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  • Photo of Communique issued at the conclusion of the sixteenth Special Emergency Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community, via videoconference, 13 September 2021

    Communique issued at the conclusion of the sixteenth Special Emergency Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community, via videoconference, 13 September 2021

    The Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) met virtually on Monday 13 September at its 16th Special Emergency Meeting to consider a regional response to the recent surge in infections, hospitalisations and deaths due to the COVID-19 virus across the Community. The Heads of Government expressed deep concern at the increase with more than 100,000 new…

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  • Photo of CARPHA Launches COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance Survey

    CARPHA Launches COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance Survey

    As the Caribbean rolls out COVID-19 vaccines, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) launched a survey on 17 February to obtain views on the COVID-19 vaccines of people living in the Region and to determine their willingness to be vaccinated. “There is a growing concern about vaccine hesitancy. The World Health Organization (WHO) identified vaccine hesitancy as one of the…

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  • Photo of Regional Communicators Get a Booster as they Prepare to Launch COVID-19 Vaccine Awareness Campaigns

    Regional Communicators Get a Booster as they Prepare to Launch COVID-19 Vaccine Awareness Campaigns

    As the Caribbean prepares for the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine, communications and health promotion specialists from across the Region came together to hone their risk communication skills, so that they can effectively respond to people’s concerns, opinions, emotions and reactions.  Participants at the virtual meeting This, as the Regional Health Communication Network (RHCN), comprising of communicators from 26…

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  • Photo of World AIDS Day: Multisectoral Response is Even Greater in COVID-19 Times – CARPHA

    World AIDS Day: Multisectoral Response is Even Greater in COVID-19 Times – CARPHA

    This year, the COVID-19 pandemic is one of the most serious global public health challenges in recent times, and the world’s attention has been on the impact of COVID-19 on health, lives and livelihoods.  The pandemic has demonstrated how health is connected with other critical issues, such as reducing inequality, human rights, gender equality, social protection and economic growth.   With…

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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 CARICOM CMOs Lauded for Role in Successful Management of COVID-19
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    CARICOM CMOs Lauded for Role in Successful Management of COVID-19

    The Region’s Chief Medical officers were lauded for their role in helping the Region to successfully manage the COVID-19 outbreak so far. The sentiments were expressed by the Director of Human Development at the CARICOM Secretariat Helen Royer. She was giving welcome remarks at an opening ceremony of the the 28th Meeting of Chief Medical Officers of the Caribbean Community…

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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 NEWS FEATURE:  Caribbean Community successfully keeps low COVID-19 infection rates
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    NEWS FEATURE: Caribbean Community successfully keeps low COVID-19 infection rates

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has managed the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic to great effect, ensuring that its cases have been kept low relative to larger and more affluent parts of the international community. CARICOM Member States have been ranked among the best in the world in their response to the pandemic in many global assessments. There has been…

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  • Photo of Caribbean Public Health Day: In a Time of COVID-19
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    Caribbean Public Health Day: In a Time of COVID-19

    (Caribbean Public Health Agency, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.  2 July 2020)  Over the years, the Caribbean region has faced a series of public health challenges.  The persistence of diseases such as dengue, and the emergence of new ones such as the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  The COVID-19 pandemic has emerged as the biggest threat to the Caribbean region in recent…

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    Today is World Environment Day

    (Caribbean Public Health Agency Press Release) The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) recognises World Environment Day as a time to call to action all governments and citizens of CARPHA Member States to do their part to safeguard Caribbean Biodiversity through: legislation and enforcement, sustainable development, an end to all types of pollution, use of best practices in agriculture, manufacturing, and…

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