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January 1 - January 8

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Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC) receives Bloomberg Initiative GrantHeart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ)/Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC) receives Bloomberg Initiative Grant - The Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ) on behalf of the Jamaica Coalition For Tobacco Control (JCTC) is pleased to inform you that we have been successful in obtaining an 18-month Bloomberg Initiative Grant entitled “Developing, passing, and implementing comprehensive tobacco control in Jamaica”. The effective start date of this project is December 15, 2014.

JCTC will continue to support the Ministry of Health’s effort towards the passage of comprehensive tobacco control legislation which will amongst others things protect our children from direct and indirect marketing on tobacco products. The 2013 National Secondary School Survey states that there has been a 3% increase in the use of cigarettes amongst secondary school students. This trend can be eliminated or reduced with the banning of tobacco advertisement, promotions and sponsorship (TAPS).

The tobacco industry uses TAPS to increase consumption of their products. among current users, attract new consumers, and encourage former customers to resume tobacco use. The tobacco industry also uses deceptive, misleading, and predatory tactics to make tobacco use appear glamorous and socially acceptable, while minimizing perceptions of products’ adverse health effects. Comprehensive bans on TAPS activities have been shown to reduce tobacco use.

The policies required or recommended by the FCTC can be expected to effectively reduce tobacco use in Jamaica, as such the project objectives are as follows:

  • To support the Ministry of Health to achieve passage of national comprehensive tobacco control legislation line with the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
  • Work with the Ministry of Health to support adoption and implementation of comprehensive tobacco control legislation

News Roundup

Achieving Health Equity in Barbados:
Setting Priorities for Change research symposium

Health Equity in BarbadosOn January 14th, 2015 the Achieving Health Equity in Barbados: Setting Priorities for Change research symposium will be held at the University of the West Indies Campus. This symposium is open to all and will provide citizens, students, researchers, health care providers, health policy experts, and others with an opportunity to learn about and discuss how health inequities are impacting Barbadians and the country's health care and public health systems. The symposium will feature three keynote lectures given by internationally-recognized experts, research posters, and a concluding panel featuring local thought experts who will help to stimulate dialogue on the priorities for addressing health inequities in Barbados. Read more

NCDFREE Comedy: Part 1


At NCDFREE, we work on some pretty serious challenges... But that doesn't mean we have to take ourselves too seriously.To celebrate the New Year and show the lighter side of our work, we're pairing up with Melbourne-based comedian Charlie Ranger to bring you a new short-film, comedy series. Watch here

HPV Flash - Cervical Cancer Action coalition

NCD Alliance Webinar - The NCD Alliance will be holding a webinar on Tuesday, 20 January at 10:00–11:00am EST/4:00-5:00pm CET, specifically on preparations for the 136th WHO Executive Board meeting on 26 January-3 February. Please note that there will be only one webinar broadcast. The powerpoint slides and recording will be made available on the NCD Alliance website after the webinar. Participants to submit questions prior to the webinar by emailing info@ncdalliance.org by 19 January. Participants will also be able to send questions and feedback during the webinar. Register here

Cervical Cancer Action webinar on the new WHO "pink book" on cervical cancer prevention and control - Please join the Cervical Cancer Action coalition on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 for an animated discussion—"WHO's comprehensive global guidance on cervical cancer control: new evidence, guidance and fundamentals for country-level success". Register here

Make Someone Happy - Anti-commercial

Make Someone Happy - Anti-commercial

In response to Coca-Cola’s most recent Christmas marketing campaign entitled “Make Someone Happy,” the Nutritional Health Alliance in Mexico produced an anti-commercial to inform the public of the sad daily realities that are attributable to soda consumption and to question how heartwarming consuming soda can actually be. Read more. Watch the video here

NCD Alliance E-Alert, news from the NCD Alliance

From the NCD Alliance Weekly Digest

NCDs News

Risk Factor News

NCD Articles on WebMD

  • Before You Begin Cancer Treatment - There’s no preparing for a cancer diagnosis. But when it comes to cancer treatment, there are things you can do to get ready for what’s ahead. Read more
  • Surprising Sources of Sugar - From pasta sauce to instant oatmeal, these foods are packed with hidden sugars. Read more
  • Easy Exercises to Lower Your Blood Pressure - Moving more each day will help you keep your blood pressure in check. Simple tips and exercises to get started now. Read more
  • Tips for Lowering Your Cholesterol - If your numbers are out of balance, take these steps now to get back on track, and find out which heart-healthy foods may help. 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.

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