The Caribbean Cooperation in Health (CCH) aims to achieve more efficient cooperation in common health services by developing and maintaining cost-effective and efficient systems. Each iteration of CCH has evolved with the changing times to meet the needs of CARICOM states, and has delivered significant health gains, such as a scaling up of the response to HIV. CCHIV, which spans 2016—2025, intends to address the goals set by WHO, and the non-communicable diseases that are the leading causes of mortality and an economic burden. The strategic priorities set by CCHIV have guided the strategic plan for CARPHA for 2018—2025.
In CCH IV, RPGs include, but are not limited to, shared legislative and policy frameworks, standards, regulations and guidelines; shared capacity through regional technical agencies and common training programs; shared quality assurance mechanisms; common approaches to addressing shared regional and international challenges to public health; shared research to identify effective and replicable practices; shared financing approaches, including pooled procurement.
At the 25th Meeting of Chief Medical Officers in April 2017, CMOs identified the following priority RPGs to guide the implementation of CCHIV:
- Strengthened legislative framework for health, including legal briefs and model legislation
- Regional legislation for nutritional labelling
- Regional approach to trade legislation and regulation in support of reducing childhood obesity
- Caribbean Regulatory System for essential medicines
- Regional partnership of health and tourism
- Caribbean guaranteed minimum package of health services
- Common health promotion campaigns
- Common training programs for health and other personnel, including in partnerships and negotiation
- Common clinical guidelines and auditing tools for national NCD programs
- Regional data sharing and ethics policy
- Regional health information systems policy
- Regional strategy to stimulate private sector partnerships
- Resource mobilization strategies for reaching non-traditional funders.
These five strategic priorities have been identified in the document "CCHlV: Summary of the Regional Health Framework 2016-2025."
- 1. Health Systems for universal access to health and universal health coverage,
- 2. Safe, resilient, healthy environments,
- 3. Health and well-being of Caribbean people throughout the life course,
- 4. Data and evidence for decision making and accountability, and
- 5. Partnership and resource mobilization for health.