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Departments in CARPHA
Office of the Executive Director

Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)

The key strategic objective of M&E is to provide quality training programs in public health, progressing to certification and accreditation. This includes ensuring that the CARPHA staff is competent in the core specialties (ex. Epidemiology, Laboratory, Surveillance, Research etc.). M&E can thereby ensure that CARPHA Member States are better equipped to address their public health functions through pre-service and in-service training opportunities.

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Policy Planning and Research (PPR)

CARPHA has an important role as the regional focal point for research for health. The PPR Unit of CARPHA is entrusted with the Agency’s Health Research Council functions. This includes the promotion, coordination, guidance and governance of research to inform policy, practice and health programming, with the aim of improving health and facilitating development in the Caribbean. The PPR Unit also plays a supportive and facilitative role as Member States seek to establish/strengthen their national health research systems to generate, access and use quality research evidence. The Annual Health Research Conference, the Caribbean Network of Research Ethics Committee (CANREC), the Agency’s Research Ethics Committee and the delivery of a suite of Research Skills-Building Workshops are some mechanisms used to achieve the Unit’s mandate.

Corporate Services

The department ensures the efficiency and effectiveness of the Agency’s services and operations. This is accomplished through provision of corporate-wide services, inclusive of Communications, Budget and Finance, Human Resources Management, Information Technology, Facilities Management and Procurement.

Surveillance, Disease, Prevention and Control (SDPC)

Medical Laboratory

CARPHA’s Medical Laboratory Department aims to strengthen sub-regional and national capacities in communicable disease (CD) surveillance and risk assessment. This involves compiling data, with laboratory support, on air and vector-borne, food and water-borne, sexually transmitted, and vaccine preventable diseases. The resulting information allows CARPHA Member States (CMS) to plan, implement and evaluate public health practice, thereby preventing and controlling disease outbreaks. In recognition of the limited laboratory testing capacity available in smaller nations, CARPHA can also provide primary testing services, thereby facilitating region-wide advanced laboratory capabilities.

Environmental Health and Sustainable Development (EHSD)

The EHS Department supports the Caribbean’s sustainable development agenda by playing a lead role in environmental management for optimal public health. Embedded within EHS are a number of programmes and projects geared towards management of the environmental determinants of health and wellbeing:

  • 1. The Caribbean Aqua-Terrestrial Solutions (CATS) project, which advance adaptation to climate change and building resilience in terrestrial and marine and coastal resources using a ridge-to-reef (R2R) approach;
  • 2. The Environmental Health Laboratory (EHL), which provides analytical services and supports the testing and assessments to facilitate implementation of environmental management programmes in Member States;
  • 3. Awareness and training initiatives in sustainable production and consumption through advocating reduction and reuse of waste products;
  • 4. Occupational safety and health (OSH) programmes including assessments of indoor environments to detect potential hazards and evaluate the risk to human health.
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Medicines Quality Control and Surveillance Department (MQCSD)

MQCSD’s function is to protect the people of the Caribbean by testing medicines from across the region to monitor and verify their safety, quality and purity for compliance to pharmacopoeia specifications. The post market surveillance programme will, in time, help the region to confirm the continued quality of products, identify and report harmful and risky products and/or manufacturers. Ensuring access to safe and reliable medicines is in line with CARPHA’s mandate to prevent diseases, promote and protect health.

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Health Information, Communicable Disease and Emergency Response (HCE)

This department effectively consists of three sub-divisions:

  • 1. Health Information: Systematically compiles information on CARPHA Member States (CMS) such as epidemiological surveillance and mortality data. It is analyzed and made available to CMS through feedback using various forums.
  • 2. Communicable Disease (CD): Monitors CDs through surveillance systems to provide early warning of potential public health threats, from both abroad and within the region. Through this, it also supports RCMHS. Previously, HCE has responded to the Chikungunya and Zika outbreaks, and has provided guidance regarding Yellow Fever threat.
  • 3. Emergency Response: If requested, remote or on-field technical assistance can be provided to CMS in controlling outbreaks of infectious diseases. In the past, the HCE has also worked with CDEMA and other agencies in responding to natural disasters (eg. hurricanes in the Bahamas and Dominica) and the threat they pose to public health.

Major partners include the CDC, IDB, PAHO, CDEMA, CARICOM IMPACS.