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The Caribbean Knowledge and Learning Network, CKLN, is an inter-governmental Agency of the Caribbean Community, CARICOM, established to assist Caribbean member states enhance their global competitiveness by upgrading and diversifying the skills and knowledge of human resources through greater regional collaboration and connectivity.

CKLN & CARPHA to Convene Regional Symposium on Dengue & Chikungunya Virus

St. George’s, Grenada – April 7, 2014

Today is World Health Day, the theme of which is “small bites, big threats: protect yourself and your environment from vector-borne diseases”.  With this theme in mind, the Caribbean Knowledge and Learning Network, CKLN, and the Caribbean Public Health Agency, CARPHA are pleased to announce their convening of a 1-day symposium, focusing on Dengue Fever and Chikungunya Virus to be held on June 12 in Trinidad & Tobago.

The symposium is designed for clinicians, researchers and network engineers to share experiences tackling & managing Dengue Fever & the Chikungunya Virus in the Caribbean and Latin America. Importantly, practitioners will learn how the dedicated, high bandwidth research and education (R&E) networks in the region - C@ribNET and RedCLARA - can support and facilitate the collaborative work among the various health-related communities and researchers. The primary outcome of the Caribbean symposium is to initiate the establishment of a medical/health related community with a focus on Dengue Fever and Chikungunya and which uses the R&E networks available in the Caribbean and Latin America and their global connections.

C@ribNET - A Crucial Layer of the CARICOM Single ICT Space

St. George's, Grenada, March 19, 2014

The next two years can be very significant for the regional research and education network, C@ribNET, as the Caribbean moves towards a Single Information Communication Technology (ICT) Space as the digital layer of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).

Regional Research and Education Network - Not Just About Education - CKLN Board

The CKLN Board of Directors met in Grenada in January where they examined and articulated the role of CKLN and its management of the regional research and education network, C@ribNET.

The Board emphasised that the network is not only about facilitating education and research, but must also focus on issues and practices in health, security, climate change and disaster management.  Further, the Directors agreed to advocacte for and encourge regional institutions to collaboarte more on these and other critical issues affecting development in the region.

The CKLN Board comprises representatives nominated by their respective Caribbean governments as well as institutions such as Caribbean Community, CARICOM, and the Organisation of Eastrern Caribbean States, OECS. Professor Archibald McDonald of Jamaica is the Chairman. 

Prof. Leon Higgs representing The Bahamas (left) and Mrs. Karen Rosemin, representing Trinidad and Tobago (right) Directors on the CKLN Board in conversaion before the January 2014 Board meeting in Grenada