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November 1 - November 6

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HCC at the 3rd Meeting of the PAHO SaltSmart Consortium

The 3rd Meeting of the PAHO SaltSmart Consortium was held on 28-29 October 2014, in Brasilia, Brazil. The Consortium is a multi-stakelder group (led by PAHO and comprising representatives of government, industry and civil society) committed to reducing the overconsumption of dietary salt in the Americas. The aim of the meeting was to review progress with dietary salt reduction in the region and to agree on regional regional targets for salt/sodium content in key food categories. Key outcomes included:

  • A SaltSmart Consortium Consensus Statement to advance target harmonization by agreeing on regional targets for the salt/sodium content of key food categories
  • A Consensus on regional targets for salt/sodium content in key food categories

3rd Meeting of the PAHO SaltSmart Consortium

Next steps include disseminating and monitoring regional targets, and identification of strategies to support country capacity to adopt or set targets based upon the Consortium's recommendations. The Healthy Caribbean Coalition, a member of the Consortium, was represented by the President and Executive Director. The HCC is committed to strengthening civil society's role in implementation of initiatives emerging from the Consortium. The final meeting outcome documents will be shared shortly and HCC will make these available to our stakeholders.


Youth for NCDs

Krystal and Shawn give their take on the Youth4NCDs movement. Watch here

The Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) is creating an open forum and network of young people (18-30 years of age), in the Caribbean, who have been touched by a Non Communicable Disease (NCD). This network seeks to create and nurture an NCD Youth advocate culture regionally and globally. If you are interested in joining Youth4NCDs please click this link!

If you are not in the age range 18-30 but you are passionate about or have been affected by NCDs, HCC wants to hear from you too, email us hcc@healthycaribbean.org.

News Roundup

2014 World Cancer Congress, 3-6 December, Melbourne, Australia

2014 World Cancer Congress, 3-6 December, Melbourne, Australia

The HCC Director, Laura Tucker-Longsworth will be attending the upcoming WCC thanks to the kind support of the American Cancer Society. The HCC will be sharing our cervical cancer advocacy work funded by the ACS through the Meet the Targets Programme. One of the exciting developments at the Congress is the presence of the NCD Programme. This year, for the first time, they are offering a suite of plenaries, sessions and side events that are of relevance to the wider NCD community, beyond cancer. This signifies the growing acknowledgement of the need for a more holistic NCD approach to this collection of conditions. The HCC applauds the UICC for this bold step. Mrs. Tucker-Longsworth will also be sharing HCC's experiences in establishing regional NCD alliances in the NCD Alliance sponsored NCD Cafe - an innovative feature of the NCD Programme.

  • Click here to see more about ACS's global programme
  • Click here for a copy of the ACS Meet the Targets Report featuring the HCC
  • Click here for more about the NCD Programme
  • Click here for more about the NCD Cafe

Caribbean Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) Meeting in Dominica

PANDORA donates portion of their sales to Positive Foundation St. Maarten

PANDORA donates portion of their sales to Positive Foundation

On Thursday, October 30th, PANDORA St. Maarten celebrated the POWER OF PINK with the Positive Foundation. It was a lovely evening, dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness and the launch of The PANDORA Store’s newest collection: PANDORA Rose™ jewelry, available exclusively at the boutique in Philipsburg. Read more

Golf Tournament to raise funds for the T&T Cancer Society

In memory of former Senior Executive of Petrotrin, TSTT and the University of Trinidad & Tobago, Mr. Oliver Flax, who died of cancer in December 2013, his widow, Diana Flax, and brother-in-law, Neil Giuseppi, will be staging the inaugural OLIVER FLAX MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT at the Point-A-Pierre Golf Course on Saturday, November 15th 2014. All funds raised at the tournament will be donated to THE TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO CANCER SOCIETY to assist the organisation in its work to assist cancer patients in Trinidad and Tobago. As you would be aware, The Trinidad and Tobago Cancer Society has been in operation for over 45 years working to create and promote greater awareness of the need for early detection and preventative measures to reduce the incidence of cancer through education, service and advocacy.

CSS Prostate Specific Antigen (P.S.A. Testing)

The sixth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP6) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC)

The sixth session of the Conference of the parties (COP6) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) took place in Moscow, 13-18 October. In her opening speech, WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan said that “as implementation of the Framework Convention reaches new heights, the tobacco industry fights back, harder and through every possible channel, no matter how devious those channels and practices are.”

Several landmark decisions were adopted in the course of the six-day session, regarded as one of the most successful in the WHO FCTC’s history. Among these, the adoption of guidelines on price and tax measures(Article 6) is particularly significant. “Parties have taken courageous steps forward in a number of areas and I am pleased by the guidance to the Secretariat to scale up our collaboration with international organizations to reduce tobacco use, while continuing to assist Parties in accelerating the implementation of the Treaty,” said Dr Vera da Costa e Silva, Head of the Convention Secretariat. On the last day, the COP adopted the Moscow Declaration. The Declaration calls for more work on national tobacco control strategies and plans, and also highlights that society’s most vulnerable groups are hit hardest by the tobacco epidemic. Caribbean civil society was present, including Barbara McGaw, Project Manager for Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control and representatives from Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. See links below for more outcomes from the conference

CDC - Vital Signs Novemebr 2014 - Cervical Cancer is Preventable

CDC Vital Signs

More than 12,000 women get cervical cancer every year. Up to 93% of cervical cancers are preventable. Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination helps prevent infection with the HPV types that cause most cervical cancers. The Papanicolaou (Pap) test screens for abnormal cells that may develop into cancer and the HPV test screens for the HPV virus that causes these cell changes. Read more

World Diabetes Day 14 November 2014

Off to the right start - Investing in a healthy breakfast will reduce the global burden of diabetes and save billions in lost productivity and healthcare costs. Find out more here.

St. Lucia Diabetes and Hypertension Association - Diabetes Awareness Month

November is deemed to be Diabetes Awareness Month (D.A.M.) and for the observance of the month the St. Lucia Diabetes and Hypertension Association has organised a series of activities. Read more

Let's put the WORLD back in World Diabetes Day #insulin4all

Let's put the WORLD back in World Diabetes Day #insulin4all

Let's put the WORLD back in World Diabetes Day #insulin4all, is a social-media campaign for #WDD2014 thats simple to take part in and shouldn't get in the way of any other diabetes projects surrounding World Diabetes day. In fact, we hope it compliments them!. Read more

Our Face, My Face, Your Face, The Face

Our Face, My Face, Your Face, The Face

On behalf the NCDFREE team, Remedy Healthcare and a global network of partners, a huge thank you to everyone who put their face to our campaign. Reaching more than 1 million people in 50 countries, it’s been both incredibly inspiring and humbling to read the stories that you shared. Read more

NCD Alliance E-Alert, news from the NCD Alliance

2015 Caribbean Cardiology Conference - Abstract Submissions Now Open.

The 30th Caribbean Cardiology Conference

The Planning Committee of the 2015 Caribbean Cardiology Conference is pleased to announce that abstracts are now being accepted for the 2015 annual meeting. Read more

From the NCD Alliance Weekly Digest

NCDs In the News

Risk Factor News

NCD Articles on WebMD

  • The Heart Risks of High Blood Pressure - High BP can lead to a heart attack and other problems. Learn what steps you can take to protect yourself from this "silent killer". Read more
  • Are You at Risk for Ovarian Cancer? - Learn what the symptoms can be, how this type of cancer gets treated, and how to lower your risk. Read more
  • What Happens During a Heart Attack? - In women, heart attack symptoms can be so mild they may be dismissed as something minor. Don't let that happen to you. Read more
  • 11 Easy Ways to Manage Your Diabetes - Follow these simple tips to help keep your condition under control. 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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