The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

March 20th - March 26th 2015


HCC and the Heart Foundation of Jamaica Empowering Communities to Reduce High Blood Pressure

The HCC and the Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ) held the 'Blood Pressure Screening for Communities' workshop on Wednesday March 25th, 2015 attended by HFJ outreach staff and community physicians from the Ministry of Health. The HFJ is one of the subgrantees on the Blood Pressure Control Through Community Action (BPCCA) project - Phase I, funded through the Australian Direct Aid Program.
Dr. St. John and HFJ Staffer in the practical session on taking blood pressures
Through the initiative the HFJ will be screening approximately 2000 individuals in underserved communities and monitoring those found to have high blood pressure for medication and lifestyle compliance. The HFJ is led by Executive Director, and former HCC Director, Mrs. Debbie Chen and her team.
BPCCA I Clinical Project Advisors Dr. Jamario Skeete and Dr. Addison St. John led the one-day training workshop. For more information on the BPCCA I click here.


Global Standardized Hypertension Treatment Project – Scaling Up!

Global Standardized Hypertension Treatment Project – Scaling Up!

Experts from across Latin America and the Caribbean met at the recent CDC/PAHO Global Standardized Hypertension Treatment Project (GSHTP) meeting in Miami, March 23-24, 2015.
The Caribbean was represented by HCC, CARPHA, UWI, OECS Pharmaceutical Procurement Service, The Barbados Ministry of Health, The St. Lucia Ministry of Health, and experts in the area of hypertension.

One of the major highlights of the workshop was the GSHTP Pilot in Barbados presented by PI, Dr. Kenneth Connell.  The goals of this, the 2nd International Workshop of the GHSTP, were to: Prepare a position statement of support for the GSHTP approach and the intensification of effort to scale up hypertension awareness, treatment, and control across the Americas; Share and compile lessons learned, best practices, and challenges on hypertension treatment in the Americas and across the globe, including treatment algorithms, registries, and evaluation data; Share experiences and challenges scaling up GSHTP in countries; Share best practices and challenges in pharmaceutical procurement and access; Identify next steps and organisational commitments over the next two years.

Prof. Corne Van Walbeek  Undertakes Economic Impact Study for Adopting Stronger Tobacco Tax Measures in Jamaica

Professor Corne Van Walbeek earlier this year undertook an economic impact study for adopting stronger tax measures in Jamaica.
Professor Corne Van Walbeek Presents his findings
He was able to undertake this study with a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and support funding from FCTC.  He met with members of the local FCTC Needs Assessment Implementation Committee and  with key persons in the Ministry of Health, Finance and Customs for data gathering.


HCC is asking it’s members to submit any tobacco control advocacy activities they have undertaken that have led to changes in programming and/or policy
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CARIBAPAN Webinar: Conflicts of Interest Related to Alcohol Policy: What Can be Done?

Dr Maristela G. Monteiro
Healthy Caribbean in partnership with CARIAD invite you to a CARIBAPAN Webinar, Friday April 17th 2014, 11-12am EST.

Presented by Dr Maristela G. Monteiro, Senior Advisor Alcohol and Substance Abuse Pan American Health Organization. Read More
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JCS Youth Anti-Tobacco Poster

JCS and the JCTC Poster Competition

Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS) and the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC) are promoting a poster competition entitled “You are the target…say no to tobacco” for students 14-18 years old. The winners will be announced on World No Tobacco Day. The poster competition was launched at the JCS’ annual Anti Tobacco Youth forum at the Courtleigh Auditorium. Read more
Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS) Tobacco Advertising Promotion & Sponsorship (TAPS) Petition Launched

Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS) Tobacco Advertising Promotion & Sponsorship (TAPS) Petition Launched

A petition on protecting children from TAPS is being circulated in the schools and the signatures will be presented to the Minister of Health on WNTD. The petition was launched at the JCS’ annual Anti Tobacco Youth forum at the Courtleigh Auditorium. See the petition here.

Declarations of the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health

Declarations of the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health
The 16th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health (16th WCTOH) recognizes that:

All tobacco products are harmful, that they are a leading cause of disease and death worldwide, that they pose an especially heavy burden on low- and middle-income countries and should be de-normalised worldwide,

Addressing the tobacco epidemic must be an essential priority in the context of reducing the burden of noncommunicable diseases and protection of youth,

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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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