Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA)

  • Photo of CARPHA Leading the Caribbean’s COVID-19 Response – VIDEO

    CARPHA Leading the Caribbean’s COVID-19 Response – VIDEO

    The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has released a video to highlight its frontline work in the Region’s fight against the COVID-19. The six-minute video titled: CARPHA – Leading the Caribbean’s COVID-19 Response, also includes testimonial on CARPHA’s role in its Member States, including from Heads of Government. CARPHA has been conducting COVID-19 laboratory tests for its Member States with…

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  • Photo of CARICOM Leaders prepare for Hurricanes amid COVID-19 Pandemic

    CARICOM Leaders prepare for Hurricanes amid COVID-19 Pandemic

    Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have received proposals for dealing with the possibility of responding to a hurricane within the COVID-19 outbreak. At their 11th Special Meeting held by video conference on Monday 17 August, the Heads of Government recognised that such an occurrence would add a significant layer of complexity and would have an impact on…

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  • Photo of CARPHA Turnaround Time for Testing Remains Consistent with No Test Results Pending

    CARPHA Turnaround Time for Testing Remains Consistent with No Test Results Pending

    As the regional reference laboratory, the CARPHA Medical Microbiology Laboratory (CMML) continues to conduct tests for suspected COVID-19 cases for 18 of its 26 Member States. Throughout the pandemic period CARPHA has been guiding laboratory action through science-based testing protocols based on the latest recommendations by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).  CARPHA pledged…

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  • Photo of CARPHA Laboratory Achieves 100% Turnaround Time For All Diagnostic Tests
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    CARPHA Laboratory Achieves 100% Turnaround Time For All Diagnostic Tests

    In June 2020, the CARPHA Medical Microbiology Laboratory (CMML) processed the largest number of samples – an unprecedented achievement in the history of the organisation.  The laboratory received a total of 3,250 samples, representing an average of more than 150 samples per business day. As the regional reference laboratory, the CMML continues to conduct tests for suspected COVID-19 cases for…

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  • Photo of ‘We Have Done Fairly Well in Containing COVID-19’ – CARICOM Secretary-General
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    ‘We Have Done Fairly Well in Containing COVID-19’ – CARICOM Secretary-General

    Secretary General of the Caribbean Community Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said the Region has done fairly well in containing COVID-19. He was speaking during the virtual Handing-over Ceremony of Chairmanship of the Conference of the Heads of Government of CARCIOM on Friday, 3 July. Ambassador LaRocque outlined that protocols had been developed by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the CARICOM…

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  • Photo of CARPHA’s COVID-19 Testing Process and Adherence to Quality Standards
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    CARPHA’s COVID-19 Testing Process and Adherence to Quality Standards

    Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. 22April 2020. CARPHA Medical Microbiology Laboratory (CMML), as the regional reference laboratory, currently conducts tests for suspected COVID-19 cases for Member States using the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended testing protocol.At present, samples can only be sent to CARPHA from the designated national public health laboratory in a country. In Trinidad and Tobago, where…

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  • Photo of CARICOM Health Ministers to hold Emergency Meeting on deadly Coronavirus

    CARICOM Health Ministers to hold Emergency Meeting on deadly Coronavirus

    The Region’s Health Ministers will hold an emergency meeting on Monday 3 February on the novel Coronavirus which the World Health Organisation has now classified as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The novel Coronavirus outbreak which originated in Wahun City, Hubei Province, China, started in December 2019 and, up to this week about eight thousand cases have been…

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  • Photo of The UWI Activates Coronavirus Response Plan

    The UWI Activates Coronavirus Response Plan

    Today, The UWI will host a Vice-Chancellor’s Forum which will offer informed analysis and perspectives. The  programme will include remarks from Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles and feature UWI health experts along with Dr Joy St. John, CARPHA’s Executive Director.It begins at 1:00 pm (Jamaica)/2:00 pm (Eastern Caribbean) at The UWI Regional Headquarters, and will be carried live on UWItv’s…

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  • Photo of EU Continues to Support Caribbean In Fight Against Mosquito Borne Diseases

    EU Continues to Support Caribbean In Fight Against Mosquito Borne Diseases

    The European Union has provided the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) with a grant of 4.1 million euro (US$4.5M) to continue supporting efforts to combat mosquito borne diseases in the Caribbean Region. The assistance will be channelled through a four-year health strengthening programme designed to further improve the prevention, detection and control of outbreaks of mosquito borne diseases such as…

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  • Photo of CARPHA urges region to prepare for possibility of severe dengue outbreak

    CARPHA urges region to prepare for possibility of severe dengue outbreak

    (CARPHA PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – While chikungunya and zika, which swept the region in 2014 and 2016 are not expected back anytime soon, CARPHA is warning, “gear-up for the possibility of a major outbreak of dengue fever in 2018.” This because as before, the pre-conditions of abundant mosquito vector levels still exist, and increased levels of dengue are being reported in…

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