Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA)

  • Photo of CARPHA Laboratory Achieves 100% Turnaround Time For All Diagnostic Tests
    COVID-19

    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
    COVID-19

    ‘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
    COVID-19

    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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  • 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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