The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

January 30th - February 5th 2015


Launch of the Barbados Strategic Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs 2015-2019

Unless the fight against non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is taken up by each individual; whether in the public or private sector, young or old, locally or internationally, all achievements so far will be for naught and the end result will be detrimental. "If we don’t win the battle, we lose the battle for development.
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NCD Commission Steps Forward with ‘Action Plan’

Having a prepared and detailed Strategy Plan for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) is only one part of the process. The next step for Barbados is putting the words into action, across all levels of society. Recently, this was shared by the Chairman of the National Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Commission, Barbados, Professor Sir Trevor Hassell, who promised that next on the agenda is an Action Plan. Read more
A digital version of the Stragetic Plan will be available for download in a future roundup.


CARPHA Observes World Cancer Day 2015

CARPHA Observes World Cancer Day
In the Caribbean cancers are the second leading cause of death. Nearly one half of cancers are preventable or treatable if detected early. Among females, breast cancer is the main cause of death, followed by cervical cancer. Prostate cancer is ranked as the leading cause of cancer death among males, with lung cancer being the second main cause of cancer death.
Read the press coverage: Visit the World Cancer Day Website here

The Jamaica Cancer Society

Yulit Gordon Executive Director of the Jamaica Cancer Society
Yulit Gordon Executive Director of the Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS) talks about cancer in Jamaica and the important role that JCS plays. The JCS recently collected the Gleaner Honour Award For Health And Wellness.

Watch the Video here

Breast Cancer Screening & Early Detection Webinar

A recording of the recent PAHO Breast Cancer Screening and Early Detection Seminar/Webinar to Commemorate World Cancer Day is available here.

Go Red for Women Valentines Day Fundraisers

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Go Red for Women 2015
Valentines Day Red Dress Run

Global Cancer Advocacy Training

March 28-29, 2015, Boston, USA

American Cancer Society’s Global Scholars Program
The American Cancer Society’s Global Scholars Program, in collaboration with the Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network (YP-CDN) and the Harvard Global Equity Initiative (HGEI), will host an intensive two-day training workshop that will empower young professionals to lead effective grassroots advocacy campaigns to improve the lives of those affected by cancer. Read more

Major Milestones for NGOs

Two leading NGO HCC member organisations based in Barbados reach major milestones this year, the Diabetes Association has been helping Barbadians for 40 years and the Heart & Stroke Foundation moves into its 30th year. Both organisations are planning activities to celebrate these milestones and we will share these in the coming weeks. Let us know when your organisation has reaches a major milestone so we can share your successes.

How Fat is YOUR Country - and Which Nations Have the Highest Obesity Rates?

How fat is YOUR country - and which nations have the highest obesity rates?
You might think the U.S. is the most obese nation in the world - but if you do, you are wrong. Soaring rates of obesity in the Pacific Islands, nations in the South Pacific Ocean east of Australia and Fiji, have shot to the top of the worldwide obesity scale.
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Health Watch

Fifty per cent of the non-communicable diseases (NCDs) being seen in this country occur in people under the age of 60. This, says Chief Executive Officer of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Barbados Inc Gina Pitts, is an indication that such diseases do not only affect the elderly, and she is adamant that efforts have to be made to address this trend now. Read more


Charlie suggests some helpful tech-savvy solutions to NCDs... Or does he?
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Health Promotion Unit Ministry of Health Barbados

Barbadians Warned to Take Care Against DVT

Deep Veins Thrombosis (DVT) has been cited as the third most common cardiovascular disorder after heart attack and stroke, interms of mortality and potential complications. Anthony Harris, Cardiovascular and Vascular Surgeon and Director of Medical Services at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) has revealed that in Barbados, this ailment may actually be the fourth most common, with peripheral vascular disease preceding it. Read more

Caring for the Needs in Our Community

Barbados Association of Palliative Care
The Barbados Association of Palliative Care Invites you to "Caring for the Needs in Our Community" A PUBLIC LECTURE On Sunday, February 8, 2013 at CHC GATES OF PRAISE St. Christopher , Christ Church 5 - 6 : 30 p.m.
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24th Caribbean Dermatology Conference 2015
World Cancer Day: #NotBeyondUs; WHO Executive Board

From the NCD Alliance Weekly Digest

NCDs News
  • WHO: Noncommunicable diseases prematurely take 16 million lives every year, WHO urges countries to invest in "best buy" interventions. Read more
  • WHO: India: first to adapt the Global Monitoring Framework on noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). Read more
  • WHO: Kuwait supports children with cancer in war-torn Syrian Arab Republi.c Read more
  • Lancet: Use of national data sources in diabetes epidemiology. Read more
  • Guardian: Women with disabilities excluded from domestic abuse law, say campaigners. Read more
  • Devex: 'Best buy' interventions for NCDs. Read more
  • PLoS: Rising Wealth Inequality and NCDs – What’s the Link? Read more
  • BMJ: Chris Naylor: Is mental health finally becoming a political priority? Read more
  • BMJ: The BMJ Today: Managing multimorbidity in a monomorbid world. Read more
  • BioMed Central: Collaboration is the way to success to tackle Alzheimer’s Disease. Read more

Risk Factor News
  • WHO: Multisectoral action to promote physical activity in Switzerland. Read more
  • News TiPedia: Why do teens still smoke? Addiction, advertising, and the rise of e-cigarettes. Read more
  • NY Times: Alcohol Options for Health-Conscious drinkers. Read more
  • BMJ: Mihail Călin: Romania’s alcohol policy leaves public to fend for themselves. Read more
  • BMJ: Tobacco industry confronted with child labour. Read more
  • BMJ: American Red Cross: tobacco funding risks global brand. Read more
  • BioMed Central: Fetal liver affected by exposure to cigarettes. Read more

Get Smart About Salt

Before you grab that shaker, get the facts about the salt in your food and how it can affect your health. 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.
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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