Caribbean Environmental Health Institute (CEHI)

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July 1980, on signature of an agreement drawn up July 1980, having been formally approved by Conference of Ministers Responsible for Health, 1979. Operational from 1982. Became a legal entity, 31 Aug 1988, on deposit of the 'Instruments of Ratification of the CEHI Agreement' by the required number of governments. Together with Caribbean Health Research Council (CHRC), Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC), Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute (CFNI) and CARPHA Drug Testing Laboratory (CRDTL), replaced by Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), July 2011.


Provide leadership to member states so as to improve and support policy development decisions consistent with goals and targets of the 'Caribbean Cooperation in Health (CCH)' initiative. Provide technical and advisory services to member states in all areas of environmental health management, including: water supplies; liquid waste and excreta disposal; solid waste management; water resources management; coastal zone management, including beach pollution; air pollution; occupational health; vector control; agricultural pollution and pesticide control; disaster prevention and preparedness; natural resources conservation; environmental institutional development; socio-economic aspects of environmental management. Promote and coordinate applied research; stimulate provision of engineering, public health, laboratory and other related environmental services; promote uniformity in professional practice, design, standards and technical methods in programmes formulated for improvement of environmental health and environmental management; promote activities to facilitate implementation of the Environmental Health Strategy.

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Services: environmental quality monitoring (coastal and marine pollution/surface, ground and drinking water quality); environmental impact assessment; environmental health information; water resources management; waste management (liquid/solid/hazardous); laboratory services (water and effluent quality/pesticide residue/microbiology/heavy metals); project development and management; training; environmental health consultancy; internships and attachments. Set up coastal and marine monitoring units in 11 member states; provides technical assistance to member states on request; promotes and collaborates in planning and programming symposia, workshops and on-the-job training in member states; conducts courses, seminars, symposia and other workshops; arranges and accepts grants for financing scholarships and fellowships to facilitate training of nationals of member states. Programme is currently being expanded within the context of the 'Regional Environmental Programme', including creation of a network of collaborating scientific institutions. With CARICOM Secretariat has formulated 'Caribbean Uniform Building Code (CUBIC)'. Organizes Caribbean Environmental Forum and Exhibition.


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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 18 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 9 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 16 countries
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Subjects *

  • Health Care
    • Health
  • Environment
    • Environment

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on Land



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