As part of its ongoing humanitarian assistance to Guyana, the U.S. Embassy Civil Affairs Team (formally Humanitarian Affairs Program), in collaboration with the Office of the First Lady, the Guyanese Ministry of Health, the International Office for Migration, United Nations Refugee Agency, and local and U.S. based NGOs conducted a medical outreach and training from August 2nd to 6th in Georgetown, Port Kaituma, and Mabaruma. The outreach is a continuation of the education and teaching outreach held in March 2021.
The US-based NGO Global Surgical and Medical Support Group provided eight medical personnel to Georgetown Public Hospital and nine medical personnel to support the medical outreach activities in Region 1, which included nurses, physicians, OBGYNs, an anesthesiologist, and medical trainers.
Residents of Port Kaituma and Mabaruma benefitted from critical medical services in several areas including women’s health, basic trauma care, preventative medicine and suicide prevention.
During her visit to Mabaruma on August 5, Ambassador Lynch praised the collaborative efforts of the international community, Government of Guyana and the local and U.S. based NGOs during the medical outreach. She stated, “It is always so satisfying to see global, bilateral, national, and local experiences and resources come together for the benefit of those most in need, and the U. S. Embassy is proud to support these efforts.”
While in Mabaruma Ambassador Lynch met regional officials to discuss health, security, and the migration situation. She also met UN officials and Venezuelan migrants, receiving a firsthand look into the challenges and vulnerabilities of Venezuelan migrants during a tour of a residential facility. Since 2017 the United States has provided nearly $10 million to UN agencies to assist the migrant response in Guyana, in the areas of health, education, and protection and remains committed to this assistance in order to stabilize the effects of this crisis, which has affected millions of Venezuelans across the continent.
The visit underscores the U.S. Embassy’s initiatives to support Guyana in the areas of improved Governance, enhanced Security, and Prosperity for all.