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PREFACE

Dear Colleague,

Thank you for your interest in accessing CARPHA's laboratory services.

CARPHA is the amalgamation of five Caribbean regional health institutions which started operation from the 01st January, 2013. The RHI's are: Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC), the Caribbean Environmental Health Institute (CEHI), the Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute (CFNI), the Caribbean Health Research Centre (CHRC) and the Caribbean Regional Drug Testing Laboratory (CRDTL).

For more info, please feel free to visit CARPHA's website http://www.carpha.org



CARPHA's Mission

To provide strategic direction, in analyzing, defining and responding to public health priorities of CARICOM, in order to prevent disease, promote health and to respond to public health emergencies.

To support solidarity in health, as one of the principal pillars of functional cooperation, in the Caribbean Community.



CARPHA's Vision

A Caribbean in which the health of the people, is promoted and protected from disease, injury and disability, thereby fostering the wellness revolution promoted by the Port of Spain Declaration*.

The main function of the laboratory based in Trinidad is to provide reference and referral services, training, technology transfer, monitoring and research of public health importance.

Our staff is committed to providing the highest quality service to our member countries and as such we have instituted and continually upgraded our systems to ensure that the quality of our services is assured at all times.

We hope that this guide will provide the necessary information to facilitate access to our services.

We welcome the opportunity to serve you and are happy to receive your comments.



PURPOSE OF THE DOCUMENT

The purpose of this document is to provide general information about pathogens under regional surveillance, clinical specimen collection and transportation guidelines for use by health care providers and public health professionals in CARPHA member countries.

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