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Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency & Caribbean Center for Disaster Medicine establish partnership to improve region’s health care preparedness

CUPECOY, Sint Maarten – December 6, 2019 – With a focus on improving the delivery of health care services in the Caribbean in times of disaster, leaders from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the Caribbean Center for Disaster Medicine (CCDM) signed an agreement today to increase collaboration between the groups. The Honorable Silveria Jacob, Prime Minister of Sint Maarten, addressed attendees at the signing ceremony, speaking on the impact of Hurricane Irma and the importance of building resiliency.

Through the partnership, CDEMA, the regional agency for disaster management, and the CCDM (operated through American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine), which focuses on disaster medicine education and training, will bring together stakeholders and resources to train professionals and enable the public to better prepare for disaster-related medical and health care issues.

“We have been engaging centres of higher learning in the Caribbean for some time as a means of ensuring that the Agency is cultivating a brain trust that can inform its capacity building efforts and to aid in development of innovative programmes to drive the Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management and Resilience Mandate among participating states,” said Mr Ronald Jackson, executive director of CDEMA. “Previously, we have leveraged these efforts around the University of the West Indies (UWI), University of Technology (UTECH) and University of Guyana. We are now happy, therefore, to be engaging with knowledgeable partners, beyond our traditional community of actors, such as the Caribbean Center for Disaster Medicine (CCDM) at American University of the Caribbean (AUC) School of Medicine, so that we are able to benefit from a wider pool of knowledge resources that can aid our resilience building efforts.”

“CDEMA is a leader in helping our communities manage the impact of natural disasters and a critical partner in our mission to improve disaster preparedness and response from a health care perspective,” said Mark Quirk, executive director of the CCDM. “Through this agreement, the CCDM pledges to move our work with CDEMA forward as we focus on collaborative efforts in education and training for healthcare and non-healthcare professionals. Together, we will work across islands and across countries with experts from multiple fields and disciplines to improve disaster resilience in the Caribbean.”

The partnership will be highlighted at the 2020 International Conference on Disaster Medicine and Hurricane Resiliency, hosted by the CCDM, taking place March 26-29 in Sint Maarten. Full conference details and online registration are available at

About Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency

The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) is the regional inter-governmental agency for disaster management in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).  The Agency comprises 18 Participating States that are actively engaged in comprehensive disaster management (CDM). The CDM approach addresses all phases of the disaster management cycle (mitigation, prevention, preparedness, response and recovery) and focuses on all hazards, all peoples and sectors of society.  CDEMA is showcasing the highlights of achievements in implementing the 2014-2024 CDM Strategy and Framework in the Caribbean. The Strategy is the platform for delivery of the Sendai Framework in the Caribbean region and the driving force for building and strengthening disaster resilience in the CDEMA Participating States. 

About American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine

American University of the Caribbean (AUC) School of Medicine is an institution of Adtalem Global Education (NYSE: ATGE), a global education provider headquartered in the United States. AUC School of Medicine’s mission is to train tomorrow’s physicians, whose service to their communities and their patients is enhanced by international learning experiences, a diverse learning community, and an emphasis on social accountability and engagement. Founded in 1978, AUC School of Medicine has more than 7,000 graduates, many of whom work in primary care or underserved areas. Dedicated to developing physicians with a lifelong commitment to patient-centered care, AUC School of Medicine embraces collaboration, inclusion and community service. With campuses in Sint Maarten and the United Kingdom, affiliated teaching hospitals in the United States and the U.K. and internationally recognized faculty, AUC School of Medicine has a diverse medical education program for today’s globally minded physician. For more information visit, follow AUC School of Medicine on Twitter (@aucmed), Instagram (@aucmed_edu) and Facebook (@aucmed).

 Contact: David Irwin, Adtalem Global Education                 +1.630.453.1120                   

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