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September 25 - October 1 2013

Healthy Caribbean Weekly News Roundup
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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

HCC member orgs across the Caribbean are kicking off breast cancer awareness activities

There are many events taking place across the Caribbean, the list below is just a small selection, visit our Breast Cancer Awareness page here to see a more comprehensive calendar of events for each country.

  • Jamaica: Keeping Abreast Luncheon on Thursday October 24th at the Pegasus Hotel 12.30pm, guest speaker Mrs. Novlene Williams-Mills five-time world champion/three-time olympic medalist and breast cancer survivor.
  • St. Maarten: Friday October 4th Pink Parade from 3.30pm - 7pm Line up from 3.30pm, parade to start at 4.30pm. The march will start at the Festival Village, participants will be accompanied by steel and drum bands.
  • Cayman Islands: Brenda Tibbetts Lund 5K Memorial Run/Walk, 12th October 6:00 a.m. North Side Kaibo Restaurant and 13th October 6:00 a.m. Holiday Inn at Grand Caymanian.
  • Bermuda: Annual Friday Fish Fry, Friday October 11 @ Christ Church, Warwick, 4:30-8:30pm. Take out or eat in $20 pp. Purchase tickets in advance from Keith’s Kitchen, BAA Parking Lot, Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre.
  • Barbados: National/Walk Run for Breast Cancer Awareness 2013. The Breast Screening Programme of the Barbados Cancer Society, The little Pink Gift Foundation and Bosom Pals invites you to this year's Breast Cancer Awareness Walk Run! Sunday October 6th.
  • St. Vincent & The Grenadines: The St. Vincent Volunteers In Action committee is partnering with the Seventh Day Adventist Church in hosting a grand Health Fair highlighting healthy life style and we will be offering Mammogram screening along with other tests on Sunday 6th October, 2013.
  • Trinidad & Tobago: Walk4life - Annual Cancer Remembrance Walk. Tobago Sunday 20th October 6am and Trinidad Saturday 26th October 3pm.

If you would like your organization featured on the Breast Cancer Awareness page please contact us.

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News Roundup

Some 600 expected for Friday’s Pink Parade for Breast Cancer Awareness

Pink Parade for Breast Cancer Awareness The streets of Philipsburg St. Maarten will be flooded by a sea of pink for the annual Pink Parade for Breast Cancer awareness on Friday, October 4. The parade is organized by Positive Foundation and Elektralytes Foundation. More than 600 so far including 30 businesses and groups have registered for the Pink Parade. Five drum and steel bands will accompany the marchers from Festival Village starting at 4:30pm through town and onto the finale in front of Holland House on the Boardwalk. Read more

In support of below the belt cancers Sagicor Life Inc. and the HCC support the International Globeathon 2013

Sagicor Life Inc. and the HCC at Globeathon Barbados

This weekend Sunday September 29, 2013 at the First Citizens Globeathon in Barbados, 350 Barbadians added their names to the 5000+ Caribbean people, asking our regional Heads of Government to take steps towards ensuring every women across the region has access to cervical cancer screening. The first ever Globeathon was a huge success by all accounts and the Caribbean was no exception. Stay tuned to see stories from the Globeathon from across the Caribbean.

Health, climate change top priorities for Caribbean island States at the UN

Denzil Douglas, Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis speaking at the UN 27 September 2013 - Leaders of Caribbean island States addressing the United Nations General Assembly today outlined progress made at eradicating poverty and urged greater support from the international community to meet the universally accepted goals, particularly those on health and climate change. In his speech to the 68th high-level debate, Prime Minister Denzil Douglas of Saint Kitts and Nevis stressed that special attention must be paid to the high incidence of diabetes and other non-communicable diseases plaguing the Caribbean. Read more

Cervical and female breast cancers in the Americas: current situation and opportunities for action - A new PAHO analysis, just published in the WHO Bulletin’s Special Issue on Women’s Health Beyond Reproduction, illustrates the situation of breast and cervical cancer in the Americas, as well as the country’s capacity to respond to this burden. Read more

NCD Alliance E-Alert - Productive week for NCD Alliance and Partners at the UN - Last week was an exciting and productive one for the NCD Alliance and our partners, as we gathered at UN Headquarters in New York for the high-level meetings around the opening of the 68th UN General Assembly. With the official UN meetings, our events, and many high-profile side events, it was an important week for the global health and development community. Below are brief summaries and reflections on the week. Read more

Just over one month to go to World Diabetes Day

Just over one month to go to World Diabetes Day The World Diabetes Day 2013 campaign marks the fifth and final year of the 2009-2013 campaign on “Diabetes education and prevention.”. Diabetes is one of the major health and development challenges of the 21st century. There are currently 371 million people living with diabetes and another 280 million are at high risk of developing the disease. Half a billion people are expected to be living with diabetes by 2030. Diabetes and its complications are largely preventable and there are proven, affordable interventions available. Everyone is concerned and everyone has a role to play in helping to turn the tide of diabetes to protect our future. The slogan of the campaign is: DIABETES: PROTECT OUR FUTURE. Read more

Yourwellness Magazine Advises on Life after Cervical Cancer - In an effort to make cervical cancer screening accessible to all Caribbean women, the Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS) has joined forces with the Caribbean Cancer Alliance (CCA) to begin an e-petition, the Jamaica Observer reported September 8th. According to the article, “Cervical Cancer Lobby,” the petition, which requires more than 2.5 million signatures, was launched earlier this year and urges Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) to make the service more affordable and accessible. Executive Director of the JCS, Yulit Gordon, commented, “It only takes a few seconds and in the long term, we will be reaping huge dividends as it relates to safeguarding our women's health.” Read more

Monitoring national cervical cancer prevention and control programmes Monitoring national cervical cancer prevention and control programmes - Quality control and quality assurance for visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA)-based programmes. This guide outlines quality control (QC) and quality assurance (QA) considerations to support introduction or scale-up of visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA) as a screening test for cervical cancer, within the context of national comprehensive cervical cancer prevention and control programmes.

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Caribbean women, children to benefit from US$700-m World Bank health funding - WASHINGTON, USA (CMC) — World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim has announced that the lending agency plans to invest at least US$700 million through the end of 2015 to help developing countries, including the Caribbean reach the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for women and children's health. Read more

Caribbean Cardiology Conference 2014 - The Bahamas - The 29th Caribbean Cardiac Society Conference will take place in the Bahamas July 23-26, 2014. Abstract submissions opens November 1 2013 and early bird registration and accommodation opens february 3rd 2014. Read more

McDonald’s Joins! McDonalds Joins! - McDonald’s has partnered with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and made a commitment to modify their menu and utilize their global marketing power to promote healthy behaviors in children and families.

The commitment is built around a comprehensive plan to increase access to fruits and vegetables and create a marketing strategy that inspires children and families to make healthier choices. Read more

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