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June 27 - July 3

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HCC Side eventUN NCD Review July 10-11, 2014, UN Headquarters New York

On the occasion of the UN High Level Meeting on the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases (UN NCD Review July 10-11, 2014), the Healthy Caribbean Coalition and The Permanent Mission of Australia to the UN, The Permanent Mission of Barbados to the UN, The Permanent Mission of Jamaica to the UN, NCD Alliance, Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), and the American Cancer Society (ACS) will be hosting a side event: Working together to prevent, control and manage NCDs: Responses to cervical cancer in the Caribbean.

The experiences of cervical cancer prevention and control in the Caribbean and globally will be used to showcase mechanisms for multisectoral action in the response to NCDs (see the side event invitation here).

The event will also be webcast on the UNTV website. The HCC will also be on the panel at the PAHO Salt Smart Americas on July 10th (more on side events below).

For more information on the upcoming review, visit the NCD Alliance website for a wide range of resources including UN NCD Review Brochure, NCD Review FAQs, the latest version of the Outcomes Document, calendar of side events, and other useful documents.

Krystal Boyea382 MILLION by Krystal Boyea

382 MILLION - that is how many million people in the world the International Diabetes Federation estimated to have diabetes in 2013 and this is estimated to rise to 592 million in less than 25 years.

5.1 Million

That’s the number of people who died from diabetes just last year alone.

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on January 18th 1998 at the age of 10. This day changed my life as I knew it. This was the day that I was no longer a child. This was the day I became an adult. Read more

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Cancer Institute of Guyana Screening Women and Changing Lives - Watch the Australian Funded Cervical Cancer Project in Guyana

Guyana CP4I Video

Watch the video here.

2nd General Assembly of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition

The HCC would like to extend sincere thanks to our membership for their participation in the virtual 2nd General Assembly held on July 3, 2014. The meeting fostered significant discussion around the role and direction of the HCC as we move forward over the next two years. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the past board of directors: Dr. Virginia Asin Oostburg; Mrs. Debbie Chen; Dr. Victor Coombs; Ms. Joanne DeFreitas; and Professor Sir Trevor Hassell, for their tremendous and varied contributions during the course of the past two years.

We now welcome the new Board of Directors for the period 2014-2016.

2nd General Assembly of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition

  • Dr Victor Coombs: Current HCC Board Member; Chairman, Trinidad & Tobago Partners Forum
  • Mrs. Laura Tucker-Longsworth: President, Belize Cancer Society
  • Professor Sir Trevor Hassell: Current HCC Board Member; Board Member, Chairman NCD Commission, Barbados
  • Professor Rainford Wilks: Heart Foundation of Jamaica
  • Dr. Mortimer Moxey: Medical Director, Bahamas Diabetic Association

CARPHA Caribbean Public Health Day Video Message

CARPHA Caribbean Public Health Day Message

Watch the video here.

Central Health - Grenada four part series on Men's Health part 4 - Diabetes

focus on diabetes

During this four part series, Central Health - Grenada seeks to educate men about the importance of screening. Today's broadcast will focus on diabetes. This broadcast will explain the cause of diabetes and complications that can result of the disease. You will hear from Dr. Robert Yearwood state that erectile dysfunction is a common complication and actual an indication that you have the disease. Ophthalmologist Dr. Elliot Mc Guire will discuss diabetic eye disease and dentist Tara Bach state the gum disease is also an ignored complication of diabetes. This final segment will also remind diabetics to take care of their feet. To close up this broadcast will be will be Pastor Gerry Keens Douglas with some spiritual encouragement.
Listen here

Jamaica's amended Tobacco Control Regulations have been gazetted! - The Hon Minister of Health for Jamaica announced in his Sectoral Debate that Jamaica's amended tobacco control regulations have been gazetted! See the relevant links below:

The regulations speak to 100% smoke free public spaces and work places and the provision of graphic health warnings on cigarette packs. Unfortunately the graphic health warnings were reduced to 60%, however, we still feel that this is an achievement, the new packs are already in the market.

graphic health warnings on cigarette packs

here are the links to the regulations:

There are many other key aspect of the FCTC that need to be implemented , especially Article 13. The Minister of Health has given his commitment to have comprehensive tobacco legislation enacted, see excerpt from his speech (http://jis.gov.jm/media/MOH-Sectoral-Debate-2014-BOOK-2.pdf)

Barbados Diabetes Centre FlyerThe Diabetes Centre - A New Type of Care

The Maria Holder Diabetes Centre for the Caribbean Operated by the the Barbados Diabetes Foundation.

A multi-discipinary team of health care professionals providing integrated holistic diabetes care and education to help YOU manage your condition.

Read more

The Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) joins the NCD Alliance as a global partner

NCD Alliance E-Alert, news from the NCD Alliance

Today we are pleased to announce the Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) as the third global partner to join the NCD Alliance Steering Group. Read more

The 5th International African-Caribbean Cancer Consortium Conference
'Advancing Cancer Health Equity in Populations of African Descent', October 9-11, 2014, Schoelcher, Martinique, French West Indies. Conference Registration Deadline - September 15, 2014. All details of the conference including, abstract submission, program guide, visa requirements, hotel information, can be found here.

Consensus Statement on Sodium - Cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease and stroke, are leading causes of death in the United States. Influencing the major risk factors for cardiovascular disease provides an opportunity to improve Americans’ health, which in turn can prevent illness and disability, reduce health disparities, save lives and reduce healthcare costs. Considering the full scope of research, the undersigned affirm the scientific basis for lowering current sodium consumption levels in the U.S. population. Read more

CORRECTION: In HCC News Roundup June 20 - 26, The Permanent Representative of Barbados to the United Nations, Ambassador Joseph Goddard was referred to as Joseph Goddard in error.

NCD Articles on WebMD

  • How to Prevent Diabetes Complications - Diabetes isn't a guarantee of heart disease, stroke, or other dangers. What you can do to help reduce your risk. Read more
  • 10 Sneaky Allergy Asthma Triggers - You know pollen and pet dander can set off asthma and allergies, but what are some of the more surprising triggers? Read more
  • Mammograms Cut Breast Cancer Deaths - Mammography screening of healthy women significantly reduces deaths from breast cancer, a new study says. Read more
  • 10 Heart-Wise Food Swaps - Start by tossing out the frying pan - bake instead to cut artery-clogging fats. And see what to include in muffins and cookies. 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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