The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) was created in 2011 to provide an integrated and comprehensive response to public health challenges in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States by merging five Caribbean Regional Health Institutions (RHIs) into an integrated single agency, CARPHA. The agency began operations in January 2013. The EU supported the process with a total of EURO 2 210 000 under the 10th EDF Support to the Effective Management of CARPHA.
In February 2016, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared Zika a public health emergency of international concern. A mosquito-borne illness, Zika was first detected in Brazil in 2014 and spread rapidly to and throughout the Caribbean region. Most of the Caribbean countries did not have the health capacity to adequately respond to outbreaks such as these. With the urging of the ACP Council of Ministers, EUR 5 000 000 from the 11th EDF Intra-ACP Programme was earmarked for a project to support CARPHA to reduce the spread and impact of mosquito-borne diseases, particularly Zika in the Caribbean region. In consideration of the emergency situation, EUR 700 000 of the funds identified for the proposed Zika intervention were channelled through the existing 10th EDF Financing Agreement for Support to CARPHA and implemented as a first phase of the intervention.
The main objective of this Final Evaluation is to provide an overall independent assessment of the past performance of the "Support to the Effective Management of CARPHA", using the five standard DAC evaluation criteria, namely: relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability of the programme and determine to which extent it achieved the expected results and to give recommendations based on lessons learnt, and the reasons underpinning such results, as to inform the planning and implementation of the future EU funded programmes.
In addition, the evaluation will assess two EU specific evaluation criteria: a) the EU added value and b) the coherence of the Action itself, with the EU strategy in Caribbean and with other EU policies and Member State.
This project is financed by the EU (European Development Fund) and implemented by ANCE.