The HCC and it's members are saddened to hear of the loss of life and tremendous infrastructural damage caused by tropical storm Erika in Dominica and our thoughts are with the Dominican people as they come to terms with their losses and rebuild.
The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

August 21st - August 27th 2015


GSHTP Changing Culture of Hypertension Management

The Global Standardised Hypertension Treatment Project (GHSTP) Barbados Pilot is in it’s second year of implementation and changing the way health care providers manage hypertension. The project team consisting of Principle Investigator, Dr. Kenneth Connell and Clinical Research Fellows Dr. Addison St. John and Dr. Jamario Skeete, have recently taken steps to increase the visibility of the GSHTP in the 2 polyclinic sites.
GSHTP Changing Culture of Hypertension Management
The GSHTP mission statement, project vision, methodology, protocol, BP target reminder and smoking status documentation appears in all physician consultation rooms.  In addition, there are nurse specific branding and protocols in the nursing areas. Reminders on BMI measurement are placed by all scales and posters of  salt reduction and smoking  cessation are posted throughout the clinics.
All pharmacies have posters about the role of the pharmacy in the GSHTP and the importance of ensuring drug availability.  In the records areas, there are reminders on reducing salt consumption at eye level which patients are invited to read whilst their appointments are being scheduled.

Dr. Skeete remarked that, "One year on, it is becoming clear that the attitudes towards hypertension are changing at these clinics". Dr. St John added that the team was, "pleased to hear a pharmacist speak of the surge in chlorthalidone use which can firmly be attributed to our treatment protocol'". Dr. Connell noted that, "The GSHTP, with its novel uncomplicated principles, offers the real opportunity to strengthen health systems aimed at  improving the way we manage hypertension care; and all executed in a more affordable way. For resource rich countries this is prudent spending in the health economy. For small island developing states, however, we simply can not afford not to adopt the principles!" 


Diabetes Association of Barbados
Diabetes Association of Barbados
Founded in in April 1975 the Diabetes Association of Barbados is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and has been planning and organising many activities throughout 2015, Including:
  • Keep The Culture Cut The Fat
  • D-Tour
  • Sponsor A-Child
  • Youth Volunteer Thrust
  • Monthly dish competition
Read the overview and full list of activities here.
UN Sustainable Development Summit 2015
The Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda will be held from 25 - 27 September 2015 at UN Headquarters in New York. The Summit will consist of six roundtable dialogues, during which Heads of State and Government will deliver remarks around each of the themes. Though registration for the Summit is now closed, all dialogues and sessions will be webcast. For those planning to attend the Summit and 70th UNGA, please note that many side events are held outside of UN Headquarters and do not require Summit registration. Event organisers will be in contact with registered attendees regarding security and participation guidelines. If your organization is hosting an event during the Summit, please let us know so we may add it to the calendar. Read more
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Latest
Of Concern
is the health of our security officers

3 New Directors Appointed...
  • Dr. Kenneth Connell
  • Mrs. Ena Harvey
  • Mr. David Neilands
Read more from the Heart & Stroke Foundation newsletter here
Cancer Support Services Fundraising Lunch 2015

Sugar Sweetened Beverage Taxes - The Rudd Report

Sugar-sweetened beverages are staples of today’s American diet. These beverages are inexpensive, abundant, high in calories, deliver little or no nutrition, and appeal to our taste for sweetness. They are heavily marketed, especially to children, often using celebrities, sports stars, and cartoon characters. More than for any category of food, rigorous scientific studies have shown that consumption of SSBs contributes to poor diet, and risk for obesity, diabetes and a number of other serious health problems. Read more
Soft Drinks Tax

Big Soda vs. Public Health

How the Industry Opens Its Checkbook to Defeat Health Measures.
Big Soda vs. Public Health
Big Soda (American Beverage Association, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Dr Pepper Snapple Group) has spent at least $106 million between 2009 and 2015 to defeat public health initiatives at the local, state, and federal levels. To defeat ballot measures and legislation to levy taxes on sugar drinks and legislative proposals requiring warning labels, the industry has greatly outspent public health advocates.  For instance, Big Soda spent more than $9 million to oppose a soda-tax initiative in San Francisco, while advocates spent only $255,000. Read more

WHO Web-based Public Consultation

The interim report from the Working Group on how to realize governments’ commitments to engage with the private sector for the prevention and control of NCDs (Working Group 3.1) provides preliminary recommendations that emphasize the leadership role that governments must play in calling on the private sector to strengthen its contribution to NCD prevention and control. These recommendations apply to all five specific action areas included in paragraph 44 of the UN Political Declaration.

Member States, UN agencies, relevant NGOs and selected private sector entities are encouraged to submit their comments before Tuesday 15 September 2015 by sending an email to Read more
Scientist↔Survivor Program at the Science of Cancer Health Disparities Conference

Scientist↔Survivor Program at the Science of Cancer Health Disparities Conference

Taking place November 13 - 16, 2015 in Atlanta, GA, the eighth AACR conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved will address all levels of basic, population, clinical and transdisciplinary research related to cancer. Read more

NCD Alliance Webinar

The NCD Alliance will be holding a webinar on Wednesday 9 September 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.
Please join us to discuss:
  • Preparations for 70th Session of the UN General Assembly
  • Updates on Global Forum of National and Regional NCD Alliances
  • Updates on WHO Global Coordination Mechanism and Regional Committee Meetings
Participants can submit questions prior to the webinar by emailing by Monday 7 September register here.

Blood Test Detects Cancer Relapse

A blood test may be able to save lives by finding cancers that have started to grow again after treatment, a study suggests. Scientists at the Institute of Cancer Research in London found traces of breast cancer eight months before doctors would normally have noticed. In the trial, the test found 12 cancers out of the 15 women who relapsed. Experts said there was still some way to go before there was a test that could be used in hospitals. Read more
NCD Alliance e-Alert
  • United Nations Development Summit
  • Post-2015 Indicator Consultation Process
  • NCD Alliance Webinar
  • World Alzheimer Report 2015 launched
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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