The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

April 3rd - April 9th 2015


Global Health Leaders Applaud the Government of Jamaica’s Tobacco Control Efforts

Leading global public health organisations have submitted a letter to Hon. PM Portia Simpson Miller congratulating the Government of Jamaica for working to meet its moral and legal obligations to protect its citizens’ health by enacting and enforcing strong tobacco control policies.  Jamaica demonstrated its commitment to action when it ratified the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) in 2005.
The HCC joins these global CSOs in congratulating the Gov’t of Jamaica for its leadership and steadfast commitment to tobacco control.  HCC Member, the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC), has been working with the Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Fenton Ferguson, for many years to create a tobacco-free Jamaica and the HCC commends them for their courage and dedication to this urgent public health cause.
JCTC representatives noted that there is currently a national media campaign to discredit the tobacco control work of the Ministry of Health and its Minister, Dr. Fenton Ferguson. Sections of the media are either calling for his resignation or for the Prime Minister to remove him from his current portfolio.
Additionally,  the Opposition party have been weighing in on the matter.  This campaign began with the Minister’s  announcement of his intentions to  go ahead with comprehensive tobacco control  legislation. The campaign is using health issues as a guise under which to ask for the Minister’s  removal.  
The global health community, the HCC and the JCTC are in full support of the Minister and the Ministry of Health as they move forward with comprehensive tobacco control legislation.

Read the letter of support here.
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


Oral Cancer Is No Joke

Free oral cancer screenings was offered by dentists on April 1 as part of the Cayman Islands Cancer Society’s education outreach efforts. People began lining up for their 5 minute pain free screening long before the clinics were opened for business. Nine clinics took part in mouth and throat cancer screenings. Waiting rooms at some clinics were packed with people throughout the day. At the end of business day, 200 people were screened and with 1 clinic committing to continue screening throughout the month, we expect the numbers to increase significantly.
Free oral cancer screenings
“Oral cancer is a new topic for us in Cayman, and fortunately our dentists answered our calls for help in raising awareness of this rarely discussed, but fairly common, cancer,” said Jennifer Weber, operations manager at the Cancer Society. “Dr. Keelin Fox, who spearheaded the Cayman screening initiative, was involved in the inaugural Irish Oral Cancer screening day in 2011, and screened a man who was later diagnosed with both oral and lung cancer. He made a full recovery, due in part to early detection. “This had a profound effect on me,” said Dr. Fox, “and highlighted to me that dentists have an important role to play in the early detection and prevention of this disease.”

Watch Dr. Kellin Fox and the Jennifer Weber, from the Cayman Islands Cancer Society talk about screening here.


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
Please email

NCDs, Child Survival & Development for Health

NCD Child’s World Health Assembly side event
NCD Child’s World Health Assembly side event, Tuesday May 19th Vieux Bois Restaurant Geneva Switzerland.
Individuals interested in attending are welcome to contact us at Read more

Better Birthing In Bim Present  a Public screening and panel discussion of MICROBIRTH- the Documentary

Friday 24th April 2015,  7.00 - 9.30pm at the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination, Cinematheque, U.W.I, There are limited seats available so please email Andrea Jordan for more information.

The Panelists:
  1. Dr. Garth McIntyre- Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
  2. Dr. Fatimah J Best- PhD, Researcher and Consultant
  3. Mrs. Andrea Bonita Jordan- Registered midwife (RM), Breastfeeding Specialist, President of ‘Better Birthing in Bim’
  4. Ms. Katrina M Ifill – BA (Hons), Communications Specialist & Creatrix of Orgasmik Intelligence
WHO/USAID/World Bank Public Consultation

HCC Encourages You to Contribute to WHO/USAID/World Bank Public Consultation

The World Health Organization, USAID, and World Bank have launched a public consultation on Health Measurement and Accountability for Post-2015: A Common Roadmap. The Roadmap articulates an approach to support effective measurement and accountability systems for health and  ensure that countries have what they need to plan, manage and measure their health programs, as well as monitor and achieve their national health goals and the health SDGs.  The final version of the document is expected to be launched at a Summit in Washington, DC, June 9-11. The authors are accepting feedback on the current draft via the website until April 15. View Roadmap here and Submit feedback here

Stakeholder feedback on the indicators for the SDGs in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

On 19 March 2015, a technical report was released by the Bureau of the United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC) on the process of the development of an indicator framework for the goals and targets of the post-2015 development agenda: read it here. Non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations and organizations participating in the Major Groups may contribute assessment of the draft indicators by completing the online form here. DEADLINE: 26 APRIL 2015.

Dementia and NCDs: Shared risk factors, shared solutions

NCD Alliance NCDs and Dementia
Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) and Alzheimer's Australia will host the 30th International Conference of Alzheimer's Disease International from 15 to 18 April 2015 in Perth, Australia.The conference theme this year is "Care, Cure and the Dementia Experience - A Global Challenge".
In addition to the core programme of the conference, supporters of the NCD Alliance have organised two sessions entitled The NCD Dialogues, which will take place on Thursday 16th April. Read more
World Cancer Day 2015 Report

World Cancer Day 2015 Campaign Report

On 4th  February 2015, the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) marked World Cancer Day collaboratively with its many members, partners and supporters around the world, breaking previous records and culminating in 10.7 billion opportunities to see, hear or read about World Cancer Day in 2015.
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The global south has free trade to thank for its obesity and diabetes epidemic

Junk food companies seeking growth markets are flooding poor countries with cheap, unhealthy food. And the consequences are devastating. You wouldn’t think that free-trade deals could lead to a diabetes and obesity epidemic, but they have. Today, many countries in the global south are seeing an explosion of these afflictions - all because their governments welcomed in transnational food companies looking for new “growth markets” for poor quality, heavily processed or just plain junk food. Read more
Avoid the Consequences of High Blood Pressure Infographic

Avoid the Consequences of High Blood Pressure Infographic

High blood pressure can injure or kill you, when high blood pressure is uncontrolled.

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Short people's 'DNA linked to increased heart risk'

The shorter you are, the greater your risk of heart problems, a team at the University of Leicester says. The study, of nearly 200,000 people, found sections of DNA that control both height and heart health. Read more
March Issue of Diabetes Voice

The March Issue of Diabetes Voice is Now Available Online

Read it here.

Breast cancer risk test devised in 77-gene analysis

Scientists have predicted the odds of women developing breast cancer by looking for tiny errors in their DNA. The international team analysed 77 genes. Individually they each had a low impact on cancer risk, but were a powerful combination. The findings, in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, could eventually transform screening, preventive treatments and even HRT. Read more
Updates on Financing for Development; Shared risk factors, shared solutions; Access Our Medicine reaches 100,000 supporters

Salt Shockers Slideshow: High-Sodium Surprises

You might be getting too much sodium without even knowing it. See which foods have shockingly high amounts, and learn about better bets. 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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