(Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. 20 August 2019). Outbreaks of Zika in 2016 and Chikungunya in 2014, have highlighted the need to use advanced technologies to collect and review data, in order to prevent and respond to epidemics in a timely manner. Applying these technologies allow agencies to address how the diseases spread geographically.CARPHA has partnered with the Emory University Center for Humanitarian Emergencies and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, together with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help develop capacity in the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to aid in the combat of Zika and other arboviruses in Latin America and the Caribbean. Regional experts lay groundwork for unified response to vector-borne diseases“Although Dengue has been in the Region for years, with the introduction of Chikungunya in 2013, and now Zika, vector-borne diseases (VBDs) have become very prominent, taking centre stage,” stated Dr Karen Polson-Edwards, Acting Director, Surveillance, Disease Prevention and Control at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). Dr Polson-Edwards was…March 17, 2017In “CARICOM”Regional network launched to collaborate on Zika, other vector-borne diseasesMosquito borne diseases continue to impact the Caribbean’s social, economic and health sectors. Recent outbreaks of Zika (2016), and Chikungunya (2014) and the continued circulation of Dengue, highlight the need for an integrated approach to the prevention and control of these vector borne diseases (VBDs), especially since many countries depend…August 25, 2017In “CARICOM”Networking to combat Zika and other mosquito-borne diseasesBasseterre, St Kitts and Nevis – Zika, the latest vector-borne disease, has been reported in more than 30 countries of the Americas. This disease, along with Dengue and Chikungunya continue to threaten the health, tourism, social and economic development of the Region. According to Dr. Joy St. John, Director of Surveillance,…May 25, 2016In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Participants from 15 CARPHA Member States received advance training in Geographic Information for Vector Surveillance (GIVeS). The aim was to integrate various innovative GIS technologies that can be used to strengthen health systems in the Region to manage and respond to the threat of vector-borne and other communicable diseases. This advanced training which took place at University of the West Indies, St. Augustine from 12th – 16th August 2019 is a follow up to the introductory level GIVeS course facilitated by CARPHA, Emory University Center for Humanitarian Emergencies, and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in 2017.