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October 10 - October 16

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Please send us details of your Breast Cancer Awareness events so we can share with the Caribbean.


Caribbean Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) Meeting in Dominica

Caribbean Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) Meeting

A Caribbean Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) Meeting hosted by the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) in partnership with PAHO/WHO and CARPHA will be held next week on Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 in Dominica. The meeting is supported by the NCD Alliance and generously made possible by a grant from Medtronic Philanthropy, and is one of the outputs of the sub-grant titled “STRENGTHENING HEALTH SYSTEMS, SUPPORTING NCD ACTION” awarded to the HCC/CARICOM, Brazil and South Africa by the NCD Alliance. The goal of the meeting is to encourage a greater understanding of what HSS means in the Caribbean and provide a platform for evidence-informed CSO-led NCD advocacy within the context of HSS. Stay tuned for meeting outcomes, photos, presentations, and a meeting report.

Central Health Grenada exceeds it's CCCEP target!

Central Health Grenada exceeds it's CCCEP target

Roslyn A. Douglas founder of Central Health Grenada has reported to the HCC the efforts of Central Health Grenada to increase the number of Grendadian signatures supporting the End Cervical Cancer Now e-petition. Central Health - Grenada collected more than 1000 signatures for the End Cervical Cancer Now in the last 3 months. Central Health – Grenada incorporated six strategies to secure/increase signatures from the Grenada population:

  • Request for support of the ECC petition during presentations
  • Solicited support by setting up a table in a prominent mall in Grand Anse, St. George’s
  • Encouraged local businesses/establishments to utilize staff to secure hard copy signatures
  • Advertising on Facebook
  • Sharing the link to the ECC campaign webpage on numerous Grenadian based/targeted Facebook pages
  • The usage of text and email blasts

As part of this initiative, CHG also delivered numerous educational sessions in workplaces, schools and local communities.

News Roundup

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day

We would like to inform you - our membership - about an exciting opportunity that is bringing together health and development advocates from across the globe. The Healthy Caribbean Coalition is joining more than 100 other organizations from around the world to mark the first-ever Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day on 12 December 2014. UHC Day will mark the two-year anniversary of the United Nations unanimous resolution urging governments to ensure universal access to health care for all without financial hardship. We are asking our members and partner organizations join us as official supporters of UHC Day. At HCC, we believe that advocating for universal health coverage is a fundamental aspect of our mission.

Please register your organization as an official UHC Day endorser on the UHC Day website. Additionally, stay up to date on the latest UHC Day news by following the UHC Day Twitter and Facebook accounts.

If you have any questions about UHC Day or suggestions on ways to involve your organisation (for example, by hosting an event or releasing a report timed to 12 December) please don’t hesitate to contact hcc@healthycaribbean.org for more information.

Health for all requires us to stand together once and for all – We urge you to join this important coalition.

Disappointing Outcomes of Negotiations on Nutrition

Disappointing Outcomes of Negotiations on Nutrition

Statement by the CSO delegation to the Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) of the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2). Governments met in the FAO Headquarters in Rome from 10-12 October to finalize the Rome Political Declaration and the Framework for Action for the ICN2. After 22 years, civil society organizations (CSOs) were expecting significant progress to address the urgent problem of the more than 200 million children who suffer from acute and chronic malnutrition, the 800 million suffering from undernourishment and the 500 million adults with obesity. CSOs, including the HCC, consider the outcomes of this negotiation to be totally inadequate to confront the root causes of malnutrition and call into question the lack of commitment of the States to make a real step forward in the fight against malnutrition in all its forms. Read the statement here.

Brazil Civil Society Status Report on NCDs

Brazil Civil Society Status Report on NCDs

As part of the NCD Alliance led 'Strengthening Health Systems, Supporting NCD Action' program, the Alliance for Tobacco Control and Health (Aliança de Controle do Tabagismo + Saúde), ACT+, based in Brazil and focused on tobacco control and NCDs, has launched the first ever Civil Society Report on the Situation of NCDs in Brazil. The national status report was launched in September 2014, and calls for an integrated approach towards the NCD epidemic. read the report here. The HCC produced a similar report as part of this programme. The Regional Status Report was launched in March 2014 and is available here

New Study Reveals Huge Differences in Salt Levels in the Same Iconic Food Brands in Different Countries

Huge Differences in Salt LevelsWorld Action on Salt and Health Calls for Immediate Action. A NEW 2014 international survey by World Action on Salt and Health (WASH) [1] reveals that people in certain countries are still being fed double the amount of salt by popular brands as other countries - reaffirming the chaotic approach being taken by world renowned iconic brands in terms of product formulation and their contribution to the escalating global problem of strokes, heart attacks and heart failure. Read the survey report here and see the report data here.

Belize Diabetes AssociationBelize Diabetes Association - Calendar of Events - World Diabetes Day, 14th November 2014, Theme: Healthy Eating and Diabetes, Slogan: Diabetes: protect our future.

  • Saturday 1st November - Diabetes Walk
  • Sunday 2nd November - Church Service
  • Monday 3rd November - Morning show appearance

Read the full calendar of events here

The CDC funded Global Standardized Hypertension Treatment Project

The CDC funded Global Standardized Hypertension Treatment Project (GSHTP) Barbados Pilot is progressing very well. Major achievements to date include:

  • Complete system analysis of existing practices in hypertension management
  • Healthcare provider training through Hypertension Masterclasses
  • Creation of a hypertensive registry
  • Launching of a standardized hypertension management protocol
  • Creation of a customized hypertension prescription
  • Implementation of a hypertension screening programme at the clinic sites

Future plans:

  • Development of a chronic disease management course for healthcare providers
  • Development standardized patient counseling algorithm
  • Formation of a framework for continual system analysis and quality improvement

For more information on the GSHTP visit the webpage here

High-Risk HPV: Cancer of Penis

By: Roslyn A. Douglas, M.A., Founder of Central Health - Grenada. In recent months there was a huge campaign in Grenada to raise the awareness of cervical cancer among women, however the commonest cause of this disease, High-risk human papilloma virus (HPV), can also cause cancer of the penis. Due to this fact, men need to be aware that they too are at risk of developing cancer from this sexually transmitted infection. Read more.

The NHS is under ‘intolerable strain’NHS ‘cracking’ as admissions due to alcohol hit 10 million

The NHS is under ‘intolerable strain’ as almost 10 million admissions in England last year were related to alcohol.

Treatment costs the taxpayer £2.8billion, which is why the government is being urged to tackle the ‘public health crisis’. Jackie Ballard, of Alcohol Concern, which has released the figures, said: ‘We urgently need action to prevent alcohol misuse. Read more

NCD Alliance E-Alert, news from the NCD Alliance

Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre - Breast Cancer Awareness Month Calendar of Events - UPDATED

  • October 17 Annual Friday Fish Fry Read more
  • October 22 BF&M Breast Cancer Awareness Walk Read more
  • October 24 Gibbons all day shopping event
  • October 26 Final North Village Kicks for Cancer game and Family Fun Day
  • October all month Jasmine Lounge @ Fairmont Southampton PINK Specials
  • October all month long - Girls Night In any night is a good night to invite the girls over and increase awareness about the importance of early detection.
    (download registration form)
  • October all month long - TK Hair PINK extension special price $30 per extension (flyer)

Cayman Islands Cancer Society Breast Cancer Awareness Month - There will be morning and afternoon educational sessions throughout the 5 districts. A team comprising Nurse Joy Merren, Genetics Coordinator HSA and Victoria Anderson – Gray, project Coordinator, Cayman Islands Cancer Society, will cover daytime sessions at District Health Centres island wide and various physicians will lend their expertise at awareness sessions in the afternoons. With this, we hope to get the word out that many women survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early and also educate the audience of the various early detection methods.

  • ENERGY Essential Fitness - Pilates For Pink workout
  • CIBC FirstCaribbean's Walk for the Cure
  • Public forum with visiting doctors from John’s Hopkins Hospital
  • Brenda Tibbbetts Lund 5K memorial walk/run
  • Breast Cancer Survivors breakfast
  • Gala Event, hosted by the Breast Cancer Foundation (The Voice Season 5 winner, Tessanne Chin will perform)
  • Sameena’s Salon Day of Beauty
  • Eclipze Hair Design Cut-a-thon

The Secret to Healthy AgeingThe Secret to Healthy Ageing

The UWI Open Campus St Kitts $amp; Nevis in collaboration with The Ripple institute SKN present a public lecture series on the issues of ageing.

This lecture entitled 'The Secret to Healthy Ageing' is by Dr Bichara Sahely it takes place on Wednesday October 22 at 7pm at the UWI OPen Campus ST Kitts Site, The Gardens, Basseterre.

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Sugary drinks might age you as much as smoking - study

Sugary drinks might age you as much as smoking - study - Drinking sugary soft drinks may accelerate biological ageing as much as smoking, a study has found. The findings, from an analysis of thousands of DNA samples, suggested that sweet fizzy drinks had worse effects on health than merely promoting obesity. Read more.

Sugary drinks warning signs change habits of US teens - Signs warning shoppers how much exercise they need to do to burn off calories in sugary drinks can encourage healthier choices, US research suggests.A study of teenagers' purchasing habits found they bought fewer sugary drinks and more water when the signs were up. Read more.

Public Lecture October 19, 2014; TIME: 5 – 7 pm

The effect of rate of weight loss on long-term weight management: a randomised controlled trial - Background - Guidelines recommend gradual weight loss for the treatment of obesity, indicative of a widely held opinion that weight lost rapidly is more quickly regained. We aimed to investigate the effect of the rate of weight loss on the rate of regain in obese people. Read more.

PLOS Medicine’s Big Food Series: Shining a Spotlight on Industry’s Influence on Health - ‘The Food Industry is Ripe for Scrutiny’ is the clarion call of the lead editorial that announced PLOS Medicine’s Big Food series. The series of eight commissioned articles was the brainchild of PLOS Medicine’s then Senior Magazine Editor, Jocalyn Clark (@jocalynclark), alongside guest editors for the series Marion Nestle (@marionnestle) and David Stuckler (@davidstuckler), and was published over three weeks in June and July 2012. Read more.

NCD Articles on WebMD

  • Myths and Facts About Breast Cancer - What can you do to lower your risk? What's the best way to spot the disease early? Get the facts on breast cancer, from exams to family history. Read more
  • 10 Lung Cancer Myths - Busted! - Did you know smoking isn't the only risk factor? Discover other surprising facts about lung cancer. Read more
  • Healthy Lifestyle May Cut Women's Stroke Risk - Following 5 healthy habits halved chances of most common kind of brain attack, study suggests. Read more
  • How to Protect Your Eyes From Diabetes - Diabetes raises your risk of eye problems, and it can even lead to blindness. Learn what you can do to help keep your eyes healthy. 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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