Caribbean Regional Office
Assets and Strategic FocusCDC’s Caribbean Regional Office (CDC-CRO) opened in 2002 and works with 12 Ministries of Health (MoH) and regional partners to strengthen HIV/AIDS programs and to build public health capacity. CDC-CRO also serves as a platform to address other urgent public health problems in the region.
CDC-CRO focuses on four areas:
1) Increasing the availability of high quality data to improve programs
2) Strengthening laboratory systems and services
3) Preventing the acquisition and transmission of HIV with a focus on key populations
4) Strengthening health systems and building public health capacity
Studies on HIV prevalence and risk factors for infection are being conducted in men who have sex with men in the Bahamas, Barbados, and Trinidad and Tobago. Studies in female sex workers are being conducted in Antigua, Barbuda, and Barbados.
Working with 11 of the 12 MoH in the region to develop annual surveillance reports and HIV “continuum of care” cascades.
Supporting the construction of a national reference laboratory in Barbados that will provide support services to six Eastern Caribbean countries. Groundbreaking and construction of the new laboratory is expected to begin in 2014.
Established the Caribbean Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program. The first cohort of trainees began in May 2014.
Supported the Ladymeade laboratory in Barbados and the HIV reference laboratory in the Bahamas to achieve international accreditation from the College of American Pathologists. Four other laboratories in the region have received partial accreditation and are working towards full accreditation.
Working with MoH in the region (e.g., Trinidad and Tobago and the Bahamas) to increase the number of individuals who know their HIV status, link HIV-positive individuals to care and treatment services, and to improve retention and treatment adherence.
Supporting key technical positions in the MoH (e.g., Barbados, the Bahamas, Dominica, St. Lucia, Surinam, and Trinidad and Tobago) to strengthen national HIV/AIDS programs. Several governments have committed to absorbing these positions over time.