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Dr Lisa Indar
Head of the Regional Tourism and Health Program (THP)
and Foodborne Diseases at the Caribbean Public Health
Agency (CARPHA), Trinidad & Tobago.
She has a PHD (with high commendation), MSc (Distinction)
and a BSc (Honors) with multidisciplinary qualifications in
epidemiology, microbiology and management food science
and safety disciplines. She has over 17 years' experience in
the surveillance and prevention of infectious diseases,
investigation and provision of technical guidance to countries
for managing public health issues.
As a public health scientist, specializing in traveler's health, infectious diseases, and food safety, she has
led the initiative of developing and coordinating one of CARPHA's novel and innovative programs, a first-
of-its-kind, global initiative, cross-cutting between health and tourism public and private sectors,
developing real time, web-based, tourism and health information system; regional guidelines for a
harmonized response to managing public health illnesses in travelers, protocols for multi-sectoral
response to illness; advanced training and international certification, critical mandates and partnerships
for enhancing the health safety and well-being of travelers and locals.
Dr Indar works with international, regional and national health and tourism stakeholders to develop multi-
sectoral partnerships, build capacity and strengthen information and response systems for tourism based
illnesses, infectious diseases, food safety and environmental sanitation to mitigate against health safety
and environmental threats to travelers and local populations Dr Indar's recent efforts have resulted in
tourism and health being identified as a priority in the Caribbean Cooperation in Health strategy and the
Council of Health Ministers mandate to develop a regional policy for Tourism and Health, to include
reporting of illness from the private hospitality sector.
CARPHA is the sole integrated regional public health agency in the Caribbean, respo