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 (REPDU) 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.

WHAT CAN REPDU DO?

  1. Deliver actionable information for determining public health policy and programming
  2. Build and link the systems that are fundamental to containing emerging health threats that may affect national, regional, or global health

SHARED REPDU GOALS

  • Support “learning through doing” in public health organizations
  • Help countries build sustainable capacity for detecting and responding to urgent public health issues
  • Country-owned and tailored to meet the public health needs and infrastructure of each country
  • Build capacity for training other healthcare professionals, supporting a culture of service
  • Contribute to a global network of FE(L)TPs, to facilitate information sharing and professional development

BUILDING INDIVIDUAL COMPETENCY → BUILDING PUBLIC HEALTH CAPACITY

Competency:
"An integrated set of knowledge, skills and attitudes that support the successful performance of a job function"

REPDU IN THE CARIBBEAN

Potential Benefits:

  • Improve public health responses to control disease outbreaks
  • Reduce deaths and disability due to non communicable diseases
  • Conduct operational research to inform health policy in the Caribbean
  • Improve the use of new and advanced laboratory technologies
  • Increase collaboration between laboratory and epidemiology