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Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease: what you should know
What is hand-foot-and-mouth disease? Hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD), is a generally mild disease caused by a group of viruses called Coxsackie Viruses. Who is at risk? HFMD mainly affects in...
CARPHA Provides Support to Dominica
CARPHA Provides Support to Dominica in the Aftermath of Tropical Storm Erika   In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Erika, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has been providing support t...
CARPHA Executive Director Dr. C. James Hospedales’ Message for Caribbean Wellness Day
CARPHA Executive Director Dr. C. James Hospedales’ Message for Caribbean Wellness Day, 12 September 2015 "Those who think they have no time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find...

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...
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...
Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease
Hand, foot, and mouth disease, or HFMD, is a contagious illness that is caused by different viruses.  Read more...
This is a disease caused by the Zika virus (ZIKV), transmitted by mosquitoes of the genus Aedes. Read more...
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...


Tropical Storm Erika has had a significant impact on a number of CARPHA Member States already and may affect other countries as it continues its path through the Caribbean. CARPHA expresses its deepest sympathy to those affected by this recent flooding. CARPHA continues to monitor the situation, and is on standby ready to provide support to countries in the region.

Conditions after a tropical storm or hurricane can pose a number of risks to health. These may include increased risk of catching some infectious diseases through contact with flood water, contamination of drinking water, and increases in spread of vector-borne diseases transmitted by mosquitoes. Flooding and damage to infrastructure can also lead to physical injuries as well as being very distressing to the affected individuals through the major impact on their daily lives.  

CARPHA therefore encourages those affected by the tropical storm to follow advice on good public health practices to reduce potential risks to their health.


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Request for Proposal for Evaluation of the Regional Health Framework 2010-2015 for implementation of the Caribbean Cooperation in Health Phase III (CCH III)
The purpose of this request for proposal is to identify a company that will evaluate the regional framework 2010-2015 for the Caribbean Cooperation in Health (CCH III) to identify specific and appropriate recommendations to guide the development and implementation of the new strategy for the region, CCH IV. Click here for more information.
Combatting Antimicrobial Resistance in the Caribbean: A report on the workshop delivered as part of the Commonwealth laboratory twinning initiative to combat antimicrobial resistanceDownload your copy
Research Funding Available
For original and innovative research exploring the link between diet, nutrition, body composition, physical activity and cancer prevention and survival. Deadline Date October 9, 2015. Apply Now
Download Your Copy This report includes analysis of over 60 years of research from the Annual Caribbean Health Conference.  It give trends that reflect the relative importance of various health conditions in the Region, and also highlights the impact of the research on health policy and programming as well as clinical practice. Download your copy

Deadline: 1st December 2015

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