The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

April 1st - April 7th 2016


HCC Webinar: NCDs and Trade Policies: Challenges, Opportunities and Civil Society Advocacy in the Caribbean

Webinar Presentation Slides and Recording Now Available
NCDs and Trade Policies: Challenges, Opportunities, and Civil Society Advocacy in the Caribbean
This HCC webinar on Thursday April 7th 2016 was for World Health Day.
You can watch a recording of the webinar here.
The following presentations can be downloaded here.
  • NCDs & Trade Policy in the Caribbean: Exploring the Road Ahead 
    Nicole Foster, HCC Policy Advisor
  • Trade Policy Instruments to Facilitate a Healthy Food Environment 
    Vincent Atkins, HCC Trade Policy Advisor
  • Trade, Food Security & NCDs: A Civil Society Perspective 
    Norma Springer, Consultant to the Barbados Diabetes Foundation
  • The role of Diabetes CSOs in Nutrition & NCD Prevention: Experiences of the Dominica Diabetes Association
    Marvlyn Birmingham, President, Dominica Diabetes Association
Read more information about the preseters here.

PAHO Celebrates World health Day

CDC Chairman Dr Trevor Hassell (left) and Minister of Health John Boyce pose with copies of the Global Report on Diabetes they received from PAHO representative Dr Godfrey Xuereb (right).
PAHO Office for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean held a reception at its headquarters in Barbados in celebration of World Health Day, April 7, 2016.  During the event, Dr. Godfrey Xuereb, PAHO WHO Representative, presented copies of the WHO Global Report on Diabetes to Mr. John Boyce the Honourable Minister of Health and Sir Trevor Hassell, Chair of the Barbados National NCD Commission. In his remarks Dr. Xuereb highlighted diabetes statistics in Barbados and pledged PAHO's ongoing provision of technical assistance in prevention and control of diabetes.
During the event attended by members of the diplomatic community and members of other UN agencies in Barbados, guests were afforded the opportunity to have NCD screening and were provided with diabetes/NCD resource packs. 
PAHO Staff Screening
Related article in Barbados Today Online: Troubling statistics Rate of diabetes too high
PAHO World Health Day 2016

WHO Global Report on Diabetes

Global Report on Diabetes
On the occasion of World Health Day 2016, WHO issues a call for action on diabetes, drawing attention to the need to step up prevention and treatment of the disease. The first WHO Global report on diabetes demonstrates that the number of adults living with diabetes has almost quadrupled since 1980 to 422 million adults. Factors driving this dramatic rise include overweight and obesity. In 2012 alone diabetes caused 1.5 million deaths. Its complications can lead to heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and lower limb amputation. Read more

WHO Diabetes Infographic

Diabetes Infographic

CARPHA - Diabetes: A Big Problem for Years to Come

CARPHA - Diabetes: A Big Problem for Years to Come
Studies conducted by the University of the West Indies (UWI) estimate that 1 in every 4 adults in some Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries have diabetes.  More worrying is the doubling of overweight and obesity in children less than five years, along with the high rates in adolescence, as obesity is one of the major risk factors for Type 2 Diabetes.  Studies also revealed that both obesity and diabetes tend to be significantly higher in women than in men, with, on average, women being twice as likely to be obese and 60 per cent more likely to have diabetes. Read more

Krystal Boyea HCC Youth4NCDs Lead, Speaks at the Geneva Press Club for World Health Day

Krsytal Boyea (centre in image above), Ambassador & Spokesperson for Diabetes, Vice-President, Young Leaders in Diabetes, International Diabetes Federation and HCC Youth4NCDs lead, speaks at the Geneva Press Club for World Health Day and gave her views around phase 1 of the Addressing the Challenges and Constraints of Insulin Sources and Supply study. "Creativity is a spark. It can be excruciating when we're rubbing two rocks together and getting nothing. And it can be intensely satisfying when the flame catches and a new idea sweeps around the world.”  - Krystal Boyea, April 7, 2016, WHD

NCDFREE Diabetes Infographic

NCDFREE Diabetes Infographic

World Health Day Zumbathon and Socarobix

World Health Day Zumbathon and Socarobix
Antigua and Barbuda Diabetes Association in collaboration with The Lions Club of Antigua held a World Health Day Zumbathon and Socarobix at the LIONs Den. It was a great day which ended with an exercise session with close to 120 persons taking part.

The St. Vincent & the Grenadines Ministry of Health Celebrates World Health Day

The St Vincent & the Grenadines Ministry of Health Celebrates World Health Day
World Health Day under the theme “Step Up, Beat Diabetes” was celebrated on April 7th, 2016. To commemorate the day, the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment in SVG hosted a Diabetes Health Fair at two venues, the Central Vegetable Market, Kingstown, and the Chateaubelair Playing Field. Activities included free blood sugar and blood pressure checks, free foot care screening, audiology checks, nutrition counseling, exercise live demonstrations and medication counseling. See more pictures form the event here

Get Women Moving Campaign Launched on WHD

Get Women Moving
Women in Barbados will be fitter, healthier and less likely to develop diabetes and other non-communicable diseases if the Get Women Moving campaign gets off the ground. Launched during a World Health Day event in the capital Bridgetown on Thursday, the programme is promoting a simple idea: provide inexpensive exercise and dance classes for women across the island. Read more

Haiti Youth Diabetes Camp 2016

21st - 23rd March 2016 more than one hundred young people with diabetes type 1 participated in the fifth edition of the FHADIMAC lead "Camp de l'Amitié" 2016. Read more (see a video of the 2015 camp here)

Women And Diabetes Interactive Lecture

Women and Diabetes
In observation of World Health Day the Barbados Diabetes Foundation & The Business & Professional Women's Club of Barbados held an interactive lecture discussing topics such as the female predicament, living and working with diabetes, depression, sexual health and more. Promoters of the event Hibiscus Health Caribbean Inc. and the Barbados Diabetes Foundation are also running a Nursing in Diabetes Workshop over two days. Other forthcoming events organised by Hibiscus Health Caribbean Inc. can be found here.

Dying Of Too Much Sweetness In The Caribbean

Caribbean News Service - Antigua, Apr 07 2016 – Think of 10 people close to you – family members, friends and co-workers. Chances are at least one is suffering from diabetes, though they might not know it. An estimated 10 percent of the population of the Americas – more than 62 million people – have diabetes, and more than half a million people die from it each year. That makes diabetes the fourth-leading cause of death in the hemisphere after heart attacks, strokes and dementias. Read more

More World Health Day Media Coverage:
Antigua Observer: Move to ‘Beat Diabetes
Antigua Observer: New report says the number of Caribbean nationals with diabetes has tripled
Belize News: World Health Day to be Observed on Thursday
Barbados Advocate: Health Ministry concerned about diabetes epidemic
Cayman Compass: Free health screenings for World Health Day
Cayman Compass: World Health Day focuses on beating diabetes
Guyana Chronicle: Guyana observes World Health Day
Guyana Chronicle: GCA, Health stakeholders partner for World Health Day – U17 T20 tournament launched
Jamaica Gleaner: Diabetes Is A Killer That Can Be Stopped
Jamaica Observer: New report says the number of Caribbean nationals with diabetes has tripled
Jamaica Observer: WHO: 62 million people in the Americas live with diabetes
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday: Reducing the burden of diabetes

Newly Appointed Australian Ambassador to the Caribbean Community John Pilbean Pays Introductory Visit to HCC President and Executive Director 

The HCC continued to strenghten ties with the Australian High Commission on Friday April 8, 2016 when the President and Executive Director met at the HCC Secretariat with the newly appointed Australian High Commissioner (HC) to Trinidad and Tobago. HC Pilbeam is also accredited as the Australian Ambassador to the Caribbean Community with responsibility for  Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname. HC Pilbeam replaces outgoing High Commissioner Ross Tysoe AO and joined the Trinidad office in February 2016. 

The HCC is receiving its third year of funding with the Australian Direct Aid Program in support of various multi-country civil society strengthening initiatives in the areas of cervical cancer and blood pressure control. The current grant supports cervical cancer prevention and control efforts through civil society organisations in Belize, Guyana and Haiti. 

Port of Spain Evaluation: Major Results Revealed

Port of Spain Evidence Briefs
Do you want to know how we’re doing as a region in the challenge to NCDs?

What’s going well?

Where could we improve?

How exactly do we speed up action?

These ‘evidence briefs’, emerging from the Port of Spain Declaration evaluation answer these questions. Read more

The Sugar Conspiracy

The Sugar Conspiracy
In 1972, a British scientist sounded the alarm that sugar – and not fat – was the greatest danger to our health. But his findings were ridiculed and his reputation ruined. How did the world’s top nutrition scientists get it so wrong for so long? Read more
PSA Testing
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Latest
It's Your Blood Pressure
When was the last time you had a blood pressure check-up? What is it any-ways, and why is this so important? 

Just A Minute...
BACK-TO-SCHOOL is already here. Back to school time is the perfect opportunity to start packing a healthier lunchbox. 

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