The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

November 27th - December 3rd 2015


Regional Cervical Cancer Initiatives Featured at WHO Dialogue Meeting

Belize Cancer Society President and member of HCC Board of Directors Laura Tucker Longsworth presented at the recent WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on the Prevention and Control of NCDs. Her presentation was entitled 'Defender of women living with NCDs: championing the rights to health care for women living in remote and poor areas of Belize. The experiences of the Jamaica Cancer Society and the Belize Cancer Society cervical cancer efforts were also featured in a compelling image display.

Laura Tucker Longsworth commented "It was a momentous occasion to see my Belize Cancer Society President - PG  Branch - Guillermina Mendez's picture on display in the gallery and the video launch was awesome, I felt honored to be a part of this initiative. Mendez's emotional presentation was impressive".

Read more about the WHO Dialogue on how to strengthen international cooperation on the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases within the framework of North–South, South–South and triangular cooperation here.

Gynaecological Cancer Unit Opens at QEH

Barbados Nation News - Minister of Health John Boyce said the Ministry is working on a national cancer action plan to assess the root causes and solution for common preventable cancers. Boyce said gynaecological cancers, familiarly known as below the belt cancers, were the leading cause of cancer in women and were responsible for, on average, 20 yearly deaths over the last five years. Read more
Additional press coverage:
Loop News: Special unit to treat ‘below the belt cancers’ officially opened
Barbados Today: National Cancer Plan Promised
Barbados Advocate: Confronting Cancer
Nation News Saturday Sun: New Gyno Unit Opens

Globe-athon in the Caribbean Video Update

Globe-athon in the Caribbean Video Update
Globe-athon had a Mas band on the Labor Day Parade this past September 2015.  We were honored to have Soca Queen Alison Hinds on our float which was titled  "Globe-athon in the Caribbean"  Take Care Down There..... Please join us in viewing the Public Service Announcement Video that was created by Spark Media and also the debut of Alison Hinds Music Video "Parade".

Self Management for Chronic Diseases Training Continues in Barbados

The Stanford Programme on Chronic Diseases Self-Management
The Stanford Programme on Chronic Diseases Self-Management is an activity carried out under a License Agreement between the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and Stanford University. Its objective is to assist people in the region with chronic conditions to improve their health status. This is an excellent example of multisectoral collaboration, bringing together PAHO, Regional Governments and Civil Society.

Barbados has completed the second Leaders Training for Stanford Chronic Diseases Self-Management Programme with health professionals (out of eight participants are General Practitioners at primary health care). This will make strong network between health professionals and community leaders.

Smoking Causes Cancers; What About Jerk Pork?

It should be made clear whether the rules for tobacco apply to ganja. Does ganja smoke cause cancer?
Jamaica Gleaner - Smoking cigarettes and eating smoked meats have a lot in common: They may cause cancers. Most of us are concerned about our health, and we expect the State to alert us to hazards. Cabinet did a good job on tobacco -- which accounts for some 86 per cent of lung cancers, though initiated by developed countries based on the burden on health care. The World Health Organization's report on processed foods and cancer released in October sparked no similar action as for tobacco. Why? Read more

Caribbean Stakes Space at COP21

Caribbean Stakes Space at COP21
For the first time ever, the Caribbean has a designated space at the international climate talks — one designed to facilitate deliberation on emergent issues while providing a taste of the region and its offerings to the world. It has been made possible through the collaborative efforts of Caribbean partners notably the Caribbean Development Bank.
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Barbados PM Stuart Talks Climate Change with President Obama
Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and other leaders of Small Island Developing States met this week with the United States President Barack Obama to discuss matters related to climate change. Read more
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Latest
Preliminary Results Are In....
The rate of Heart Attacks & Strokes in Barbados are approximately 7% higher in 2015 compared to last year.

Just A Minute...
This is an edited excerpt of our recent student in CPR & Basic Life Support Training, Mr. Stephen Brathwaite.

Read more from the Heart & Stroke Foundation newsletter here.
Caribbean Medical Providers Practicing Abroad

CARPHA Health Research Conference Call for Papers NEW DEADLINE

There is a new deadline for submission of papers for presentation at the Conference: January 1st 2016. 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.
NCD Child Connect
Fall/Winter 2015
  • ALAPE - NCDs Advocacy Workshop
  • Sharjah Declaration - Global NCD Alliance Forum 2015
  • New Diabetes & Child Rights Resource
  • 7th Symposium of National Institute of Child Health in Pakistan focuses on NCDs
  • #UNGA2015 Recap
  • Volunteer with AYUDA!
Read more

NCDFREE Copenhagen Bootcamp Summary

5 weeks ago NCDFREE celebrated their fourth edition of the Bootcamp in Copenhagen. Over a jam-packed weekend, more than 75 young professionals and students came together to engage in NCDs and Global Health.
Following the then recent announcement of the sustainable development goals, the advocacy and innovation workshop centered around this topic with talks from Sustainia, INDEX Design, EAT Initiative, WHO Europe, Generation Zero and many more.
Read more

UK Parliament Debates Sugary Drinks Tax

UK Parliament Debates Sugary Drinks Tax
Experts believe a tax of just 7p per regular-sized can of soft drink with added sugar could generate £1 billion per year. We believe this crucial revenue should be ring-fenced to support much needed preventative strategies in the NHS and schools around childhood obesity and diet-related disease. The Government responded "The Government has no plans to introduce a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. The Government will announce its plans for tackling childhood obesity by the end of the year". Read more
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NCD Alliance e-Alert
  • NCD Cafe & Dialogues: Empowering patients to overcome stigma
  • South Africa Civil Society Status Report Launched
  • Updates from COP21 - Paris Climate Conference
  • Universal Health Coverage Day 2015 and PATH Call to Action
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From the NCD Alliance Weekly Digest

NCDs News
  • Lancet: Diabetes and tuberculosis co-epidemic: the Bali Declaration read more
  • Lancet: A roadmap for better mental health in New York City read more
  • WHO: This week – WHO/GCM Dialogue on NCDs and international cooperation read more
  Risk Factor News
  • WCRF: Men & preventing cancer – what do we know? read more
  • WCRF: Is westernisation of lifestyle in South Africa affecting cancer risk? read more
  • BMJ: E-cigarettes and children: advocates walking on both sides of the street? read more
  • PLoS: Taking Action: Small Victories with Big Impacts read more
  • NEJM: Time to Reassess Blood-Pressure Goals read more
  • BioMed Central: Engaging families in physical activity research: a family-based focus group study read more
  • Journal Public Health: Alcohol consumption for different periods in life, intake pattern over time and all-cause mortality 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.

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