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Caribbean Wellness Day 2014

Caribbean Wellness Day 2014, Is this Saturday, September 13th. CARPHA has created a online portal for Caribbean Wellness Day, including the following:

  • Toolkit
  • Country specific activities
  • A message from HCC Special Advisor and Executive Director of CARPHA, Dr. James Hospedales

Visit the CARPHA Caribbean Wellness web portal here

Caribbean Wellness Day and beyond:

  • 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
  • Suriname - Take a look at the activities planned in Suriname for caribbean Wellnes Day 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. View the Caribbean Wellness week schedule here.
  • A message from CANDi The Caribbean Association of Nutritionists and Dietitians (CANDi) about Caribbean Wellness Day. here.

News Roundup

HCC President Calls for the Caribbbean to be a Zone of Healthy Living and Wellness

Sir Trevor at the 230th Anniversary of St. George's Anglican Parish ChurchIn remarks given by Sir Trevor at the 230th Anniversary of St. George's Anglican Parish Church in Barbados, he called for “The Caribbean becoming a Zone of Healthy Living and Wellness”. Sir Trevor remarked: The adoption of this slogan and mantra would assist us all in focussing on addressing and tackling those issues that are directly health related and others less obviously health related such as; climate change and fossil fuel dependence, air pollution, use of illegal substances and drug abuse, crime and violence, road traffic deaths, financial and economic issues, food and agricultural policies, misuse of alcohol, declining family life and reduced spirituality.

Wellness Warriors

Guyana launches the National Commission for The Prevention and Control of NCDs - Ministry of Health of Guyana will be launching the National Commission for The Prevention and Control of Non Communicable Diseases in Guyana at the Guyana International Conference Centre on Friday 12 September 2014. The launch will be chaired by the Minister of Health, the Hon. Dr. Bheri Ramsaran and other featured speakers include: H.E. Donald Ramotar, President of Guyana, Chairman of NCPC-NCD; Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, PAHO/WHO Director; Dr. James Hospedales, Executive Director, CARPHA; Dr. Shamdeo Persaud, CMO, Guyana; Ms. Wendy Emanuelson-Telgt, Representative Ministry of Health, Suriname; and HCC President, Sir Trevor Hassell. Wellness Warriors will also be launched. To see some of the Guyanese MOH promotional materials click here.

We want to hear your voice - be a part of this movement

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.

Be inspired - listen to youth NCD activist Seun Adebiyi as he shared his experiences at the CLAN UNDPI/NGO meeting last month in NYC See the video here

Adolescents and NCDs: Evidence generation and programme implementation to tackle risk behaviours in adolescents

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.
  • Reimagining Adolescent Health in the Developing World: Breaking New Ground, Finding Health Strategies that Work, Wednesday September 24, 2014. Read more or register.

Heart Choices NOT Hard Choices

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

The HCC is asking all of our members to do one action for the Global Day of Action. Some tips to keep in mind:

  • No action is too small. A human banner of the number 25 or a candlelight vigil of 20 people can be just as powerful
  • You don’t need professional materials to get the media’s attention. Use old bedsheets for banners, cardboard for signs, and any other old or scrap material you can find.
  • Find creative ways to show the number 25 - whether it’s a human banner, white t-shirts with the number 25 taped on/drawn on, or old fabric sheets. Check out the resource section of the website here
  • See this video here for ideas on how to make a human banner in the shape of 25 and other messages

Click here for more information. We will be in contact with you directly to plan your actions!

First Jamaican Paediatric Nephrology Conference 2014

1st Jamaican Paediatric Nephrology Conference 2O14Jamaica Kidney Kids Foundation in association with the International Pediatric Nephrology Association (IPNA) present the 1st Jamaican Paediatric Nephrology Conference 2014, Jamaica Conference Centre, Kingston, Jamaica, October 4th, 20l4.

Best of ASCO Caribbean

Cervical cancer screening petition needs more support - Bermuda Residents are being urged to sign an online petition calling for better access to cervical cancer screening across the Caribbean region. Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre is one of more than 40 non-government organisations from across the region supporting the initiative, launched by the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC). The petition launched last summer with the aim of securing 50,000 supporters — but so far only 13,213 people have signed up, with just 40 from Bermuda. Read more

NCD Alliance E-Alert, news from the NCD Alliance

Stroke scare - Alarming rate of high blood pressure in children - it’s a potential minefield! This is how Chief Executive Officer of The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Barbados (HSFB) Gina Pitts has described a trend of young, school aged children, presenting to doctors with high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Read more


Bajan Fusion has joined forces with the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados as a leader and to be a voice by promoting heart-healthy activities and environments to reduce CVD prevalence among men, women and children and bring active engagement through a series of events to get the public to get moving whether as a corporation, family or individual. Click here for more information.

Human rights, health policy-making and programming – A call for case study proposals - Member States have committed WHO to mainstream gender, equity and human rights and to establish an accountability mechanism to monitor the effectiveness of the mainstreaming process. Mainstreaming means that all health policy-making and programming by Member States and the Secretariat should integrate gender, equity and human rights. In order to contribute to the development of the accountability mechanisms with respect to human rights, a call for case study proposals is made. Read more

Caribbean Dermatology Conference 2014

Follow up documents from the The 5th International Cancer Control Congress, Peru, November 3-6, 2013 - Please see the following link for a set of manuscripts published in a supplement of the International Cancer Treatment and Research (INCTR) Cancer Annual “Cancer Control 2014”. The supplement contains an editorial, one manuscript from each of the 5 sessions and an appendix examining the role of international cancer control congresses on participant behaviour and activities. Read more

New report documents the tobacco industry’s strategies to block health policies in seven Latin American countries

New report documents the tobacco industry’s strategies to block health policies in seven Latin American countries - Lawsuits against the governments and civil society organizations, strategies to circumvent advertising bans, financial support to foundations related to the political power and aggressive public campaigns are only some of the strategies deployed by the tobacco industry to hinder health policies in Latin America, as recorded by this new publication. Read more

NCD Articles on WebMD

  • Potassium Linked to Fewer Strokes in Older Women - Could eating foods rich in potassium, such as bananas and potatoes, help lower the risk of stroke and an earlier death for older women?. Read more
  • Eating More Fruit Cuts Heart Disease Risk: Study - Eating fruit every day lowers the risk of getting heart and stroke problems by up to 40%, researchers say. Read more
  • 10 Muscle Moves to Help Tame Diabetes - If you have diabetes, you know the importance of controlling your blood sugar. But did you know that strength training can play a starring role?. Read more
  • Weight Loss Surgery: Diabetes Cure? - Weight loss surgery is an expensive and potentially risky way to treat type 2 diabetes. Yet more studies are showing it can also be very successful. 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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