Evidence-informed research for wellness and health systems strengthening
Any research conducted in the Caribbean, whether funded locally or internationally, should commit to improving skills and competencies within the region. Improving capacity improves the likelihood that our solutions will work, which improves the likelihood of health system uptake.
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading cause of pre-mature mortality in the Caribbean. NCDs and their shared risk factors (unhealthy diets, inadequate physical activity, tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol) are heavy burdens on our health services and health systems. Research in this area should focus on prevention, reducing risk and improving care.
Good research finds a difference. Great research makes a difference. It is doubly important in resource-constrained settings that research findings inform implementation strategies for real world impact. Disseminating findings to stakeholders, translating research for the general public or specialized audiences, and making recommendations for policy are key to improving the lives of Caribbean peoples.
Health Services and Health Systems
Research can examine many facets of health services, including access to health care, health care costs and outcomes of health services for populations as well as individuals.
There is no health without mental health. We join the global community in recognising the importance of addressing mental health issues openly. The Caribbean is currently engaged in research focused on combating stigma, identifying appropriate interventions, and understanding the many factors at work in mental health issues.