World Stroke Day
The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

October 21st - October 27th 2016


Sugar Sweetened Beverages (SSB) Country Infographics

We recently launched an infographic on the sugar content of popular sugar sweetened beverages in the Caribbean.  
The consumption of sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) is one of the major contributors to the obesity epidemic among adults and children. In the Caribbean on average data shows that 1 in 3 children is overweight or obese. The sugar content of one serving of most popular carbonated beverages and juices far exceeds the entire daily healthy maximum sugar intake for adults and children as recommended by the WHO and the American Heart Association (AHA). 

As promised we have produced a suite of infographics with regional, international and country specific data and information. Read more
Sugar in the Caribbean
International Sugar Sweetened Soft Drinks
Regional SSB Data
What you can do
The above infographics are available in two versions digital, for electronic distribution and also print friendly versions. Read more

CARPHA Executive Director 'Walking the Talk' Exercising at Work with a Treadmill Desk

CARPHA Executive Director 'Walking the Talk' Exercising at Work with a Treadmill Desk
CARPHA Executive Director Dr C James Hospedales explains his rationale for exercising at work "Concerned about my sedentary job and having a strong family history of heart disease and diabetes, I was intrigued a couple years ago to come across a "walking desk". And I thought I should invest in one to improve my health and also to help promote physical activity and wellness. After some online research, this is the one I got! I wish it had been duty free! I've done about 5 marathons equivalent since I got it. The immediate noticeable benefits to me were reduced lower back ache, and feeling less stressed, especially when talking to someone that's normally irritating!!"

"When I do go running, I'm much less stiff so can into groove quicker, compared to having been seated all day. I typically do 1-2 miles a day on it and find it easy to do emails and calls and reading documents. And just doing 1-2 miles per day is enough to burn a pound of fat per month or 10-12 pounds per year."

"All in all I'm very happy with investment in healthy ageing"
"You may think that not many people can afford this type of thing, though remarkably if one stopped smoking a pack a day, you could buy one in a few months!!" 
HCC Caribbean Alcohol Reduction Day

World Cancer Congress 2016 in Paris starts 31st Oct

World Cancer Conference
The World Cancer Congress is an award winning conference that is now acknowledged by the global cancer community as the leading international event in cancer implementation science. Delegates thrive on its programme's stimulating and innovative features which enable them to exchange best practices in cancer control in a collaborative and inspiring environment. This global conference represents a unique opportunity for the global cancer and wider health community to network, learn, develop meaningful collaborations and drive change together.
The World Cancer Congress is run by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and takes place every two years in a different country, always hosted by a UICC member organisation. The conference is aligned with UICC's purpose statement of uniting the cancer community, to reduce the global cancer burden, to promote greater equity and to integrate cancer into the world's health and development agenda. 
With the inclusion of cancer and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the post-2015 development agenda, the 2016 World Cancer Congress theme, ’Mobilising action - Inspiring change’, will provide an even more opportune platform for Congress delegates to build on this momentum and continue to expand their scope of influence and action for the successful implementation of these global commitments in their own settings.
The HCC will be represented at the upcoming World Cancer Congress 2016 in Paris France. President Sir Trevor Hassell and Executive Director, Maisha Hutton are at the WCC to present on civil society experiences in addressing cancer in the Caribbean.  
Presentations are listed below:
  1. Sir Trevor Hassell
    • Harnessing the media landscape for advocacy and effective health communications.  Using the media to generate public demand in the Caribbean. Speaker.
    • Complex realities – Innovative solutions: identifying priorities and mobilising action in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, alcohol and overweight and obesity.  Session Chair.
    • Advancing cancer prevention and early detection in Latin America and the Caribbean through regional collaboration.  Raising awareness and mobilizing communities for cancer prevention in the Caribbean. Speaker.   
  2. Mrs. Maisha Hutton
    • Mobilising NCD civil society in the Post-2015 era: Caribbean experiences in building capacity among CSOs in SIDS/LMICs to support cancer and NCD Programmes in Post-2015. Speaker.
    • NCD Alliance NCD Café. Leave No-one Behind: Strategies to Reduce the Burden of Cancer and NCDs in Vulnerable Populations. Session Moderator. 
Read more about the World Cancer Conference here.

The Formation of the Caribbean Palliative Care Association (CARIPALCA) Recieves Unanimous Support

African NCD Alliance
The International Association of Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC), in collaboration with the Barbados Association of Palliative Care with the support of the National Advisory Committee on Chronic Pain Management-Ministry of Health Barbados hosted a workshop on the Availability and Rational Use of Opioids in the English and French speaking Caribbean.

The workshop aimed to improve the availability and safe access to opioids for legitimate medical needs for patients in the Caribbean countries and featured experts in policy, palliative care and human rights for the US, UK and the Caribbean.

Eleven countries from across the region were represented by policy makers, pain and palliative care physicians and competent authorities. The 47 participants worked diligently to identify restrictive barriers and to develop action plans to ensure that governments and health services could deliver affordable, accessible, palliative care to all citizens.

Importantly the conference resulted in unanimous support for the formalization of the Caribbean Palliative Care Association (CARIPALCA) with participants from Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago signing as members. Once legalized, CARIPALCA will continue working to support national efforts to advance palliative care as a component of Universal Health Care.
Health of the Nation
Health of the Nation is an ongoing series of articles featuring NCDs, appearing in the Daily Nation Newspaper in Barbados.

Healthy Lifestyle Can Prevent NCDs

In Barbados, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) account for eight out of every ten deaths and account for more than 60 per cent of the health budget. The Government has provided a supportive environment for healthy lifestyles through actions, including legislation on smoking in public places, upgrading of NCD-related services in the public health care system, and the introduction of taxation of sugar-sweetened beverages.

However, in order to further impact NCDs, there is a need to ensure continued national attention on this area. This article is intended to be the first in a series on NCDs - submitted by the National NCD Commission - that aims to educate and empower and lead to a better quality of life for all Barbadians. Read more
Articles from the Port of Spain Declaration Evaluation Website

All You Need to Know About the Port of Spain Declaration Evaluation in a PowerPoint

All You Need to Know About the Port of Spain Declaration Evaluation in a PowerPoint
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. Get it here.

Get more facts and figures form the evaluation here.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Michelle Gets Busy!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Michelle Gets Busy!
One of the first interviewees on the POSD Evaluation website was Michelle O’Kieffe from Trinidad who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer in 2000 at the age of 32. Michelle has been in remission for a number of years and has had a daughter. She has become an activist now and we wanted to find out what she has been up to during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Read more

Future of the Breast Cancer Fight

Future of the breast cancer fight
Breast cancer remains the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in Jamaican women above the age of 25 years. Breast cancer accounts for 29.4 per cent of all cancers in Jamaica, with an incidence rate of 43.1 per 100,000 in women and 0.6 in men. To put it in stark terms, for every 21 women in Jamaica, one will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.

The future is now. Sanarus technologies will presented their cryoablation technique for management of benign breast masses and early-stage breast cancer at the Jamaica Cancer Society’s Breast Cancer Awareness Seminar on October 23, 2016 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. Read more

Blood Pressure Follow-up

The Heart Foundation of Jamaica recently met with representatives of Australian Aid, Tracey Haines and Lucretia Birch.
Haines and Birch’s visit was to assess the Blood Pressure Control through Community Action project, an eight-month venture which commenced in April 2015. It was aimed at strengthening the capacity and community outreach of Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) member organisations around hypertension detection and control initiatives to ultimately reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. It was implemented by the Heart Foundation of Jamaica. Read more

School Feeding Programmes Could Help Fight NCDs.

Lystra Fletcher-Paul
A food and nutrition official has identified the school feeding programme as a means of combating unhealthy eating habits in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Lystra Fletcher-Paul, the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) sub-regional coordinator for the Caribbean, says the initiative can be helpful in combating the serious problem of diet-related non-communicable diseases. Read more

Barbados at UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development in Ecuador

Housing, Lands and Rural Development Minister, Denis Kellman, lead a four-member delegation that participated in the Third United Nations (UN) Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in Quito, Ecuador. The four-day conference is  looked at congestion as it relates to transportation, health problems and rapid urbanisation, rising sea levels, water shortages and how to deal with water distribution, climate change and deforestation. Read more 

Watch the statement by H.E. Denis Kellman, Minister of Housing, Lands and Rural Development of Barbados at the 3rd plenary meeting of Habitat III here.
Statement by H.E. Denis Kellman, Minister of Housing, Lands and Rural Development of Barbados

The 30-second Chat that Can Trigger Weight Loss

The 30-second chat that can trigger weight loss
Doctors who spend 30 seconds telling patients they need to lose weight can have a dramatic impact, a study shows.

Some people, who had no intention of shedding the pounds, lost 10% of their body weight after being offered a free weight-loss programme. The University of Oxford researchers said the 30-second chat would have a huge effect if every GP did it. The findings, published in the Lancet, showed that patients were not offended by the advice. Read more

Ministers Of Health Promote Lifestyle Change

Min. of State responsible for Health, Hon. Wendy Phipps
Basseterre, St. Kitts - Charting a different treatment approach to chronic illnesses was the subject of four-day Better Health Begins with Me Leader Training Workshop that commenced September 05, 2016. Pertaining to Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs), which fall under the mantle of chronic illnesses, Senator and Minister responsible for Health, Honourable Wendy Phipps, said that while much has been said locally pertaining to preventative methods and maintenance of health, a large number of residents still die from the conditions.  She noted that persons who suffer from these illnesses often are depressed. Read more

UWI Cave Hill Campus Faculty of Medical Services Lecture

UWI Cave Hill Campus Faculty of Medical Services Lecture
The University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus Faculty of Medical Sciences presents a Public Lecture Series in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of Independence.

Health Care in Barbados: The Pestilential Past, Problematic Present and Future Prospects.

Professor Sir Henry Fraser (K.A) Professor Emeritus, The University of the West Indies.

Tuesday November 8th, 2016 7.30pm Henry Fraser Lecture Theatre, The UWI, Cave Hill Campus.

Symposium for World Town Planning Day - Planning for Health And Wellness In Barbados

The Barbados Town Planning Society In collaboration with the Town and Country Planning Development Office is hosting a symposium to mark Word Town Planning Day (Tuesday 8th November 2016).

The topic for discussion is the impact of spatial planning on the health and wellness of Barbadians. Barbados has worrying levels of health issues associated with non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity. There is a growing body of evidence which suggest that diet and exercise play a critical role in combating these diseases. Planners and other land-use, transport and built form professionals can play an important role in altering the built form to encourage more active lifestyles. Barbados also has an aging population who suffer disproportionately from health problems. Keeping this age group well and active in old age requires appropriate options for independent living and continued mobility. Read more and Register online
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados
World Stroke Day 
What does that mean? This means that persons should learn to recognise the signs of a Stroke, and if you see those signs to call the ambulance right away.

Are You Drinking Candy?
Only 6 teaspoons for women...

Read more here.

World Diabetes Day 14th November 2016

Please let us know your planned events for World Diabetes Day

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

62nd CARPHA Annual Conference
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
NCD Alliance Newsletter
  • Country Collaborations for the Prevention & Management of NCDs in Young People
  • Blog: Movement in meetings - a welcome change as we walk the talk
  • NCD Dialogues at World Conference on Lung Health
  • Passing of Her Excellency Ameera Binkaram
  • Check out NCD programme at the World Cancer Congress
Read more

Job Vacancies

Career Opportunity – Noncommunicable Diseases, Prevention and Control 
PAHO Fixed-term Appointment, Two year contract, first year probationary period. Application Deadline: 9 November 2016. Read more
Career Opportunity – Chief Executive Officer for an NGO
The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados (HSFB), is seeking to recruit a dynamic individual with strong principles, business acumen and commitment to national/community development to join their team as Chief Executive Officer.
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