CABEI grants emergency assistance for €935,600.00 to address the health situation for COVID-19 in Cuba


Real-time PCR test kits for the diagnosis of SARS CoV-2 will be purchased through UNPD as the executing agency.

Tegucigalpa, November 18th. - The Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI), announced the approval of a Non-Reimbursable Financial Cooperation for Emergency Assistance to the Republic of Cuba, for an amount of up to €935,600.00 with the objective of strengthening the efforts to combat health care implemented in the country.

The humanitarian cooperation will have the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) as executing agency with the aim of acquiring real-time PCR test kits for the diagnosis of SARS CoV-2. The purchase of these medical supplies will be carried out in accordance with the rules, regulations, and procedures established by the UNDP.

Regarding this operation, CABEI's Executive President, Dr. Dante Mossi, mentioned that "through this joint effort the country will be able to strengthen the surveillance and laboratory diagnostic capabilities of COVID-19, for the identification and confirmation of sick and asymptomatic people, which will allow the containment of the spread of COVID-19."

Since the beginning of the pandemic, CABEI designed the Emergency Support and Preparedness Program for COVID-19 and its economic reactivation , which has US$2,360.1 million in financial resources to support the regional countries' efforts against the health crisis. This cooperation is part of the humanitarian aid projects related to the health sector aimed at benefiting the Cuban population.

The Republic of Cuba became CABEI's extra-regional partner on July 11, 2018, in the context of the SICA presidents' summit mandate that called for the integration of the Central American region with the Caribbean.