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CARPHA and Mexico sign MOU to benefit 17 million Caribbean people
Mexico, April 23, 2015.  The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Health of the United Mexican States, through the Federal...
Saving Lives: Benefits of Vaccination
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, April 27 2015. “Recent outbreaks of measles in North America have reemphasized the importance of maintaining vaccination coverage at 95% or more in all countr...
Food Safety, should we be concerned?
Food Safety, should we be concerned? Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. April 21 2015.  In the Caribbean region, foodborne diseases continue to increase and have huge impacts on public heal...

Chikungunya
Chikungunya is a mosquito-borne viral infection. Outbreaks have previously occurred in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Local transmission of the infection was found for the first time in the Caribbean in December 2013. Since CHIKV is new to the Caribbean, almost everyone in the Caribbean is susceptible to the infection. Read more...
Ebola
The current outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) is in West Africa. There have not been any cases of Ebola in the Caribbean, and the overall risk assessment for the Caribbean region remains low. Continued monitoring of the situation will be conducted by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). The level of risk may change as new information becomes available. Read more...
Dengue
"Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, February 24, 2015. The emergence of the Chikungunya virus in the Caribbean in 2013, led to more than 800,000 suspected cases in the Caribbean and Latin America to date. "
Non-communicable Diseases
"Promoting Healthy Weights in the Caribbean: Safeguarding our Future Development." The Caribbean is in the midst of a childhood obesity epidemic, despite the fact that the health status of the Region’s children and young people has dramatically improved over the past decades. Statistics show that at least 1 in every 5 of our children carry unhealthy weights and risk developing non-communicable diseases (NCDs), like diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, later in life. "  Read more...

Alerts
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, January 30, 2015: Seasonal influenza affects many thousands of people in the Caribbean each year, and as the 2015 season approaches, 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.
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The National Institutes of Health will be hosting a three day Capacity-Building Workshop on “Improving Chronic Disease in the Caribbean through Evidence-Based Behavioural and Social Interventions.” This training workshop will be held in Bridgetown, Barbados, from July 21-23, 2015. Read more…

Regional Foodborne Diseases Surveillance and Food Safety Workshop

A Regional Foodborne Diseases Surveillance and Food Safety Workshop to build capacity in integrated “one health” food borne disease surveillance and food safety as well as multisectoral collaboration for improving food safety in the Caribbean. May 13-15, 2015 at the Trinidad Hilton and Conference Center.

CARPHA received high praise from Bermuda’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr. Cheryl Peek-Ball, for the Agency’s assistance with its STEPS data survey analysis - a survey of Bermuda’s health trends.  The team from CARPHA assisted in completing the preliminary data analysis and the first draft of the data book.  The CMO also commended the support Bermuda continues to receive from CARPHA, as Bermuda embarks on the final stages of the project, which includes report writing, and communication of the results of the survey to the public.

A new recombinant strain of HIV (CRF19) has been identified in the Caribbean region. This new strain progresses rapidly to advanced disease (AIDS) within 3 years. This is 3 times as fast as the usual strains of HIV and could mean increased illness and death from HIV if it spreads among the Caribbean population. Read more...

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, January 30 2015. The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is commending the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines'; Ministry of Health on its timely collaboration with the Agency in the management of a traveler from Nigeria with fever. Because of the Ministry's action, Executive Director, Dr C. James Hospedales, said CARPHA was able to receive the relevant sample and return a result within 48 hours.