CARICOM Heads of Government originally established RCME (Regional Coordinating Mechanism for Ebola) as part of the response to Ebola in 2014. The region has faced other public health threats since, which, in light of the Caribbean’s dependence on tourism, endanger economic growth. Health security is also affected by non-communicable diseases that place a huge burden on the workforce and economy.
RCME has thus morphed into RCHMS. It considers the broad context of preparedness, response and containment of any public health threats extending beyond just communicable diseases. The committee brings together participants from CARPHA Member States, regional and international organizations to discuss the implementation of sustainable roadmaps for health security in the Caribbean. This integrated approach is necessary to realize any success in a region of small, interconnected countries and territories.