Team

INTRODUCTION

  As the principal Regional Public Health Agency for the Caribbean, one of CARPHA’s core functions is to conduct relevant research on public health priorities in the Caribbean. The Research, Training and Policy Development Unit of CARPHA also has a mandate to Promote research for health; Advise Governments and other stakeholders on research for health; Strengthen National and Regional Health Research Systems; Develop mechanisms to support priority research; and Promote the sharing of the Region’s Scientific outputs. These directives are addressed in all the Unit’s functions.

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ANNUAL HEALTH CONFERENCE

Overview

The Annual Research Conference is the flagship activity of the CARPHA and has been successfully hosted every year since 1956. Usually held the third week in April, it is the largest health research conference in the English speaking Caribbean with over 200 delegates in attendance. The latter comprise researchers, policy makers and health care providers thus creating a unique network of health stakeholders who share needs, information and experiences.

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Research Ethics

Overview

The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is the principal regional institution charged with providing strategic direction in analyzing, defining and responding to the public health priorities of Member States. Research is one of its core functions and it has a responsibility to facilitate the establishment of systems that ensure that all studies conducted in its Member States comply with the highest ethical standards. These systems will include facilities for the independent review of the ethical acceptability of research involving humans to ensure that participants’ rights, dignity, safety and well-being are protected. CARPHA’s roles include building capacity in its Member States to establish and manage research ethics committees as well as hosting an independent Committee.

CARPHA’s Research Ethics Committee (REC) will provide ethical oversight for research involving human participants conducted under its auspices, that is, research conducted by staff or funded by CARPHA. Upon request, the services of the REC will also be extended to CARPHA Member States (CMS).

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RESEARCH GRANTS PROGRAMME

Purpose

Research Grants Programme is one of its mechanisms to build health research capacity in the Caribbean. It is a facility whereby junior/budding researchers are given funding to assist in the conduct of small studies. Often, these studies are expanded on the basis of the initial findings into larger projects for which support may be sought from funding agencies with larger budgets. Projects proposals are expected to address areas identified as Regional priority as defined by the Caribbean Cooperation in Health (CCH).

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POLICY DEVELOPMENT

CARPHA plays a central role in assisting Member States to narrow their research-policy gaps. CARPHA provides the necessary support required to produce relevant research but also to apply credible scientific evidence to address regional health challenges. The Agency’s mandate for research uptake is outlined in the Policy Framework for Research at CARPHA.

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MONITORING AND EVALUATION

Level I of the REPDU is based on nine core competencies for integrated field and laboratory epidemiological practice, as determined by the regional partners of the programme.

The REPDU combines face-to-face training and field assignments which demonstrate the trainees' ability to apply their new knowledge and skills.

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PUBLICATIONS AND RESOURCES

On this page you will find a categorized list of resources on Field Epidemiology and Laboratory work. This list of resources includes: training tools and methods and field epidemiology training programmes. We welcome any suggestions of resources for inclusion in this list.

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