The Caribbean Health Disaster Risk Reduction (CHDRR) Committee serves as a forum for strategic discussion, bringing together partners on health and disaster, in a concerted effort to reduce disaster risks to the health sector in the Caribbean. The committee, spearheaded by PAHO/WHO, benefits from representatives from regional health organizations, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency, bilateral donors and Ministries of Health.

Its objectives are threefold: (1) Identify opportunities, challenges and gaps in achieving a satisfactory level of disaster resiliency in the Caribbean health sector, and develop strategies towards that end; (2) Perform functions as the Comprehensive Disaster Management Health Sector Sub-Committee; (3) Fulfill the monitoring and progress analysis requirements of health disaster risk reduction projects/programmes being implemented in the Caribbean.

The committee meets every six months; the first meeting took place on 8 December 2008.

1. Countries included

Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, French Guyana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Saba, Saint Lucia, St. Eustatius, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Maarten, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and Turks and Caicos

2. Terms of Reference

3. CHDRR Committee Meeting Reports