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August 29 - September 4

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Building a healthy Bahamas: combating noncommunicable diseases

Building a healthy Bahamas

I am very pleased that solid and focused comprehensive health programmes are being planned and implemented which are impacting the lives of Bahamians who either suffer from or at risk of any of a number of serious non communicable diseases, such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. At the centre of these conditions is the problem of overweight and obesity as at least 40% of adult Bahamians are obese and 30% are overweight. As a Director of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition, Medical Advisor to the Bahamas Diabetes Association and a physician in private practice who gives medical care and health advice to many people with these conditions, I am excited that the people of The Bahamas with the support of the government of The Bahamas and many health NGOS are responding to and combatting this challenge at all levels, from individual behavior change to national, regional and global health policy support and implementation. As part of the wider Caribbean, we are pleased to share the good practices in response to NCDS that are garnering good results in The Bahamas with our brothers and sisters in the Caribbean, and in turn learn about solutions that are working in other countries of the region. - Dr. Mortimer G. Moxey, Director, Healthy Caribbean Coalition, Medical Advisor, Bahamas Diabetes Association

Learn what is being done in the Bahamas by watching this video.

Globe-athon To End Women’s Cancers

Globeathon 2014

Events taking place in the Caribbean:

Please check-out and share Globe-athon’s new video filled with patients, survivors, doctors and women from around the world showing their support: See it and share it here.

Globe-athon Fact sheet and Globe-athon Q&A sheet.

News Roundup

Youth advocate living with an NCD, presents at the Latin American Congress of Pediatrics - This week on September 5th Christine Bocus, youth advocate living with an NCD, presents at the Latin American Congress of Pediatrics in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Christine BocusMs. Bocus will be sharing her experiences on an NCD Panel entitled Prevention and Treatment of Non-communicable Diseases in Children and Adolescents. The session is sponsored by American Academy of Pediatrics, International Pediatric Association, and NCD Child and will feature the following speakers: Dr. Kristie E. Appelgren, Estados Unidos - Nutrition, physical activity, and the role of governments; Dr. Manuel Peña Escobar, Ecuador - Role of health systems in preventing and treating NCDs; Dr. Ignacio Vázquez León, México - Case Studies: Injury Prevention and Exposure to Tobacco; and Christine Bocus, Trinidad & Tobago - Learning to Live with an NCD.

The Heart Foundation of Jamaica presents Simply Red, on September 26th

Simply Red, on September 25thThe Heart Foundation of Jamaica is celebrating its 25th Anniversary of staging its wine and food festival – Simply Red on September 26th on The Lawns of Jamaica House, under the theme: “Celebrating Flavour, Flair and Fashion” This year’s all inclusive event features a delightful evening of entertainment and gourmet delights paired with select top shelf wines and beverages. Tickets are on sale now. Read more

Join the HCC in supporting the development of the NCD chapter in the longstanding UNICEF publication Facts for Life.

NCD chapter in NICEF Facts for Life

UNICEF is pleased to welcome you to the global online consultation for a new chapter on Healthy Living and NCDs titled “Healthy Living and the Prevention, Control and Management of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Children and Adolescents” for inclusion in the iconic UNICEF publication Facts for Life. UNICEF is seeking your input. We urge young people to take the time to provide your input. Please click here, review the document and provide feedback.

Alcohol Policy News from Trinidad and Tobago

Alcohol Policy News from Trinidad And TobagoFrom June 17-19, 2014 the Caribbean Institute on Alcoholism and other Drug Problems (CARIAD), in collaboration with the Ministry of Health of Trinidad and Tobago and PAHO hosted a professional consultation on the national alcohol policy of Trinidad and Tobago in Crown Point, Tobago. The workshop was facilitated by Dr. Jurgen Rehm, Director of Social and Epidemiological Research Department at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto; Professor Karl Theodore, Director of the Health Economics Unit of the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine; Mr. Earl Henry, senior policy development specialist at the Ministry of Health, Trinidad; and Dr. Sandra Reid, Director of CARIAD and Senior Lecturer at the University of the West Indies. Read more

Save the date: October 7 2014, 3-4 pm - CARIBAPAN Webinar - The need for alcohol policy in the Caribbean

It’s not me, it’s youBreaking up with alcohol - We celebrate with it, use it as a social lubricant and often finish a hard day’s work with it. Yet it’s addictive, destructive and widely accepted. How do we start the conversation about our relationship with alcohol?. NCDFREE are VERY excited to present the first of their two winning concepts, entitled ‘It’s not me, it’s you'. Made by and for our NCDFREE community. Watch here

Caribbean Wellness Day September 14, 2014
Theme: 'The heart of a healthy workforce is a productive workforce'

CARPHA will be providing a CWD Toolkit soon to be accessible on their website www.carpha.org

Please let us know what events you have planned to celebrate Caribbean Wellness Day 2014, email us hcc@healthycaribbean.org.

  • St. Kitts & Nevis - Prime Minister of St. Kitts & Nevis Caribbean Wellness Week Lecture Series: Predicting and Reversing Cardiovascular Disease Saturday, September 13, 2014, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Read more
  • Barbados - This year’s focus: Preserving the Workforce for National and Regional Development. Take the initiative to make a difference in your work place this year. Read more

Youth 4 NCDs

The Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) is creating an open forum and network of young people (18-30 years of age), in the Caribbean, who have been touched by a Non Communicable Disease (NCD). This network seeks to create and nurture an NCD Youth advocate culture regionally and globally. If you are interested in joining Youth4NCDs please click this link!

If you are not in the age range 18-30 but you are passionate about or have been affected by NCDs, HCC wants to hear from you too, email us hcc@healthycaribbean.org.

Cervical Cancer Detection and Prevention Using Visual Inspection With Acetic Acid (VIA) and Cryotherapy South-South Regional Training For The Caribbean.

South-South Regional TrainingCervical cancer can be prevented through early detection and treatment. However, it is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the region - resulting in 2,254 deaths in 2012. The prevalence rate of cervical cancer in the Caribbean is 11.8% and the mortality rate is 9.5%. These statistics are alarming when compared to those in North America, where the prevalence rate is just 1.7% and the mortality rate is 2.2%. Read more

The 69th United Nations General Assembly commences September 16th - join HCC partners in promoting NCDs at the UNGA

Scheduled side events:

  • Young Health Programme - September 22 - To the launch of the Wellbeing of Adolescents in Vulnerable Environments (WAVE) study findings, and to discuss the implications of data availability for adolescent health policy, programming and service design Read more
  • NCD Child/ UNICEF - September 23 - UNICEF Activate Talk to engage youth around the world to focus the world’s attention on showcasing and developing innovative solutions for children’s well-being.
  • NCD Child, UNICEF, AAP, IPA - September 22 - Next steps for NCDs for children and youth: UNICEF Facts for Life and life course priorities for the post-2015 agenda. Read more
  • NCD Alliance - "A Healthy Future for All: Investing in Early Years for NCDs and Post-2015" September 21 - 6:30-8:00pm at the Westin Grand Central Hotel, 212 East 42nd Street, New York. Please click here for a save the date with more information. We hope that you will be able to join us for this high-level event. Please RSVP here.
  • PAHO Women's Cancer Event - September 25 - A joint commitment to save lives.

Social development in SIDS, Health and NCDs, youth and women

His Excellency, Mr. Winston Dookeran, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Trinidad and Tobago, provided opening remarks during the Sept 2nd session: Social development in SIDS, Health and NCDs, youth and women at the UN Conference on Small Island Developing States in Apia, Samoa. To see the NCD Highlights from the session which focussed on the importance successful partnerships in addressing the challenges of SIDS Click here.

For more on 'Successes for NCDs' at the SIDS conference see the NCD Alliance e-alert here

Central Health Grenada Cervical Cancer Broadcast - In this special program, you will be able to hear excerpts from Central Health - Grenada's interviews with Sir Trevor Hassell President of Healthy Caribbean Coalition which is based in Barbados, Dr. Francis Martin, who holds the position of Senior Medical Officer and Director of Primary Health Care within the Ministry of Health, Obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Carol Mc Intosh of the United States ,who has deep ancestral roots in Carriacou, Nurse Wendy Williams of Grenada Planned Parenthood, Avi` Bahadoor Yetman a researcher at the Department of Microbiology at St. George’s University and also Dr. Amy Baldwin, an Associate Professor at SGU’ Department of Microbiology School of Medicine. Listen here

Save the date for a meeting on NCDs in the Americas: Awareness, Access, Action

Lost Worlds Dementia Study

Jhivan Pargass discusses a fascinating new study coming out of UWI with the Faculty of Medical Sciences’ Dr. Gershwin Davis, Senior Lecturer in Chemical Pathology, Professor Amanda McRae, Professor of Human Anatomy, and Professor Robert Stewart of the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. As they trace the prevalence and socio-economic cost of dementia in Trinidad and Tobago, she learns that dementia is a complex collection of complications. Read more

The African Caribbean Cancer Consortium (AC3) Scientific and Training Conference needs your help - Without travel support funds scientists from the Caribbean and Africa will not be able to participate in a very important cancer conference. Please help by purchasing this great T-Shirt for $15. http://www.booster.com/ac3-fundraiser All funds raised will go directly to support Caribbean and African scientists and health care providers. Read more

Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Snack Taxes: All Eyes on Mexico (and Hungary) - A few years ago, authors Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio published “Hungry Planet,” a fascinating book with pictures of what families eat around the world. The picture from Mexico was revealing. If you take a brief look, it seems a quite healthy diet, varied and containing lots of fruits and vegetables. But if you look more closely, you will notice a dozen 2-liter bottles of soft drinks and about two dozen beer bottles at the back of the picture. In addition, in front of two children, there’s a table with sweet breads and other high-calorie snacks. Read more

Model for the Caribbean?Model for the Caribbean? - Pupils at Khemendra Primary School in Fiji don’t just learn about healthy food, they help to grow their own. Each class is responsible for cultivating different types of fruit and vegetables in the school garden and greenhouse. The project was started by teacher Mereani Ligaiviu after she attended a workshop run by Fiji’s Health Promoting Schools (HPS). Read more

Puerto Rico, PAHO/WHO supports new care model for chronic diseasesIn Puerto Rico, PAHO/WHO supports new care model for chronic diseases - PA demonstration project in seven municipalities will implement a chronic care model that promotes patient self-management to reduce complications and healthcare costs. Puerto Rico, 26 August 2014 (PAHO/WHO) – Puerto Rico’s Department of Health will carry out a demonstration project to improve control or chronic diseases in seven municipalities in the island’s northeast, with support from PAHO/WHO. Read more

YouthPolicy.org Newsletter No1

Global Day of Action for the Right to Health on October 25th

NCD Articles on WebMD

  • Is Any Amount of Alcohol Good for Us? - To drink or not to drink? There might be no easy answer when it comes to your health. Read more
  • Tips to Curb Cholesterol - Keep your cholesterol in check to prevent serious heart problems. Learn about the best foods to eat and smart portion sizes. Read more
  • Visual Guide to Ovarian Cancer - It’s been called a silent killer, but ovarian cancer can have symptoms. Learn what they are, how it’s treated, and ways to reduce your risk. Read more
  • Can Exercise Affect Breast Cancer Risk? - Another benefit to hitting the gym: Older women can lower their risk of breast cancer with regular exercise. 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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Healthy Caribbean Coalition

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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