapid Response Team, in particular for the Northern Caribbean
  • The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA)
    • Jamaica supports and collaborate with the five CARPHA public health bodies / services
  • PAHO / WHO
    • Appropriate public health emergency response is provided for Public Health Risks and Public Health Emergencies of International Concern


Emergency Medical Care

  • Caribbean Poison Information Network(CARPIN)
    • The Unit participates in the establishment of standards and ensure that there is 24-hr operations of selected programmes
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
    • Medical and health support is given to the activities of the UNHCR and GOJ to protect and support refugees / illegal immigrants

Special Projects

  • Safe Hospital programme
  • Hazard Risk Reduction and Climate Change