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February 19 - February 25 2014

Healthy Caribbean Weekly News Roundup
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HCC Double Feature

Australian Government Funding changing lives for women with Cervical Cancer in Grenada and Dominica

The Manager and President of the HCC recently returned from country visits to Grenada and Dominica where they were able to see first hand how funds provided by the Australian Direct AID Program and managed by the HCC are contributing to a coordinated multi-facted community based response to cervical cancer.

Grenada Cancer Society Executive Board hosts the HCC In Grenada, prevention and advocacy are the focus of the Grenada Cancer Society's sub project which has already produced a radio jingle to be launched nationally in March. A documentary featuring survivors of cervical cancer is currently under development and will shed light on the journey of women diagnosed with the disease in that country. Dr. Barrymore McBarnette, a local physician and president of the GCS noted that a recent cervical cancer study revealed that cervical cancer related mortality is on the rise and attributed this to late screening, delayed treatment and limited treatment options in the island. In addition to the jingle and documentary, the GCS is working with NGO partners and the Ministry of Health to develop evidence informed awareness materials to combat cervical cancer myths and encourage pap testing among women in rural areas. While in Grenada, the HCC was pleased to meet with the GCS Executive Board; the Minister of Health, Honourable Dr. Clarice Modeste; Ms. Shere-ann Noel of CC-6 Television; and NCD NGOs, Planned Parenthood, Grenada National Organisation of Women, Central Health Grenada, and the Grenada Diabetes Association.

Dominica Cancer Society Executive Board hosts the HCC In Dominica, the focus is on meeting some of the treatment needs of underserved women diagnosed with cervical cancer. The Dominica Cancer Society is working in partnership with the local hospital oncologist Dr. Malaka to provide treatment vouchers for women with greatest need. The project is also highly collaborative with community partners and the Ministry of Health, supporting the development of educational materials and the training of outreach volunteers which will serve to expand the work of the DCS in this area. Tina Alexander of the Executive Board remarked that the 'side effects' of the project have been so positive - including strengthening the capacity of the DCS around cervical cancer, creating new partnerships, and building the operational capacity of the organisation withe the purchase of much needed equipment. Vinna Royer, Ex President and member noted that membership in the HCC has allowed the DCS to cultivate critical partnerships with CSOs across the Caribbean including the Cancer Institute of Guyana (also a subgrantee on this project) where DCS has referred cervical cancer patients for treatment. While in Dominica, the HCC was pleased to meet with the DCS Executive Board; the Ministry of Health Health Promotion team; NCD NGOs, The Dove Club, The Council on Ageing, The Diabetes Association and Lifeline Ministries; and long standing member of the HCC, Dr. Gerald Grell. A special note of thanks to His Excellency The Honourable Charles Angelo Savarin, President of Dominica, for taking the time to meet with the President of the HCC, Professor Sir Trevor Hassell.

The GCS and DCS are doing excellent work - look out for more on their projects in the roundup over the next few weeks. To see photos from the recent HCC trip to Grenada and Dominica click here

Declaration of Bridgetown: Faith-Based Organisations of Barbados Uniting in Collaboration with the National NCD Commission and the Healthy Caribbean Coalition to Prevent and Control NCDs

Faith-based organisations (FBOs) united against NCDs

On February 26, 2014 representatives of twenty-six (26) Faith-based organisations (FBOs) came together in Barbados to pledge their commitment to using their faith as a vehicle to catalyse changes in NCD related behaviours in their communities. The consultation was hosted by the National NCD Commission and the Healthy Caribbean Coalition. The consultation was opened by a highly respected panel of national NCD and FBO leadership including Sir Trevor Hassell, The Honourable Dr. John Boyce, Minister of Health and His Grace, Dr. The Honourable John W.D. Holder, Bishop of Barbados. Representatives of a wide cross section of religious denominations including the Anglican Diocese, the East Caribbean Conference of Seventh Day Adventists, the Muslim, Hindu and Jewish Communities of Barbados, Baha'i Faith, and the Rastafarian community, joined in a demonstration of their commitment to work collaboratively to promote healthy living among Barbadians. At the close of the 1/2 day meeting the Declaration of Bridgetown developed in consultation with all participating FBOs, was read aloud by NCD Chairman Sir Trevor, and adopted by acclamation.

This ground breaking event is as far as is known is the first time that a large majority of faith based organisations in a Caribbean country have united against NCDs and signed a declaration indicating their intent to actively take part in the response to NCDs.

The NCD Commission and the HCC will make the Declaration known to the Political leadership in other CARICOM countries as we seek to contribute to, and advocate for, multi-sector response to NCDs by FBOs in Barbados and the Caribbean.

For more information on the consultation click here.

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President of the Commonwealth of Dominica discusses NCDs and Civil Society with HCC

President of the Commonwealth of Dominica discusses NCDs and Civil Society with HCC HCC President Sir Trevor Hassell, Maisha Hutton, HCC Manager and long-standing member of HCC, Professor Grell, recently paid a courtesy call on His Excellency The Honourable Charles Angelo Savarin, President of Dominica, during a visit to Dominica on Feb 25, 2014.

Sir Trevor and His Excellency discussed the role of the HCC in the region and more specifically how the HCC and the Government of Australia are enabling the Dominica Cancer Society, to enhance Dominica’s efforts in preventing cervical cancer. Sir Trevor underscored HCC’s central efforts in empowering Caribbean people to more effectively respond to the chronic disease epidemic which presents a major health and economic burden to the Caribbean Region and accounts for the death of more than 70% of our people. His Excellency highlighted that the Dominican government has prioritised the health and wellness of its nation as evidenced by a number of public health measures, most notably the provision of 1/2 day per week during work hours for all civil servants to engage in physical activity.

The HCC was impressed by this progressive demonstration of commitment to healthy workplaces and noted that this was a regional best practice which should be replicated across the Caribbean. The HCC looks forward to continued significant leadership by the Commonwealth of Dominica as we seek to respond to the epidemic of chronic diseases.

Grenada Minister of Health Signs Cervical Cancer E-petition Grenada Minister of Health Signs Cervical Cancer E-petition

Grenada Minister of Health, the Honourable Dr. Clarice Modeste joins the growing number of Caribbean political leadership who are signing the End Cervical Cancer Now electronic petition. Dr. Modeste remarked that cervical cancer is a significant challenge in Grenada and the Ministry of Health, in partnership with CSOs such as the Grenada Cancer Society is working to improve the cervical cancer prevention and control programme.

Sign here today www.endcervicalcancernow.org

The TTCS and the UWI School of Dentistry Team Up Against Oral Cancer - By: Kimlin Harrilal. The Trinidad and Tobago Cancer Society and the UWI School of Dentistry have joined forces in the fight against oral cancer in Trinidad and Tobago. On Thursday, 20th February both organizations launched a new oral cancer brochure as a new teaching tool to better educate the public. The brochure draws specific attention to the signs and symptoms of oral cancer, risk factors of the disease and preventive measures. Read more

BARP on the move: just a pinch Agrofest 2014 - February 28 - March 2 Events timetable. Read more

eSAC Caribbean Webinar Series - The Public eHealth, Innovation and Equity (eSAC) project will host a 3-part Caribbean Webinar Series in the month of March 2014. Recognizing the need for more research, knowledge sharing, innovation and partnership in public health in the Caribbean region, the objectives of the series are to: create regional dialogue about public ehealth and equity; build and encourage a Caribbean community of interest; showcase various related projects, persons, organizations, publications across the region and promote public eHealth and innovation in public health regionally. Read more or visit the website here

CCS Early-Bird Deadline Extended to Monday - We have great news, you can still take advantage of early-bird registration for the 29th Caribbean Cardiology Conference. The deadline has been extended through the weekend to Monday March 3, 2014 at 5pm EST. Register here

NCD Alliance February Webinar - Thank you for joining our webinar, which covered activities at the 134th WHO Executive Board Meeting, the Open Working Group sessions, the 2014 UN NCD Review, and recent news from regional and national alliances. The slides and a recording of the webinar can be accessed via the NCD Alliance resources webpage. Global Coordination Mechanism Consultation, WHO and UNDP Joint Letter on NCDs, Sustainable Development Solutions Network Consultation Read more

Health Action Partnership International HAPI Email Alert - 21st February 2014 This is the bi-weekly HAPI Alert containing recent publications, upcoming conferences, new vacancies and news of our work. News from HAPI - Maggie Davies, HAPI's Executive Director, was pleased to attend a meeting on the 20 February organised by John Benington Friends of Ibba Girls School in South Sudan. EU MASCOT, The MASCOT project, in which HAPI is a partner, implemented a set of collaboration activities. The collaborations were developed in the framework under Work Package 6 (WP6). Read more

South African envoy accredited to CARICOM - TURKEYEN, Greater Georgetown, Guyana (CARICOM) - The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Republic of South Africa further cemented their ties on Tuesday with the accreditation of Her Excellency Maureen Isabella Modiselle as Ambassador to CARICOM. Read more

Remarks by the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community Ambassador Irwin LaRocque On the Occasion Of the Presentation Of Credentials By Her Excellency Maureen Isabella Modiselle Plenipotentiary Representative (Designate) of The Republic of South Africa To the Caribbean Community Read here

NCD Alliance E-Alert - National Spotlight: South Africa NCD Alliance Launched
On 11-12 February the newly formed South Africa NCD Alliance convened a stakeholder meeting in Johannesburg entitled “A Call to Action: Stopping the Epidemic of NCDs.” The meeting brought together over 90 participants from government, civil society, healthcare providers, industry and academia. Read more

NCD Articles on WebMD

  • The Truth About Sweets and Diabetes - Can you still enjoy carbs, desserts, and sweeteners if you have diabetes? Get the facts. Read more
  • The BP Diet You Need to Succeed - Did you know that what you eat or don’t eat may lower blood pressure? Find out how your diet can help you control high BP. Read more
  • Exercise Dos and Don’ts - The adage "no pain, no gain" isn't really true. See why, plus facts about hydration, heart rate, and good workout habits. Take the quiz

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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