The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

June 10th - June 16th 2016


61st Annual CARPHA Health Research Conference This Week Thursday 23rd - Saturday 25th June

61st Annual CARPHA Health Research Conference 23rd - 25th June
The 61st Annual CARPHA Health Research Conference Theme: Family Health: Living Healthy at All Ages takes place next week on the Turks & Caicos Island.

The programme will include presentations on prostate cancer, anaemia in children, depression in youth, diabetes, obesity and smoke free legislation.

In addition leading up to the conference there are several relevant side events taking place, including:
  • Policy dialogue on the 22nd this will focus on implementation of healthier food environments
  • Caribbean Cancer Registry Hub meeting and training for registrars
  • TCI Civil society meeting
  • Community based rehab meeting
  • CMOs meeting will discuss NCDs and the Port of Spain Evaluation. 
Read more on the conference website here and on the conference Facebook page here or view the Conference Flyer.

The online registration form can be accessed via the following link: Register Now.

8th Caribbean Conference on Emergency Cardiac Care

8th Caribbean Conference on Emergency Cardiac Care
The Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ) in association with the InterAmerican Heart Foundation and the American Heart Association hosted its 8th Caribbean Conference on Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC), held on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel under the theme “2015 ECC guidelines: From Pre-Hospital – PCI – Post Mortem.

The HFJ has been offering ECC training since 1984 and became an International Training Centre for the American Heart Association in 2004. Over the years, the HFJ have taken the opportunity to update our health professionals on changes relating to ECC science through various conferences and seminars. The science guidelines are reviewed and updated every five years and provides evidence-based recommendations for resuscitation, ECC, and first aid. The focus for the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC focused on topics with significant new science and areas of ongoing controversy.

The 8th Caribbean Conference on ECC featured speakers from the region, with our key speaker Professor Elizabeth Sinz, Science Editor for the American Heart Association, presenting on the 2015 ECC Guidelines. Read more

The Global Nutrition Report 2016

Global Nutrition Report 2016
Promise to Impact
The only independent and comprehensive annual review of the state of the world’s nutrition, the Global Nutrition Report is a multipartner initiative that holds a mirror up to our successes and failures at meeting intergovernmental nutrition targets. It documents progress on commitments made on the global stage, and it recommends actions to accelerate that progress. The Global Nutrition Report aims to be a beacon, providing examples of change and identifying opportunities for action. This year’s report focuses on the theme of making—and measuring— SMART commitments to nutrition and identifying what it will take to end malnutrition in all its forms by 2030.
Click here to download the report and the executive summary.
Click here for additional resources related to the report, including infographics, press information, and toolkits.

Global Report Shows no Decline in Obesity Rates in Antigua & Barbuda

Obesity rate in Antigua and Barbuda
The 2016 edition of the Global Nutrition Report shows that the staggering rate of 30.9 per cent for adult obesity in Antigua & Barbuda has not improved since 2014 when the Global Nutrition Report quoted the same figure. The 2015 report, titled ‘Actions and Accountability to Advance Nutrition & Sustainable Development’ stated that the rate of adult obesity in 2010 was 28 per cent and by 2014 it had increased to 30.9 per cent.

This year, the 2016 report titled ‘From Promise to Impact; Ending Malnutrition by 2030’ noted no change in the figure, adding that while 30 per cent of the adult population was considered “obese,” approximately 61 per cent were “overweight.” Read more

Assessing Use of the Emancipation Park in St. Andrew, Jamaica using The System for Observing Play and Recreation in Communities (SOPARC)

Emancipation Park in St. Andrew
Researchers at the UWI are currently focusing on the role of the built environment, as they seek solutions for ameliorating negative health outcomes. The Evaluating Qualitative and Quantitative Issues in Physical Activity in Jamaica (EQUIP-JA) project uses the System for Observing Play and Recreation in Communities (SOPARC) methodology for physical activity surveillance and assessing park usage patterns and conditions. This report provides baseline data on current usage patterns and conditions of the Emancipation Park and assesses reliability and utility of SOPARC as an assessment tool. The study period was June 16- July 12, 2015.

The study found that SOPARC was a feasible and reliable instrument for assessing park user variables and associated contextual variables. Almost all areas of the park were accessible and usable. Emancipation Park was used by almost 10,000 persons during the 64 hours of observation over the one month period. It was used by a) more women than men and b) more adults than seniors or children/teenagers. Report prepared by Colette Cunningham-Myrie, Tamika Royal-Thomas & Marvin Reid. Read the full report here.

PAHO Buzzing with NCD Activity in the ECCs 

PAHO Buzzing
Led by PAHO Chronic Disease Advisor, Dr. Tomo Kanda, there has been a buzz of NCD-related activity in the Eastern Caribbean Countries over the past few months. 
1. PAHO Sub-Regional Meeting on Integration of Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health: The Sustainable Development Goals and the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health, - How to maximize national efforts on NCD prevention and control in consideration with Key Global Mandates' 30-31 May, 2016, St Lucia. Read more and access the meeting materials here.
2. St. Lucia Multistakeholder Meeting on the NCD policy and the multisectoral action plan - 27-28 May 2016. PAHO in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, St Lucia, organized the meeting.  Five Permanent Secretaries (Ministry of Health, Education, Agriculture, Social Transformation and Trade and Foreign Affairs) attended the meeting and delivered very promising commitments on NCD prevention and control in St Lucia. Read more

3. St Vincent and the Grenadines National NCD Response - Dr. Kanda commented that St. Vincent has been moving the NCD agenda along quite well. The PAHO/HCC/USF Smart Salt Initiative is making good stride.  A Salt Smart Coalition has been established and they have developed a communication strategy and plan including “branding” information, a slogan, a logo and key messages. Read more

4. Meeting on Sensitization for Health-Related Laws (18-22 July, 2016). Taking place at the PAHO ECC Office in Barbados in collaboration with all levels of PAHO/WHO. The first part is "Meeting on Strategy for Health-Related Law: Sensitization, dissemination and implementation in the English Speaking Eastern Caribbean Countries (18-19 July, 2016).  The second part is "Meeting on Health Law: Implementing Fiscal and Regulatory Policies to Prevent Obesity in Children and Adolescents in English-Speaking Caribbean Countries" (20-22 July, 2016). Read more

The Faculty of Medical Sciences Public Lecture Series

The Faculty of Medical Sciences Public Lecture Series
The Faculty of Medical Sciences (FMS) UWI Cave Hill campus 50th Anniversary of Independence celebration public lecture series, the following lectures are now available for viewing:

More Facts, Figures and Implementation Ideas from the POS Declaration Evaluation 

The Port of Spain evaluation on NCDs contains a wealth of detail and recommendations on the way forward in the multisectoral challenge to the epidemic of chronic diseases in the Caribbean. Here is a wide-ranging but easily digestible look at the situation in a number of critical areas and what can and should be done next.
Read more

Diabetes Association of Trinidad and Tobago on World Health Day

Diabetes Association of Trinidad and Tobago

Cancer Support Services Annual Conference 2016

Cancer Support Services 5th Annual Conference, “Surviving Cancer” will take place at the Accra Beach Hotel and Spa July 2, 2016. With international speakers from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and 21st Century Oncology in Miami. 
  • How Do We Define Survivorship after a Cancer Diagnosis?
  • The Long-term Side Effects of Cancer Treatment
  • Dealing with Cancer Recurrence
  • Coping with the emotions after a diagnosis of a cancer
  • Life After Cancer
  • The Follow-up Care After Cancer Treatment
Registration is now open! For more information on registration, please call 228-7081. Credits are available. Registration closes on June 24, 2016.

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Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Latest
The Preliminary Results...
The initial reports for Jan - Mar 2016 show that there has been 251 Strokes recorded.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Sometimes it may not be so sudden...
There may be some "slight" warning signals which one may tend to ignore at times.

Read more from the Heart & Stroke Foundation newsletter here.

Vacancy - Part Time - NCD Project Liaison

PSI Caribbean
PSI-Caribbean (Population Services International – Caribbean) is currently seeking suitable applicants to support a non communicable disease (NCD) project. The project targets NCD prevention with high risk youth.

A cover letter and CV must be submitted by: June 21, 2016. All submissions should be sent to: Ms. Kerry Parris Only selected applicants will be contacted. Read more    
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