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January 23 - January 29

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VIA and Cryotherapy training at BFLA in Belize City

VIA and Cryotherapy training at BFLA in Belize City

As Part of an ongoing initiative Jhpiego continued their cervical cancer prevention efforts in the Caribbean. A very successful Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid (VIA) and Cryotherapy training was held at BFLA (Belize Family Life Association) in Belize City – supported by IPPF, BFLA, and Jhpiego, along with support of other partners (Ministry of Health, The Belize Cancer Society, NHI, PSI, and KFW). John Varallo MD (Jhpiego) led the team of facilitators, which included providers from Belize and Grenada, who participated in the Regional training conducted in Guyana, as well as a facilitator from Zambia. 9 providers were trained (5 from Belize, 2 from Trinidad and Tobago, 1 from St. Lucia, and 1 from Grenada. Over 5 clinical days (training was a total of 7 days) 270 women were screened with VIA, treated 20 women treated with cryotherapy. All who were eligible for cryotherapy received treatment during the same visit. Their are plans for post-training follow ups at each site.

The HCC continues to promote expanded cervical cancer screening including VIA; in support of the recently launched WHO GLOBAL STATUS REPORT on noncommunicable diseases 2014 which highlighted cancer Best Buy: Prevention of cervical cancer through screening (VIA linked with timely treatment of pre-cancerous lesions). Visit our projects page to see more of the work we have been doing in this area.

Jhpiego dedicated to improving the health of women and families in developing countries

Jhpiego is an international, non-profit health organization affiliated with The Johns Hopkins University. For 40 years and in over 155 countries, Jhpiego has worked to prevent the needless deaths of women and their families. Jhpiego is dedicated to improving the health of women and families in developing countries. To find out more about their work visit their website here

News Roundup

Gleaner Honour Awards - Jamaica Cancer Society: For Health And Wellness

Gleaner Honour Awards - Jamaica Cancer Society

Championing the fight against a deadly disease - Cancer is among the leading causes of death in Jamaica, hence the invaluable role of the Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS) in bringing awareness about this lethal non-communicable disease, and highlighting ways to prevent and control the various types of cancer. Since its inception in 1955, the Jamaica Cancer Society, a non-profit organisation, has embarked on an aggressive public-education campaign to inform the public about this much-feared disease, as well as undertaken a number of initiatives to support its mandate: to fight and defeat cancer in all its forms. Read the main article here and more about the Third Gleaner Hounour Awards here

Go Red for Women 2015

Go Red for Women 2015

Red Dress Fundraising GalaThe Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Red Dress Gala 2015

The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados is holding it's Red Dress Fundraising Gala on Valentines Day this year, Saturday February 14th, 7pm until 1am. The location is the Concorde Experience with ticket prices including the Concorde tour for early arrivals.

The star attraction, all the way from Las Vegas is country music tribute act Sherry Gordon, she looks and sounds like country music legend Dolly Parton. There will also be special guest appearances from local celebrities. Read more

Valentine's Day Red Dress RunValentine's Day Red Dress Run - Go Red for Women Fundraiser!

The Barbados Hash House Harriers in conjuction with The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados are having their annual Valentines Day Red Dress run. Saturday 14 February @ 3:30 pm, starting in the back parking lot at Massy Big B Rendezvous, Christ Church

All participants are required to wear a red dress for this fund raising hash.

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Five Minute Meditation - Five Minutes to Calm - In the lead up to their Go Red for Women events the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados recommends that you learn to relax and lower your stress levels and blood pressure. Pay a visit to a new website featuring simple, short, meditation and relaxation exercises which are perfect for busy people with hectic schedules when they need to reduce stress and increase mental focus on the go. There are tips on incorporating meditation techniques into routine activities and how to meditate even if your mind doesn't want to cooperate! Read more

Go Red for Women 2015 - Presented by the Curacao Heart Foundation - The Go Red for Women campaign stands for Love your "heart" health awareness day. Please wear red to make a statement in the growing knowledge about woman and heart diseases. Read more

World Cancer Day 2015: #NotBeyondUs

World Cancer Day World Cancer Day 2015 - Cary Adams, CEO of UICC explains why World Cancer Day is important and encourages people around the world to mark World Cancer Day click here to see his video message. World Cancer Day (4th Feb.) will take a positive and proactive approach to the fight against cancer, highlighting that solutions do exist across the continuum of cancer, and that they are within our reach. 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

Gamers Used In Search For Cancer Cure - The human eye can spot patterns more quickly than a computer which is why scientists are using gamers to help in cancer research. Members of the public are being encouraged to help scientists beat cancer by playing video games that speed up research. A mobile puzzle app by Cancer Research UK called Reverse The Odds involves spotting patterns within pictures of magnified tumour samples. It has so far been downloaded around 90,000 times. The more people play the game on their mobiles or tablets, the less time real scientists have to spend combing through samples in the lab. Read more

The Caribbean College of Family Physicians Scientific Conference - The Caribbean College of Family Physicians (CCFP) and the Family Medicine Section, UWI invite you to attend our scientific conference, scheduled for February 6 - 8, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. at the UWI Mona Visitors Lodge, Kingston 7, Jamaica. The theme this year is “Family Physicians: Integrating Mental Health Care into Family Practice”. Read more

Virtual Course on How to Effectively Address Non Communicable Diseases in the 21st Century - PAHO Virtual Campus for Public Health are initiating a call for applications for the “Virtual Course on How to Effectively Address Non Communicable Diseases in the 21th Century” Version 2015, which will be offered on the Virtual Campus for Public Health (VCPH). The General Coordinator (GC) for this course is Dr. Branka Legetic, regional advisor in prevention and control of NCDs in NMH/ND unit and Director of the course is Dr Anselm Hennis, Director of NMH. Read more.

NCD Alliance E-Alert, news from the NCD Alliance

NCD Articles on WebMD

  • Stroke Warning Signs - Heart disease might raise your risk of a stroke. Find out what causes one and how to spot the earliest symptoms. Read more
  • Race May Affect Breast Cancer Survival - Your odds of getting diagnosed with early breast cancer, and surviving it, vary depending on your race and ethnicity, a study suggests. Read more
  • 15 Cancer Warning Signs Women Shouldn't Ignore - Changes that seem normal on their own can sometimes be signs of cancer. Always make sure to bring these possible symptoms up with your doctor right away. Read more
  • Diabetes Management Made Easy - Living with diabetes doesn't have to be overwhelming. Here are 11 simple things you can do in 10 minutes or less to help manage the disease. 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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The work of HCC would not be possible without core funding from Sagicor Life Inc

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