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February 24th - March 8th 2019

International Women's Day 2019

The Campaign Theme This Year Is #BalanceforBetter

A balanced world is a better world. How can you help forge a more gender-balanced world? Celebrate women's achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.
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HCC Executive Director Member of Steering Group for New Online Community on Women and NCDs

Women and NCDs
In collaboration with WHO’s Global Coordination Mechanism on NCDs, The George Institute for Global Health is facilitating a new online Community on Women and NCDs, which is hosted on WHO’s Knowledge Action Platform. HCC Executive Director, Maisha Hutton has been invited to participate as a Steering Group member.

This Community will focus on how we can reduce premature mortality from NCDs among women by one third by 2030, in line with Sustainable Development Goal target 3.4. It will help to define best practices in implementing a life-course approach to women’s health and NCDs, by facilitating knowledge exchange and dissemination among key stakeholders from sectors both within and outside the health sector.
The Community on Women and NCDs was launched with its first webinar on 5 March, which set out the rationale for focusing on women and NCDs and using a gender lens to look at the range of determinants of NCDs, from the epidemiological to the social and economic, considering how NCDs impact women specifically.

The HCC is keen to use this platform to highlight challenges and successes in addressing the issue of women and NCDs in the Caribbean. We are therefore asking our members and stakeholders to reach out to the HCC at with any specific examples of initiatives and research in the region which address this topic.

Celebrating Women Leaders in Science and Health

Celebrating Women Leaders in Science and Health
Credit: Mary Purdie @drawnbymary
WHO: On International Women’s Day, we celebrate all the women who have had a pioneering role in advancing science and health: Florence Nightingale, Fe del Mundo, Françoise Barré-Sinoussi and many others.

In 2019, however women still struggle to rise up the ranks of both health and science. Gender discrimination, implicit bias, sexual harassment, and assault have been found to be systemic barriers to women’s advancement in global health careers.

Female health workers comprise 70% of the health workforce worldwide yet women occupy only 25% of leadership positions in health and just 12% of the membership of national science academies worldwide. 
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CARICOM Member States discussing ‘HIGH IN’ Front of Package Labelling

CARICOM Member States discussing ‘HIGH IN’ Front of Package Labelling
The Caribbean, like much of the rest of the world, has experienced a nutritional shift. Diets have changed markedly in recent decades and are now dominated by processed and ultra-processed pre-packaged foods, contributing to an epidemic of obesity and diet-related NCDs.

To address this, CARICOM Heads of Government endorsed Front of Package Labelling as one of six priorities on which the Caribbean should advocate with respect to NCDs at its 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government, held in Montego Bay, Jamaica in July 2018.

Ministries of Health and National Bureaus of Standard in most Caribbean countries are hosting stakeholder meetings to obtain feedback from consumers for the revision of the (2010) CARICOM Regional Standard for Specification for labelling of pre-packaged foods (CRS 5:2010), as well as a separate standard for nutritional labeling. This new food labelling standard graphically indicates if a product contains high levels of sugar, sodium (salt) or fats. The consultation hosted by the Barbados National Standards Institution (BNSI) saw participation from individual consumers, medical doctors, small business persons and distributors.
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Cervical Cancer Could Be Eliminated in Most Countries by 2100 According to New Research

Cervical Cancer Could Be Eliminated in Most Countries by 2100
Photo credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
The Guardian (UK): Cervical cancer could be effectively eliminated in most countries around the world by the end of the 21st century, according to research.

The HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccine, which protects against the virus that causes most cases, has dramatically reduced incidences of cervical cancer wherever uptake has been high. There are hopes that the jab given to young girls, together with occasional HPV screening, could end the scourge of a disease that kills more than 300,000 women globally every year.

Last year the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO) called for coordinated global efforts to eliminate the disease. The research, published in the journal Lancet Oncology, shows how this could be done by scaling up vaccine coverage and screening.
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HCC is supporting civil society efforts to move towards the elimination of cervical cancer in the Caribbean with the support of partners like the Australian Direct Aid Programme and PAHO. Through the PAHO Revolving Fund, HPV Vaccination is now available through national programmes in 16 of 20 CARICOM countries across the region. The figure has jumped dramatically in the past few years showing good progress and increasing government support for HPV vaccination programmes. Civil society organisations across the region such as the Belize Cancer Society and the Jamaica Cancer society will continue to play a critical role in supporting implementation of national HPV vaccination programmes and promotion of vaccination uptake. 
See the work HCC is doing on Cervical Cancer Prevention
Cervical Cancer Prevention
Cervical Cancer Prevention
Cervical Cancer Prevention PSA
Including our End Cervical Cancer Now Campaign (Click/tap to play)

The Heart Foundation of Jamaica Calls Upon the Government to Honour it's Sugar Tax Commitment

The Heart Foundation of Jamaica Calls Upon the Government
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Caribbean Fruits and Vegetables Infographics Now Available in Multi-paged Printable Versions

Caribbean Fruits Infographic
Caribbean Vegetables Infographic
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Barbados National Workplace Wellness Policy

Barbados National Workplace Wellness Policy
The prevalence of chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and the significant proportion of NCD related deaths in Barbados have become a significant and growing concern for the general population and have presented a tremendous and almost unmanageable burden on the Government, the corporate private sector, and general economy of the country.
Barbados National Workplace Wellness Policy
In response, there have been concerted efforts, on the part of Government, private sector and civil society, to constructively target the workplace as a critical productive space in which many Barbadians spend most of their active lives.

In 2015, a major call by the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) was made to initiate a process towards the formulation and development of a National Workplace Wellness Policy for Barbados - a call that was considered long overdue.
This Policy provides an overall coordinating framework under which these and other future policies and programmes can fall.

HCC President Sir Trevor Hassell contributed to the development of the Workplace Wellness Policy on behalf of both the HCC and the Barbados Commission for CNCDs, also HCC member organisations in Barbados were key stakeholders consulted in the development of the policy.
Read the Policy Document
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BNR Celebrates 10 Years With Extravaganza

BNR Anniversary
Barbados GIS: The Barbados National Registry for Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases (BNR) will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Saturday, March 9, with an extravaganza at the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre, Jemmotts Lane, St. Michael.

Minister of Health and Wellness, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Bostic, will address the opening ceremony at 10:00 a.m. Presentations will follow from Professor Sir Trevor Hassell, whose topic will be Moving Toward a Healthier Nation; Professor Clive Landis – The UWI – A Research University and Professor Alafia Samuels – The George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre’s Commitment to Health Research.
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PAHO Alcohol and Health Webinar Series 2019

PAHO Alcohol and Health Webinar Series 2019
Credit: PAHO
PAHO: The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Unit is coordinating a series of monthly webinars on Alcohol and Health throughout 2019. The webinar series is aimed at disseminating up-to-date and accurate information about alcohol epidemiology, harms, policies and research in the Region of the Americas and globally, which in turn can be used for advocacy, policy development and implementation. 

Register to the series to receive the invitations and the recordings and presentations of the webinars. Register at: 
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South Africa - Obesity - What's in my food?

South Africa - Obesity - What's in my food?
South Africa - Obesity - What's in my food? (click/tap to play)

Cancer Support Services First PSA Screening for 2019

CSS PSA Testing
Cancer Support Services held its first PSA Screening for 2019 on Saturday February 9 from 10:00am at its new location, Ground Floor, Alpha Building, Dayrells Court Business Centre, Dayrells Road, Christ Church. Special thanks to those brave 97 men who came out to be screened!
Thanks also to our team of volunteers, Medilab Services Inc. and Dr. Jeetu Nebhnani for taking the time out of his schedule to speak to the gentlemen.”
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The Hidden Problem That Drives 100 Million People Into Poverty

Noncommunicable diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide, but they also have catastrophic economic impact. Here are three stories of people whose lives have been affected by these diseases and the opportunity we have to ensure that everyone has access to the care they need.
Access to NCD medicines and products: a critical issue for global health
Access to NCD medicines and products: a critical issue for global health
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The American Heart Association Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine Data Grant Portfolio

Closing Date for Applications 30th July 2019
AHA Grants
Grants are open to applicants outside the U.S., Training Grant applicants must hold at least a bachelor’s degree, Clinical Training Grants are for recent medical school graduates. Fields of study using bioinformatics, code development, and scientific community development are welcome.
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Lake Health and Wellbeing Newsletter

Lake Health and Wellbeing Newsletter
In this edition:
  • Cultural Identity, Historical Truth and the Health of Adults and Children in the Diaspora
  • Girl Talk: Fibroids
  • Women in Black by IC Blackman
  • Campaign Calls For Yearly Gynaecological Check-ups for Every Woman in the UK
  • We're Recruiting Volunteers
  • Wellbeing Lessons Learnt from Our Hike Up Mount Liamuiga
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Please Help to Monitor the Health of Caribbean Schools

My Healthy Caribbean School (MHCS) is an initiative of the HCC which provides students, teachers and parents with the opportunity to monitor the school environment with a focus on nutrition and physical activity.
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Key Messages From Our Publications
Key Messages from the Third Annual Caribbean Alcohol Reduction Day
Sobering Myths & Misconceptions
Youth and Alcohol Don't Mix
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The NCD Alliance


In this edition:
  • How can UHC respond to NCDs and multimorbidity?
  • NCDA hosting 2 days of the NCD Café at #AfricaHealth2019
  • Atlas of civil society initiatives now available in French
  • Join CSW63 Side Event: NCDs, UHC and Empowering Women
  • Deadline extended - accreditation to HLM on UHC
  • Applications for Emerging Leaders close 24 March
  • Why are improvements in life expectancy slowing?
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Childhood Obesity Prevention Scorecard
Forthcoming Events


Cancer Support Services Fundraising Breakfast

CSS Fundraising Worship Breakfast
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Barbados National Registry Celebrates 10th Anniversary

April 5th, 2019, the BNR, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Wellness will be hosting a 10th Anniversary CME Seminar and Public Lecture at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre. Read more

Cancer Support Services 23rd Anniversary Concert

23rd Anniversary Concert
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CARPHA Health Research Conference - Primary Health Care : Current and Future Models for the Caribbean

CARPHA Conference
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Our Publications
Caribbean Fruit and Vegetable  Infographics
Caribbean Fruit and Vegetable

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An Insight into Depression in the Caribbean
An Insight into Depression in the Caribbean Infographic 

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