On April 12, the U.S. government through U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP) donated six fully equipped container clinics worth approximately $1 million to be distributed to three health centers affected by hurricanes Eta and Iota.
In addition, SOUTHCOM recently approved three more clinics valued at $285,000, bringing the number of clinics to a total of nine.
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is continuously working with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide humanitarian and technical assistance to support Honduras.
In 2022, the DoD approved 17 humanitarian projects worth more than $425,000. These projects provided the Honduran Permanent Contingency Committee (COPECO) with equipment and personal protective supplies needed to combat the surge of COVID-19 cases associated with the emergency response. The United States, through the DoD’s HAP, also donated 18 ultra-low temperature freezers to store vaccine doses and facilitate vaccination throughout the country.
In addition, DoD officials collaborated with their Honduran counterparts on multiple joint support operations such as the Health Engagement Assistance Response Team (HEART), which provided medical care to 1,880 patients through collective efforts between U.S. and Honduran medical professionals.
The USNS Comfort Hospital Ship also visited Honduras in early November 2022 and provided dozens of medical consultations and veterinary services, subject matter expert exchanges, and other programs and activities that benefited the Honduran people. In total, the monetary value of the medical and veterinary services provided to hundreds of Hondurans during the USNS Comfort visit was several million dollars.
In 2022, Joint Task Force Bravo’s (JTF-Bravo) medical personnel treated more than 11,000 patients and 6,000 head of livestock during 30 medical and veterinary brigades that provided communities with an average of $27,000 in aid per event.
In 2021, this effort treated more than 4,992 patients during 27 medical brigades that provided communities with an average of $15,000 in aid per event.
The U.S. continues to engage with the Honduran people to advance economic growth, security, health, education, respect for human rights, inclusion, and strengthening democracy.