The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

May 1st - May 7th 2015



Dr Maristela G. Monteiro
Healthy Caribbean in partnership with CARIAD invite you to a CARIBAPAN Webinar, Thursday May 14th 2014, 10-11am (Eastern Time - Check the timing of the webinar in your timezone on the registration form)

Presented by Dr Maristela G. Monteiro, Senior Advisor Alcohol and Substance Abuse Pan American Health Organization. Read More and Register
The HCC is seeking a consultant to provide a short one-day training in Financial Management for NGOs (including the use of Quickbooks software). If you are interested in being considered for this consultancy kindly send your CV to by May 22nd 2015


From May 11-13th in Barbados, the National Cancer Institute ( in partnership with the Healthy Caribbean Coalition and the American Cancer Society, ( will host a regional Cancer Control Leadership Forum.  Participating country teams hail from Barbados, Belize, Bahamas and Jamaica; with individual country representatives from various other territories.  The goal of the cancer control leadership forum is to increase the capacity of participating countries to initiate or enhance cancer control planing and implementation.  National cancer control plans comprise and important part of country’s NCD plan and can help countries meet NCD targets outlined in the WHO Global NCD Action Plan. The forum is an opportunity for countries to exchange experiences and ideas about creating and implementing comprehensive cancer control plans.
Friday April 24, 2015 was the launching of the first foot clinic in Haiti

Friday April 24, 2015 was the launching of the first foot clinic in Haiti

FHADIMAC (Fondation Haitienne de Diabetes et de Maladies Cardio Vasculaires) received from AmeriCares a grant for a two year period to implement a foot clinic in Port au Prince. This clinic is the first step of a bigger project: the building of a Center of excellence the only one of its kind whose mission will be to prevent and manage diabetes and cardiovascular diseases and all complications related to those conditions that will includes all the specialties needed for patient living with diabetes and cardio vascular diseases such as: eye, kidney and heart. The foot clinic will be transferred to this building allowing all services to be under one roof. Read more

Support Young Stroke Survivor

Young Stroke
Caribbean young stroke survivor Leslie Ann Higgins of Trinidad is a finalist in the Inspirational Vocal Competition please support her by "liking" her performance prior to May 31 on YoungStroke's Facebook page here.
Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis Launches “Greening” of CARPHA

Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis Launches “Greening” of CARPHA

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, May 07, 2015:  The Honourable Dr Timothy Harris, Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, this morning launched the “greening” of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) Federation Park Headquarters by planting a Flamboyant, the national tree of his country on the campus grounds.
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Jamaica Cancer Society Launches Celebrations with Lecture

Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS), this year celebrates 60 years of service
Recipient of The Gleaner's 2014 Honour Award for Health and Wellness, the Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS), this year celebrates 60 years of service and commitment to the people of Jamaica in the fight against cancer.  In its bid to kick-start the activities, the society launched its anniversary celebrations with a lecture under the distinguished patronage of the Custos of St Andrew, Donna Parchment, at King's House under the theme, Never Giving Up.
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Health Ministry Lauds Jamaica Cancer Society for Continued Partnership

KINGSTON, Jamaica - The Ministry of Health has a great partnership with Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS). The work that is being done in their islandwide outreach and mobile screening, particularly in rural and underserved communities contributes to the advancement of the Primary Health Care/community-focused approach, which we believe is important to stem the tide of non communicable diseases (NCDs), Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Dr Kevin Harvey said while speaking on behalf of Minister of Health, Dr Fenton Ferguson, at the Jamaica Cancer Society's 60th Anniversary Launch and Lecture on Monday. Read more
World Hypertension Day 2015

The Pearls and the Myths of Cancer

sponsored by 21st Century Oncology
Cancer Support Services hosted an informal session sponsored by 21st Century Oncology and Impression Imaging of Florida, on Saturday April 25 at Queens College where Dr. Anesa Ahamad, M.D, FRCR, Radiation Oncologist, Medical Director of 21st Century Oncology spoke to both males and females about the Pearls and the Myths of Cancer. The session was very educational and informative.
Dr. Ahamad's unique style of Question and Answer was well received by the attendees. Read more
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Latest News
Nutrition - fact/fiction?
Gina Pitts, CEO of the Barbados Heart & Stroke Foundation at the JIPA symposium
The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados along with the Mavericks Sports Club Inc. started its community awareness in fighting Heart Disease. Read more

JIPA-sponsored CME Neurological Symposium has Full House on TBI and Stroke Rehabilitation

Neurological Rehabilitation for Stroke & Traumatic Brain Injury in the Caribbean
The Hilton Barbados was the backdrop for an all-day seminar for health care professionals focusing on Neurological Rehabilitation for Stroke & Traumatic Brain Injury in the Caribbean. Allied health care workers, exercise therapists, physiotherapist, physiatrists, medical doctors and other health care workers packed the room in the JIPA sponsored event CME event. Read more

A Funny, Touching, Warm, Inspiring, Informative, Frank,  Entertaining Play About Prostate Cancer

A funny, touching, warm, inspiring, informative, frank,  entertaining play about Prostate Cancer
BUEI & Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre in conjunction with The Waterfront on Pitts Bay invite you to join us to watch this amazing one-man play. It explores the shared experience of being human and dealing with a crisis with grace and humor. It will take you from laughter to tears, from blushing to bravo, from thought to action, from tragedy to triumph. Friday, 8th May at 7:30pm. Read more

31 ways to Self Care Leading to Overall Wellness

31 Ways to Self Care
31 Ways to Self Care is another initiative of the Yes She Can project.  During the month of May we highlight the role self-care plays in developing healthy lifestyles.  As we celebrate mothers this month it’s really fitting that the focus is placed on such an ignored aspect of women’s wellbeing. Mothers who are the bastion of the home and the bedrock of our society often leave themselves undone to take care of their loved ones.  What we have learnt is that the woman needs to take time to replenish and refresh her, in order to negotiate her hectic and demanding life. Read more

World Heart Federation News

World Heart Federation
The World Heart Federation will be attending the 68th World Health Assembly (WHA) from 18-26 May in Geneva.
The agenda for this WHA promises to be particularly relevant for cardiovascular disease (CVD), as Agenda Item 13 is dedicated exclusively to ‘Non-communicable Diseases’. Read more

Nourishing Development: Halting the Diabetes Epidemic Through Healthy Eating

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF), would like to invite you to join a panel session and networking evening focusing on how healthy eating can help slow the diabetes epidemic, currently affecting an estimated 400 million people around the world. Read more

Salt Reduction Articles

  • Regional salt reduction targets entitled “Inaugural maximum values for Sodium in processed food Products in the Americas” is published in the Journal of Clinical Hypertension. Read here
  • Facts, issues controversies in salt reduction for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases published in Functional food review. Read here
  • New approach to estimating population sodium intake: Estimating the Population distribution of usual 24h sodium Excretion from timed urine void specimens using a statistical approach accounting for correlated measurement errors. Published in Journal of nutrition. Read here

Research Capacity-Building Workshop

Research Capacity-Building Workshop
mproving Chronic Disease in the Caribbean through Evidence-Based Behavioral and Social Interventions. Bridgetown, Barbados July 21-23, 2015 Applications now being accepted through May 11, 2015. Read more
CARPHA Conference
UN Special Session on World Drug Problem; WHA 68: Advocacy Briefing and Side Events; Add Your Priorities to the Next Strategic Plan

From the NCD Alliance Weekly Digest

NCDs and Risk Factor News
  • UN News: Air pollution in Europe costs $1.6 trillion a year in deaths and diseases, UN study shows read more
  • PLoS: 30% of people with a “healthy” BMI are actually obese read more
  • BMJ: Neal D. Barnard and Angela Eakin: Yes, cholesterol matters read more
  • BMJ: Alcoholic drinks contribute to obesity and should come with mandatory calorie counts read more
  • BMJ: Food and the responsibility deal: how the salt reduction strategy was derailed read more
  • BMJ: Urgent action to amend Austria’s tobacco control laws read more
  • BMJ: Maternal obesity increases type 1 diabetes risk in offspring, study shows read more
  • BBC: ‘Child obesity may have two phases' read more
  • Dev Policy: Death, Taxes and Tobacco read more
  • BioMed Central: E-cigarette use and relations to tobacco and alcohol use among adolescents read more
  • BioMed Central: Breast cancer: Adipose tissue, a bulky neighbor causing trouble read more
  • Guardian: ‘Vitamin supplements increase cancer risk.’ read more
  • Guardian: ‘Supermarkets should rebrand as ‘Public Benefit Corporations’ that promote healthy lifestyles.'Cancer Research read more
  • UK: Election 2015: what are the parties saying about cancer? read more
  • Next Billion: NCDs Threatening Health Insurance: Innovations, partnerships offer ways to mitigate the impact read more

Stroke Quiz: What You Need to Know

Poor heart health may raise your risk for a stroke. Learn the symptoms, when to call emergency services, and more.
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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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