Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA)

  • Photo of Health Minister encourages other countries to replicate ‘Jamaica Moves’ campaign

    Health Minister encourages other countries to replicate ‘Jamaica Moves’ campaign

    Minister of Health, the Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton, is encouraging other Caribbean countries to join forces and replicate the ‘Jamaica Moves’ campaign into ‘Caribbean Moves’, with the objective of reducing the region’s growing rate of persons living with non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Jamaica Moves is part of the National Strategy and Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs, which…

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  • Photo of CARPHA executive director urges caution on decriminalisation of marijuana

    CARPHA executive director urges caution on decriminalisation of marijuana

    BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) — The executive director of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), Dr. James Hosepdales, is urging regional countries to “proceed with an abundance of caution” when it come to the decriminalisation of marijuana. Hospedales, who spoke on a government radio programme “Working for you”, said there is much discussion on the decriminalisation issue and that there…

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  • Photo of Be proactive, reduce your risk of catching the flu – CARPHA

    Be proactive, reduce your risk of catching the flu – CARPHA

      Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.  February 2018.  The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is urging persons to practice good personal hygiene in order to reduce the risk of transmission of influenza and other respiratory viruses. Influenza (flu), a contagious respiratory illness which affects thousands of people in the Caribbean each year.  Typically, the Flu season in the Region occurs between…

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  • Photo of SIDS must never be denied concessional financing for climate resilience -SG

    SIDS must never be denied concessional financing for climate resilience -SG

        “It is crucial to increase the level of investment of climate finance for health.” – CARICOM Secretary-General, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has called for the scaling up of climate finance for resilience in the health sector.   He also posited that small vulnerable countries must never be denied access to concessional financing in their quest for resilience against…

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  • Caribbean storms show urgency of rethinking aid for small island states

    A series of devastating storms in the Caribbean has highlighted the vulnerability of small island states, where a single hurricane can undo years of development and plunge prosperous households into poverty from one day to the next. Hurricane Irma turned 90 percent of homes on Barbuda to rubble and left financial losses of USD 100-200 million. Hurricane Maria has knocked…

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  • CARICOM Heads renew commitment to tackle NCDs

    Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have given a renewed commitment to tackling non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in their countries. The matter was raised by  Prime Minister Mitchell during the closing press conference of the  38th CARICOM Summit, in Grand Anse, Grenada. In speaking to the issue, Prime Minister Mitchell  highlighted that it had been 10 years since the historic Port-of-Spain Declaration on NCDs. The…

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  • CARPHA and Guyana launch novel public-private partnership programme to boost tourism and health

    Tourism growth and sustainability in the Caribbean face serious health, safety and environmental (HSE) threats. These include disease outbreaks and deficiencies in food safety and environmental sanitation.  This contributes to reduced tourism arrivals which in turn impacts those whose livelihoods depend on the sector, and possibly lead to adverse economic and social burdens. Recognising the critical need for public-private cross…

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