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March 5 - March 14

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Mapping of civil society organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean working on initiatives to reduce salt intake in the population" 2012-2013

The mapping of civil society is performed as part of a project to reduce cardiovascular disease in Latin America and the Caribbean by reducing salt intake. The results of this mapping provide information about the number of organizations working or planning to work on this issue in order to develop future collaborations and undertake strategic actions. This document contains several sections. In the first section, information on the Americas’ current situation regarding high blood pressure and sodium intake is presented. Also, some of the main international documents encouraging the development of actions to reduce sodium intake in the population are mentioned. In this regard, the importance and the essential role played by civil society to carry out these actions are pointed up.

initiatives to reduce salt intake Current situation in Latin America and the Caribbean - Hypertension is the leading cause of death and the second disability cause in the world for cardio and cerebrovascular disease. In Latin America, the prevalence of hypertension ranges from 26 to 42% in the general adult population and excessive salt intake is the main risk factor for hypertension in both adults and children. A high-salt diet causes kidney disease, gastric cancer5, asthma, obesity, etc.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a salt intake of less than 5g/day/person, equivalent to 2000 mg of sodium7. However, in different countries of Latin America, salt intake is between 11.5 to 17.0 g /day/person.

To counter this epidemic a clinical approach but also the implementation of preventive measures including policies to reduce salt intake in the general population are necessary.

Read the full report here

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News Roundup

CARPHA Vows to Fight Childhood Obesity CARPHA Vows to Fight Childhood Obesity - The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is working on a multi-level programme designed to promote healthy weight and reverse the scourge of childhood obesity in the Region. During a media briefing after the Agency’s three-day strategic planning workshop, CARPHA’s Director of Research, Training and Policy Development, Dr. Donald Simeon, revealed that CARPHA will launch a pilot project with its member states in 2014. Read more

CARPHA Workshop: Prevention and Control of Childhood Obesity in the Caribbean: A Call To Action - On Wednesday March 19th, 2014 CARPHA will be holding in a workshop entitled: Prevention and Control of Childhood Obesity in the Caribbean: A Call To Action. The objective of the workshop is to consult with stakeholders towards the development of a Plan of Action, for CARPHA and other stakeholders for the Prevention and Control of Childhood Obesity.

NCD Child Conference this week Thursday and Friday 20 & 21 March 2014 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Register here

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CARPHA partners with CTO to establish a Tourism and Health Program - It is recognized that the Caribbean is the most tourism dependent region in the world and that the industry is vulnerable to health, safety and environmental issues, such as foodborne and enteric disease outbreaks, and climatic change. Dr C. James Hospedales, Executive Director of CARPHA pointed out that "challenges faced in the industry are preventable through collaborative efforts with regional and global partners to improve monitoring and response, training and standards. In so doing, CARPHA is responding to an identified need in the region as the majority of CARPHA’s member states are dependent on tourism." Read more

HCC president calls for NCDs to be included in national Development Plans
(Barbados Today) One of this island’s advocates for healthy lifestyle is calling for policies on the prevention and reduction of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) to be included in the National Development Plan. The plan, which has six strategic goals, was launched in 2005 with the objective of realizing by 2025 the national aspiration to become a fully developed society that is prosperous, socially just and globally competitive. Read more

Cervical Cancer Is On the Rise In The Caribbean - According to Professor Sir Trevor Hassell President of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) approximately six deaths per day in the Caribbean are caused by cervical cancer, and efforts are on the way to raise awareness. Infection with high-risk human papilloma virus (HPV) is the main cause of cervical cancer. It is also the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) globally. Low-risk classification of HPV generally can lead to benign lesions such as warts. Read more

CARPHA 59TH ANNUAL CARPHA HEALTH RESEARCH CONFERENCE - 12 days before the Deadline- MARCH 28, 2014 (Early registration and Hotel reservations) If you will be attending this year's Conference and have not yet registered, please proceed to the website: http://conference.carpha.org/ and complete the online registration form. Early registration ends on March 28, 2014. Late registration fee - US$400.

CARPHA - Data Analysis using Epi InFO 7® Training Workshop - April 28th - 30th, 2014 Renaissance Aruba Resort and Casino, Aruba. Epi InFO 7® is a public domain software package designed for the global public health community. Read more

PAHO - Technical Seminar Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) and the innovative intralesional infiltration for diabetic ulcers healing. Heberprot-P®: from the bench to the clinic. Date & Time: March 17th, 2014 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST. Heberprot-P is a unique therapy for the most complicated and recalcitrant chronic wounds usually associated with high amputation risk. Local injection in complex diabetic wounds has demonstrated a favorable risk–benefit ratio by speeding out healing, reducing recurrences and attenuating amputation risk. Further testing and worldwide deployment of Heberprot-P would provide an opportunity to assess the product’s potential to address an important unmet medical need. Read the seminar abstract here. Virtual online access will be available here.

NCD Alliance E-Alert - Update on the NCD Review - Informal discussions on the Zero Draft of the modalities resolution for this year’s UN NCD Review will start this coming Tuesday, 18 March at UN HQ. This resolution will determine the date, level, scope, participation, and outcome of the NCD Review. Post-2015 consultations: OWG Focus Area document - There is still an opportunity to add your voice to the World We Want consultation on the Focus Areas document produced by the co-chairs of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals. Read more

4th Latin American and Caribbean Conference Tobacco or Health The 4th Latin American and Caribbean Conference Tobacco or Health - 26th - 28th March, at the Wyndham Herradura Convention Center, San José, Costa Rica. The conference, organized by the Ministry of Health of Costa Rica and the InterAmerican Heart Foundation, aims to bring together tobacco control scientists, treatment specialists and policy advocates from the region and beyond, to share and apply the latest evidence to strengthen treatment protocols, research approaches..... Read more

Free Rapid Screening for chronic Kidney disiease in St Kitts - Thursday & Friday March 20-21 2014 8am-5pm, McKnight Community Centre and Newtown Community Centre. Read more

Cancer Surveillance for the Caribbean webinar and meeting information - Following the recent webinar discussing important issues around cancer surveillance, a recording of the webinar is available here. In addition, we would like to remind you of the Cancer Surveillance in the Caribbean meeting scheduled for April 29 and 30, 2014 at the Renaissance Hotel in Aruba. Registration deatils coming soon.

Barbados Cancer Support Services forthcoming events:

  • Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding - Dr. Gem Ashby Friday April 11th, 2014, Mount of Praise Wesleyan Holiness Church, Tudor Bridge, St. Michael, 6.30pm. Read more
  • Silhouettes - a Ballroom and Latin show - 19th April, 2014, 6.30pm, St. Leonards Boys School Auditorium, Richmond Gap, St. Michael. Read more
  • Tea Party - 12th April 2014, Barbados Yacht Club, Bay Street, St. Michael, 3pm-6pm. Read more

HPV vaccine use among African American girls - Qualitative formative research using a participatory social marketing approach. Highlights - Skeptical mothers need in-depth information about vaccine safety and age recommendations to accept the vaccine; Mothers suggested promoting HPV vaccine together with other pre-teen vaccines, targeting both boys and girls, and emphasizing cancer prevention; Findings suggest need to “normalize” perception of HPV vaccine as a routine vaccine rather than singling it out as unique. Read more

choose less salt World Salt Awareness Week: “Read the label, choose less salt” - Countries in the Americas are working to reduce salt consumption at the population level, the most cost-effective way to prevent hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Washington, D.C., 10 March 2013 (PAHO/WHO) — The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is calling on consumers to “Stop, look, choose…the lower salt option” during this year’s World Salt Awareness Week, March 10–16. This year’s campaign highlights the importance of nutrition labelling to inform consumers about the salt content in processed foods, a growing source of dietary salt. Read more

WHO opens public consultation on draft sugars guideline - WHO is launching a public consultation on its draft guideline on sugars intake. When finalized, the guideline will provide countries with recommendations on limiting the consumption of sugars to reduce public health problems like obesity and dental caries (commonly referred to as tooth decay). Read more

Caribbean Cardiac Society Call for Late-Breaking Abstracts - Regular abstract submission for the 2014 Annual Caribbean Cardiology Conference closed last Friday and we were thrilled at the overwhelming response. We received more abstracts the deadline than ever before, and the committee is now reviewing papers from all across the region and indeed the world. Submission of late-breaking abstracts closes on Monday March 31, 5pm EST. Read more

Caribbean College of Family Physicians (CCFP) Lecture - The Caribbean College of Family Physicians (CCFP) announces that a lecture will be held on Wednesday March 19th 2013, at8.00 p.m. Barbados/Eastern Caribbean time, via the Blackboard Collaborate online web-conferencing system. The presentation can be accessed live via the CCFP website, www. caribgp.org, and will subsequently be available as a multimedia presentation in the CCFP library. Read more

Satellite Symposium on: "Acute Endocrinology" - The Caribbean Endocrine Society as part of The University Diabetes Outreach Programme's (UDOP) 20th International Diabetes Conference presents a Satellite Symposium on: "Acute Endocrinology" Friday March 28, 2014, 2:00pm - 6:00pm, The Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort, Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Read more

NCD Articles on WebMD

  • Getting Ready for Chemo - You and your doctor will decide together the treatment that's best for you. See how decisions are made and what else to expect. Read more
  • How to Deal With Insulin Overdose - There are several ways you can get too much insulin in your system. Signs, symptoms, and what to do if it happens to you. Read more
  • School of Fish: Seafood Fact vs. Fiction - It’s a popular dish with heart-healthy benefits but how much do you really know about the fish you’re eating?. Read more
  • Fight High Blood Pressure With Omega-3s - Fish oil supplements may help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of stroke. How much is safe? Are there side effects?. Read more

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