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August 22 - August 28

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Youth 4 NCDs

The Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) is creating an open forum and network of young people (18-30 years of age), in the Caribbean, who have been touched by a Non Communicable Disease (NCD).

This network seeks to create and nurture an NCD Youth advocate culture regionally and globally.

If you are interested in joining Youth4NCDs please click this link!

If you are not in the age range 18-30 but you are passionate about or have been affected by NCDs, HCC wants to hear from you too, email us hcc@healthycaribbean.org.

CLAN Empowering youth around NCDs! Are you NCD+?


The CLAN (Caring & Living As Neighbours) workshop held last week August 28th at the 65th Annual UN DPI/ NGO Conference in New York showcased the power of young people in battling NCDs. HCC was a co-sponsor including the American Cancer Society, Healthy Caribbean Coalition, NCD Child Atfaal Welfare Society, Kenyan Rheumatic Heart Disease Club.

are you NCD+?Speakers included: Seun Adebiyi, NCD Youth Advocate (Nigeria), Global Health, American Cancer Society; Laura Musambayi, NCD Youth Advocate Kenya, Kenyan Rheumatic Heart Disease Club Mentor; Prof Jamal Raza, Director of the National Institute for Child Health in Karachi and founder of Atfaal Welfare Society; Maisha Hutton, HCC; and Rose Rodas, Programme Manager (Canada), NCD Child. The workshop featured examples of transformative, grassroots, rights-based and inclusive action by leading experts in the field of non-communicable diseases to redress the enormous inequities faced by young people affected by NCDs. The innovative new NCD+ campaign was highlighted at the meeting.

Join the new global advocacy campaign here - are you NCD+?

News Roundup

NCDs: can we and should we not do better?

NCDs: can we and should we not do better?Sandeep Kishore is a resident physician at the Yale School of Medicine and Chair of the Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network.

On July 11, I spoke as a physician, as a scientist, but most of all as an advocate, to the UN High-Level Meeting on the global response to non-communicable diseases (NCDs). I focused on trade justice, money, and the rights of people living with NCDs to position NCDs as the social justice issue of our generation. Can we and should we not do better?. Read more

SIDS in Samoa

The Third UN Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) will take place next week, 1-4 September in Apia, Samoa. The NCD Alliance is represented at this conference, given the strong focus on NCDs and health. NCD-related events include a side event on Monday 1 September, and a partnership dialogue on Tuesday 2 September. You can participate by watching the conference via live webinar on UN Web TV (webtv.un.org). For more information about the SIDS Conference click here

Caribbean Wellness Day September 14, 2014

Caribbean Wellness Day September 14 2014

Please let us know what events you have planned to celebrate Caribbean Wellness Day 2014, email us hcc@healthycaribbean.org.

Barbados Cancer Society Presents

Globeathon Barbados 2014

At Bay Street Esplanade, On Sunday 7th September 4:00p.m. Registration $30 Adults, $15 Children under 12 (includes T-Shirt & Loot Bag) Globeathon raises funds for essential lifesaving equipment at the Gynaecology Department of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Call 436 8888. Register at: The Barbados Cancer Society, or Online: www.globeathonbarbados.com. Register Now!! Get all your friends to register now. Share this by e-mail, twitter, facebook, Instagram, linked-in, by phone and in person. Register Today!!!

Young Health Programme

Adolescents and NCDs: Evidence generation and programme implementation to tackle risk behaviours in adolescents

To the launch of the Wellbeing of Adolescents in Vulnerable Environments (WAVE) study findings, and to discuss the implications of data availability for adolescent health policy, programming and service design. Read more

NCD Alliance E-Alert, news from the NCD Alliance

Million Hearts® and Smoking Cessation

Webinar Registration - Million Hearts® and Smoking Cessation: Leveraging Affordable Care Act Initiatives in States and Local Communities. Read more

Save the date: October 7 2014, 3-4 pm - CARIBAPAN Webinar - The need for alcohol policy in the Caribbean

Brazil fines PMI for using 'Be Malboro' campaign to market to youth!

Brazil Fines PMI over Be Malboro Campaign!

The consumer protection agency for the state of São Paulo/Brazil has issued a fine against PMI for using the “Be Marlboro” campaign to market to youth, in the amount over one million reais, which is around US$ 500,000. The fine sends a strong message to the tobacco industry that Brazilian civil society and the government will take action against tobacco companies that target youth. For more information about the Global PMI Be Marlboro Campaign click here

Help Your Pharmacist, Help You - By: Roslyn A. Douglas, Founder of Central Health - Grenada. It is very important that a person who is on a medication regiment to control a chronic illness, such as diabetes, have a good relationship with their pharmacist. This was the general sentiment expressed during a recent public forum organized by the Grenada Pharmacies Association and the Caribbean Association of Pharmacists, in conjunction with the Grenada Diabetes Association. Read more

BBC Health Check Radio SnippetsBBC Health Check

Cancer during pregnancy Matilda Tristram's experience of getting a diagnosis of colon cancer during pregnancy. Why one woman chose to write a comic about her experience of surgery and chemotherapy after getting a diagnosis of colon cancer nearly half way through her pregnancy. (10 minutes) Listen now

Our most popular articles in August in case you missed them

NCD Articles on WebMD

  • Even Moderate Exercise Cuts Your Risk - Need another reason to hit the gym? Older women lower their breast cancer risk with regular exercise. Read more
  • Heart Failure: What You Need to Know - Heart failure can keep your heart from giving your body what it needs. Symptoms, treatments, and changes you can make to stay active. Read more
  • How to Breathe for Better Health - Rapid belly breathing can lower your heart rate and BP. Find the right breathing technique for your body. Read more
  • One More Reason to Take Aspirin - A daily dose of aspirin could lower the odds of developing colon, stomach, or esophageal cancer, a new study shows. 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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Healthy Caribbean Coalition

The HCC is a regional network of Caribbean health NGOs and civil society organizations with the remit to combat chronic diseases (NCDs) and their associated risk factors and conditions. Our membership presently consists of more than 50 Caribbean-based health NGOs and over 55 not-for-profit organisations and, in excess of 200 individual members based in the Caribbean and across the globe.

To join the HCC email us at hcc@healthycaribbean.org.

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