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April 3 - April 6 2013

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Featured - The Castle Bruce Health District SLIC Programme in Dominica

Self-help Life Style Changes Control Chronic Non-Communicable Disease

The Castle Bruce Health District SLIC Programme in Dominica

The Castle Bruce Health District, Self-help Life Style Changes Control Chronic Non-Communicable Disease - SLIC Programme in Dominica has taken on the Waitukubuli National Trail. Since February 2013, SLIC has supported monthly hikes through this arduous but breathtaking National Trail. Diabetes Mellitus and Hypertension are considered lifestyle illnesses.

On Saturday 6th April, in observance of World Health Day, 58 SLIC members aged 10 to 65 years, from Kalinago Territory to Petite Soufriere, successfully completed a hike from Pond Casse to Wotten Waven and were treated to a bath and lovely views of the Middleham Falls, Trafalgar Falls, several rivers along the path and the natural hot springs in Wotten Waven. As usual only natural, local foods especially fresh fruits and vegetables were encouraged on the hike.

It has been proven that with lifestyle changes, eg; exercise and the right foods, Chronic Non Communicable Diseases can be controlled. SLIC hopes that with these increased activities within the district, the Health Team will continue to record improvements in blood pressure and blood sugar levels, decreased risks for CNCD’s and prevention where possible. SLIC hopes that such activities will inspire greater efforts and insights within local communities on the importance of maintaining healthy lifestyles. For more information contact Dr. Velda Wade via email bouyonstyle@hotmail.com.

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More women urged to do pap smear - Jamaica Observer 5th April 2013 - JAMAICAN women between the ages 21 and 55 years of age are being encouraged to do their annual pap smear in order to facilitate early detection and treatment, if cancer is found. Executive Director of the Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS) Yulit Gordon said the organisation "is seeking to raise its level of awareness of (cervical cancer) and to educate and motivate women, who are at risk for this particular type of cancer, to come out and get screened.Gordon, who was speaking at a Jamaica Information Service 'Think Tank' in Kingston on Wednesday, emphasised that this will be done through a public education campaign which will be used to motivate women, who have not been doing the pap smear tests, to get screened immediately. Yulit Gordon participated in the recently completed HCC Cervical Cancer Advocacy Capacity Building workshop in St. Maarten. Read more

NCD FREE - A global social movement against Diabetes, Heart Disease, Cancer & Lung Disease NCD FREE - A global social movement against Diabetes, Heart Disease, Cancer & Lung Disease - Launched by YPCDN and Australian design firm Local Peoples, NCDFREE (www.ncdfree.org), is a global social movement that will address NCD inequalities and highlight young change-makers striving to make a difference locally and worldwide. Instead of blaming individuals and painting NCDs as a disease affecting older, wealthier people, NCDFREE will change the narrative to one that shows the NCD burden resting largely in developing countries and affecting individuals in the prime of their lives. The first step in defining the NCD narrative is through three short films and an accompanying social media campaign will engage a wide global community of motivated young leaders.The first of its kind, NCDFREE will crowd-source and identify our generation’s perceptions, visions, and collective narrative on NCDs. You are at the heart of this effort. Visit the NCD FREE Website for more information www.ncdfree.org

What is Momentum1000? - April 5th marks the 1,000-day milestone until the 2015 target date to achieve the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a development framework to improve lives worldwide. Acommunity of individuals, organizations, and institutions will come together to celebrate successes to date, reinvigorate discussion on the MDGs themselves, and begin to advance a post-2015 development framework that builds on #MDGmomentum. To Join the community and be a part of the 1,000-minute worldwide social media rally visit: http://momentum1000.org/

Priorities for the Millennium Development Goals and the Post-2015 Agenda - United Nations Foundation – April 5, 2013 Washington DC Keynote Address by John Podesta - The United Nations Secretary-General’s High Level Panel - Livestream Recording here

UN Dispatch Podcast: Talking #MDGMomentum With Jeffrey Sachs. - What's been done, what's left to do on the #MDGs? Podcast here

Newswire - Todays Global Development News - 1000 minutes for MDGs' last 1000 days - The United Nations is encouraging online action to achieve the Millennium Development Goals with only 1,000 days left until the 2015 deadline. Also in this issue - 'Zombie directives' and global health giving - What did public health experts think of the “Report on Global Living?” Devex learns how they think the private sector and the aid community can help governments improve public health. Read more

NCD Alliance - Global Campaigns Update - World Health Day 2013 - World Health Day is this Sunday, 7 April 2013. This year’s theme is controlling high blood pressure. High blood pressure, or hypertension, affects more than one in three adults worldwide, with two-thirds of those affected living in developing countries. High blood pressure is a leading risk factor for cardiovascular disease, and one that can very often go undiagnosed. If left untreated, it can lead to fatal heart attacks, strokes, and chronic heart and kidney disease. Attention and action to prevent and treat high blood pressure is crucial to achieving the agreed goal to reduce the overall relative NCD mortality 25% by 2025. Read more

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