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January 29 - February 4 2014

Healthy Caribbean Weekly News Roundup
Healthy Caribbean Coalition

HCC Feature

Heart Disease is the Number One killer of Women in the Caribbean!

National Wear Red Day & Go Red For Women month

National Wear Red Day

Friday February 7th is National Wear Red Day in the USA and is also observed across parts of the Caribbean. February is Go Red for Women month to raise awareness of heart diease in women.

Curaçao Heart Foundation is promoting a 'Love Your Heart Health Awareness Day' on the 14th February, Valentines day Read more.

The Heart Foundation of Barbados has two events planned to celebrate Go Red for Women, a Valentine's Day Red Dress Run Go Red for Women Fund raiser, organised by the Barbados Hash House Harriers ALL participants are required to wear a red dress for this fundraiser Read more and a Red Dress Gala on Saturday March 1st at the Concorde Experience. Read more

Please share any activities you have planned for the month that you would like us to highlight. We would appreciate a short paragraph summarising your planned activities including your partners and promotional materials.

Find out 10 ways to go Red this February here

Healthy Caribbean Coalition

News Roundup

Jamaica Cancer Society take PAP Smears to Rural Areas of Jamaica

Jamaica Cancer Society take PAP Smears to Rural Areas of Jamaica

As part of the HCC led Australian Direct Aid Programme, the Jamaica Cancer Society is on the road to rural areas informing and educating the local communities on the need to be tested for cervical cancer and providing a mobile PAP smear testing facility. In the pictures above JCS Executive Director Yulit Gordon can be seen addressing the women on the need to have their pap smears done and Nurse Hall the JCS Head Nurse is shown preparing for action. Some men also accompanied their women to be screened. To-date JCS have done 160 PAP smears as their road trip continues to another rural community on the southern side of the island.

Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control Statement on the Amendments to the Tobacco Control Regulations (2013) - The Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control is disappointed with some of the amendments that were made to the Tobacco Control (2013) Regulations as tabled in Parliament on Tuesday January 25. The regulations as initially drafted were in line with international best practices and were the result of evidence based research. Similar legislation is in place in several countries and follows excellent guidelines from the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the world's first public health treaty.Read more

Join us at the NCD Child 2014 Conference - The 2014 NCD Child Conference aims to further develop a vibrant platform for interaction, knowledge exchange and networking. It will build on the achievements of our 2012 NCD Child Conference to ensure the needs of children, adolescents and youth are a priority focus within the context of NCD action and the post 2015 agenda. Read more


NCD Child NCD Child invites submissions of abstracts to be presented at the 2014 NCD Child Conference. There will be two categories for submission - Abstracts for the Young Health Scholarships 2014 (for those 24 and under) and Abstracts for publication within the Conference Program. Read more

NCD Alliance Webinar - Wednesday February 26th - The NCD Alliance will be holding a webinar on Wednesday 26th February at 10:00am EST/16:00 CET. Topics: Global NCD Framework: Outcomes of the WHO 134th EB and preparations for the next formal consultation on the global coordination mechanism (GCM); Global Development Framework: Recap of Open Working Group sessions 7 and 8, the post-2015 process and upcoming activities, and recent consultations on UHC; 2014 UN NCD Review: Overview, timelines, and priorities; Regional/National Work: Recent and upcoming activities. Register here

WHO: Imminent global cancer 'disaster' reflects aging, lifestyle factors - (CNN) Cancer cases are expected to surge 57% worldwide in the next 20 years, an imminent "human disaster" that will require a renewed focus on prevention to combat, according to the World Health Organization. The World Cancer Report, produced by the WHO's specialized cancer agency and released on World Cancer Day, predicts new cancer cases will rise from an estimated 14 million annually in 2012 to 22 million within two decades. Over the same period, cancer deaths are predicted to rise from 8.2 million a year to 13 million. Read more

Calendar of Events 2014 - The Health Promotion Unit of the Ministry Health Barbados has released it's Calendar of Events for 2014. View here

NCD Alliance Alert - World Cancer Day 2014 Approximately 7.6 million people die from cancer globally each year. This number will only continue to rise without increased awareness and immediate action. Greater awareness and education about cancer can lead to positive change at an individual, community and policy level and across the continuum of cancer care. Building on last year’s campaign, the theme of this year’s World Cancer Day is “Debunk The Myths,” which aims to dispel four common myths about cancer. Read more

NCD Articles on WebMD

  • How to Wreck Your Heart - No one sets out to hurt their heart. But some habits can add up over time, taking their toll. You may be doing one of these things right now.Read more
  • The Good Fat You Need to Know About - Believe it or not, there is a good fat out there called omega-3. It may help lower blood pressure, fight disease, and boost your mood. Read more
  • 10 Cancer Symptoms Women Shouldn't Ignore - Regular checkups are crucial for good health. Also, experts say you need to keep these symptoms on your radar. Read more
  • Weight Loss Dos and Don’ts - Is it better to drink water before or after a meal? What carbs should you avoid? Get smart weight-loss tips. 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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