|Veterinary Public Health - Specific VPH Issues and Challenges|
|Veterinary Public Health|
|Health Sector Challenges|
|Specific VPH Issues and Challenges|
|Achievements & Other Interventions|
Within veterinary public health in the Caribbean sub-region, there is a lack of clear guidelines on the roles of various veterinary personnel. Veterinary public health matters in most member States must be dealt with through Veterinary Services Divisions in the Ministry of Agriculture since only three countries in the English-speaking Caribbean - Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago - have Veterinary Public Health Units, and all are small with broad-based responsibilities.
The sub-regional VPH program conforms to the Strategic Plan of PAHO/WHO proposed for 2008-2012, and revolves around the following strategic objectives:
The main problems to be addressed therefore are:
The link between health and agriculture is undeniable. Many health determinants are affected or directly linked to activities and programs that are executed outside the mandates of Ministries of Health.
Health concerns that require attention range from food safety issues to bioterrorism threats to which the Caribbean sub-region remains vulnerable.
The VPH program is closely linked to the tourism program in the sub-region, recognizing that the factors affecting the decline in agriculture have also contributed to tourism becoming a mainstay of the economies of many Caribbean states.
But by its very nature, tourism generates a high through-put of travellers, creating an expanding borderless sub-region exposed to health risks from imported emerging and re-emerging diseases of public health significance.
The VPH program therefore sees as one of its crucial roles to build strong partnerships and alliances with public and private sector partners to assist Member States to
These goals would be achieved thought efforts to;
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