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January 16 - January 22

Healthy Caribbean Weekly News Roundup
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HCC at American Cancer Society Leadership Summit

The HCC was invited to share American Cancer Society (ACS) funded, cervical cancer advocacy work at the recent American Cancer Society Nationwide Volunteer and Staff Leadership Summit, Jan 13-16th, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.

HCC at American Cancer Society Leadership SummitMaisha Hutton chaired the Joint General Session on Global Health featuring Professor Larry Gostin, professor at Georgetown University School of Law and author of Global Health Law; and Ambassador Sally Cowal, Sr. Vice President of Global Health for the American Cancer Society and former US Ambassador to Trinidad & Tobago (watch the session here). During a breakout session entitled: Women’s Health as a Global Priority; the HCC also shared successes, challenges and lessons learned in building a civil society cervical cancer movement in the Caribbean.

The HCC has been a partner of the ACS since 2012 when we became grantees of the ACS Meet the Targets (see report here) Initiative aimed at supporting global civil society efforts around reaching international NCD targets. Our relationship will continue this year as we enter into our second Meet the Targets Grant.

News Roundup

The Emerging Crisis: Noncommunicable Diseases

The Emerging Crisis: Noncommunicable DiseasesThe gravest health threats facing low- and middle-income countries are not the plagues, parasites, and blights that dominate the news cycle and international relief efforts. They are the everyday diseases the international community understands and could address, but fails to take action against. Once thought to be challenges for affluent countries alone, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, and other noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) have emerged as the leading cause of death and disability in developing countries. In 2013, these diseases killed eight million people before their sixtieth birthdays in these countries. The chronic nature of NCDs means patients are sick and suffer longer and require more medical care. The resulting economic costs are high and escalating. Unless urgent action is taken, this emerging crisis will worsen in low- and middle-income countries and become harder to address.

Download the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) sponsored Independent Task Force report (here) and visit the accompanying interactive website (here) to look at the factors behind this epidemic.

The New Global Status Report on NCDs The New Global Status Report on NCDs

The new Global Status Report on NCDs was launched on Monday 19 January. It is the second in a triennial series tracking worldwide progress on the prevention and control of NCDs. Katie Dain, Executive Director of the NCD Alliance, spoke at the launch alongside Ambassadors from Member States, representatives from UNDP, and the World Economic Forum. Read her intervention here.

Download the Global Status Report here.

British High Commission donates to Barbados Cancer Society

British High Commission donates to Barbados Cancer SocietyThe donated funds by the British High Commission to the Barbados Cancer Society will be used locally in the fight to reduce and possibly eliminate men’s cancer, particularly prostate cancer so says President, Dorothy Cooke-Johnson. Her comments came while speaking to reporters during a presentation at the British High Commission yesterday. On this date, British High Commissioner to Barbados, Victoria Dean presented a cheque in the sum of four thousand, five hundred dollars to the Barbados Cancer Society. Read more

Womens Island Cricket Project

Fiji and other islands in the Pacific ocean are similar to ours in the Caribbean and have many of the same small island challenges especially when it comes to NCDs. The Women’s Island Cricket project is a unique way of addressing inactivity and exploding obesity rates with the power of sport.

Womens Island Cricket Project

In the village settings in Fiji (and across the Pacific) communities follow a very patriarchal structure where often women are seen as solely the housekeeper and mother with very few opportunities to explore other interests, opportunities or engage in any physical activity. The Women’s Island Cricket project was made possible thanks to funding from the Australian Governments Pacific Sports Partnership and is designed as an NCD prevention program to promote physical activity and health awareness in middle aged women. After receiving permission from the chief development officers visit the village each week and bring all the women together for cricket lessons (about 2 hours) and a 1 hour presentation/activity about health/nutrition/craft projects/income generating ideas. At the end of each program the village has formed a women’s cricket team and the aim is to soon having inter-village games. As well as that local nurses and dietitians come in for health screenings. See the related press articles on the ICC site here and Radio Austrailia here

Sport Can Play a Powerful Role in NCD Prevention

The Wanderers was a a sea of pink as part of the third-annual Pink Day, an initiative partnering with Momentum, Bidvest and the PinkDrive to raise awareness and support for breast cancer. “We love playing in Pink,” Proteas captain, AB de Villiers said. “The Pink Drive is a great cause and the guys always get excited playing in the pink kit, it’s something different. We haven’t lost a game in the pink kit so that’s a nice bonus for us, hopefully we can continue with our winning streak. There is always a good crowd at the Bullring so everyone is excited to go there.”.

Sport has a Powerful Role to Play in NCD Prevention

Initiatives such as this have a very powerful role in rasing awareness of the global NCD epidemic. The McGrath Foundation has similar intiatives, setup by Australian cricketing legend Glenn and his late Jane, who sadly died of breast cancer in 2008.

NCDFREE Comedy: Part 2


Global health and irony might not usually go hand-in-hand, but NCDFREE wants to change that! Here is the second of 7 short instalments over 14 weeks, exploring the irony and humour of NCDs, global health and being healthy. Watch here

CARES 2015 Symposium - Endocrine Issues in Pregancy and the Perinatal Period - as part of The University Diabetes Outreach Programme's (UDOP) 21st International Diabetes Conference presents a Satellite Symposium on:Endocrine Issues in Pregnancy and the Perinatal Period. Friday March 27, 2015, 2:00pm - 6:00pm, The Jamaica Conference Center, Kingston, Jamaica, guest speaker Robert E. Ratner, MD, FACP, FACE, Chief Scientific & Medical Officer, American Diabetes Association. Read more.

World Cancer Day World Cancer Day is less than two weeks away!

It's coming up faster than you think, but fear not, there are still plenty of things you can do, big or small, to create greater awareness around cancer and to show the world that cancer is "Not beyond us". Read more.

NCD Alliance E-Alert, news from the NCD Alliance

From the NCD Alliance Weekly Digest

NCDs News

Risk Factor News

World Conference Tobacco or Health 2015

Cancer Research UK - Cancer in kids, teens and young adults – why we’re renewing our focus - Cancer is mainly a disease of old age, as it usually takes time to build up the faults in the DNA inside cells that turns healthy cells into cancer cells. Almost two thirds of all cases occur in people 65 and older. And yet children, teenagers and young adults can also be affected by cancer. How and why this happens is one of the most difficult questions in cancer research. Read more

Make This Year Your Healthiest Ever - The My Healthy Weight Action Plan™ is a free, easy-to-use plan for getting to and keeping your healthy weight. Experts in the weight-loss field developed it using the most up-to-date scientific research. In this program, we'll coach you every step of the way. here

Cure for High Blood Pressure?

Cure for high blood pressure a drug-free implant will help to save millions of lives, Inserted in the upper thigh under local anaesthetic, it acts immediately to lower blood pressure by more than 15 per cent – without the use of drugs. The metal device, called the Coupler, could help save the lives of millions of patients who fail to respond to conventional therapy. It creates a passageway between a vein and artery which works like a safety valve. Read more

NCD Articles on WebMD

  • Catching Prostate Cancer Early - It's the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in men. Do you know the warning signs? Read more
  • Type 2 Diabetes Myths and Facts - Does diabetes mean you have to swear off sweets? Can drinking coffee help prevent it? Can you have it without showing any symptoms? Read more
  • How to Spot a Heart Attack - The symptoms in women can be so mild, you might not even realize you’re having a heart attack. Know the warning signs. Read more
  • Heart-Healthy 'Good' Fats - Fish. Fruit. Nuts. Which kinds of fat are best for you? Get the skinny on the ones you should be eating for a healthy ticker." 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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