Mission

Petri DishThe Laboratory Services and Networks Department contributes to improving the health status of Caribbean people by working with and advancing the capability of CARPHA Member States in laboratory technology and related public health disciplines through the state-of-the-art validated laboratory provision of methods, technical cooperation, service, advice, expertise, training, technology transfer and research.



QUALITY POLICY

CARPHA laboratory is committed to providing accurate and reliable services for surveillance and control of disease in CARPHA Member Countries. This is accomplished through ensuring compliance with the quality policy of the organization, rigorous training of all personnel, strict adherence to protocols defined in standard operating procedures, timely review of the Quality Management System and implementation of those changes that will improve and enhance performance



KEY RESOURCES


CARPHA Laboratory Test Menu
CARPHA Laboratory User Manual
CARPHA Laboratory Submission Form
CARPHA Guidelines for Shipping Samples

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CORE FUNCTIONS

Laboratory Technician

  • Reference and referral for specialized and diagnostic testing, and Laboratory Network Co-ordination
  • Reference material resource
  • Communicable disease prevention, control, and surveillance
  • Monitoring, alert and outbreak response for communicable diseases
  • Scientific advice
  • Laboratory improvement and regulation (Quality Assurance), and Public health policy development
  • Integrated communicable disease data management
  • Public health-related research
  • Training and education of public health professionals
  • Partnerships and communication

Laboratory Services

Laboratory Technician

The vision of the Health Information and Data Analysis Department is to house the leading credible digital repository of public health information for evidence-based policy decisions and public health practice in the Caribbean region.

PROGRAM AREAS

Laboratory Technician

  • Food and water-borne diseases
  • cholera, salmonellosis, norovirus
  • Vector-borne diseases
  • dengue, chikungunya, malaria…
  • Respiratory diseases
  • influenza, pertussis, tuberculosis…
  • STI, HIV, bloodborne infections
  • Emerging viruses, high threat pathogens
  • Antimicrobial resistance and hospital-acquired infections
  • Viral and bacterial vaccine preventable diseases
  • measles, mumps, rubella, meningitis…


    2013 ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

  • Processed 5315 test requests (2/3 primary diagnostic, 1/3 confirmation and reference) and integrated into the Regional Surveillance System
  • Five alerts for outbreaks that required a response from the Laboratory and the provision of technical assistance to CMS Laboratories (cholera, TB, AGE, chikungunya)
  • Need assessments and capacity building for biorisk management in 5 CMS
  • Eight missions for in-country laboratory need assessments and technical assistance in vaccine preventable diseases, vector borne diseases, HIV and quality management systems