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June 3 - June 23 2013

Healthy Caribbean Weekly News Roundup
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Get to know the HCC

AGE - 24
NATIONALITY - Trinbagonian (Trinidad and Tobago)

WHY HCC? - The Coalition consists of a group of proactive cooperative visionaries. Volunteering provides me with the opportunity to contribute to an amazing Caribbean movement.

WHAT I DO - I serve as the Social Media Content Creator for the HCC, maintaining both Facebook and Twitter profiles. I also work to strengthen the social media capacity of the Coalition’s members and provide support for the establishment for a Caribbean Cancer Alliance. I also serve as the Education and Communications Officer of the Trinidad and Tobago Cancer Society. My undertakings include but are not limited to; providing training, lecturing, marketing & advertising, public relations and social media management.

With a background in media, a Bachelor’s in Mass Communication and the passion to make a difference, my driving force is my four year old son Kaelan. I want to help leave a happier, healthier world for him. In this regard, I am honoured to be assisting other NGOs enhance their civil society voice through social media.

WHAT DOES BEING NCD FREE MEAN TO ME? It means doing what I need to, not what I want to, in order to lead a long happy healthy lifestyle.

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End Cervical Cancer NOW

Vanessa Mdee - MTV Africa Veejay, youth activist and recording artist Women from across the globe are standing up and supporting the Caribbean Cervical Cancer E-petition. Vanessa Mdee - MTV Africa Veejay, youth activist and recording artist has pledged her support for this first ever cervical cancer e-petition. (view the video here) This is an issue Vanessa is passionate about as 53,000 women die of cervical cancer in Africa each year. In the absence of improved care it is expected that cervical cancer rates will double in Sub Saharan Africa by 2030. Vanessa understands this urgent need. Awareness and advocacy for improved services is an essential first step.

Let's protect our mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, partners, and friends. End Cervical Cancer NOW - sign our e-petition


Sign the petition www.endcervicalcancernow.org

Cervical Cancer e-petition in the media across the Caribbean

WHO - Comprehensive cervical cancer prevention and control: a healthier future for girls and women Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women worldwide. Yet, because of poor access to screening and treatment services, the vast majority of deaths occur in women living in low- and middle-income countries. Effective methods for early detection of precancerous lesions using cytology (Pap smear) exist and have been shown to be successful in high income countries. However, competing health care priorities, insufficient financial resources, weak health systems, and limited numbers of trained providers have made high coverage for cervical cancer screening in most low- and middle-income countries difficult to achieve. Read more

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News Roundup

WHO - Marketing of foods high in fat, salt and sugar to children: update 2012-2013 - This publication provides information on the marketing of foods and beverages to children and the changes that have occurred in the last decade. It examines the evolution of marketing methods in parallel with changes in media platforms, such as digital television, online marketing, mobiles and smartphones, and social networking. Read more

WHO Director-General addresses health promotion conference - Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization. Opening address at the 8th Global Conference on Health Promotion, Helsinki, Finland 10 June 2013.¨This event benefits from a discipline that has matured considerably since the first of these global conferences was held in 1986. As we meet, health promotion has never before enjoyed such prominence, never before had such powerful policy tools at its disposal, and never before faced such daunting challenges¨. ¨…chronic noncommunicable diseases have overtaken infectious diseases as the leading cause of morbidity, disability, and mortality. Read more

Global Campaign Update: Health Promotion, Post-2015, OWG4 - 8th Global Conference on Health Promotion - From 10-14 June 2013, public health experts and leaders from around the world gathered for the 8th International Conference on Health Promotion in Helsinki, Finland. The main theme of the conference was Health-in-All Policies – effective governance for health and equity – exploring and sharing best practices on public policies that impact positively on health systems, determinants of health, and well-being, while reducing inequity. Read more

Smoking billboard - a cause for concern - Jamaica Gleaner - Our children are in peril. Data show that 17.8 per cent of 13-15-year-olds currently smoke cigarettes - 21.5 per cent of boys and 14.3 per cent of girls (National Council on Drug Abuse/Global Youth Tobacco Survey 2010). The compulsion to smoke a cigarette first thing in the morning is a sign of addiction. Read more

Heart disease numbers too high in Barbados - Barbados Advocate - By Patricia Thangaraj. Over the next 20 years, heart disease is expected to cause three times more death and disability in the Caribbean than all of the infectious diseases including HIV/AIDS. This is according to President of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Barbados (HSFB) Inc, Humphrey Metzgen who delivered his report at their annual AGM recently at their headquarters. Read More

NCD Alliance Analysis: UN High-Level Panel Final Report on post-2015 - On 30 May 2013, the UN High Level Panel (HLP) on the Post-2015 Development Agenda released its final report, A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies Through Sustainable Development. It outlines the universal priorities to deliver sustainable development in the post-2015 era and suggests an illustrative framework of 12 universal goals and 54 national targets. The report serves as a key input into the global deliberations on post-2015. 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 Features - Previously featured Members, events and news can now be found on our HCC Featured webpage here

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