The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

March 27th - April 2nd 2015


HCC and the Dominica Diabetes Association Empowering communities to reduce high blood pressure

HCC and the Dominica Diabetes Association
The HCC and the Dominica Diabetes Association (DOMDA) held the 'Blood Pressure Screening for Communities' workshop on Wednesday April 1st, 2015 attended by DOMDA outreach staff and community nurses and physicians from the Ministry of Health. DOMDA is one of the subgrantees on the Blood Pressure Control Through Community Action (BPCCA) project - Phase I, funded through the Australian Direct Aid Program.

Through the initiative the DOMDA will be screening approximately 800 individuals in underserved communities in and around St. Joseph Health District and monitoring those found to have high blood pressure for medication and lifestyle compliance. DOMDA is led by President Mrs. Marvlyn Birmingham and her team. BPCCA I Clinical Project Advisors Dr. Jamario Skeete and Dr. Addison St. John led the one-day training workshop. For more information on the BPCCA click here. See more images from this training day here.


Commonwealth Secretariat Deputy Secretary-General

Commonwealth Secretariat Deputy Secretary-General and HCC discuss shared vision for accelerated NCD Policy in the region

Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General (Economic and Social Development), Mr. Deodat Maharaj and Mr. Wonderful Khonje, Economic Officer, Small States, Economic Policy Divison at Commonwealth Secretariat (Comsec), met with HCC President, Sir Trevor Hassell, and Exec. Director, Maisha Hutton on March 27th, 2015.

The HCC updated the DSG on the Comsec funded NCD Commissions Strengthening Project (NCDCSP) and discussed the urgent need for NCD policies in the region, and mechanisms to achieve this.  NCDs and Universal Health Coverage (UHC) are the two priority areas for Comsec. The Comsec funded HCC work, builds on the NCD Alliance project (Strengthening Health Systems, Supporting NCD Action), and explores structures and strategies to strengthen the regional multisectoral response around NCDs and to build capacity and create environments which stimulate policy development. 
30 Miles in 30 Days
Better Birthing in Bim - about us

HCC New Member - Better Birthing in Bim

Better Birthing In Bim is a charity that is creating a national movement towards positive change in childbirth. Established by a group of concerned individuals and health professionals in October 2014, we feel a certain sense of urgency is needed in addressing how very medicalized birth has become, with cesarean section rates now well above that stated by the WHO to be safe or optimum, in most industrialized nations. Read more
Herat & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Weekly

Sleep... Get some sleep over this holiday weekend.

New research findings published in the European Heart Journal underscored just how critical sleep is to your heart.
Researchers examined the sleep habits of 475,000 participants in 15 previous studies.  Read more
Cancer Support Services Lecture 2015

Cancer Support Services Public Lecture “Prehabilitation” and “Survivorship” What Do These Concepts Mean to Cancer Patients Review

On Wednesday March 11, 2015, Cancer Support Services hosted a Public Lecture entitled “Prehabilitation” and “Survivorship” What Do These Concepts Mean to Cancer Patients? by Prof. Richard Wassersug, PhD of British Columbia, Canada at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Two Mile Hill, St. Michael at 6:30pm. Read more
Caribbean Gynecologic Cancer Society
Caribbean Gynecologic Cancer Society
The Caribbean Gynecologic Cancer Society has been launched to improve gynaecological cancer outcomes in the Caribbean and to close the gap between the Caribbean and outcomes in Canada and North America. The society held it's inaugural meeting in Barbados in February and is the next initiative to get the professionals together in the fight against women’s cancer. Read more about the CGCS here.

The Jamaica Cancer Society Launches 2015 Relay For Life

Relay for life 2015
This year marks the twelfth staging of Relay For Life in Jamaica, and the Cancer Society invited members of the media, corporate sponsors, cancer survivors and volunteers to a private launch event at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston last Thursday afternoon.
Relay For Life is the premier cancer awareness event for the Jamaica Cancer Society and was first held in June 2003 with only 75 cancer survivors and 1200 patrons in attendance. Since then the event has grown significantly with 350 survivors and over 5000 patrons in attendance at the 2014 event.

Relay For Life is a fun-filled celebration of cancer survivorship which honours the cancer survivors and during the Luminaria Ceremony, pay respect to those who fought the disease but lost the battle. The event recognizes caregivers, educates the community on the importance of early detection and screening, recruits new volunteers to work in the Society’s cancer prevention and control programmes, and provides an evening filled with first class entertainment and fellowship. One percent of the funds raised at Relay for Life goes to the American Cancer Society to be used in cancer research; the rest of the funds are used to assist those vulnerable customers of the Society access life sustaining services such as chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, diagnostic tests, and to also finance the Society’s public health campaigns and symposiums.

CVD Roadmaps

CVD Roadmaps
The World Heart Federation is currently working on three CVD Roadmaps dedicated to secondary prevention, tobacco control and raised blood pressure.

The Roadmaps are designed to translate existing knowledge of best practices, barriers, and solutions into practical strategies for improved cardiovascular health. They serve as models so countries can meet their commitments to develop or update national non-communicable disease plans using the framework provided by the World Health Organization’s Global Action Plan (GAP). Read more

How Safe is Your Food - World Health Day 2015

How Safe is Your Food
The great majority of people will experience a food or water borne disease at some point in their lives. This highlights the importance of making sure the food we eat is not contaminated with potentially harmful bacteria, parasites, viruses, toxins and chemicals. Read more


NCDFREE Comedy Part 6
The penultimate instalment of the comedy collection from the NCDFREE team, Sandro has successfully persuaded Charlie to choose a more physically active commute back home. Read more
CSS Annual Conference 2015

E-Cigarette Health Scare Erupts as Officials Highlight "Serious" Cancer Risk of Vaping

E-cig advocates hit back as experts claim vaping could be MORE DANGEROUS than smoking. Give up smoking AND vaping to dodge cancer risk, health chiefs warnOfficials have issued an urgent warning about the "serious risks" of electronic cigarettes, adding fuel to a growing public health crisis around the safety of "vaping".  Read more


HCC is asking it’s members to submit any tobacco control advocacy activities they have undertaken that have led to changes in programming and/or policy
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The new "Advocacy Toolkit on NCDs in the Post-2015 Development Agenda" is now available in Spanish; Care, Cure and the Dementia Experience; The conference theme this year is "Care, Cure and the Dementia Experience - A Global Challenge"; Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations

From the NCD Alliance Weekly Digest

NCD News
  • Lancet: Personalised care initiatives for diabetes care read more
  • World Bank: Leading by Example: Combating Non-Communicable Diseases in Sri Lanka through Health Promotion and Prevention read more
  • NEJM: Demographic and Epidemiologic Drivers of Global Cardiovascular Mortality read more
  • E-Hospice: Developing hospice services for people living with dementia read more
  • WEF: Changing the way we think about mental health read more
  • WEF: Could a cancer drug treat Alzheimer’s? read more
  • Lancet: Prediction of cardiovascular disease worldwide read more
  • DFID: Raising DFID’s ambition on disability read more
  • BMJ: US cancer care system in “highly volatile state,” cancer group says read more
Risk Factor News
  • WHO: Declarations of the 16th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health read more
  • BMJ: World Conference on Tobacco or Health: keeping the focus on the tobacco industry read more
  • BMJ: Risk of developing diabetes increases with time spent watching TV, study shows read more
  • BMJ: No increase in Australia’s illicit tobacco trade is seen after plain packs are introduced read more
  • CGD: The Perfect Proposal for the Addis Ababa Accord: Tobacco Taxes read more
  • BioMed Central: E-cigarettes and teens: how concerned should we be? read more
  • BioMed Central: Youth accessing e-cigarettes for experimentation read more

Type 2 Diabetes Myths and Facts

Can you have type 2 and not even know it? Do you have to swear off sweets? Can drinking coffee lower your risk? Separate fact from fiction. Find out 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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The work of HCC would not be possible without core funding from Sagicor Life Inc
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