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Public Health Professionals Receive Training in Risk and Crisis Communication for Public Health Emergencies
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, September 27, 2016: Risk communication is an important tool in managing health threats such as Zika, and effective communication messages during these public health...
The Truth Behind the Zika Numbers
Often times when the figures of confirmed laboratory cases of diseases such as Chikungunya and Zika are reported by officials to the media, we normally get surprising reaction from the public. Comment...
A Healthy Environment: Key to Our Children’s Health
A Healthy Environment: Key to Our Children’s Health Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, September 10, 2016: “About 1 in every 5 of our Caribbean children carries unhealthy weight and is a...

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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...
Zika
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
Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease
Hand, foot, and mouth disease, or HFMD, is a contagious illness that is caused by different viruses.  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...

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INFLUENZA:

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

HEALTHCARE-ASSOCIATED INFECTIONS: 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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REPORT: Combatting Antimicrobial Resistance in the Caribbean: A report on the workshop delivered as part of the Commonwealth laboratory twinning initiative to combat antimicrobial resistance Download your copy

Download Your Copy Analysing over 60 years of research from the Annual Caribbean Health Conferences. This report highlights the impact of research on health policy and programming as well as clinical practice in the Caribbean.. Download your copy