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CARPHA Executive Director Appeals for Balance when Pursuing Economic Growth in the Region
Castries, Saint Lucia, November 19, 2015:  Executive Director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), Dr C James Hospedales said economic growth should not come at the expense of healthy ...
Caribbean Environmental Experts Seek Solutions for Climate Change and Public Health Challenges
Castries, Saint Lucia, November 17th 2015.  The Caribbean, mainly comprised of small island nations, is the world’s most tourist-dependent region, and one of the most vulnerable to the nega...
Zika Virus Reaches the Caribbean Community
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, November 12, 2015.  On November 09, 2015, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) confirmed five (5) case of Zika virus in a territory of the Caribbean Com...

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...


INFLUENZA: CARPHA encourages the public to ensure they are aware of how to protect themselves and their families from catching and spreading seasonal influenza. In 2015, influenza activity globally has generally decreased or remained low with only a few countries reporting elevated levels of respiratory illness. Influenza activity in the Caribbean has remained at low levels with the exception of Cuba, where high numbers of severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) were reported, associated with the Influenza A (H1N1). Influenza AH1N1 is one of several influenza strains that circulates around the world, including the Caribbean region. Learn more about influenza

HEALTHCARE-ASSOCIATED INTECTIONS: CARPHA works closely with countries across the Region and international partners to monitor infectious disease trends. Healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) are infections that are caught as a result of a patient being in a hospital or other type of healthcare facility. Find out more about HCAIs, who is vulnerable and how they can be prevented HERE.



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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
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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

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