The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

July 29th - August 4th 2017


No Turning Back on Guyana Tobacco Control Legislation

Guyana Public Health Minister, Volda Lawrence
SAFEGUARDING the health of citizens is paramount in the minds of the APNU+AFC coalition government and it is with this in mind that the Tobacco Control Bill was passed in the National Assembly.

Despite criticisms by the Demerara Tobacco Company (DEMTOCO) and other stakeholders, the government on Thursday made it clear that it intends to follow through with the implementation of same when assented to by President David Granger.

Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence told reporters just before the start of the 69th Sitting of the National Assembly of the first session of the 11th Parliament, that “government has a right under the Constitution and as human beings to ensure that we take care of our people.”
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Related media article: Company wants president to reconsider regulations in new Tobacco Control Bill
The HCC and the JCTC commend the Government of Guyana for staying resolute and continuing with their Tobacco Control legislation, despite criticism from tobacco companies and other stakeholders.

A public smoking ban was introduced in the UK 10 years ago and the impact has been significant, according to Cancer Research UK, their statistical information calculated the number of adult cigarette smokers in Great Britain had dropped nearly 20 per cent from an estimated 10.2 million in 2007 to 8.3 million in 2016.
The HCC will be working with the American Cancer Society’s Global Prevent20 initiative to mobilise Caribbean Cancer societies around tobacco control.
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A New Sustainable Health Agenda for the Americas Nears Completion

A New Sustainable Health Agenda for the Americas Nears Completion
The proposed Sustainable Health Agenda for the Americas 2018-2030 (SHAA2030) was the focus of a third meeting of the 16-member Countries Working Group (CWG), convened by PAHO recently in Barbados.

“It was a very challenging process to draft this visionary document,” said the Barbados Minister of Health, John Boyce, whose country has served as Vice Chair of the CWG. “It represents our shared vision for health and well-being of the countries of the Americas and appropriately responds to and complements our global, sub-regional and national health mandates which aim to achieve sustainable health development.”
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Catching Prostate Cancer Early in Trinidad

Catching Prostate Cancer Early in Trinidad
Like other countries in the Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago has one of the highest rates of prostate cancer in the world. It is also the leading cause of cancer mortality in the population. Because of genetic factors, men of African heritage are more at risk of developing the disease and getting more aggressive forms than men of other ethnicities. Also many Afro-Caribbean men in the country have been reluctant to come forward for the tests that increase the chances of prostate cancer being picked up at a stage when it can be cured. In particular, a barrier deterring many men is a widespread myth that a digital rectal examination of the gland by a doctor can turn straight men gay.

For the BBC World Service, Anu Anand meets doctors and prostate cancer survivors who are hoping to change such attitudes in T&T, and looks at the treatments that can save men’s lives if prostate cancer is diagnosed early enough.
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Doctors Screen 5,000 for NCDs in Trinidad

Doctors Screen 5,000 for NCDs in Trinidad
MORE than 5,000 people have been screened by doctors for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) since December 2016, as part of a pilot project to raise awareness and improve early detection of persons with a higher risk of developing NCDs.

Significant increases in the occurrence of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) namely, heart disease, diabetes, cancer and cerebrovascular disease, threaten to erode decades of public sector investment,” said Health Minister, Terrence Deyalsingh. He said in recent years, NCDs have become the leading cause of morbidity and mortality locally. 

Without action, the increasing prevalence of NCDs will continue to unduly burden our health system, consume already scarce resources and severely undermine our socio-economic advancement,” he said. 
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Cancer Support Services Launch a Men’s Support Group

Cancer Support Services Launch a Men’s Support Group
On July 27 2017, at the Accra Beach Hotel & Spa, Cancer Support Services made history when they launched a Men's Support Group. The Cancer Support Services Support Group is called 'The Conquering Men!'

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) Dr Dexter James has given thumbs up to the launch of a support group which will give men who are journeying with cancer the opportunity to be a tower of strength for each other through networking.

The Conquering Men Support Group, a unit of the Cancer Support Services, was launched out of a growing concern that there was a need for a men support group due to more men seeking counselling and there being a noticeable need for men to express themselves openly to each other.
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‘Best Buys’ and Other Recommended Interventions for the Prevention  and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases

Best Buys and NCD Interventions
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has just published a new brochure with the latest best buys and other recommended NCD interventions. (Updated (2017) Appendix 3 Of The Global Action Plan for The Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases 2013-2020).

The main target audience for this brochure is National NCD Directors and Programme Managers.
WHO are also developing other versions of the brochure for SDG Policy Makers, as well as Heads of State and Government.
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Women Urged to Pay More Attention to Gynaecological Cancers

Women urged to pay more attention to Gynaecological Cancers
Efforts are on to educate more Barbadian women about Gynaecological Cancers, so that they can show greater vigilance, get regular tests and have access to the best of services, if diagnosed.

Dr. Dorothy Cooke-Johnson, President of the Barbados Cancer Society acknowledged that this year’s Globe-athon event will have a two-fold purpose, of which the educational component will be one aspect. She also noted that an effort will also be made to reach out to all Barbadians, about the need to be aware about Gynae Cancers, which collectively rival breast cancer, as a cause of illness and mortality.
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World Breastfeeding Week 2017 August 1-7

WABA's World Breastfeeding Week
Despite its numerous breastfeeding benefits, today´s world is not a supportive environment for women to breastfeed. To raise awareness and contribute to change that, this year´s theme of World Breastfeeding Week, from 1 to 7 August, is "Together we can make breastfeeding sustainable".
World Breast Feeding Week
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PAHO Virtual Campus Caribbean Node Offers Free English-speaking Courses

PAHO/WHO in collaboration with the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Health, the University of the West Indies – St Augustine Campus and the University of Trinidad and Tobago, announces the launch of the VCPH Caribbean Node which offers English-speaking courses that will benefit health practitioners in the Caribbean region.
The node launched with three free courses selected based on content, structure and suitability to the Caribbean context including - Tobacco and Public Health: From theory to practice (2016 version)
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NCD Alliance Webinar

NCD Alliance Webinar

Tuesday 22nd August from 10:00 - 11:30 EDT/16:00 - 17:30 CET. The powerpoint slides and recording will be made available on the NCD Alliance website after the webinar. The webinar will discuss:
  • Global Action Plan on Physical Activity
  • WHO Global Conference on NCDs and 2018 HLM
  • WHO Regional Committee Meetings
  • Global NCD Alliance Forum
  • Updates from New York: HLPF and UNGA
You may submit questions prior to the webinar by emailing, Participants will also be able to send questions and feedback during the webinar. 

Urgent Need to Strengthen and Expand Screening and Other Cancer Control Programs in the CARICOM Caribbean

Cancer Causes & Control
A paper written by Renee A. Franklin & Donald T. Simeon from the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago has recently been published in the online journal Cancer Causes & Control.

With high mortality in breast, cervical, prostate, and colorectal cancers in Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries, the paper examines cancer control initiatives including screening as well as the implementation of relevant international and regional mandates.
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PAHO: Job Opportunity: Advisor, Diabetes Prevention and Control

Job Opportunity: Advisor, Diabetes Prevention and Control

Job opportunity in the PAHO NCD program in Washington, DC - Advisor, Diabetes Prevention and Control.

The contract is for two years (first year probationary period), the closing date for applications is August 16, 2017.
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Vital Strategies

Job Opportunity: Strategic Communication Consultant 

Closing date for applications - August 10th
Vital Strategies is seeking qualified candidates for a Strategic Communication Consultant position preferably based in Jamaica with ongoing travel to other countries. Applicants must possess a valid work permit to work in Jamaica.

The scope of service for this position ranges from designing media campaigns for the Caribbean region, Jamaica in particular, managing creative and research agencies, coordinating with partners and grantees, to providing on-the-ground analysis and execution of campaign elements.
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HCC Publications

Caribbean Civil Society CervicalSodium Adds Up – A Comparison of Sample Meal Plans in Barbados (Infographic)
Cervical Cancer Prevention Initiative (Infographic)
A Spoonful of Sugar – The “Not So Sweet” Truth About Barbados’ Breakfast Cereals
The Caribbean Civil Society Cervical Cancer Prevention Initiative (C4PI) 
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World Heart Day 29 September 2017 

Share the Power
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AC3 Conference 2017

AC3 Conference 2017
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IDF Congress 2017
The global diabetes community will again unite at the IDF 2017 Congress in Abu Dhabi, UAE, on 4-8 December 2017. The event will include more than 200 speakers, both world-renowned and newcomers, 230 national diabetes associations from 170 countries and high level participation from the Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD) and other health organisations.
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World Cancer Conference 2018

World Cancer Conference 2018
  • The five thematic tracks that will outline the 2018 Congress programme.
  • What is new?
  • Patient Group Pavilion Programme – call for best practice sharing
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