carpha

  • Photo of Obesity, physical inactivity put women at excess risk of diabetes

    Obesity, physical inactivity put women at excess risk of diabetes

      Diabetes, a major contributor to premature death, is estimated to affect 10-15% of the adult population in the Caribbean Region. The disease is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attack and stroke and responsible for high rates of complications, such as lower limb amputation. The risk factors for Type 2 Diabetes are obesity (Body Mass Index (BMI)…

    Read More »
  • Photo of CARPHA ready to assist Dominica

    CARPHA ready to assist Dominica

    The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), has deployed members of its staff, who have joined sister CARICOM institution, Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), to carry out rapid needs assessment in Dominica. Dominica suffered widespread devastation to homes and infrastructure after Hurricane Maria, the second major storm to hit the Caribbean this month made landfall on the island on Monday. CARPHA’s team…

    Read More »
  • Photo of CARPHA Deploys Staff to Assist Hurricane-Devastated British Virgin Islands

    CARPHA Deploys Staff to Assist Hurricane-Devastated British Virgin Islands

    On Sunday, September 10, 2017, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), as part of the Regional Response Mechanism (RRM) which is spearheaded by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency Coordinating Unit (CDEMA-CU), deployed a member of staff to assist the British Virgin Islands (BVI) in the post-Hurricane Irma Response.    Irma, a category 5 hurricane with winds up to 185…

    Read More »
  • Photo of Regional Network launched to collaborate on Zika, other vector borne diseases

    Regional Network launched to collaborate on Zika, other vector borne diseases

    [CariVecNet] Mosquito borne diseases continue to impact the Caribbean’s social, economic and health sectors. Recent outbreaks of Zika (2016), and Chikungunya (2014) and the continued circulation of Dengue, highlight the need for an integrated approach to the prevention and control of these vector borne diseases (VBDs), especially since many countries depend on tourism as a major source of revenue.  The…

    Read More »
  • Regional Laboratories Prepare To Detect And Respond To New And Emerging Diseases

    “Public health laboratories play a critical role in the fight against communicable diseases, specifically vector-borne diseases, to better prepare the Region to detect and respond to new and emerging threats,” stated Dr Karen Polson-Edwards, Acting Director, Surveillance, Disease Prevention and Control at CARPHA.    Dr Polson-Edwards was speaking at the opening of a two-day technical and policy forum for laboratory…

    Read More »
  • Photo of Patients assured safe, high quality drugs with establishment of Caribbean Regulatory System

    Patients assured safe, high quality drugs with establishment of Caribbean Regulatory System

    Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.  April 7 2017.  The establishment of a Caribbean Regulatory System (CRS) will improve conditions for patients in the Region to receive safe, efficacious, high quality drugs.  Speaking at the Opening Ceremony of a Capacity-Building workshop on the Regulation of Medicines earlier this week, Executive Director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), Dr. C…

    Read More »
  • Photo of Regional experts lay groundwork for unified response to vector-borne diseases

    Regional experts lay groundwork for unified response to vector-borne diseases

    “Although Dengue has been in the Region for years, with the introduction of Chikungunya in 2013, and now Zika, vector-borne diseases (VBDs) have become very prominent, taking centre stage,” stated Dr Karen Polson-Edwards, Acting Director, Surveillance, Disease Prevention and Control at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). Dr Polson-Edwards was speaking at the opening of the first meeting of the Surveillance…

    Read More »
  • Photo of The Regional Response to Childhood Obesity Intensifies

    The Regional Response to Childhood Obesity Intensifies

    Childhood obesity continues to be a serious public health concern in the Region.  Statistics show that more than 30% of our Caribbean adolescents are overweight or obese, and risk developing non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as hypertension, diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular diseases later in life.  The economic burden of diabetes and hypertension alone is estimated at between 1.4% and 8% of…

    Read More »
  • Photo of CARICOM – Regional conference to tackle childhood obesity

    CARICOM – Regional conference to tackle childhood obesity

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Feb 9, CMC – Representatives of regional health organisations are meeting here this week to map out a plan to prevent childhood obesity through improved food and nutrition security. The two-day high-level meeting is being hosted by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in response to growing concerns among the region’s health officials that 20-30 percent of the…

    Read More »
  • Photo of Caribbean better prepared to deal with crisis situations

    Caribbean better prepared to deal with crisis situations

    The Caribbean region’s ability to respond to crisis situations and its early warning capacity have been greatly strengthened, thanks to the Global Crisis Response Support Programme (GCRSP). The two-year programme received 2.6 million euros from the European Union to improve crisis management infrastructures in the Region, and included training courses, workshops, and a scenario/simulation exercise.  Participating agencies gave the Programme…

    Read More »
Back to top button
Close