A Zika TechCamp has been held at the Hilton Barbados Resort.

The twi-day event was a collaboration between the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS and the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).

There were sixty participants from the region within the public health, media and private sectors.

The program is an initiative of the United States Department of State, deigned to assist the region in the prevention of the spread of infectious diseases.

Ms. Linda Taglialatela, who is the U.S. Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS, commented, “We anticipate that this TechCamp will provide an open forum to facilitate the strengthening of networks and connections of public health officials and communicators across the Caribbean.”

Mr. Ramon Peachey, the Head of COmmunications for the OECS Commission said that the “OECS Commission’s Health Unit would be seeking to deepen its engagement with its regional partners to address Zika and that the lessons learned from the tech camp would help manage communication relating to communicable diseases in the Caribbean.”

“The OECS Commission applauds the United States Embassy and CARPHA as key health partners for convening the innovative tech camp.”