CARPHA receives grant to combat mosquito-borne diseases
The European Union continues to support the Caribbean in its fight against mosquito-borne diseases.
The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has received a grant of 4.1 million euro (US$4.5M) from the EU, which will be channeled through a four-year health strengthening programme, designed to further improve the prevention, detection and control of outbreaks of mosquito-borne diseases such as zika and dengue.
This project will include activities meant to strengthen vector control programmes in CARPHA member states. It will also seek to increase institutional capacity for detection and regional co-ordination in response to possible related infectious outbreaks.
EU Ambassador Daniela Tramacere, said this grant will ensure that CARPHA and its member states can respond effectively to the potential threat that these diseases pose.
“The EU remains committed to assisting the region with health security especially when mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika and dengue threaten both the health of the regional population and general productivity, as well as the important tourism sector” she said.
Meanwhile CARPHA’s Executive Director Dr Joy St. John, said this initiative will allow them to address many of the elements of capacity building that the Caribbean needs