Volume 103, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Trinidad and Tobago, a small island developing state, has been ranked as number one in a report published by the University of Oxford that assessed responses to COVID-19 based on four of the six WHO criteria for rolling back COVID-19 “lockdown” measures. The key mitigation and containment strategies implemented by the country were evidence-informed and demonstrated an “all-of-government” approach. The COVID-19 health system response of this country demonstrates that although developing countries face many health system challenges, political will, evidence-informed decision-making, respect for science, and timely, coordinated, collaborative actions can strengthen the resilience and response of the health system during a health emergency.

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  • Received : 29 May 2020
  • Accepted : 01 Jun 2020
  • Published online : 09 Jun 2020
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