CARPHA Conference to Examine Climate Change and the Risks to Human Health



The Caribbean region made up of small island nations, is one of the most vulnerable to the negative impacts of climate change.  In recent years, the Region has experienced more frequent and intense storms and hurricanes, increases in mosquito-borne diseases, rises in sea level, prolonged periods of drought which pose a significant threat to human health.

Implications of rising sea levels, impact of climate change on food security and health, as well as tobacco use among Caribbean youth, transgendered health, obesity, cardiovascular diseases, and Zika are among the public health issues that will be addressed at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) Annual Health Research Conference this year.

The Conference, now in its 62nd year, will be held at the Guyana Marriott Hotel.  At a media conference held recently at the Cara Lodge Hotels, Executive Director, CARPHA, Dr C. James Hospedales, said under the theme Climate Change, the Environment and Human Health, the conference will feature an Expert Panel on Climate Change and Health. This meeting is expected to deliver a roadmap for how the Region should tackle issues related to climate and health.  (more…)

ICT is everyone’s responsibility: Prime Minister Gaston Browne

Hon. Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, delivers the feature address at the Opening Ceremony of ICT Week Antigua and Barbuda.

Antigua, the island of 365 beaches, was the location of the ICT Week and Symposium. The Government of Antigua and Barbuda, in collaboration with the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), hosted this event from 20th – 24th March 2017, the theme of which was ICT – Driving 21st Century Intelligent Services.

Hon. Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Minister of Finance and Corporate Governance, in delivering the feature address at the Opening Ceremony, stated that everyone needs to get involved in ICT. “ICT is inclusive and all empowering. Promoting ICT is everyone’s responsibility; it is everyone’s business. We need to apply digital thinking and digital policies everywhere.”

The Secretary General of the CTU Ms. Bernadette Lewis in her opening remarks noted the global changes as a result of rapid technological innovation.

(L-R ) – Ms. Bernadette Lewis, Secretary General of the CTU; Hon. Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, and Hon. Melford Nicholas, Minister of Information, Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Information Technology pose for a group photo at the Opening Ceremony of ICT Week Antigua and Barbuda, hosted by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda in collaboration with the CTU.

“The world has changed at a fundamental level as a result of rapid technological innovation and convergence of information and communication technologies, creating new modes of communication, erasing geographical boundaries, compressing time, providing real-time access to a global audience, changing the way business is conducted presenting a virtual reality into which more and more of our lives are becoming entwined,” she said. (more…)

Incidences of Foodborne Ailments on the Rise in the Caribbean Region

CARPHA_logoPort of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.  24th March, 2017.  Every year, thousands of people in the Caribbean experience food-borne illnesses, after exposure to contaminated food or drink. Persons affected usually experience severe diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach pain, sometimes accompanied by fever, headaches and other symptoms. Recent increases in reported incidents of foodborne diseases (FBDs), have now made this common health issue a regional priority.  (more…)

Take measures to protect your population – CAHFSA urges in wake of meat safety concerns



logo_CAHFSAThe Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA) has been monitoring the issue relating to the sale of unwholesome meat and meat products originating from Brazil. Several Member States have already instituted measures to restrict the importation of some or all meat products from Brazil.

It is noted that China, the European Union, and Chile have also instituted restrictive measures. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has redoubled its food inspection efforts on beef products from Brazil although none of the slaughtering or processing facilities implicated in the Brazilian scandal shipped meat products to the U.S. The Department said it is still conducting “additional pathogen testing” of all shipments of raw beef and ready-to-eat products from Brazil.


CAHFSA, which is based in Suriname and has been operational since 2014, performs a coordinating and organizing role for the establishment of an effective and efficient regional sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) regime, and executes on behalf of Member States such SPS actions and activities that can be more effectively and efficiently executed through a regional mechanism.