CARICOM Region

Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA)

Tel: +1-868: 299-0820; 299-0895; 622-4261

16-18 Jamaica Blvd
Federation Park
Port of Spain
Trinidad & Tobago

Institute Profile

CARPHA was established in 2011, and began operating in 2013. The institute serves the Caribbean region, and effectively combines the functions of the five Caribbean Regional Health Institutes. CARPHA is structured in 4 main departments: the office of the Director, Health Emergency Preparedness and Response, Research Policy Development and Evaluation, HR Development and Training, Strategic Planning and Resource Mobilization, Lab Services Surveillance and Health Analysis, and Information/Education and Communication.

CARPHA's strategic priorities include:

1. REGIONAL APPROACH TO ADDRESS CARPHA MEMBER STATES (CMS) NEEDS

  • 1.1 To establish mechanisms and networks to ascertain and address the varying priority needs of CMS.
  • 1.2 To leverage Caribbean regional mechanisms (e.g. CARICOM) to accelerate multi-sectoral actions to influence policy and environmental change.

2. SUPPORT TO CMS IN THE EXECUTION OF THEIR PH FUNCTIONS AND MEETING INTERNATIONAL COMMITMENTS

  • 2.1 To provide effective and efficient leadership and support to CMS for health promotion, disease prevention and control, environmental protection.
  • 2.2 To develop and strengthen the capacity of CMS health systems to deliver and respond to their core regional and global public health and environmental obligations

3. PARTNERSHIP APPROACH TO HEALTH PRIORITIES

  • 3.1 To strengthen and expand public, private and civil society partnerships and networks within an ethical framework, at the regional and international level to improve Public Health in CMS.

4. DEVELOP AND SUSTAIN THE ORGANIZATION

  • 4.1 To identify and address the needs of the changing environment through innovation, resource mobilization and efficient, effective and evidence based strategies
  • 4.2 To establish sustainable stakeholder relationships through the communication of the value of our products and services.
  • 4.3 To increase investment in regional public health services through effective communication and strategies

5. UNITY FOR ACTION

  • 5.1 To create an environment within CARPHA which enables staff to unify and perform effectively

GOALS for 2015

  1. At least 50% of CARPHA Member States meet the core capacities of the International Health Regulations (IHR)
  2. Support the evaluation of the Caribbean Corporation in Health (CCH) III and development of the CCH IV. ( CCH is the Regional Health Development plan)
  3. Secure agreement of health, trade and economic ministers to a policy package to improve food environments and nutrition security.

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