Posted in Issue 93 October 2003 Member Countries
The Caribbean is exposed to the risk of natural and manmade hazards, especially hurricanes and storms associated with the annual hurricane season. The environmental health sector is often affected. To address this reality, the Ministerial Council for Health and Social Development (COHOSOD) of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has endorsed a three-step education and training program for all Caribbean environmental health professionals, which includes a module on disasters. This training will help to ensure that all future professionals at the technical, supervisory and managerial levels will be aware of the potential hazards and their repercussions and have the basic skills necessary to build capacity for disaster risk reduction in the environmental health sector.