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Strengthening Partnerships for Healthier, Safer Caribbean Tourism
Travel and tourism is the business of the Caribbean; however, outbreaks of communicable diseases and other health threats have resulted in closures of hotels and cruise ports, and significant losses i...
CARPHA Laboratory Achieves Accreditation for Quality and Competence
The Caribbean Public Health (CARPHA) Port of Spain laboratory was recently accredited by the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC).  Having achieved this important milestone in Novem...
World AIDS Day: Know your status, Get Tested, End AIDS
The Caribbean region joins the global effort to ensure that no child is born with HIV or congenital syphilis.  To date, six CARPHA member states have succeeded in being certified for eliminating ...



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...
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...

Evidence Portal

The CARPHA Evidence Portal is a repository of research, syntheses and Caribbean policy-relevant documents, including clinical, population health and health systems research. The types of syntheses included are evidence briefs for policy, rapid syntheses, overviews of systematic reviews, systematic reviews and economic evaluations. The policy relevant documents originate from the CARPHA, CARPHA Member States and the World Health Organization. The EvIDeNCe portal also includes a guided overview of sources of Caribbean data, pre-appraised research evidence and other types of information, tools, resources and training material to support evidence-informed decision-making.  Search the Portal


The CARPHA Strategic Plan 2018-2020 is part of a realignment process of the Agency informed by the Caribbean Cooperation in Health IV (CCH-IV), and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Agenda 2030, as well as available resources from the CARPHA Member States and partners. The plan is externally focused and contributes to the regional public goods (RPGs) in CCH-IV priorities. Download your copy.


The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) publication, examines the State of Public Health across a small and very diverse region of the world. The focus is on the situation in the three years 2014 to 2016. The publication provides an overview of public health in the Caribbean which looks at communicable and non-communicable diseases and injuries, risk factors and social vulnerabilities; and two key areas of public health significance for the 2014-’16 period - vector-borne diseases (VBDs) and childhood obesity (CO) . Download your copy.


The Caribbean Cooperation in Health IV (CCH-IV), spans the period 2019-2025 and seeks to advance regional cooperation in health through the provision of regional public goods (RPGS) that enable, complement and add value to the efforts of Member States towards sustainable health development. Download your copy.




Influenza A (H1N1) Update (audio) 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


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.