The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

March 4th - March 10th 2017


World Kidney Day - Kidney Disease and Obesity

World Kidney Day
World Kidney Day took place this week on Thursday March 9th. The theme for 2017 was Kidney Disease and Obesity - Healthy Lifestyle for Healthy Kidneys.

Obesity is defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health. In 2014, worldwide over 600 million adults were obese.

Obesity is a potent risk factor for the development of kidney disease.  It increases the risk of developing major risk factors of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), like diabetes and hypertension, and it has a direct impact on the development of CKD and end stage renal disease (ESRD): in individuals affected by obesity, the kidneys have to work harder, filtering more blood than normal (hyperfiltration) to meet the metabolic demands of the increased body weight. The increase in function can damage the kidney and raise the risk of developing CKD in the long-term.

The good news is that obesity, as well as CKD, is largely preventable. Education and awareness of the risks of obesity and a healthy lifestyle, including proper nutrition and exercise, can dramatically help in preventing obesity and kidney disease. Read more

Obesity Related Articles on the HCC Website:

62nd CARPHA Annual Health Research Conference

Registration is now open
62nd CARPHA Annual Health Research Conference
The CARPHA Annual Health Research Conference 2017 will be held in Guyana at the Marriott Hotel April 27th-  April 29th.

The theme is Climate Change, The Environment and Human Health: Healthy planet, Healthy people.

Download the conference programme here.

Register here.

Visit the conference website here.

WHO - Environmental Pollution Kills 1.7 Million Children Each Year

Environmental Pollution
See the full infographic here.

The Diabetes Association of Jamaica 

Diabetes Association of Jamaica
Visit the Diabetes Association of Jamaica website for more information here

Sugary Drinks Levy Will Earn Schools £415m

The levy on sugary drinks will provide £415m for sports and healthy eating in England's schools, says UK Education Secretary Justine Greening. Every school will be allocated funds to help with facilities for mental health as well as physical exercise. Ms Greening said that such "health and wellbeing benefits can last a lifetime". The soft drinks industry levy, announced in last year's Budget, is going to provide £415m for schools in 2018-19 to promote healthier lifestyles. Read more

Does a Soda Tax Work? Philadelphia Gains $5.7m in Tax Revenue and Sees Drop in Soda Drinking

Does a Soda Tax Work? Philadelphia Gains $5.7m in Tax Revenue and Sees Drop in Soda Drinking
By Mary Ellen Shoup - In its first month of existence, the Philadelphia soda tax has brought in $5.7m, more than double its original projection of $2.3m, according to the figures from the city’s revenue department. The rise in tax revenue also corresponded with a decline in soda consumption. Read more

Recent HCC Publications

A Closer Look: The Implementation of Taxation on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages by the Government of Barbados
HCC/NCD Alliance Policy Brief: A Closer Look: The Implementation of Taxation on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages by the Government of Barbados. Read/Download
Sugar Infographics
Sugar Infographics - The consumption of sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) is one of the major contributors to the obesity epidemic among adults and children. Read/Download
Additional publications can be found on our website here.

New Trial to Target Preventable Deaths in the Caribbean

New Trial to Target Preventable Deaths in the Caribbean
A study just launched will investigate ways to reduce non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes and high blood pressure, which cause more than 60 per cent of deaths in the Caribbean. Researchers from King’s College London, the University of Guyana (UG), Ross University Dominica and the University of the West Indies hope a new approach - training members of religious congregations who are embedded in local communities - will increase the reach of health services and reduce deaths. Read more

Endometriosis Awareness March

The Barbados Association of Endometriosis and P.C.O.S.
The Barbados Association of Endometriosis and P.C.O.S. (BAEP) wishes to extend an invitation to you, your family, friends and colleagues in joining in the first ever Endometriosis Awareness March to be held in Barbados. 
Since July 2016, members of BAEP, have been planning to participate in this Worldwide event.  What started in a blog by the BAEP President, has now come to fruition. BAEP is officially recognized by the Worldwide EndoMarch  as part of Team Barbados for 2017! Also taking part will be regional organizations - B.A.S.E. Jamaica and the Trinidad and Tobago Endometriosis Association.
Please join the B.A.E.P. as part of Team Barbados on Saturday 25th March 2017, at 6 am! Read more.

AC3 Conference 2017

AC3 Conference 2017
African Caribbean Cancer Consortium Scientific and Training Conference is taking place October 6-9th 2017 at the Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel & Executive Meeting Center, Miami, Florida. Read the conference program here.

Introducing HCC Member - Wellness 4Front

Wellnes 4Front
Wellness 4Front is a new Health & Wellness Provider serving Trinidad & Tobago and the wider Caribbean. We provide guidance and support to help people to eat better, exercise more and handle and reduce stress. 

Their mission is to be the number one provider of Health & Wellness services in Trinidad & Tobago and the larger Caribbean, offering strategies and support to help clients to transform their health and their lives and their vision is to inspire hope while contributing to the nation's and region's overall health and wellbeing.

Visit their website here and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus - Faculty of Medical Sciences

University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus - Faculty of Medical Sciences
Applications for entry in September 2017 for:

CMPPA 4th Annual Medical Conference & Community Outreach Program

Caribbean Medical Providers Practicing Abroad invites you to their 4th Annual Caribbean Medical Conference where they will bring medical and clinical providers volunteering from around the world to share awareness, education, skills, and community outreach services to the people of Barbados on June 9, 10, & 11, 2017. This year’s conference will be hosted at the Barbados Hilton Hotel, Barbados, West Indies. One of the distinguished speakers at the conference will be HCC President Professor Sir Trevor Hassell.

Find out more and register for the Conference here

Caribbean Cardiac Society - 32nd Caribbean Cardiology Conference - Early-Bird Registration Open

Caribbean Cardiac Society
Make your plans early to attend the 2017 Caribbean Cardiology Conference which will be held July 19 22, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Accommodation booking and early-bird registration are now open! Read more

Funding and Training Opportunities

Implementation Science for the Prevention and Treatment of Mental and/or Substance Use Disorders in Low- and Middle-income Countries (U01) Research Project – Cooperative Agreements. Open date: March 7, 2017

Call for mental health research proposals. The deadline for applications will be 11 April 2017, 4.00pm BST (3.00pm UTC)
NCD Alliance Newsletter
  • Women and NCDs in humanitarian emergencies
  • NCDs among top priorities for CSW61
  • Be He@lthy, Be Mobile: Mobilising the NCD Response
  • Getting to 2018: Listening to young people's voice on NCDs 
  • Nourishing policy database updated
  • World Kidney Day 
  • Lancet Countdown
Read more

The NCD Alliance Weekly Digest

NCDs News

Risk Factors News

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