The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

April 10th - April 16th 2015


HCC and the Lions Club Kingstown SVG Empowering Communities to Reduce High Blood Pressure

HCC and the Lions Club Kingstown SVG Empowering Communities to Reduce High Blood Pressure
The HCC and the Lions Club of Kingstown SVG (St. Vincent & the Grenadines)  in partnership with the SVG National Diabetic and Hypertensive Association (DHA) held the 'Blood Pressure Screening for Communities' workshop on Wednesday April 1st, 2015 attended by Lions Club outreach staff and community nurses from the Ministry of Health. The Lions Club of Kingstown is one of the subgrantees on the Blood Pressure Control Through Community Action (BPCCA) project - Phase I, funded through the Australian Direct Aid Program.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Through the initiative the Lions will be screening over 1000 individuals in underserved communities across St. Vincent and monitoring those found to have high blood pressure for medication and lifestyle compliance.  The Lions are led by Director Mrs. Beverly Reddock in partnership with DHA President Sister Rosita King and their team.
BPCCA I Clinical Project Advisors Dr. Jamario Skeete and Dr. Addison St. John led the one-day training workshop. For more information on the BPCCA click here. For more photos from the training - click here.


HCC President is a Member of New High Level Policy Advisory Group

HCC President Professor Sir Trevor Hassell joined the recently formed World Cancer Research Fund International High-Level Policy Advisory Group. This group has been formed to help advise on how WCRFI can effectively meet the evidence needs of the global policymaking community in developing and implementing policy for cancer and non-communicable disease prevention. The high-level Group comprises experts from government, academia and civil society from Australia, Barbados, Canada, Malaysia, Mexico, Norway, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as observers from the World Health Organization and the Union for International Cancer Control. 
The Policy Advisory Group will provide advice on how WCRFI can best interpret and communicate the evidence for policy, produce effective policy outputs and identify relationships and alliances across government, civil society and elsewhere to enhance their policy impact. This process for updating policy evidence is conceptually similar to their Continuous Update Project for science.
You can read more about the Group, including the biographies of the members and observers on the website. There is also a blog post about the development of the Group.

Healthy Executive Director!

James Hosepedales Healthy Director
Dr. James Hospedales Executive Director of CARPHA and special advisor to the HCC recently completed the 2015 Grenada International Triathon in a cool 1hour and 35 minutes! He finished 3rd in the 50+ age group and 20th overall. He also took the opportunity to promote healthy ageing  and the importance of physical activity in the related media interviews.

Dr. Hospedales has also started a blog on 'Healthy Ageing in the Caribbean' here.

Pre Diabetics & Diabetics:  Ask Your Doctor For An A1C Blood Test

Grenada Diabetes Association Executive Leadership Team
One of the most effective tests to determine how effectively a diabetic is managing their glucose level is the A1C test. According to the National Diabetes Education Program’s (NDEP) website, “The A1C is a lab test that measures your average blood sugar level over the last 2 to 3 months. It shows whether your blood sugar stayed close to your target range most of the time, or was too high or too low.” Read more
CARPHA Conference
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

All in for Alcohol Awareness

With so much recent attention paid to the legalisation and use of recreational marijuana and in the deadly wake of synthetic psychoactive street compounds, alcohol, the archetypal drug, is often overlooked. In efforts to bring the deleterious effects and burden of alcohol abuse and addiction to the fore, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, has designated every April since 1987 Alcohol Awareness Month in the USA. This year's theme is, “For the Health of It: Early Education on Alcoholism and Addiction”, promoting the prevention of early alcohol use, increasing the recognition of the impact of alcoholism, and reducing the stigma around treatment for alcoholism. Read more
Palcohol powdered alcohol

Powdered Alcohol Could be Banned in US States Before it Hits Shelves

Palcohol, the brand name of a powdered alcohol product that can be mixed with water or sprinkled on cereal to create a cocktail, is facing a legal battle in several US states before it even hits the market. Read more


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
Better birthing in BIM

Yes She Can Motivational Videos

Yes She Can
Yes She Can did a series of motivational videos with women sharing their experience of their journey to a healthier life. See the videos here

Solving the Obesity Crisis: Knowledge, Nudge or Nanny?

The 5th Annual Oxford London Lecture (17 March 2015) was delivered by Professor Susan Jebb from Oxford University. The presentation was titled: ‘Knowledge, nudge and nanny: Opportunities to improve the nation’s diet’. In this guest blog Dr Helen Walls, Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, covers key themes from this presentation. Read more

NCDFREE Sydney Boot Camp

NCDFREE Sydney Boot Camp

CSPI-Canada Webinar: Nutrition Labelling for Public Health Impact

Thu, Apr 23, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM BST. 
Topics will include:
  • Health Canada's proposals for reforming nutrition labelling (and a contrast to the US FDA proposals),
  • leading health-based front-of-pack labelling schemes,
  • the implications of WTO/Codex Alimentarius standards for national nutrition labelling regulations,
  • an interactive simulation exercise, and
  • a progress report on Ontario's Bill 45 concerning nutrition labelling on restaurant menus.
Register here
NCDs in the spotlight at ADI Conference; Financing for Development; GCM Dialogue on NCDs and Development; Webinar

From the NCD Alliance Weekly Digest

NCDs News
  • WHO: Diabetes Burden Rising Sharply in the African Region read more
  • Lancet: Tackling the cancer epidemic read more
  • PLoS: Child Cancer Care and Hospital Hygiene – Can We Have One without the Other? read more
  • PLoS: Alzheimer’s disease update: gloomy read more
  • BioMed Central: Global mental health systems read more
  • E Hospice: The Moroccan experience in palliative care read more
Risk Factor News
  • Lancet: BMI and dementia: feast or famine for the brain? read more
  • World Bank: Pollution Management and Environment Health read more
  • BMJ: Indian anti-tobacco campaigners plead for larger graphic warnings on products read more
  • BMJ: Obama warns of climate change threat to public health read more
  • BMJ: Chronic disease causes more visits to emergency departments while visits for injuries fall, US study finds read more
  • BMJ: Being underweight in middle age is associated with raised dementia risk, large study finds read more
  • BMJ: Financial incentives help people change health behaviours, review shows read more
  • BBC: India launches air quality index to give pollution information read more
  • WEF: How to reduce the risk of non-communicable diseases read more
  • BioMed Central: Solving the obesity crisis: knowledge, nudge or nanny? read more
  • BioMed Central: Childhood obesity in South Africa read more
  • The Salt: Is It Time For A Warning Label On Sugar-Loaded Drinks? read more

6 Motivating Reasons to Lose Weight

Are you tired of feeling tired? Is there a charity walk or run you've always wanted to join? Ask yourself 4 other questions, too. 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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The work of HCC would not be possible without core funding from Sagicor Life Inc
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