The CARICOM-Spain Scientific and Technical Cooperation seeks to improve data-informed decision making and promote greater learning. Through the project, the capacity of CARICOM Countries, including Trinidad and Tobago will be enhanced to generate and use data and evidence for more effective policy, programs and monitoring of global and regional targets and commitments. CARPHA serves as the regional hub for health information and utilizes a participatory approach through coordinated action to improve the availability of high-quality data in countries and regionally to collect, manage, analyse, disseminate, and use health information. Functional Monitoring and Evaluation Systems improves the measures the results of the heath system and demonstrates accountability for public health outcomes. This also facilitates increased availability of data and strategic information through strategic information products including fact sheets, M&E briefs, best practices, and lessons learned to promote knowledge sharing and greater learning. Furthermore, it will allow the Caribbean region to more accurately measure and monitor progress towards progress towards the achievements of the Caribbean Cooperation in Health Phase IV (CCH-IV), Sustainable Development Goal 3, COVID-19 Response, and other SDG health-related targets. Through the initiatives outlined, CARICOM countries will be supported to effectively use the information generated to inform country response to public health priorities.
CARICOM Countries will have improved capacities to better prepare and respond to biological threats of public health concern because of the provision of laboratory and medical supplies and equipment including PPE, COVID-19 testing kits and supporting reagents, and PCR automatic sample extraction equipment.