Improving Digital Integrated Public Health Surveillance in the Caribbean


Financed by the European Union through the programme titled ACP-EU digital connectivity and digital solutions to strengthen the resilience of education, health and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) systems to COVID-19 in ACP countries, also known as the DIgital REsponse Connecting CiTizens (DIRECCT) programme for short.

Overall Objective/Impact:

The objective of the Project is to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 crisis in the 26 CARPHA Member States by improving the resilience of health systems in the region

Specific Objective(s)/Outcome(s):

CARPHA and CARPHA Member States have improved regional digital surveillance systems and capacity to support detection, preparedness and response to public health threats and emergencies in the Caribbean Region

Expected Results/Outputs:

  • Regional digital public health surveillance system integrated and strengthened
  • Regional capacity and tools for knowledge exchange built in the use and application of the regional digital public health surveillance system

CARPHA Programmatic Area(s):

Project Information

Status: Ongoing

Start Date: January 24, 2022

End Date: September 30, 2023

Duration: 21 months

Budget: € 900,000 (Euros)

Source(s) of Funding:

European Union (EU) through Agence Française de Développement (AFD)

Beneficiary CARPHA Member State(s): All CMS

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Project Overview

In many emerging countries, the COVID-19 pandemic has particularly affected the health, education and economic sectors, which are fundamental pillars of development. This crisis has highlighted the critical role of digital services to allow people to stay connected with their public health partners, educational institutions and essential businesses.

In consultation with the Organisation of African, Pacific and Caribbean States (OACPS), the European Union (EU) is funding the DIgital REsponse Connecting CiTizens (DIRECCT) programme in more than 55 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries in the health, education and small business sectors to enable them to cope with current and future shocks. The €15.4 million programme is mainly implemented by the AFD in coordination with the Belgian development agency, Enabel.

CARPHA has received nine hundred thousand Euros (EUR 900.000) under the DIRECCT programme to implement this project. This investment in the health security of the Caribbean region supports integration of real-time digital surveillance systems to enhance risk assessment, monitoring, prevention and control of established infectious diseases and new and emerging public health threats by CARPHA and CARPHA Member States. CARPHA will also coordinate capacity-building of Member States’ Ministries and Authorities of Health to implement these systems for local, sub-regional and regional surveillance, with a focus on gender equity and human-centred technology.