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January 9 - January 15

Healthy Caribbean Weekly News Roundup
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Final Month of Caribbean Cervical Cancer E-petition (CCCEP)

Cayman Island Cancer Society Leads the ChargeCayman Island Cancer Society (CICS) Lead the Charge - The Cayman Islamd Cancer Society has set itself a goal of 100 signatures a day for the remainder of January, which is the final month of Caribbean Cervical Cancer E-petition (CCCEP). With only two weeks to go Victoria Anderson Gray, Project Coordinator of the Cayman Islands Cancer Society is determined to see the goal of 15,000 signatures reached, taking to the airways and rallying her volunteers and staff.

Caribbean Cervical Cancer E-petition (CCCEP)Cervical cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths among Caribbean women. Every year, approximately 31,700 women in Latin America and the Caribbean die from cervical cancer. More than 95% of cases of cervical cancer can be prevented. Visit www.endcervicalcancernow.org and see how your country has contributed to this campaign, please share this link with all of your friends and colleagues across all of your communication channels.

News Roundup

Post-2015 Negotiations: Civil Society ForumAction/2015

The Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) joined 100s of organisations around the world in the official launch of the Action/2015 Campaign. This campaign calls for health measures, including tobacco control, to be included in the new global goals for human development.

As a part of this communications campaign, the FCA made a video featuring 7 FCAers from different regions, including Barbara McGaw Project Manager of the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC), all conveying the same message: health must become a global priority in 2015. Watch the video here.

Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use - Announcing Round 17 of the Bloomberg Initiative Grants Program 13 January 2015. Project Ideas are now being accepted for Round Seventeen of the Grants Program. The deadline for submission of Project Ideas is 12:00 hours, US Eastern Standard Time (GMT -5 hours) on Thursday, 5 February 2015. Read more.

For further information about the Grants Program, including the Call for Proposals, information on how to apply for a grant and the online submission form click here.

Post-2015 Negotiations: Civil Society Forum

Post-2015 Negotiations: Civil Society ForumIn preparation for the first intergovernmental negotiations on the Post-2015 development agenda, to be held from 19-21 January at UN Headquarters in NYC, a Civil Society Stakeholder Forum will be held on 16 January. The forum will give stakeholders space to provide their input; an agenda for the forum can be found here. For more information about the stakeholder forum and the first intergovernmental negotiations session, please visit the website here.

Kids and Diabetes in School (KiDS) Kids and Diabetes in School (KiDS)

The Kids and Diabetes in Schools (KiDS) project aims to foster a supportive school environment that creates a better understanding of diabetes.

The KiDS information pack is divided into sections for teachers, parents of children with diabetes, parents generally and children with diabetes. It is available for download in eight languages, free of charge and should be used alongside an educational session.

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Glocalizing’ Solutions for the Rising Chronic Disease Epidemic - The emergency sirens sounded loudly for the rising burden of chronic disease in 2014. Chronic diseases, also called non-communicable diseases (NCDs), broadly include cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, cancer, and diabetes. In 2014, we learned that, overall, 40 percent of Americans born between 2000 and 2011 are projected to develop diabetes in their lifetimes. This is double the lifetime risk from those born just a decade earlier. Read more

Breast Cancer Screening and Early Detection Seminar/Webinar to Commemorate World Cancer Day

Breast Cancer Screening and Early Detection Seminar/Webinar to Commemorate World Cancer Day

Tuesday, February 3, 2015, Pan American Health Organization. Room B, 525 23rd St NW, Washington, DC, 9:30am – 1:00pm,(time in Washington, DC).Please RSVP (for attendance in person or virtual) by registering here

Inactivity 'kills more than obesity' Inactivity 'kills more than obesity'

A lack of exercise could be killing twice as many people as obesity in Europe, a 12-year study of more than 300,000 people suggests. University of Cambridge researchers said about 676,000 deaths each year were down to inactivity, compared with 337,000 from carrying too much weight. They concluded that getting everyone to do at least 20 minutes of brisk walking a day would have substantial benefits. Experts said exercise was beneficial for people of any weight. Obesity and inactivity often go hand in hand. Read more

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

Getty ImagesE-cigarette Debate - Are E-cigarettes helping people stop smoking or encouraging them to start? The World Health Organisation has called for a ban on their use indoors, at work and on their promotion to young people. But are they an important tool in saving lives globally by helping people quit or are they making smoking acceptable and encouraging teenagers to smoke real cigarettes?.

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A New Test for Earlier Diagnosis of Lung Cancer?

Science Photo LibraryLung cancer is the most common form of cancer in the world and the outlook has not improved much over time. Only 10% of patients live for another five years after a diagnosis, mainly due to it being spotted at a late stage. Tobacco causes 70% of lung cancer deaths, but you can get lung cancer without ever having smoked a single cigarette. Usually it is diagnosed by having an x-ray followed by a CT scan, but doctors at University College Hospital in London had the idea of trying to diagnose it by shining pure light on cells scraped from the inside of the cheek of people with lung cancer. Read more

NCD Alliance E-Alert, news from the NCD Alliance

NCD Articles on WebMD

  • 6 Heart-Saving Habits for Women - Two new studies suggest that adopting these healthy habits could dramatically lower a woman's risk for heart attack and heart disease. Read more
  • Breast Cancer Symptoms - Symptoms are rare in the early stages, but as a tumor grows you may notice these symptoms. Read more
  • Is This the Best Diet for Diabetes Control? - Why the DASH diet was just named the No. 1 overall diet and No. 1 diet for diabetes by U.S. News and World Report. Read more
  • Are We Closer to a Cancer Cure? - Immunotherapy trials are showing great promise in the war against cancer. See why some researchers are calling these treatments "a pathway to a cure." 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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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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