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September 12 - September 18

Healthy Caribbean Weekly News Roundup
Healthy Caribbean Coalition

World Alzheimer's Day

Dementia refers to the loss of cognitive function and is caused by more than one hundred degenerative brain syndromes. It is estimated that 35.6 million people worldwide lived with dementia in 2010, with numbers expected to almost double every 20 years. This threat is heightened by the Caribbean's aged population. In fact, the Caribbean has one of the fastest growing elder populations in the developing world. Read more


The 69th United Nations General Assembly Side Events

Join HCC partners in promoting NCDs at the UNGA

Join HCC partners in promoting NCDs at the UNGA

Scheduled side events:

  • 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.
  • 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, AAP, IPA - September 22 - 6.30-8.30pm. Next steps for NCDs for children and youth: UNICEF Facts for Life and life course priorities for the post-2015 agenda. Read more
  • NCD Child/ UNICEF - September 23, 2-3pm - Speaking Out: Young Voices on NCDs. 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. Read more
  • Reimagining Adolescent Health in the Developing World: Breaking New Ground, Finding Health Strategies that Work, Wednesday September 24, 2014. Read more or register.
  • PAHO Women's Cancer Event - September 25 - A joint commitment to save lives. Read more. Please RSVP here.
  • The New York Academy of Medicine UGNA Side Events - Urban Health for a sustainable future: The Post 2015 Agenda - 20th September 10am-1pm. Read more. Register here. Role of Civil society for Monitoring the Progress of SDGs after 2015 - 23rd September 4-7pm. Read more.

News Roundup

Trinidad & Tobago Cancer Society Calls for the Establishment of a Tobacco Control Coalition - Join the movement

Tobacco Control Coalition

The time has come to establish a Tobacco Control Coalition in Trinidad and Tobago
Civil society has a central role to play in accelerating tobacco control action. If you are a civil society organisation in Trinidad & Tobago - we want your input. Tobacco use is the leading preventable agent of death in the world today and is responsible for more than six million deaths each year. Unless urgent action is taken to reverse this global epidemic, the World Health Organization expects that tobacco will kill as many as one billion people this century, taking a greater claim on human health than any single disease. Tobacco is the only legally available product which, when used as the manufacturer intends, kills half its users.
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Cancer Society of Bahamas Stride for life 2014Cancer Society of Bahamas Stride for life 2014 - Saturday 14th October. Registration Under 12yrs $10 13yrs and over $20. Route: Starts at the Cancer Society Caring Center, East Ter. Centreville (2 doors south of ZNS). South on East Ter. To 4th Ter., West to Collins Ave., North to Shirley St., West to School Lane, North to Dowdeswell St., East to East Bay St., cross the new P.I. Bridge to Beach Drive, onto Paradise Island Drive onto the old P.I. Bridge, to East Bay Street. Advancing to Mackey St. South, to Shirley St., West to Collins Ave., South to 2nd Ter. (now Rusty Bethel Drive), East to East Ter., and south along East Ter., concluding at the Cancer Caring Center. Read more

CARIBAPAN Webinar - October 7th 2014, 1 - 2pm EST

Pillows of Harmony Trinidad & Tobago Globeathon Walk

Pillows of Harmony Trinidad & Tobago Globeathon WalkThis walk took place on Sunday 7th September from 9am people walked from Ariapita Avenue around the Queens Park Savannah and back to the Pillars of Harmony where the Cancer Society and Dr Jacquline Sabga lectured to the group. 93 attended and most gave support by purchasing a tee shirt. $5400 TT was raised which is about $900 usd that was donated to the Trinidad and Tobago Cancer Society. T-shirts are still on sale and patrons are still purchasing in support. It was an awesome event see the video here

Cancer Support Services Globeathon Walk Barbados

CSS Globethon 2014

Cancer Support Services participated in the Globeathon walk in Barbados and picked up the trophy for Best Branded Team

Pedal for a purpose

Christine Bocus youth advocate living with an NCDChristine Bocus youth advocate living with an NCD - Christine Bocus, a youth advocate living with an NCD, recently presented at the Latin American Congress of Pediatrics in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, these are her remarks. My name is Christine Bocus, 23 years of age. From birth I was brought up in Christianity through the Nistar Presbyterian Church. As I grew older, I began my academic journey starting at the age of 5. As I proceeded further into secondary school, at form 3, age 14, to be precise, I was diagnosed with a 3rd degree heart block, as described by the doctors who attended to me. This was followed by a multitude of tests that were performed in attempts to discover the reason for this condition Read more

World Heart Day 2014 - Heart Choices NOT Hard Choices

World Heart Day Join us on 29 September 2014 and take part in the biggest intervention against cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the world. Read more

60th Annual CARPHA Health Research Conference THIRD CALL FOR PAPERS

CARPHA Health Research Conference Call for Papers

Please note that November 1, 2014 is the deadline for the submission of papers for the 60th Annual CARPHA Health Research Conference to be held in Grenada from April 23rd - 25th, 2015. Read more

Best of ASCO Caribbean

NCD Alliance E-Alert, news from the NCD Alliance

Obesity is the new smoking

Obesity is the new smoking

The head of the NHS announced a radical five-year plan after warning that the country is "sleepwalking into the worst public health emergency for at least three decades" Employers could receive tax breaks for setting up slimming clubs, team weigh-ins, and jogging groups under NHS plans to combat obesity. The head of the NHS announced a radical five-year plan after warning that the country is "sleepwalking into the worst public health emergency for at least three decades". Read more

The Launch of The Lancet Series; Universal Health Coverage in Latin America
16 October 2014, 11am – 1pm Room A: PAHO Headquarters – Washington D.C., USA. This event is being hosted by the Director of PAHO/WHO, Dr. Carissa Etienne, to coincide with the launch of the Lancet Series on Universal Health Coverage in the Americas. The event will showcase the Special Series and in particular Latin America’s unique experience in moving towards Universal Health Coverage. It will be broadcast via the web here. As seating is limited, we request confirmation of your participation by 1 October 2014 by contacting: Katherine Ghimenti, UHC-LancetSeries-LA@paho.org, Tel: (1-202) 974-3342.

OAS Scholarship Opportunity - The OAS and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) are offering 60 PhD research scholarships for study in Brussels, Belgium, in the areas of Public Health, Engineering and Education. The deadline for applications is September 30, 2014. Details of the programme can be found here

NCD Articles on WebMD

  • The Truth ABout Type 1 Diabetes - Think only children get this condition? Not so. Eating sweets won't lead to type 1 either. See if your diabetes facts are on-track. Read more
  • Get the Facts About Carbs and Diabetes - All carbohydrates are not created equal. Learn about the different types, how they affect your blood sugar, and which are best for your diet. Read more
  • Heart Rate Predicts Women's Heart Risk - Study Shows Resting Heart Rate May Predict Heart Attacks in Postmenopausal Women. Read more
  • Vitamin D May Improve Asthma Control - Study Links Vitamin D Deficiency and Asthma Severity. 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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