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02/01/2013

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02/01/2013

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02/01/2013

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02/01/2013

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06/12/2012

CAREC is transitioning to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA)

In 7 days the official transfer of CAREC to CARPHA will occur!

CARPHA will become operational on January 1, 2013, as five regional health institutions will merge by then. The regional organizations that form CARPHA are: the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC), the Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute (CFNI), the Caribbean Health Research Council (CHRC), Caribbean Environmental Health Institute (CEHI) and the Caribbean Regional Drug Testing Laboratory (CRDTL).

Dr. Carissa Etienne of Dominica is elected PAHO Director Washington, D.C., 19 September 2012 (PAHO/WHO) – Dr. Carissa Et...
25/09/2012

Dr. Carissa Etienne of Dominica is elected PAHO Director

Washington, D.C., 19 September 2012 (PAHO/WHO) – Dr. Carissa Etienne, a native of Dominica, will be the new Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). She was elected today by PAHO Member States during the 28th Pan American Sanitary Conference.

Dr. Etienne will begin her five-year term on 1 February 2013, replacing Dr. Mirta Roses Periago of Argentina, who has been PAHO Director since 2003.

Dr. Etienne is currently Assistant Director General, Health Systems and Services, of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva. From 2003 to 2008 she served as Assistant Director of PAHO, WHO’s Regional Office for the Americas.

Dr. Etienne holds degrees in medicine and surgery from the University of the West Indies as well as a master’s in community health and an honorary diploma in public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

In her native Dominica, she has served as Chief Medical Officer (in 2000-2002 and 1995-1996), Director of Primary Health Care Services, Disaster Coordinator, and National Epidemiologist in the Ministry of Health. She also served as Coordinator of the National AIDS Program and as Chairman of the National AIDS Committee. She serve twice as Medical Director of the Princess Margaret Hospital and was an Associate Professor at the Ross University School of Medicine.

At WHO, Dr. Etienne led efforts to renew primary health care (PHC) at the global level and to strengthen health systems based on PHC, promoting integration and improved functioning of health systems. She promoted policy directions to reduce health inequalities and advance health for all through univesral coverage, people-centered care, the integration of health into broader public policies, and inclusive and participatory health leadership. At PAHO, she led the renewal of PHC in the Americas and the development of a regional strategy for implementing PHC-based health systems, including Integrated Health Service Delivery Networks.

The 37th CAREC Council Meeting was held at CAREC on July 23-24, 2012, in the Elisha Tikasingh  Lecture Theatre.  The Hon...
06/08/2012

The 37th CAREC Council Meeting was held at CAREC on July 23-24, 2012, in the Elisha Tikasingh Lecture Theatre. The Honorable Minister of Health of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr Fuad Khan was in attendance and gave the keynote address. Professor Nigel Harris chaired the meeting and reports of CAREC’s activities for 2011 were presented by the Director, Dr Beryl Irons and the Administrator, Ms Ana Maria Frixone. Dr Jerome Walcott, Interim Director of CARPHA also gave an update on the Agency. The second day’s meeting saw the team visiting Caura, the proposed site of CARPHA, where a tour was given by Dr Doon, Advisor, Health Promotions and Public Health.

Participants of the Workshop on ICD-10 Mortality Coding and Underlying Cause of Death (UC) Selection
03/07/2012

Participants of the Workshop on ICD-10 Mortality Coding and Underlying Cause of Death (UC) Selection

03/07/2012

Workshop on ICD-10 Mortality Coding and Underlying Cause of Death (UC) Selection
June 18 – 29, 2012
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Trinidad

The overarching objective of the workshop was to improve the accuracy and timeliness of national mortality data. The workshop was funded by the Health Analysis Unit (HA), PAHO/WDC and targeted those persons responsible for mortality coding and processing of mortality data.

Representatives from all 24 CAREC Member Countries attended the workshop and two Medical Classification Specialists from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS/CDC) facilitated the workshop together with CAREC.

The workshop focused on the correct use of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, Version 10 (ICD-10) for mortality coding. Additionally, a detailed review of the guidelines and rules governing the selection of the underlying cause of death (UC) was completed. The underlying cause of death is defined as the disease or injury that started the train of morbid events leading directly to death or the circumstances of the accident or violence that produced the (fatal) injury. Determining the UC is of the utmost importance as the UC is the primary target for disease prevention and control

Understanding the concept of the 12 Quality Systems Essentials (QSE) and ensuring that participants  acquired the skills...
03/07/2012

Understanding the concept of the 12 Quality Systems Essentials (QSE) and ensuring that participants acquired the skills to become trainers of the Laboratory Quality Management Systems (LQMS) were the main objectives of the Quality management Systems Workshop facilitated by CAREC from 11th – 16th June, 2012
The workshop held at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Port of Spain sought to strengthen regional and national public health laboratory networks in quality management systems (QMS) through the training of a cadre of laboratory quality officers within the Caribbean region. This is part of the PAHO and CDC joint initiative on Laboratory QMS implementation in a stepwise improvement process.
The workshop introduced CAREC Member Countries to the LQMS training toolkit developed by WHO, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC) and the US Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute, (CLSI).

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04/05/2012

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04/05/2012
Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC)

Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC)

Canada’s Minister of State, Foreign Affairs, Ms. Diane Ablonczy visited CAREC on May2 rd. She announced that the Canadian government has provided CAREC with a grant of CDN$2.5 million to secure a Modular Biological Containment high level laboratory. The laboratory will be able to handle highly dangerous biological agents in compliance with international standards. In addition to this, the Canadian government will also provide biological sample container kits, in a project that would include Trinidad and Tobago and 31 other countries in the hemisphere. While at the Centre the Minister toured CAREC’s present laboratory facilities and met with staff.

04/05/2012

Canada’s Minister of State, Foreign Affairs, Ms. Diane Ablonczy visited CAREC on May2 rd. She announced that the Canadian government has provided CAREC with a grant of CDN$2.5 million to secure a Modular Biological Containment high level laboratory. The laboratory will be able to handle highly dangerous biological agents in compliance with international standards. In addition to this, the Canadian government will also provide biological sample container kits, in a project that would include Trinidad and Tobago and 31 other countries in the hemisphere. While at the Centre the Minister toured CAREC’s present laboratory facilities and met with staff.

Caribbean Epidemiology  Centre (CAREC)'s cover photo
22/03/2012

Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC)'s cover photo

24/01/2012

CAREC’s Administration Team retreated to Coco Reef, Tobago on January 19th and 20th. The Team used the time to make contributions towards its annual report for 2011, put together their work plan for 2012 and look at ways to strengthen their functioning as a team.

Relaxing at the end of the retreat
24/01/2012

Relaxing at the end of the retreat

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02/12/2011

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02/12/2011

Infectious Substances Shipping and Bio-Risk Management Workshop

As part of its technical cooperation, CAREC held a workshop from November 28-30, 2011 where 25 participants coming from Public Hospital laboratories in Trinidad and Tobago were trained in shipping infectious substances and bio-risk management. The training was held at CAREC in the Elisha Tikasingh lecture theater and was conducted by CAREC’s laboratory staff.

VISIONCAREC, a public health information, service and consulting organisation, dedicated to being the best at providing ...
02/11/2011

VISION
CAREC, a public health information, service and consulting organisation, dedicated to being the best at providing information that people need to improve health and prevent disease in the Caribbean.


MISSION STATEMENT
To improve the health status of Caribbean people by advancing the capability of member countries in epidemiology, laboratory technology and related public health disciplines through technical cooperation, service, training, research and a well trained motivated staff.

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19/09/2011

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19/09/2011

PAHO in collaboration with the World Economic Forum has designated September 16th – 21st as Wellness Week. CAREC and its Staff Association (CASA) came together to highlight this important event, The objective of Wellness Week is to emphasize the importance of the built and natural environment and socioeconomic conditions in modifying the risk factors for non-communicable diseases and in promoting prevention

03/08/2011

The 2nd meeting of the Caribbean Regional Health Emergency Response Team (RHERT) was held July 26-28, 2011, in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Representatives from 16 English speaking Caribbean countries attended the meeting with public health expertise in clinical medicine, environmental health, epidemiology and laboratory sciences. Topics covered included outbreak investigation methodology and tabletop scenarios, stress management during emergencies and International Health Regulations.

CAREC's 36th Council Meeting
15/07/2011

CAREC's 36th Council Meeting

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