The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

October 9th - October 15th 2015


Free Blood Pressure Screening in Jamaica

Free Blood Pressure Screening in Jamaica
October 14, 2015 the Heart Foundation of Jamaica’s provided free blood pressure screening, which took place in Emancipation Park, Kingston Jamaica.

Patrons walking through the park on that day,  as well as walkers and runners were offered free blood pressure checks while Nationwide News FM had an outside Broadcast with announcer “Miss Kitty”.
The Heart Foundation of Jamaica is a beneficiary of funding from the Australian Direct Aid Programme (DAP) for the Blood Pressure Control Through Community Action (BPCCA) Project. Read more about the HCC-managed BPCCA Project here.

Run for Your Heart

Run for Your Heart
On this occasion, the Heart Foundation also launched their RUN FOR YOUR HEART race to the media and the public. The race is scheduled for November 29, 2015.

See more images from the Run for Your Heart Launch here.

mHealth in the Caribbean

The HCC is currently collating an inventory of regional mHealth (mobile health) projects related to NCDs or health in general. mHealth is the use of mobile and wireless devices to improve healthoutcomes, healthcare services and health research.  This includes prevention messages, clinic reminders, diagnosis, prescription reminders, tracking health etc. The projects we are seeking to document include one-off, short-term or long-term mobile health initiatives. 
If you are aware of any such initiatives please share with us via email to

GSHTP Barbados Pilot 1-Year Evaluation

The Global Standardised Hypertension Treatment Project (GSHTP) Team was in Barbados this past week as part of the 1-year Pilot Evaluation.
The CDC funded GSHTP is implemented through the Barbados Ministry of Health, the University of the West Indies and managed by the HCC.  CDC Project Lead Dr. Pragna Patel accompanied by Dr. Pedro Ordunez, PAHO Regional Advisor, Department of Non Communicable and Mental Health and Ms. Lindsay Templin (epidemiologist) visited the local team led by Dr. Kenneth Connell, to conduct the first phase of the one-year project evaluation.


Pioneers the Class of 2018 Medical Students
Pioneers! The Class of 2018 Medical students, of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Cave Hill campus, The University of the West Indies, at their first clinical workshop at the ER Walrond Clinical Skills Building. Students were introduced to the GSHTP project by Drs. Pragna PATEL (CDC) and Pedro Ordunez (PAHO) and its significance to the fight against premature deaths from NCDs. They will be the first cohort of students to issue a clear public statement of commitment in the fight against NCDs.

Strengthening civil society response to NCDs

The NCD Alliance will be convening the first ever Global NCD Alliance Forum on 13th-15th November 2015 in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al-Qassimi, Wife of the Ruler of Sharjah, Founder and Royal Patron of FoCP, International Ambassador of the World Cancer Declaration for Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and International Ambassador for Childhood Cancer for UICC, is the Forum’s Patron as part of her commitment to the fight against cancer and NCDs. The Forum is organised in partnership with local host organisation, Friends of Cancer Patients (FoCP). Read more

Cervical Cancer Awareness Campaign Launched

The Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association (GRPA) in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Georgetown recently launched a cervical cancer awareness and screening campaign with medical teams conducting outreaches in various regions throughout Guyana.

The campaign, funded by Scotia Bank Guyana, will offer services such as free Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid (VIA) screening, cryotherapy and pap smears as well as breast examinations. Read more

Pink Phit and Phabulous Walkathon in St. Maarten

Over 350 participated in this years Pink PHIT Phabulous walkathon that started at Divico and ended at the Sonesta Great bay Parking lot on Sunday October 11, 2015. Participants included groups from the French side, schools, swim teams, walk enthusiasts, cross fit athletes, moms, dads and children of all ages were present at 5.00am to partake in the PPP walkathon. The red cross volunteers accompanied participants on foot and followed participants from their vehicle ensuring their safety along the route.

At the start of the walk participants received a pink t-shirt, a pink backpack, a hand towel and sunblock. Along the route participants were provided with water, slices of orange, apples and sunblock. Upon arrival at Sonesta Great Bay Parking lot participants were greeted by the St. Maarten Diabetes Foundation doing testing for Cholesterol levels, music, refreshments, sweetbreads, apples, water and other goodies. It was a wonderful success and we thank our sponsors Divico, Manrique Capriles, CC1 and Renttasound for making this a successful event said foundation presidents Mercedes Wyatt and Shelly Alphonso.

The Elekralyets and Positive Foundation were happy to have so many people who participated in the annual PPP walkathon which is a great way to enhance Breast cancer awareness on our island.
BNR Cancer Snapshot Edition 8

BNR-C Annual Report - Retrospective but Timely

The BNR - Cancer is proud to announce the release of its first annual report - the culmination of much work and collaboration. For the first Barbados has comprehensive incidence and survival data on cancers of all sites nationwide. Read the snapshot here.

Report Highlights
BNR-C Annual Report
  • In 2008, 1204 tumours diagnosed among 1117 persons (567 men; 51%) in Barbados were registered with the BNR
  • Of the 1204 tumours, 1105 (92%) were malignant, 82 in situ, and 12 were uncertain or benign brain tumours.
  • The vast majority (397 deaths; 80%) of the 498 cancer patients diagnosed in 2008 who died by the end of 2013, died from their cancer (Fig. 3). Fewer than 20% of deaths (88; 18%) were from causes other than cancer, and only 3% (13 patients) died from unknown causes.
  • Of the 782 (70%) tumours for which data on date of first treatment were available, 706 (90%) were initially treated within the first 4 months of diagnosis.
Download the report directly here.

National Institutes of Health Funding Opportunity

Cancer Detection, Diagnosis, and Treatment Technologies for Global Health (UG3/UH3).
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) supports the development of cancer-relevant technologies suitable for use in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Specifically, the FOA solicits applications for projects to adapt, apply, and validate existing or emerging technologies into a new generation of user-friendly, low-cost technologies for imaging, detecting, diagnosing, preventing, and/or treating cancers in humans living in LMICs. Read more

Joint Annual Meeting of the Caribbean Society of Endoscopic Surgeons & the Caribbean Obesity Society

Joint Annual Meeting of the Caribbean Society of Endoscopic Surgeons & the Caribbean Obesity Society
22 - 24 October, 2015, Queen Elizabeth Hospital & Accra beach Hotel & Spa. The Joint Annual Scientific Meeting of the Caribbean Society of Endoscopic Surgeons & the Caribbean Obesity Society 2015 promises to deliver advanced informative instruction to address the knowledge, skills, and specialised qualities necessary for delivery of surgical care of the highest quality for physicians at all stages of their profession.
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CARPHA Health Research Conference Call for Papers

Deadline for Receipt of Papers is December 1st, 2015. The 61st Annual CARPHA Health Research Conference will be held in the Turks and Caicos Islands from June 23rd to June 25th, 2016.

The theme for 2016 is Family Health. For more information contact the conference secretariat at: or click here.
International Stroke Day Workshop

International Stroke Day Workshop

The Neurological Effects of Stroke - Monday, October 26, 2015 - from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM - Courtyard By Marriott - Hastings Barbados.

Special Guest Speaker: Dr. Andre Douen, Canadian Neurologist. Multidisciplinary presentations from a range of specialists in Research, Paramedics, Accident & Emergency, Speech Therapy, Nutrition and other areas. Read more
Management of Female Genital System Cancers

Management of Female Genital System Cancers

The Barbados National Registry for Chronic Non-communicable Disease (the BNR), on behalf of the Ministry of Health, is hosting a cancer workshop entitled “Management of Female Genital Systems Cancer” to be held on Thursday, 22nd October 2015 at the UWI 3 W’s Oval Pavilion from 1:30 to 5 pm.

Download the Registration form here
and the Programme here.
World Health Organisation

Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity

Open for comment: 29 September – 13 November 2015
The Draft Final Report of the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity is now open for comment from relevant stakeholders. In addition, the Commission will hold regional consultations and hearings throughout this consultative period. Read more

NCD Alliance Webinar - Wednesday 21 October

The NCD Alliance will be holding their next webinar on Wednesday 21 October at 10:00 – 11:30 am EST/16:00 – 17:30 CET. The powerpoint slides and recording will be made available on the NCD Alliance website after the webinar. Topics include:
  • Updates from the UN Development Summit and on Post-2015
  • Preparations for the NCD Alliance Global Forum
  • Updates on WHO Processes
  • Guest updates on the Global Nutrition Report and Climate & NCDs
In addition, participants can submit questions prior to the webinar by emailing by Monday 19 October. Participants will also be able to send questions and feedback during the webinar. Register here
9th World Alliance for Risk Factor Surveillance Conference 2015
The American University of Antigua will be hosting the 9th WARFS Global Conference in St. John’s, Antigua. This will be the first WARFS conference to be held in the Caribbean region. The WARFS 2015 conference follows a series of very interesting conferences held in countries around the world since 1999.  Read more

Featuring Civil Society from the Global South - Planting the Seeds for South-South Collaboration

South African NCD Alliance

Forming a Network of Interested Stakeholders

Forming a network of interested stakeholders to combat NCDs in the Northern Cape in conjunction with the Northern Cape Department of Health. 05/11/2015, 6:00 am - 4:00 pm at the Horseshoe Inn, Kimberly. Registration opens Monday October 12th , 2015.

For more info email. Subject Line: NCape NCDs.

Vist the South Affrican NCD Alliance Website here.

The Life Course Approach to Preventing NCDs

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Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Latest
Even The Food Vans...
Fast Now - Potentially Fatal Later.

Free lecture - "Stroke Through The Ages"

Yute Gym Helps children overcome bullying...
Read more from the Heart & Stroke Foundation newsletter here
NCD Alliance e-Alert
  • #NCDAForum2015: Strengthening civil society response to NCDs
  • World Osteoporosis Day on Tuesday 20th October
  • Webinar: Wednesday 21st October
  • NGO Caucus ahead of the GCM/NCD Dialogue
Read more
GBH News October
  • Ensuring the private sector can drive measurable progress on health: GBCHealth’s Health Credit Exchange
  • Private Sector Consultation on the Equitable Access Initiative | UNGA Side Event
  • UNITLIFE: A Briefing for Private Sector Partners | UNGA Side Event
  • Launch of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development
  • Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, 2016-2030
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.

To join the HCC email us at
The work of HCC would not be possible without core funding from Sagicor Life Inc
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