CARPHA ready to assist Dominica

The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), has deployed members of its staff, who have joined sister CARICOM institution, Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), to carry out rapid needs assessment in Dominica.

Dominica suffered widespread devastation to homes and infrastructure after Hurricane Maria, the second major storm to hit the Caribbean this month made landfall on the island on Monday.


CARPHA’s team will add its expertise to the water, sanitation and hygiene component of the evaluation. This includes assessing Dominica’s health facilities and water infrastructure.

The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA)
The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is the new single regional public health agency for the Caribbean. It was legally established in July 2011 by an Inter-governmental Agreement signed by Caribbean Member States and began operation in January 2013. The Agency rationalises public health arrangements in the Region by combining the functions of five Caribbean Regional Health Institutions (RHIs) into a single agency. They are:  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) CARPHA brings these RHIs together as one strong force under a public health umbrella where issues requiring a regional response can be addressed.
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CARICOM SG commends contribution of Belize to integration movement

 

CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque
CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque
“The Community wishes the Government and People of Belize, continued success as you renew your resolve at maintaining your progress towards the sustainable development of the country.” – CARICOM Secretary-General
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has commended the “invaluable contribution” of Belize as it marks its 36th Independence Anniversary.

The Central American CARICOM Member State celebrates its independence on Thursday, 21 September, under the theme ‘Belize: Confronting Challenges! Celebrating Triumphs! Renewing our Resolve!’

In a congratulatory message sent to Prime Minister of Belize, The Hon. Dean Barrow, CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, commended his leadership in the CARICOM Quasi-cabinet for Justice and Governance. (more…)

CARICOM Chairman expresses support for hurricane-ravaged Dominica

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CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell of Grenada (r) and Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque (l) leading a recent delegation to hurricane-damaged islands.

ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA,  20th  SEPT, 2017– GIS: “It is clear that we have a tremendous challenge on our hands, in the Caribbean region as a whole.”

Those were the words of Grenada’s Prime Minister and Chairman of CARICOM Dr. the Right Honourable Keith Mitchell, in response to the effects of Hurricane Maria in Dominica, on Monday night, September 18th.

The Prime Minister, who appeared visibly shaken by the news coming out of Dominica, after that country was ravaged by Hurricane Maria, said that he had spoken to his colleague Prime Minister in Dominica on Monday night, during the passage of the hurricane.

Since then, there has been no communication from the Dominican leader to his colleagues. (more…)

Hurricanes can turn back the development clock by years

A street in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, after Hurricane Mathew.  (UN Photo/Logan Abassi)
A street in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, after Hurricane Mathew.
(UN Photo/Logan Abassi)

The everyday names of Hurricanes like Irma belie their unprecedented fury and ability to claim not just human lives, homes, bridges and roads. The silent and barely visible victim of these extreme weather events is, increasingly, human and social development.

World Bank studies indicate that some 26 million people – the equivalent of the combined population of Chile and Bolivia – fall into poverty each year due to natural disasters.

No one can stop a hurricane or earthquake, but there are ways to minimize their impacts, as disaster risk management expert Joaquin Toro explains in the following interview.

Read more at: World Bank