|Headquarters|| Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago|
The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is a regional public health agency headquartered in Trinidad and Tobago which was established by CARICOM leaders in July 2011 and began operation in 2013.
CARPHA combines the functions of five pre-existing regional health institutions:
The CARPHA was established in 2013.
On 14 May 2014, the CARPHA acknowledged the gift by the Government of Canada of a Biosafety level 3 laboratory.
CARPHA's self-stated mission is "As a professional organisation to build member states' capacity to prevent disease and promote health and wellness through leadership, partnership and innovation in public health".
CARPHA aims to address regional issues including:
During the COVID-19 pandemic CARPHA has been performing tests for 18 countries in the region but warned on 5 April 2020, that they were running short on reagents required for COVID-19 testing and expected to be able to continue testing for three weeks.[needs update]
On 9 April 2020, the European Union announced a grant of €8M (US$8.6M), which will be implemented by the Caribbean Public Health Agency, for the fight against the coronavirus.[needs update]
On 11 April 2020, Prime Minister Mia Mottley of Barbados who is the CARICOM Chair, called a special Heads of Government meeting to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, and establish a common public health protocol, and border policy. The governments have agreed to the proposal in a virtual meeting.[needs update]
CARPHA has 26 full members throughout the Americas.
|Antigua and Barbuda||-||96,286|
|BES Islands (Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, Saba)||-||25,711|
|British Virgin Islands||-||29,802|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis||-||52,441|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||-||110,211|
|Trinidad and Tobago||-||1,389,843|
|Turks and Caicos Islands||-||37,665|