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October 2 - October 8 2013 2013

Healthy Caribbean Weekly News Roundup
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Trinidad and Tobago Cancer Society Education Initiative: EDUFEST - Young People Fight Back

EDUFEST – Young People Fight Back Kimlin Harrilal HCC Social Media Content Creator/Education and Communications Officer - Trinidad & Tobago Cancer Society explains the philosophy and the history of EDUFEST an education initiative.

EDUFEST evolves yet again as The Trinidad and Tobago Cancer Society seeks to educate Primary School children about cancer and cancer prevention for the very first time.

In 2007, the Society realized that there was a crucial need to teach young people about developing healthy lifestyles as a means to prevent this dreaded NCD. The TTCS collaborated with Republic Bank Limited, our valued sponsor to make this a reality. After all, continuous support via health fairs and lectures to adults throughout Trinidad and Tobago were being facilitated by the Cancer Society.

Through the generosity and vision of Republic Bank Limited this initiative gave The Trinidad and Tobago Cancer Society “the power to make a difference” in the lives of the future generation of Trinidad and Tobago. Read more

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Bishop Wright signing e-petition Reverend Bishop Phillip Wright signs the e-petition

Reverend Bishop Phillip Wright of the Anglican Diocese adds his support and signature to the End Cervical Cancer Now e-petition.

See his video message here

Free Breast Cancer screens throughout October - PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (October 7, 2013) – “Early detection of Breast Cancer is beast prevention” continues to be put in practice by Positive Foundation through the organization of free clinical Breast Cancer screening for all women at various doctors’ office and at St. Maarten Medical Center throughout October. Read more

Belize cancer Society - Updates on E petition and Breast Cancer Awareness - The Belize Cancer Society continues to advance their strategic plan which addresses Institutional Strengthening and Development (Financial Sustainability, Membership and Representation Growth, Governance and Human Resources Development), Public Outreach and Education, Core Service Development, Outreach, and Advocacy. Read more

Life after a mastectomy Life after a mastectomy - Jamaica - Losing one or even two of the most important assets which define a woman's femininity is quite a devastating experience for a breast cancer victim to undergo. Outside of grappling and trying to come to terms with the reality that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer and the taxing treatment procedures to follow, many have had to undergo a mastectomy - the removal of one or both breasts.
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NCD Alliance Webinars, Thursday October 17th - The NCD Alliance will be hosting webinars on Thursday October 17th, to accommodate participants in all times zones.

  • Global NCD Framework Campaign - Updates on WHO Consultations on GCM, Action Plan Indicators and the UN Interagency Taskforce on NCDs, and the way forward for the NCD community.
  • Global Development Campaign - Overview and follow up on September High Level Events, and the next steps for the NCD Community.
  • National/Regional NCD Events and Initiatives - WHO Regional Committees, NCD Alliance National Project.

You can choose to join either: 10:00AM-11:30AM CET (Geneva Time): Click here to register or 5:00PM-6:30PM CET 11:00am-12:30PM EDT: Click here to register

The World Cancer Declaration World Cancer Declaration - The World Cancer Declaration is a tool to help bring the growing cancer crisis to the attention of government leaders and health policymakers in order to significantly reduce the global cancer burden by 2020.

It represents a consensus between government officials, public health experts and cancer advocates from around the world who are committed to eliminating cancer as a life-threatening disease for future generations. Read more

No retreat on smoking ban - Jamaica Gleaner - Letter to the editor from Deborah Chen HCC director and Jamaica Coalition board member. Since the Tobacco Control Regulations have come into effect, there have been those who express the opinion that these regulations will hurt the poor; however, quite the opposite is the case. Government policies must benefit the majority of the population, and not the vested interests of a few. Health cannot be 'balanced' with profit. Read more

UK Health Forum: Evidence in public health UK Health Forum: Evidence in public health - Online Survey Results - The UK Health Forum recently undertook a survey with an aim to establish how those working in public health define ‘evidence’ in public health, what evidence they use and how frequently, what barriers they experience in accessing and using evidence and what factors they think affect evidence. There is an executive summary in the beginning of the report. All the data are included in the report. One of the main findings of the survey was the concern over the effect on bias on evidence.
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Let's unite and fight - Jamaica - With the rapid increase of breast cancer throughout the world, it would be far from erroneous to say everyone knows someone who has been affected by the disease. Breast cancer is impartial to age, status or race and for every person that dies from it, another is diagnosed. However, if you have been diagnosed with the disease, the battle is not lost. Once there is life, there is hope and along with the indomitable fighting spirit, many have survived the vicious disease. And so can you! Read more

World Diabetes Congress 2-6 December 2013 World Diabetes Congress 2-6 December 2013 - Come and join us in Melbourne! Messages from Alex Brown and Jonathan Shaw. Alex Brown invites you to discover the Congress stream ‘Diabetes in Indigenous Peoples’.This stream offers an extremely timely programme focusing on the diabetes epidemic in indigenous peoples, the prevention of diabetes and global research.
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NCD Alliance E-Alert - UN Interagency Task Force on NCDs - The first meeting of the formalised UN Interagency Task Force on NCDs (IATF) was held on 2-3 October in Geneva. The IATF was established through a ECOSOC resolution in July, by expanding the mandate of the existing United Nations Ad Hoc Interagency Task Force on Tobacco Control. Also Consultations on NCDs – Deadlines and Upcoming Meetings - WHO is currently holding two consultations on NCDs, both of which were mandated by the 2013 WHA resolution. Read more

Health leaders pledge action to reduce deaths from NCDs by 25% by 2025 - Joint plan seeks to reduce incidence of cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and chronic respiratory disease. Washington, D.C., 4 October 2013 (PAHO/WHO) - Health authorities from the Americas agreed on a joint plan of action that seeks to reduce premature deaths due to noncommuncable diseases (NCDs) by 25% by the year 2025. Read more

Blue Gardenia Dinner and Ball at the Hilton Barbados Cancer Support Services Fund Raiser

Blue Gardenia Dinner and Ball at the Hilton Barbados on Friday November 8th 2013 7pm-12pm, music for dancing and entertainment by the Royal Barbados Police Band also a silent auction. Admission $150.

For more information call 228-7081 or visit www.css.org.bb

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