The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

September 23rd - September 29th 2016


Australian Direct Aid Program Supporting Detection of Hypertension in Communities

In celebration of World Heart Day, September 29, 2016, the HCC is sharing the successes of the Blood Pressure Control Through Community Action (BPCCA) funded by the Australian Direct Aid Program. The project was implemented in 2015 through 5 civil society organisations in Dominica, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Lucia and St. Vincent & the Grenadines.
Blood Pressure Control Through Community Action (BPCCA)
The Grantees

The five (5) Subgrantees on this project were:
1. The Dominica Diabetes Association (DOMDA)
2. Fondation Haitienne de Diabète et de Maladies Cardio-Vasculaires (FHADIMAC)
3. The Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ)
4. The St. Lucia Diabetes and Hypertension Association (SLDHA)
5. The Lions Club of Kingstown SVG

The Goal of the BPCCA was to strengthen the capacity and community outreach of Caribbean civil society around Hypertension detection and control.

Key Successes:
  1. 117 Community ‘Screening Champions’ trained.
  2. 7,712 individuals from vulnerable communities screened for elevated blood pressure using standardised approaches.
  3. 2,422 individuals found to have elevated blood pressure and referred to local health centers for follow up.
  4. 1,348 individuals (found to have elevated blood pressure and referred to local health centers for follow up) monitored for medication and lifestyle adherence.
  5. 38 automated blood pressure monitors acquired by CSOs to support community screening.
  6. Development of The Civil Society Community Blood Pressure Screening Guide including community screening protocols based on the CDC Barbados Pilot of the Standardised Hypertension Treatment Project (SHTP).
  7. Capacity building in online data entry, data collation and analysis.
  8. Capacity building in financial management.
  9. Partnerships with local Ministries of Health Strengthened to improve referral and management.
  10. Development of a model for CSO led monitoring of patients to support medication  and lifestyle adherence.
Blood Pressure Control Through Community Action - BPCCA
Blood Pressure Control Through Community Action - BPCCA - Multi Country Project implemented in Dominica, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Lucia, & St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Funded by the Australian Governement Direct Aid Program (DAP). To read the report click here.

World Heart Day 2016 - Power Your Life

World Heart Day 2016
World Heart Day is today 29 September it's the World Heart Federation’s (and the world’s!) biggest platform for raising awareness about cardiovascular disease (CVD).

This World Heart Day, we want everyone to understand what they can do to fuel their hearts and power their lives. Your heart is at the heart of your health. And it’s easy to give it the care it deserves.

Just a few simple steps such as eating more healthily, cutting down on alcohol and stopping smoking can improve your heart health and your overall well-being.

Find out more, take part and download the campaign materials here.
World Heart Day on Facebook and Twitter.

Caribbean Cardiac Society on World Heart Day

Today is World Heart Day and The Caribbean Cardiac Society joins the World Heart Federation and organisations around the world in encouraging the creation of healthy heart environments wherever people live, work and play. This World Heart Day, we want everyone to understand what they can do to fuel their hearts and power their lives. Your heart is at the heart of your health. And it’s easy to give it the care it deserves. Read more

World Heart Day 2016 Message from TTHF & HBITT

Trinidad & Tobago Heart Foundation (TTHF) and Heartbeat International Trinidad & Tobago (HBITT) -  World Heart Day 2016 audio message, listen here

Take Action this World Heart Day

NCD Alliance
This World Heart Day, the World Heart Federation is urging people around the globe to unite to use the power of information to transform the 1 in 10 lives that are being cut short prematurely as a direct result of cardiovascular disease (CVD). CVD, including heart disease and stroke, is the leading cause of death globally, claiming over 17 million lives each year. However, at least 80% of premature deaths from CVD could be avoided. Read more

Global Hearts: Confronting the Cardiovascular Disease Crisis

Global Hearts: Confronting the Cardiovascular Disease Crisis
Margaret Chan, Director-General, World Health Organization
September 22, 2016 saw the launch of the Global Hearts Initiative, it took place at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

Many experts discussed the growing crisis of noncommunicable diseases, specifically cardiovascular diseases, and the initiatives by the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in countering these threats globally.

The event featured remarks from WHO Director-General Margaret Chan and WHO Global Ambassador for NCDs, former mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg. CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden will serve on a panel with the president of the World Heart Federation and heads of state from Barbados, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka, moderated by ABC News's Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser. Watch here or read the transcript here.

Heart Foundation of Jamaica - Simply Red

Heart Foundation of Jamaica - Simply Red
The Heart Foundation of Jamaica in association with Fidelity Motors Limited presents Simply Red Wine & Food Festival, Friday September 30, 2016, 7pm - 12 midnight on the lawns of Jamaica House and under the distinguished patronage of the most Honourable Andrew Holness, Prime Minister. Contact: 906-9407/926-4378/929-3195, email: Read more
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados
Chinese Ambassador Visits...
The guest of the Foundation on thursday wasAmbassador Wang Ke of the Peoples Republic of China in Barbados

What Should You Do?
If you see someone experiencing any of these ... 

Read more here.

Free e-Learning Module - Management of Obesity in Children and Adoloescents

FREE e-learning module

Women’s Cancers in the Americas

Circulation Journal from the AHA
Breast and cervical cancer are leading killers of women throughout the world. In most of Latin America and the Caribbean, breast and cervical cancer are among the most common causes of death for younger women. Both diseases are preventable or curable if diagnosed and treated early, yet responses have been fragmented, missing the tremendous opportunities for collective, hemispheric action agrees countries, disciplines, governmental and non-governmental actors, academia, clinicians and civil society. The University of Miami is hosting Women’s Cancers in the Americas: Strategies for Synergy to initiate strategic dialogue to identify synergies that can be extended throughout the region.  Read more
The Inaugural Caribbean Cancer Survivorship Conference 2016
World Obesity Day

The 62nd Annual CARPHA Health Research Conference Guyana 2017 - Call for Papers

The theme for 2017 is ‘Climate Change, the Environment and Human Health”, however, CARPHA will also accept quality research papers in all priority health areas (e.g. NCD, HIV, Health Systems, etc.). Climate change, the environment and human health comprises topics such as food and vector borne disease, food and waste security, transportation, natural and environmental disasters, global threats, waste management, air quality, noise pollution, structural hazards etc. The Call for Papers Deadline is November 1st 2016Read more

Job Vacancies

  • The InterAmerican Heart Foundation (IAHF) is seeking an Executive Director. Read more
  • The Heart Foundation of Jamaica has a vacancy for a Cardiovascular Technician.Read more
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