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Civil Society calls for Urgent Action on Alcohol Policy

Civil Society calls for Urgent Action on Alcohol PolicyAt the CARICOM Caucus of Ministers of Health, on Sunday September 28th, 2014, in Washington, DC., the HCC made the case for urgent political action, calling on Ministers of Health 'to work vigorously and with some urgency to create a region-wide comprehensive policy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol as a public health priority.' Dr. Rohan Maharjah, HCC Technical Advisor on Alcohol Policy, delivered the Request, citing alcohol use as a major contributor to NCDs including hypertension, cancer, stroke, and liver disease; and a major contributor to violence, including domestic violence, and injury among peoples of the Caribbean. Dr. Sandra Reid (CARIAD) also presented on this issue. Click here to see the formal HCC Request.

With the support of a variety of local, regional and international partners, the HCC has been significantly involved in driving the alcohol policy development agenda in the region over the past year starting with the PAHO Sub regional meeting on alcohol in Belize in 2013 in which the HCC supported the participation of civil society. This was followed by the development of CARIBAPAN www.caribapan.org (online platform for civil society alcohol policy advocates) funded by the UK Department for Health; the identification of the HCC Technical Advisor who is currently undertaking a situational analysis of the Civil society response and role in this area; participation at the PANNAPH (Pan American Network on Alcohol and Public Health) meeting in Columbia in April 2014; and most recently joining forces with CARIAD (Caribbean Institute on Alcoholism and other Drug Problems) to strengthen CARIBAPAN.

CARIBAPAN will be hosting the first in a series of Alcohol Policy webinars on October 7, 2014. The featured speaker is Dr. Jurgen Rehm. For more information and to register click here.

St. Kitts & Nevis Faith Leaders Unify Against NCDs

Don't let us Beat around the Bush - we have to deal with NCDs

The St. Kitts and Nevis Alliance for Health Actions, recently supported Faith-based collaboration to advance actions for healthy lifestyle modification. The meeting was supported by the HCC through the NCD Alliance/Medtronic Philanthropy funded programme: Strengthening Health Systems, Supporting NCD Action. Ms. Petrinella Edwards, St. Kitts and Nevis Non-Communicable Disease Coordinator, reported that the day was a success with 37 participants representing FBOs. Major outcomes included: Twenty-one leaders signing the Commitment Statement and the identification of a 9-member multi-denominational action committee which will have it's first meeting in the second week of October. Click here to see the Commitment Statement. See photos here. In February 2014, the Barbados NCD Commission held a similar meeting during which representatives of 26 FBOs adopted the Declaration of Bridgetown by acclimation. Click here to see the Declaration of Bridgetown.

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NCDs in the Americas: Awareness, Access, Action

NCDs in the Americas: Awareness, Access, Action

On September 30, 2014, the Organisation of American States (OAS) held a meeting in Washington, D.C. dedicated to NCD Action. HCC Patron Sir George Alleyne and Special Advisor Dr. James Hospedales both provided remarks on the Caribbean experience. Ms Ariella Rojhani of NCD Alliance, spoke about the HCC as a regional model of civil society engagement in the NCD and development agenda. Key outcomes of the meeting included: The creation of an NCD Task Force; The creation of a Wellness Day for the Americas; and a commitment to keep NCDs on the political agenda of the OAS. Click here for the meeting programme. For video from the meeting Click here.

20% of the Worlds Calories

PAHO Plan of Action for the Prevention of Obesity in Children and Adolescents

PAHO Plan of Action for the Prevention of Obesity in Children and Adolescents - During the 53RD PAHO Directing Council this past week in DC, Ministers of Health from throughout the Americas considered the PAHO Plan of Action for the Prevention of Obesity in Children and Adolescents. PAHO’s plan of action seeks to help countries in the Americas reduce rates of child and adolescent obesity through measures including promotion of breastfeeding, preventing access to unhealthy foods and increasing physical activity in schools, raising taxes on junk food and sweetened beverages, promoting recreational spaces (including open streets), and creating incentives for small and medium-size agricultural producers to make fresh foods more accessible. See the PAHO Plan here. The World Obesity Federation (and 170+ civil society organisations throughout the region) issued a statement to the 66th Session of the Regional Committee for the Americas strongly supporting the PAHO Plan; the statement also calls on members states to support a Global Convention to Protect and Promote Healthy Diets. The statement can be viewed here.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month - Positive Foundation leading the way

Breast Cancer Awareness Month - Positive FoundationOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Positive Foundation is leading the way in St, Maarten. Free clinical breast exam screenings are taking place throughout the month (Click here for full schedule) and there is also a full calendar of events inclucding the Pink Parade, Bikers for Boobs, Pink, Phit and Phabulous Walk and much more Read more.

Cancer Society of Bahamas Stride for life 2014Cancer Society of Bahamas Stride for life 2014 - Saturday 14th October. Registration Under 12yrs $10 13yrs and over $20. Route: Starts at the Cancer Society Caring Center, East Ter. Centreville (2 doors south of ZNS). South on East Ter. To 4th Ter., West to Collins Ave., North to Shirley St., West to School Lane, North to Dowdeswell St., East to East Bay St., cross the new P.I. Bridge to Beach Drive, onto Paradise Island Drive onto the old P.I. Bridge, to East Bay Street. Advancing to Mackey St. South, to Shirley St., West to Collins Ave., South to 2nd Ter. (now Rusty Bethel Drive), East to East Ter., and south along East Ter., concluding at the Cancer Caring Center. Read more

Prostate Cancer Month in Jamaica

Prostate Cancer Month in Jamaica

Prostate Cancer poses a major public health issue and a threat to national economic and social development for Jamaica. One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer which continues to be the leading cancer in Jamaica. It has cost Jamaica millions of dollars to effectively treat this disease, and the indirect cost of reduced productivity associated with the inability to work and loss of economic productivity due to premature death has been quite significant. Based on the University of the West Indies sampling of Kingston and St. Andrew for the period, 2003 to 2007, the incidence of prostate cancer in Jamaica stood at 78.1 per 100,000 men, and the mortality rate at 63.9 per 100,000. The gap between incidence and mortality is a small one which is of great concern to the Jamaica Cancer Society. In the words of Executive Director of the JCS, Mrs. Yulit Gordon, “those men that are tested positive for the disease are presenting at a late stage when it is difficult for effective treatment to take place; thus reducing one’s chance of survival”. Read more

Cancer Support Services Re-Training

Cancer Support Services Re-Training - Cancer Support Services just completed the first in the series of re-training of the Charity’s Volunteer Visitation Team who do daily visits to the patients on Ward C12 at the Q.E.H. Here are some of the photos at the training session facilitated by Paul A. Leacock, BSc. MDiv. on the topic “Support Care Team Training: Human Dignity, Final Care, Follow-Up Care”. This training will be a continuous training.

Cancer Support Services Annual Fundraising Luncheon

Cancer Support Services Annual Fundraising LuncheonCancer Support Services Annual Fundraising Luncheon at Sunbury Great House, St. Philip. Some of the members of the Victorious Ladies Support Group entertaining the patrons by modelling. The funds raised from this event will be applied to our continuing Welfare Programmes.

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Leaders in the Americas show political commitment to change the history of women's cancer - Civil society engagement and governmental cooperation will serve to improve the prevention and control of cancer and the elimination of inequities regarding access to health services.

Leaders to change the history of women's cancer

A major commitment to strengthen health policies and financing schemes for the prevention of cancer and comprehensive programs, and the support of society to raise the level of women's empowerment is required. This is the message highlighted in "Women and Cancer: A joint commitment to save lives", a side event to the 69th General Assembly of the United Nations, organized this September 25th by PAHO/WHO and the American Cancer Society. Read more.

NCD Alliance E-Alert, news from the NCD Alliance

PAHO/WHO Plan of Action on Mental Health - 66th Session of the Regional Committee of WHO for the Americas - Washington, D.C., USA, 29 September-3 October 2014. Mental disorders and psychoactive substance-related disorders are highly prevalent throughout the world and are major contributors to morbidity, disability, and premature mortality. However, the resources allocated by countries to tackle this burden are insufficient, are inequitably distributed, and, at times, inefficiently used. Together, this has led to a treatment gap that, in many countries, is more than 70%. The stigma, social exclusion, and discrimination that occur around people with mental disorders compound the situation Read more.

The 30th Caribbean Cardiology Conference

Cost-U-Less Partners with the Diabetes Association of Barbados - Cost-U-Less Barbados is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Diabetes Association of Barbados as part of the company’s commitment to the community. “Cost-U-Less is looking forward to what will be a long and lasting relationship with the Diabetes Association of Barbados. We are very excited about this new partnership and the role the store will play in helping to promote diabetes awareness and programming,” says David Lui, Director, Marketing Services, The North West Company. Read more.

Cost-U-Less adopts primary school - Cost-U-Less Barbados has announced a new partnership with Sharon Primary School thorough its Adopt-a-School programme. “Cost-U-Less will be opening right around the corner from the school, and one of our main pillars of our corporate social responsibility mandate is to give back to the community we serve and the Adopt-a-School program just seemed like a natural fit,” said Director Marketing Services with The North West Company David Lui. Read more.

Be Sickle Smart! - The Antigua & Barbuda Sickle Cell Association is a body of forty (40) members including persons with and without Sickle Cell Disease. Among the organization’s objectives are the following: collect, coordinate, and disseminate medical scientific data, statistics and information as to the prevalence, causation, distribution and treatment relevant to Sickle Cell Disorders. Read more.

NCD Articles on WebMD

  • Diabetes: Keeping Up With Your Active Life - Exercise has huge benefits for people with diabetes. If you're ready to add more activity to your routine, here are five tips to help you get your exercise program off to a safe start. Read more
  • New Ways to Detect Cancers - From breath tests to saliva tests, researchers are using novel methods to spot many cancers earlier than ever before. Read more
  • Can All Work and No Play Make You Diabetic? - Blue-collar jobs of 55 hours a week or more might raise your risk, study says. Read more
  • Top 12 Rewards of Exercise - Regular exercise can lower your risk of certain cancers, and improve quality of life for people with cancer. Learn what else it can do. 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

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