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Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA)


Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA)

Year Established: 2013

Website: http://www.carpha.org


Areas of Work

Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) works in the following areas:

CARICOM Institutions

The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is the new single regional public health agency for the Caribbean. It was legally established in July 2011 by an Inter-Governmental Agreement signed by Caribbean Community Member States and began operation in January 2013. The Agency rationalises public health arrangements in the Region by combining the functions of five Caribbean Regional Health Institutes (RHIs) into a single agency.

They are:

The Caribbean Environmental Health Institute (CEHI)
The Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC)
The Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute (CFNI)
The Caribbean Health Research Council (CHRC)
The Caribbean Regional Drug Testing Laboratory (CRDTL

CARPHA brings these RHIs together as one strong force under a public health umbrella under which issues requiring a regional response can be addressed. Its mission is to provide strategic direction, in analyzing, defining and responding to public health priorities of CARICOM, in order to prevent disease, promote health and to respond to public health emergencies.

The objectives of CARPHA are:

to promote the physical and mental health and wellness of people within the Caribbean;
to provide strategic direction, in analysing, defining and responding to public health priorities of the Caribbean Community;
to promote and develop measures for the prevention of disease in the Caribbean;
to support the Caribbean Community in preparing for and responding to public health emergencies;
to support solidarity in health, as one of the principal pillars of functional cooperation in the Caribbean Community; and
to support the relevant objectives of the Caribbean Cooperation in Health as approved by the Agency


To support solidarity in health, as one of the principal pillars of functional cooperation, in the Caribbean Community

These include:

Emergency responses to disasters (hurricanes, earthquakes, flooding),
The surveillance and management of non communicable diseases (NDCs) that have reached epidemic proportions such as obesity, cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
The surveillance and management of communicable diseases (CDs), including HIV / AIDS; re-emerging diseases, like tuberculosis in association with HIV/AIDS; and new communicable diseases that are now endemic in the region 
The surveillance and prevention of injuries, violence and job related illnesses.
Contribution to global health agreements and compliance with international health regulations

This Agency is the Caribbean Region’s collective response to strengthening and reorienting our health system approach so that we are equipped to address the changing nature of public health challenges. The approach is people-centred and evidence-based.

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