The project will support the efforts of the Government of Antigua and Barbuda in the post-Hurricane Irma recovery process in Barbuda through the rehabilitation of some essential public infrastructure using the “build back better” approach. The aim of the project is to repair/reconstruct key public infrastructure in Barbuda that are pivotal for the recovery of the island, the return of all displaced families and to the resilience of the hurricane-prone Island and for sustainable development in the short to long term.
In line with the Post Disaster Need Assessment, the Building Damage Assessment and the recovery strategy established by the government with the support of UNDP in 2017, the project will adopt a comprehensive approach to effectively meet the needs of the affected population on the Island of Barbuda. To this end, the project is designed to contribute to on-going initiatives by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda in coordination with other humanitarian and development actors towards the rehabilitation/reconstruction of key public infrastructure pivotal for the resilience and sustainable development of the people of Barbuda.
The project will address this strategy through the following outputs, through support from the Government of India:
Output 1: The Hanna Thomas Hospital rehabilitated and equipped, ensuring structural resilience and inclusive access
Output 2: The Barbuda Post Office rehabilitated and equipped, ensuring structural resilience and inclusive access
Technical assistance and supervision of reconstruction works will include training and mentoring of local workers involved in the reconstruction to complete reconstruction works at the Hannah Thomas Hospital and to rehabilitate the Barbuda Post Office; and acquisition of high quality hospital equipment and fittings required for the immediate functioning of the Hannah Thomas Hospital and Post Office in Barbuda.
As the implementing Agency, UNDP will use its direct implementation modality (DIM) to carry out the implementation of the project in close consultation and collaboration with relevant national authorities such as the Ministry of Health and Environment; the National Office for Disaster Services (NODS) who oversees the reconstruction process in partnership with Barbuda Council Committee of Works and General Purpose, Development Control Authority, and the Central Housing and Planning Authority. UNDP in coordination and close collaboration with the national authorities will manage, monitor and report the achievement of project results.