Coordinating Mechanisms
Regional Health Communications Network (RHCN)

RHCN was established in recognition of the critical role of strategic, timely and effective communication in public health, and the limited communication resources available at many Ministries of Health in Member States (MS). The main functions of the RHCN are to develop, implement and monitor communication plans for selected public health issues, and to facilitate the exchange of information and communication resources among MS. The network is therefore comprised of nominated representatives from the Ministries of Health in each MS, and a representative from the CARICOM Secretariat and OCES Commission. RHCN meets on a quarterly basis.

Caribbean Public Health Laboratory Network (CariPHLN)

The mission of CariPHLN is to integrate public health laboratories in CMS, thereby strengthening the services they provide and enhancing the response to public health emergencies. This includes improving biosafety practices, data management systems, and resource capacity. The formal establishment of a network also facilitates the timely exchange of information, and allows for the existence of investigations and services that are not always available at a national level.

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Caribbean Vector Borne Diseases Network (CariVecNet)

CariVecNet was launched in August 2017, in light of circulating vector-borne diseases (VBD). Its aims are to:

  • 1. Foster collaboration amongst member countries and public health partners, including CDC, TDR and WHO, in order to strengthen VBD control.
  • 2. Exchange surveillance information on circulating VBDs, share diagnostic and surveillance facilities, and collaborate on VBD research.
  • 3. Standardize technologies and training related to VBD control, specifically for the Caribbean Region.
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Regional Coordinating Mechanism on Health Security (RCMHS)

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.

Caribbean Network of Research Ethics Committee (CANREC)

CANREC is a network established by CARPHA with the cooperation of Research Ethics Committees (RECs/IRBs) across the CARPHA Member States (CMS). It was launched in 2016 in Barbados, and provides infrastructure for CMS to cooperate on research and ethics. This may include ensuring ethical requirements for research involving human participants are met, monitoring research projects after approval, and providing technical assistance/advice on matters related to research ethics.

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