Dr. Lisa Indar is a Public Health scientist, specializing in infectious diseases, food safety and tourism and health, and. She has a doctorate (Ph.D.). (honors), majoring in the epidemiology and microbiology, as well as M.Phil., M.Sc. and BSc degrees. She has over 15 years’ experience in the surveillance and prevention of infectious diseases in the Caribbean, investigation and provision of technical guidance to countries for managing illnesses and other public health issues in countries and in improving health, safety, security and quality in the Caribbean tourism industry.
Dr. Indar is currently the head of the Regional Tourism and Health Program (THP) and Foodborne Diseases at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). The THP program is being executed by C ARPHA in collaboration with CTO and CHTA and member countries. It is a novel, innovative program that aims to enhance the health and well-being of visitors and locals and thereby improve the quality, resilience, competitiveness, reputation, sustainability and profitability of Caribbean tourism. The program is improving countries’ capacity to provide cost-effective and quality health, food safety and environmental sanitation (HSE)solutions to the HSE threats impacting on sustainable tourism in the Caribbean through real time, early alert and response monitoring systems for tourism based public health issues; training and certification, HSE standards and partnerships. Dr. Indar works with international, regional and national health and tourism agencies, Chief Medical Officers and other high-level officials to strengthen surveillance and response systems for tourism based illnesses and build capacity in health and tourism sectors to mitigate against HSE threats to tourism.
CARPHA is the premier and only public health agency in the Caribbean, responsible for preventing disease, promoting and protecting health in the Caribbean. CARPHA currently serves 23 Caribbean countries. The Agency combines the functions of the five leading Caribbean Regional Health Institutions: the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC), the Caribbean Environmental Health Institute (CEHI), the Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute (CFNI), the Caribbean Health Research Centre (CHRC) and the Caribbean Regional Drug Testing Laboratory (CRDL).
CARPHA’s Regional Tourism and Health Program (THP) is a novel, innovative program that aims to enhance the health and well-being of visitors and locals and thereby improve the quality, resilience and sustainability Caribbean tourism. Through this program CARPHA/CTO/CHTA is working together build capacity in health and tourism sectors to mitigate against health safety and environmental threats to sustainable tourism.