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May 30 - June 6

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Playing Important Role Driving Alcohol Advocacy in the RegionHCC Joins forces with Caribbean Institute on Alcoholism and other Drug Problems

The HCC and the Caribbean Institute on Alcoholism and other Drug Problems (CARIAD) have just signed an MOU aimed at strengthening Caribbean civil society alcohol advocacy capacity through the online platform CARIBAPAN - The Caribbean Alcohol and Policy Action Network. CARIAD has been at the forefront of alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment since 1975, through its annual basic and advanced training programmes.

The major thrust of CARIAD is to equip professionals and other workers to function effectively in roles related to alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment, through education, skills training and policy promotion. Students have included not just professionals in health and social services, but also law enforcement professionals, ministry officials and policy-makers, educators, members of the clergy, and trade unionists. For more about CARIAD visit our projects page here.

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Central Health - Grenada to raise the awareness of the CCCEP

campaign to raise the awareness of the End Cervical Cancer CampaignCentral Health - Grenada a partner of Healthy Caribbean Coalition has begun a six month online and foot work efforts beginning June 3, 2014 to raise the awareness of the End Cervical Cancer Campaign www.endcervicalcancernow.org/sign.php. Currently only 213 signatures have been received from Grenadians. The mission of Central Health - Grenada© is to increase the awareness of chronic diseases that affect Grenadians and those of the diaspora by discussing treatment options, team care approaches, health activism, services and the importance of having a rewarding spiritual health. Central Health - Grenada hopes to garner at least 500 additional signatures. To learn more click here

CARIAD Annual Workshop - From June 9 to 20, 2014 the Caribbean Institute on Alcoholism and other Drug Problems will be hosting its 40th annual Caribbean Institute on Alcoholism and other Drug Problems at the Crown Point Beach Hotel in Tobago. The 2 week Basic Course targets professionals and other workers involved in alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment throughout the Caribbean. It provides a comprehensive overview of the biopsychosocio-cultural aetiology and management of alcoholism, drug abuse and other addictions; and the issues related to special sub-populations. The unique setting of a live-in community of practice facilitates adult learning in an atmosphere that encourages the sharing of knowledge, experiences, challenges and best practice within the Caribbean region. The CARIAD faculty comprises regional experts and colleagues from internationally acclaimed alcohol and drug abuse facilities, representative of the multidisciplinary nature of addiction. This year CARIAD's 3-day Specialized workshop, designed for graduates of the Basic Course runs from June 17-19, 2014. The focus is on the need for, and development of an evidence-based alcohol policy for the reduction of alcohol-associated harm in the region. This workshop will generate a series of webinars intended to mobilize civil society to engage in meaningful dialogue aimed at driving regional alcohol policy action.

Who's really in the business of good health?

Who's really in the business of good health

Big business should equate to increased social responsibility. Unfortunately, at a time of worsening global health challenges, big business - including the food, tobacco and alcohol industries - seems to be doing anything but taking a good lead. Read more

Hypertension: an urgent need for global control and prevention (The Lancet) Hypertension - the biggest contributor to the global burden of disease (GBD) and to global mortality, according to 2010 data from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Hypertension is estimated to contribute to 9·4 million deaths each year worldwide. Ahead of the joint meeting of the European Society of Hypertension and the International Society of Hypertension, to be held in Athens, Greece, June 13—16, we publish three research papers on hypertension. These three papers illustrate some of the important areas of uncertainty about treatment. Which treatment should be used to maximise outcome and adherence? What is the life time risk of cardiovascular diseases at different levels of blood pressure at different ages and what is the implication for treatment initiation? And has treatment coverage of hypertension improved over time? Read more

Trinidad & Tobago Heart Foundation Heart Walk

Trinidad & Tobago Heart Foundation Heart Walk & Health Fair “Live Yuh Life....Healthy” Queen's Park Savannah, Saturday 14th June 2014 at 2:00pm. Read more

NCD Alliance Webinar - The NCD Alliance will be holding their next webinar on Wednesday 11th June at 10:00 – 11:30 am EST/16:00 – 17:30 CET. 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. Topics:

  • Recap on 67th World Health Assembly
  • Latest updates on UN Review on NCDs
  • Update on Post 2015

Questions can be submitted by 9th June by emailing us at info@ncdalliance.org. Participants will also be able to send questions and feedback during the webinar. Register here

campaign to raise the awareness of the End Cervical Cancer CampaignThe East Caribbean Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Presents - An Exciting National Health Expo “CREATION Health, Come Know your numbers”

Location: Queens Park, Bridgetown, Time: 10:00am to 5:30pm, June 9th 2014. Free health checks: Blood pressure, sugar, cholesterol, body fat analysis, and lung capacity, health age vs biological age and much more…. Farmers Market and healthy dishes and drinks on sale.
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Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control - World No Tobacco Day

  • Heavy taxes in cigarettes reduce Govt intake Read more
  • Jamaica reaps benefits of smoking ban Read more
  • No Tobacco Day: Ferguson expected to talk tough on cigarette control Read more
  • Smile Jamaica TV programme Read more
  • Message from the Health Ministries Director Jamaica Union - Milton Gregory Read more

NCD Alliance E-Alert - Have your say! Online Consultation Deadline 8 June: The NCD Alliance is holding an online consultation on priorities and outcomes for the UN Review on NCDs. Official Websites for the UN Review: Both the UN and WHO have now published web pages dedicated to the UN Review. OWG 12 Releases Zero Draft Document on SDGs: The Co-Chairs of the OWG on Sustainable Development Goals released a zero draft of Proposed Goals and Targets on 2 June. Read more

NCD News Articles from the NCD Alliance

  • Lancet: Kidney failure: are we failing? Read more
  • UN: UN Special Rapporteur report on NCDs Read more
  • WHO: WHO calls for higher tobacco taxes to save more lives Read more
  • Devex: A powerful pair: Tobacco taxes for universal health coverage Read more
  • BMJ: The rewards, risks and challenges of regional tobacco tax harmonisation Read more
  • News Medical: New program appears to be effective in reducing risk of lymphedema in breast cancer survivors Read more

The Big C competition

The Big C competition - The Big C competition is an opportunity to change the way the world fights cancer. See the Semi-finalists. Read more

Public eHealth as a priority in the Caribbean Region- Public eHealth as a priority in the Caribbean Region. A synopsis from the eSAC Caribbean Webinar Series (March 2014). How do marginalized in the Caribbean use Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for public health? What are some examples of public ehealth projects in the Caribbean? What are the steps for ehealth policy in the Caribbean region? Over the course of 3 weeks, questions about the status of public ehealth in the Caribbean sub-region were answered by prominent researchers, practitioners and leaders in the field in a series of webinars. Organized by the Public eHealth, Innovation and Equity (eSAC) project, over 70 participants from Latin America and the Caribbean participated in the open online sessions. Several important key points emerged from the presentations and discussions. Read more

Three slices of white bread a day linked to obesity - People who eat white bread daily are at greater risk of obesity, a study has found. People who eat three slices of white bread a day are more likely to be overweight or obese, a study has found. Researchers in Spain found graduates who ate three slives of white bread per day were 40 per cent more likely to be obese or overweight five years later when compared with people who ate it once a week. The findings were presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Sofia, Bulgaria. There was no link with obesity and wholemeal bread consumption, the researcher said, as this may because of the fibre and complex carbohydrate content which makes people feel fuller for longer. Read More

OECD Better Life Index

OECD Better Life Index - There is more to life than the cold numbers of GDP and economic statistics – This Index allows you to compare well-being across countries, based on 11 topics the OECD has identified as essential, in the areas of material living conditions and quality of life. Read more

NCD Articles on WebMD

  • 10 Tips for Taking BP Drugs the Right Way - Taking blood pressure medicine properly will give you the best results for lowering your BP. Are you taking yours the right way? Read more
  • Type 1 Diabetes Explained in Pictures - What is type 1? How is it different from type 2, and what are the warning signs you should watch for? Read more
  • Breast Cancer Explained in Pictures - Learn about the different types of breast cancer, as well as warning signs, treatment options, and more. Read more
  • The Truth About Bread - Can eating too much bread raise your blood pressure? Will consuming whole grains help manage your weight? Get the facts. 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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