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CARPHA - from Vision to Reality

On the 1st January 2013, the long awaited Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) was established, with the challenge of creating an integrated regional public health agency through merging the five regional health institutions (RHIs), each with decades of valuable service:

  • The Caribbean Environmental Health Institute (CEHI)
  • The Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC)
  • The Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute (CFNI)
  • The Caribbean Health Research Council (CHRC)
  • The Caribbean Regional Drug Testing Laboratory (CRDTL).

At the official launch of CARPHA, which took place in Trinidad and Tobago on 2nd July 2013, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis and CARICOM Lead for Human Resources, Health and HIV/AIDS, Dr Denzil Douglas described CARPHA as an example of functional cooperation and a triumph of the spirit of regionalism.

In his address at the official opening, Executive Director of CARPHA, Dr James Hospedales, gave thanks to the Government of Trinidad and Tobago for agreeing to host the new agency and provide support for a new facility, and to the many partner agencies including the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT), Canada; the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the European Union, and Public Health England.

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CMLF News Issue #7
27th January 2016