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August 21 - August 27 2013

Healthy Caribbean Weekly News Roundup
Healthy Caribbean Coalition

HCC Double Feature

THE HONOURABLE MINISTER for HEALTH of Dominica, Mr. Julius C. Timothy has joined leadership throughout the region in signing the Caribbean Cervical Cancer E-Petition (CCCEP)

THE HONOURABLE MINISTER for HEALTH of Dominica, Mr. Julius C. Timothy The Dominica Cancer Society has led the way in Dominica encouraging Dominicans from all walks of life to put their support behind the regional petition which calls for the improvement in cervical cancer policy and programming leading to the prevention of some 2100 deaths of Caribbean women each year.

The Honourable Mr. Timothy is now part of growing group of regional leaders who have publicly supported the CCCEP, including the Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labour Hon. Cornelius de Weever of St. Maarten; Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow, Wife of the Belize PM, Special Envoy for Women and Children and a cancer survivor; PM of St. Kitts & Nevis and CARICOM Lead Head of Government for Health, HIV and Human Resources, the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas; and the Most Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller PM of Jamaica.

The HCC applauds the Honourable Minister and encourages other leaders throughout the region to follow his example.

Dr. Sook Yin, Medical Director of the CICS Cayman Islands Cancer Society - Eating, sleeping & dreaming the Caribbean Cervical Cancer E-Petition

Dr. Sook Yin, Medical Director of the CICS, and her amazing and dynamic team led by Victoria Anderson, Project Coordinator, are going 'gaga for cervical cancer awareness'.

We are truly excited about our numbers but are more excited that the overall numbers are growing. When we launched here in Cayman, it was going a bit slow so we picked it up a bit' stated Victoria, and now their numbers are at 700 in the space two weeks!

To see some of the strategies they have used in achieving this tremendous success click here

CICS Outreach Volunteer Innovation Alert!

CICS Outreach Volunteer in the ‘Free pap voucher’ Programme is a farmer who sells at a farmer’s market.

She puts the petition poster on her truck, asks her customers to sign and hands out informational brochures on cervical cancer and HPV

Get to know HCC Members

Victoria Anderson Gray - Cayman Islands Cancer Society – Project Coordinatorr NAME - Victoria Anderson Gray

NGO - Cayman Islands Cancer Society – Project Coordinator

WHAT DO YOU DO AT YOUR ORG? - I am responsible for the society’s public education programs, including but certainly not limited to, organization of special events, awareness campaigns, health fairs, partnering with various groups, delivering presentations to businesses, schools and other organizations, writing and researching cancer awareness articles for submission to the press.(Helping ladies to set up flyers on their trucks he he)


COOLEST THING YOUR NGO HAS DONE IN THE LAST YEAR? - We’ve gone hi-tech in the last few months. Facebook is up and running, our webpage was redesigned, we’re now tweeting and we have the e-petition going (we were cool before but now we are SUPER cool) Read more

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News Roundup

SIDS 2013 - HCC addresses the importance of the Telecommunications industry in combating NCDs - Dr. Lynda Williams, HCC Physician Volunteer, presented on ‘Telecommunications: a powerful partner in combating NCDs’ on behalf of Professor Trevor Hassell at the Inter-regional Preparatory Meeting for the Third International Conference on SIDS side event: Towards sustainable development of SIDS: addressing the threat of Non Commmunicable Diseaes. Hilton Barbados Resort, August 27, 2013. Read more

“Smoking Out Tobacco”: Caribbean Journalist wins Eighth Interamerican “Vital Air” Journalism Contest - The HCC is proud to showcase one of our own Caribbean journalists leading the way in NCD journalism. The InterAmerican Heart Foundation and the Global Bridges Healthcare Alliance for Tobacco Dependence Treatment recently announced the winners of the Eighth Interamerican “Vital Air” Journalism Contest focusing on Tobacco Dependence Treatment and supporting Article 14 of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).” The overall Winner and First Place Print - Ms. Tracy Moore of Barbados, a longtime member and valued contributor to the HCC. Ms. Moore's piece was entitled “Smoking Out Tobacco”. Read more

First Citizens Globeathon Barbados - A Walk To End Women's Cancers - Join our ambassadors soca queen Alison Hinds, Love FM's Gaynelle Marshall, Mrs. Carolyn Boyce (wife of Minister of Health Hon. Mr. John Boyce) and others at the bay street esplanade, Sunday, September 29th, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. for a 5km walk. On the weekend of September 29, 2013, participants in over 80 countries, will be making history by walking in solidarity with each other and with millions of women and families affected by gynecologic cancers. Find out more here. learn more about Globeathon International here.

Sagicor joins fight - Over the next few weeks, clients of Sagicor Life Inc and visitors to the company’s Trident House and Belleville Customer Service branches will have the opportunity to join the fight against cervical cancer. The regional insurance company has provided access to an online petition, created by the Healthy Caribbean Coalition, to address the issue of access to affordable cervical cancer screening. Find out more here

NCD Alliance e-alert - With less than a month until the opening of the UN General Assembly in New York, below is a snapshot of relevant high-level meetings taking place in September for the NCD community. This series of events are important milestones on the road to ensuring health and NCDs are central to the post-2015 development agenda. Read more

5th International Cancer Control Congress

The HCC has been accepted to participate in the 5th International Cancer Control Congress - to be held at the Westin Lima Hotel and Conference Center in Lima, Peru from November 3-6, 2013 as an Oral Abstract Presenter. The HCC will be presenting our abstract: Creating a Civil Society Led Cervical Cancer Advocacy Movement – The Caribbean Cervical Cancer Electronic Petition in the session Mobilizing all of society for effective cancer control. The HCC will be represented by Mrs. Laura Tucker Longsworth, President of the Belize Cancer Society. To find out more about the conference please visit. www.iccc5.com

NCD Connect - Pan American Forum on NCDs Newsletter - featuring - Ending Cervical Cancer in the Caribbean, SaltSmart Consortium endorses plan to halve dietary salt consumption in the Americas by 2020, Third Pan American Conference on Obesity with Special Attention on Childhood Obesity. Read more

A Visual Guide to Cervical Cancer - Slideshow - What Is Cervical Cancer? Cervical cancer occurs when abnormal cells develop and spread in the cervix, the lower part of the uterus. A unique fact about cervical cancer is that most cases are triggered by a type of virus. When found early, cervical cancer is highly curable. Read more

New Study Finds Population Sodium Reduction is Promising - A new study, published in the journal Current Atherosclerosis Reports, reviewed economic analyses of interventions to reduce sodium intake and found that both lowering the salt content in processed foods and conducting national mass media campaigns are estimated to be cost-effective in preventing cardiovascular disease (CVD). Estimates provided in the study of resultant blood pressure decreases and decreases in the incidence of CVD events support population-wide sodium reduction interventions. Study authors note that, “although better data on the cost of interventions are needed for rigorous economic evaluations, population-wide sodium intake reduction can be a promising approach for containing the growing health and economic burden associated with hypertension and its sequelae.” The study, “Recent Economic Evaluations of Interventions to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease by Reducing Sodium Intake” may be found here

Diabetes regional youth representative ready for climb - Barbados Advocate - On August 30, Krystal Boyea will embark on a courageous journey to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, with the support of local business entities including Sagicor Life Inc. As the International Diabetes Federation’s Youth Regional Representative for the North American and Caribbean Region, Krystal will join nine other Type 1 Diabetics from around the world who will make the arduous trek to the peak of the world-famous African mountain. Mount Kilimanjaro stretches 15 100 feet from its base to its summit. The youth representatives have embarked on the climb to raise awareness about the diseases and demonstrate that persons diagnosed with diabetes are not limited by their condition. Read more

NCD Alliance Webinars, Thursday September 5 - The NCD Alliance will be hosting two webinars via the internet on Thursday September 5th, to accommodate participants in all times zones. 1. Global NCD Framework Campaign Update - WHO Consultations on GCM and Action Plan Indicators, WHO Regional Committees and the way forward for the NCD community, 2. Global Development Campaign Update–Preparations for September High Level Events, and the next steps for the NCD Community. choose to join either: 10:00-11:30 CET (Geneva Time): Click here to register or 17:00-18:30 CET// 11:00-12:30PM EDT Click here to register

Release of the World Health Report 2013 - NCD Alliance - WHO has released the World Health Report: Research for Universal Health Coverage which can be accessed here. The report focuses on the importance of research to achieve progress towards UHC. It highlights case studies around the world that showcases the benefits of an increased investment in health research in low and middle-income countries. Read more

What's New @ PSI/C - PSI Caribbean Quarterly Newsletter: July/Aug. 2013 - It has been an action-packed month and we are extremely excited to announce some new developments across the region. From the addition of volunteers in Jamaica and Trinidad, to the various partnerships/collaboration initiatives we've established. Read more

WSO Newsletter - World Stroke Organisation Newsletter including; Message from the President, Global Bill of Rights, WHO & UN issues, Teaching course in Senegal, World Stroke Day 2013. Read more

Mexico - Menos Sal, Mas Salud (Less Salt, More Health) - In Mexico, the Ministry of health in Mexico City has formed the commission for evaluation of impact of measures city promotes within program MENOS SAL, MAS SALUD ( Less Salt, More Health) as part of hypertension prevention initiative. Read more

Argentina - the “Law on salt” - In Argentina, the “Law on salt” has passed its first step in the Parliament. The following link shows unanimous voting and approval in the Senate with the introductory speech. Read more

HCC News Roundup Archive - If you have missed any of our News Roundups you can view previous Roundups on our News Roundup Archive webpage here

HCC Featured - Previously featured Members, events and news can now be found on our HCC Featured webpage here

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