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 Community 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 Institutes (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)
To provide strategic direction, in analyzing, defining and responding to public health priorities of CARICOM, in order to prevent disease, promote health and to respond to public health threats and emergencies.
A Caribbean in which the health and wellness of the people are promoted and protected from disease, injury and disability, thereby enabling human development in keeping with the belief that the health of the Region is the wealth of the Region.
The objectives of CARPHA are:
- to promote the physical and mental health and wellness of people within the Caribbean;
- to provide strategic direction, in analysing, defining and responding to public health priorities of the Caribbean Community;
- to promote and develop measures for the prevention of disease in the Caribbean;
- to support the Caribbean Community in preparing for and responding to public health emergencies and threats;
- to support solidarity in health, as one of the principal pillars of functional cooperation in the Caribbean Community; and
- to support the relevant objectives of the Caribbean Cooperation in Health (CCH).