The Organisation of the Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) have strengthened their resolve to improve its Member States’ resilience to climate change and to address the increasing burden of non-communicable diseases.
During a recent courtesy call, the newly appointed CARPHA Executive Director, Dr. Joy St. John, met with the Director General of the OECS Commission, Dr. Didacus Jules, on areas of cooperation and ongoing public health projects that benefit the Region.
This has been made possible by a grant of USD 30.6 million from the World Bank, which will benefit Small Island Developing States (SIDS) that are especially prone to hurricanes, climate change, and non-communicable diseases.
Collaborations between the OECS and CARPHA also focus on the Integrating Water, Land and Ecosystems Management in Caribbean Small Island Developing States (IWEco) Project.
The five-year multi-focal area regional project financed by Global Environment Fund (GEF), is expected to contribute to the preservation of Caribbean ecosystems that are of global significance and to the sustainability of livelihoods.
Both entities also work together on regional surveillance and health information initiatives in the Eastern Caribbean.
CARPHA provides support to the OECS Commission through the assignment of a Senior Technical Officer who works directly with the OECS Health Unit.
The OECS Commission and CARPHA have joined forces to implement two projects funded by the World Diabetes Foundation.
The objective of the second project is to understand and decrease the risks directly due to natural disaster and the subsequent disruption in healthcare for vulnerable persons with diabetes and other NCDs in six Eastern Caribbean states recently affected by natural disasters — Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Commonwealth of Dominica, Montserrat and St Kitts and Nevis.
Within the framework of these projects, the Regional Guidelines for the Treatment of Diabetes in Primary Care have been recently updated.
A campaign #Commit2Change has also been launched across the Eastern Caribbean to promote healthier habits.