The Caribbean is made up are made up of islands that are beautiful and inviting and they are home to over 17 million people. With over 29 million visitors each year, tourism has great economic, cultural and public health implications.
Population sizes vary, from 1,300 on the island of Saba to over 10 million people in Haiti. Approximately 12% of those are ≥ 60 years of age and the ageing population is projected to be 25% in 2050. Persons < 15 years of age make up 24% of the population.
The geographical location of the islands place them at risk for persistent natural disasters such as hurricanes and flooding. The frequency of travel both inter and intra island along with high tourists traffic increases their susceptibility to disease outbreaks and other public health emergencies.
The population of the islands are a blend of cultures, languages and races which makes the public health approach more complex and calls for an all hands on deck approach.
However, the diversity in the region does not prevent public health successes as the Region was the first to be free of diseases such as polio.
The CARPHA Foundation is interested in the health, safety and wellbeing of citizen and visitors and invite you join with us to keep the Region safe for all.