Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. 22 November, 2021. When the world faces a pandemic, partnerships and collaborations become more vital than ever. The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the Global Vector Hub (GVH) are excited to announce a new partnership in the field of vector-borne diseases and capacity building in the Caribbean and surrounding regions.
On Monday 22 November, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), establishing a framework for future collaborations was simultaneously signed by Dr. Joy St. John CARPHA Executive Director at the CARPHA headquarters in Trinidad, and by Professor James Logan in London.
Given the strong overlap in the aims of building capacities in the field of vector control and surveillance, CARPHA and the GVH will share resources and network connections to facilitate an improved exchange of information on vector control.
“We are proud to further strengthen our partnership with CARPHA and contribute to building capacity in vector control in the region”, said Professor James Logan of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), CEO of Arctech Innovation and Director of the GVH. He further stated “The Caribbean region faces a heavy burden from vector-borne diseases, especially arboviral diseases transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes, such as dengue, Zika, and yellow fever, and under a changing climate these threats will further increase. It is therefore vital to improve preparedness against future disease outbreaks.”
“Vector borne diseases continue to affect CARPHA Member States. This partnership with Global Vector Hub and its global network will significantly increase the resources available to Member States, to create more resilient health surveillance systems through improved evidence-based Integrated Vector Management solutions,” said Dr. St. John.
As part of the MoU, relevant resources and training materials will be accessible to CARPHA Member States via the GVH platform, such as guidelines for clinical trials, WHO recommendations, CDC recommendations, Standard Operating Procedures, Laboratory and field study tutorials, and GCP/GLP-compliant data forms. Additionally, CARPHA Member States and CariVecNet communities will benefit from educational or continuing education development opportunities that are available through the GVH platform and/or other networks.
L-R Professor James Logan (Director, GVH) and Dr. Joy St. John (Executive Director, CARPHA) sign the Memorandum of Understanding for vector-borne diseases and capacity building in the Caribbean and surrounding regions at a virtual event this morning.
Note to the editor.
CARPHA is an inter-governmental public health agency, serving 26 member states in the Caribbean region since beginning its operations in 2013. CARPHA provides technical support to its Member States on the surveillance of communicable and non-communicable diseases, and coordinates responses to public health crisis in the Caribbean.
The GVH is an online resource developed at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), in collaboration with Arctech Innovation, a spin-out company from LSHTM. The GVH aims to strengthen capacity for vector control and vector control research, and better prepare the world for vector-borne disease outbreaks.