Under the theme Pandemic, NCDs and Climate Change – The Caribbean’s Triple Threat, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in collaboration with the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), will host its first-ever virtual health research conference, from 16 to 19 June 2021.
In the Caribbean, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading cause of death and disability and takes a heavy toll on societies. Climate change is now well recognised as a threat to human health with impacts such as severe weather events and hurricanes, increases in mosquito-borne, food and waterborne diseases, water scarcity and food insecurity. Pandemics have also impacted large numbers of people in the Caribbean. The current COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in large numbers of deaths and people being hospitalised. These crises are pushing already fragile regional healthcare systems and public health infrastructures to the limit.