The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

February 27th - March 5th 2015


International Womens Day 2015
Your voice matters. Your Vote matters. 

Now we march to Heads of Government and ask them to stand up with us.

We will publish the final details of the petition soon.
Make It Happen is the 2015 theme for International Womens Day 2015, encouraging effective action for advancing and recognising women.  

For more information on Make it Happen click here.

Share your personal stories of  experiences with cervical cancer  #makeithappen.


The Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC) Supports the Health Ministry Assessing the Economic Impact of Tobacco Control
JAMAICA MOH undertaking impact study of tobacco control
The Ministry of Health in Jamaica will be undertaking an economic impact study to assess the economics of tobacco control across the country.

Portfolio Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, said the study will inform the process to adopt strong tax measures as a tobacco control strategy.
He informed that the Ministry recently engaged internationally renowned tobacco tax specialist, Dr. Corne Van Walbeek, to undertake the study. Dr. Van Walbeek had done a similar research in Jamaica in 2005. “The updated study will further guide national tobacco control policies in observance of Jamaica’s obligation under Article six (Price and Tax measures to reduce the demand for tobacco),” Dr. Ferguson said.

Read more in the following related articles:

CARICOM Hosting Side Event at UN HQ

NCDs are the leading cause of mortality worldwide, and the number one cause of death among women. On the margins of the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59), the Permanent Missions of the Caribbean Community to the United Nations (CARICOM), the NCD Alliance, and Arogya World will hold a panel discussion on realizing gender equality and improving health outcomes in the post-2015 era. The panel will be held on 16 March, 16:45-18:00, in Conference Room 11, UN Headquarters, New York. Read more

Forthcoming Events from Across the Region

Caribbean Palliative Care Conference 2015
Cancer Support Services Public Lecture

mHealth for Smoking Cessation Programs: A Systematic Review

mHealth transforms healthcare delivery around the world due to its affordability and right time availability. It has been used for delivery of various smoking cessation programs and interventions over the past decade. With the proliferation of smartphone usage around the world, many smartphone applications are being developed for curbing smoking among smokers. Various interventions like SMS, progress tracking, distractions, peer chats and others are being provided to users through smartphone applications. This paper presents a systematic review that analyses the applications of mobile phones in smoking cessations. Read more

Global Diabetes Scorecard

Check the scores now

The Global Diabetes Scorecard enables the global diabetes community to track and report progress on diabetes, to highlight areas of good practice and to identify areas that may need targeted advocacy to encourage government action. The Scorecard is an International Diabetes Federation (IDF) publication.

Download here

17 March 2015. Webinar Salt Smart Americas

The Department of Noncommunicable Diseases of the Pan American Health Organization and the American Heart Association organize this webinar as part of the activities of Salt Awareness Week 2015. There will be presented the work of AHA on salt reduction, the Regional Targets for sodium/salt reduction in food groups, recently agreed at the 3rd meeting of the Salt Smart Consortium. Country and NGO experiences in reducing salt will be also discussed. Read more

NCD Alliance Advocacy Toolkit

NCD Alliance Advocacy Toolkit
The NCD Alliance is pleased to launch their new Advocacy Toolkit on NCDs in Post-2015 Development Agenda. This toolkit equips advocates with the information to navigate the post-2015 processes; articulate the position of NCDs and health in the post-2015 framework; and take effective action. Download here.
NCDFREE Comedy: Part 5

NCDFREE Comedy: Part 5

Well, Charlie is at it again this week! In our next instalment of the comedy collection from the NCDFREE team, he’s supporting Sandro to explore the topic of prevention.
Read more

Death by Chocolate: The Sugar-fueled Diabetes Surge in South Asia

Sugar-fueled Diabetes Surge South Asia
More disposable income combined with a traditional Indian fondness for sweets and snacks are leading to an epidemic of type 2 diabetes among South Asians. The midweek buffet lunch at a fashionable vegetarian restaurant in Bengaluru was delicious but unexceptional until the dessert arrived one table over. It levitated on a cloud of cardamom smoke, hissing loudly: the sizzling chocolate cake, drowning in chocolate syrup, the size of a dinner plate. Actually two. One for each twentysomething computer techie. Both finished the whole thing. Read more
Join the WCRD 2015 ‘Thunderclap’
Join the WCRD 2015Thunderclap’ and send a BIG message of support for healthier diets! Add your voice to the campaign calling for the World Health Organisation (WHO) to develop a global treaty to protect and promote healthy food. Read more
CSW59: NCD Alliance side event; PMNCH Consultation on the Global Strategy for Women's, Children's and Adolescents' health; Advocacy toolkit: Info & resources to take action; World Kidney Day; Webinar slides and recordings online

15 Cancer Symptoms Men Often Ignore

Men are notorious for neglecting their health. But overlooking these symptoms could spell real trouble. 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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