Dr Lisa Indar is a Public Health scientist, specializing in tourism and health, infectious diseases and food safety. She has a PHD (honors), majoring in the epidemiology and microbiology, an MPhil and MSc degrees. Her multidisciplinary qualifications expand from a scientist, molecular microbiologist, certified food safety manager and trainer, epidemiological, environmental health, biostatistical and management skills. 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 occurring particularly in in tourist-based establishments, and in improving health, safety and quality in the Caribbean tourism industry.
From 2003 to 2013, Dr Indar served as the Program Manager for Foodborne Diseases (FBD) program at the Caribbean Epidemiology Center, the previous health and disease monitoring agency in the Caribbean and a subsidiary of the Pan-American and World Health Organization (CAREC/PAHO/WHO). Here, Dr Indar managed the regional program for prevention and control of FBD diseases improving food safety through the strengthening of regional and countries capacities for developing and sustaining intersectoral, multidisciplinary FBD and food safety programs and integrating the epidemiological, laboratory and environmental aspects of food safety and FBD surveillance and response into a coordinated approach. She was also the coordinator of the Caribbean Burden of Foodborne Illness study from 200-2013 . This is part of a WHO global mandated study to provide meaniful estimates of the burden of foodborne illness, the causative agents and economic costs, so as to guide more appropriate prevention measures. She also serves as the Caribbean coordinator for the WHO Global Foodborne Network (GFN), which aims to strengthen capacity in integrated FBD surveillance and foods safety in the Caribbean and thereby globally
Dr. Lisa Indar continues to work from January 2013 at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) as Program Manager of the Regional Tourism and Health Program (THP) and lead for its FBD surveillance program. The THP program is a joint program being implemented by CARPHA, CTO and CHTA with the goal of improving the health, safety, quality and sustainability of the Caribbean tourism industry.
CARPHA is the premier public health agency in the Caribbean, responsible for preventing disease, promoting and protecting health in the Caribbean. The Agency combines the functions of the five leading Caribbean Regional Health Institutions (RHI’s) (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).