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Laboratory Services

 
Overview
 
Petri Dish

Overview

The Laboratory Services and Networks Department contributes to improving the health status of Caribbean people by working with and advancing the capability of CARPHA Member States in laboratory technology and related public health disciplines through the state-of-the-art validated laboratory provision of methods, technical cooperation, service, advice, expertise, training, technology transfer and research.

Quality Policy

CARPHA Medical Microbiology Laboratory (CMML) is committed to providing accurate and reliable services for surveillance and control of disease in CARPHA Member Countries. This is accomplished through ensuring compliance with the quality policy of the organization, rigorous training of all personnel, strict adherence to protocols defined in standard operating procedures, timely review of the Quality Management System and implementation of those changes that will improve and enhance performance.

Core Functions
 
Laboratory Technician

Public health laboratories (PHLs) provide vital services to public health systems which are geared towards the prevention and control of diseases and the improvement of the health of populations.  Surveillance is therefore a key function of public health laboratories and for an effective laboratory surveillance system, good communication between the laboratories and epidemiologists is required.

The key core functions of public health laboratories are:

  1. Identification of disease outbreaks and related pathogens through the examination of specimen; identification and location of source(s) of infection detection of new pathogens which have the potential to spread;
  2. Provision of reference services, which includes the identification of unusual pathogens;
  3. Testing for emerging and re-emerging diseases which are of public health importance;
  4. Chemical and microbiological testing of environmental samples such as food, air, water and soil to assess quality;
  5. Research, including discovery of new and emerging pathogens, development of new test methodologies, population studies such as screening for chronic diseases like diabetes, neonatal screening for microcephaly;
  6. Data gathering and rapid dissemination to epidemiologists and other decision makers;
  7. Training of laboratory and technical personnel

Through these core functions, the general public is protected from disease outbreaks through the early identification of pathogens accompanied by appropriate treatment and preventive measures to prevent disease spread and identify at-risk populations.

Resources
 

Laboratory Update 1

Laboratory Update 2

PAHO/WHO Laboratory Recommendations

PAHO/WHO Laboratory Biosafety Recommendations

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CariPHLN (to be further developed)
 

Link to Forum documents

Laboratory Technician
Laboratory Services

We serve as the Caribbean Reference Laboratory in the disciplines of Medical Bacteriology, Virology, Parasitology and Entomology. These operational areas which provide direct support for surveillance and disease prevention and control activities are supported by a laboratory management system which includes key aspects of quality assurance, laboratory safety and information systems.