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October 17 - October 23

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Weninar GAPS IN CURRENT REGIONAL ALCOHOL POLICY AND THE DESIRE FOR CHANGE

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HCC Caribbean Health Systems Meeting (HSS) - Creating a Roadmap for Civil Society HSS Advocacy

HCC Caribbean Health Systems Meeting

Full meeting details to be provided in the next roundup.

News Roundup

Caribbean HSS meeting shares lessons learned in NCD care - As part of the NCD Alliance Program ‘Strengthening Health Systems, Supporting NCD Action’, the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) in partnership with PAHO/WHO and CARPHA is holding today a Caribbean Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) meeting in Dominica. 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. Read more

Recording of the 1st Caribapan webinar now available

The Need for Alcohol Policy in the CaribbeanRecording of the The Caribapan webinar 'The Need for Alcohol Policy in the Caribbean' presnted by Dr. Jürgen Rehm an which took place on Tuesday October 7th 2014, can now be watched here.

Dr. Rehm's presentation was packed with data highlighting the urgent need for alcohol policy development in the Caribbean. Webinar slides are also available here.

The 9th Caribbean Conference on National Health Financing Initiatives

The 9th Caribbean Conference on National Health Financing Initiatives

The HEU, Centre for Health Economics, in collaboration with the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) and the Caribbean Regional Public Health Agency (CARPHA) will host the 9th Caribbean Conference on National Health Financing Initiatives on November 4th to 6th 2014 at Magdalena Grand Hotel in Tobago. Read more

Childhood chronic disease a concern - There may be pre-conceived notions that mostly adults are living with chronic non-communicable diseases (CNCDs). However, in 2012 children and adolescents were identified as a priority for advocates across the globe. Through NCD Child, a global organisation and strong partner of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC), children living with, at risk of developing or affected by non-communicable diseases now have a champion. Here at home, the HCC, a regional organisation, is formulating Youth4NCDs, an open forum and network for young people between the ages of 18 and 30 years. The Youth4NCDs programme will identify young champions from across the Caribbean and bring them together to discuss issues which affect them and their peers. These champions can become ambassadors for wellness and effective strategies for the prevention and control of CNCDs and also advocate for changes to legislation. Read more

Healthy Living Needs Global Governance

Healthy Living Needs Global GovernanceLawrence O. Gostin calls for action on nutrition, pollution and the built environment to curb non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and cancer. Rapid travel, mass migration and the globalization of culture are known to fuel the spread of infectious diseases. The same factors are also increasing the incidence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. As developing countries prosper, these conditions are a by-product of rising air pollution, physical inactivity, and consumption of alcohol, tobacco and excess calories. More people die from cancer, heart disease and diabetes than from infections, famine and complications of pregnancy Read more.

Non-smokers exposed to three times above safe levels of particles when living with smokers

Non-smokers exposed to three times above safe levels of particles when living with smokers

Non-smokers who live in a house with smokers are exposed to three times the officially recommend safe levels of damaging air particles, according to a study published online in the journal Tobacco Control. Living with smokers is the same as living in smoke-free homes in heavily polluted cities such as Beijing or London, found researchers who have said moving to a smoke-free home could have major health benefits for non-smokers. Read more.

Paris bans smoking in park playgrounds - Smoking outlawed in children’s play areas of Paris park, with the move expected to be widened soon to include other outdoor spaces. Smoking has been banned in the children’s playgrounds of a Paris park for a trial period of a year, in an initiative likely to be extended to other outdoor public spaces. The measure was introduced during the weekend as part of a government-sponsored campaign to reduce the high number of smoking-related deaths in France. Read more

CARPHA Workshops to Strengthen the Caribbean’s Ability to Respond to Ebola - Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, October 22, 2014: The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) will host workshops geared at strengthening the Caribbean’s ability to prepare and respond to outbreak situations such as the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa. From November 17 - 21, CARPHA, in collaboration with the Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis (CHA) unit of PAHO/WHO, will provide two training workshops on Infectious Substances Shipping Training and Bio-safety Practices for the Clinical Laboratory, at its Port of Spain, Trinidad headquarters. Read more

NCD Alliance E-Alert, news from the NCD Alliance

A Lancet open letter to member states ahead of the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2)

Signed by World Obesity Fed, Consumers International, UK Health Forum and supported by 170 organisations. A Global Convention to Protect and Promote Healthy Diets, This week (17th-20th November 2014) health ministers from all regions of the world gather in Rome for the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), jointly convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The draft Political Outcome document for ICN2 declares a ‘decade of nutrition’ with a goal of ending malnutrition in all its forms. Read more.

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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NCD Articles on WebMD

  • Put Tech to Work For Your Health - Devices and apps help track your blood sugar, blood pressure, workouts, and more. Read more
  • 10 Worst Heart Habits - How many are you guilty of? Take steps to change. Read more
  • Myths and Facts About Asthma - Can anger trigger an asthma attack? What about exercise? Test your asthma IQ and get advice for avoiding flare-ups. Read more
  • Best Ways to Lower Cholesterol - What's the best diet for cutting cholesterol? Are there certain foods you should swear off? Get the facts. 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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