The Port of Spain Declaration on Non-communicable Diseases: the path to a healthier Caribbean
In 2007, CARICOM leaders signed the ground-breaking Port of Spain Declaration aimed at uniting to stop the epidemic of NCDs. Now this Declaration is being evaluated by a team of top experts.
Are these ambitious commitments being met? What are the successes and challenges?
The evaluation answers these critical questions.
PAHO Director receives UWI-led landmark report on NCDs
A landmark report on trends in non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the Caribbean since the Port of Spain Declaration in 2007 was formally presented to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director, Dr Carissa Etienne, at an event hosted by the University of the West Indies on the evening of 14 October.
The report presents alarming statistics on the extent of the region’s epidemic of chronic diseases, such as heart attacks, stroke, diabetes and cancers. It shows that the Caribbean has the highest NCD mortality in the Americas and that 40% of NCD deaths in the region occur prematurely (in people under 70) and are potentially preventable. Diabetes prevalence is double global rates, and in some countries, up to 50% of the population has high blood pressure, the leading risk factor for mortality in the region.
Healthy eats, tasty treats
We’re starting a new series, sharing healthy recipes that are also tasty and easy to prepare.
Do let us know if you have any great recipe ideas.
This week we have a simple dish: rancher’s eggs (huevos rancheros). The eggs are baked in a spicy tomato sauce, made using a similar method to a Trinidadian tomato choka. The tomatoes are roasted and allowed to char slightly to give the sauce a smoky flavour.
This dish can be eaten on its own or with boiled cassava or whole wheat toast, for example, if additional carbohydrates are required.
Declaration of Port-Of-Spain: Uniting to Stop the Epidemic Of Chronic NCDs
We, the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), meeting at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago on 15 September 2007 on the occasion of a special Regional Summit on Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs);Conscious of the collective actions which have in the past fuelled regional integration, the goal of which is to enhance the well-being of the citizens of our countries;
Recalling the Nassau Declaration (2001), that “the health of the Region is the wealth of Region”, which underscored the importance of health to development;
Inspired by the successes of our joint and several efforts that resulted in the Caribbean being the first Region in the world to eradicate poliomyelitis and measles;
Public perceptions of non-communicable diseases (NCDs)
What does the public understand about NCDs? Have they heard of them? What are their experiences of them and how do they feel they touch their lives?
This was the question that Dr Anique Atherley, a Junior Research Fellow at the University of the West Indies and a group of researchers set out to answer in a quick research project focusing on short street interviews with Barbadian men and women. They captured a variety of opinions in a variety of settings around the island.
Here is a selection of their voices.
Living with cancer: Michelle’s story
Michelle O’Kieffe was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer at the age of 32. Having been in remission for many years, she is determined to improve support for women living with cancer in Trinidad and Tobago. Here is her story.
My name is Michelle O’Kieffe and I live in Trinidad. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2000 at the age of 32.
I discovered a small lump just below my right breast. When I went to get it checked out the doctors were more panicked than I was. I didn’t have a clue that it could be cancer. There was no history of it in my family and I was young, 121 pounds, I didn’t smoke, I was vegetarian, really active.
But when I got the diagnosis, that the cancer had already spread, I took it in my stride. I saw it as another challenge, another hurdle to get over. If anything it was harder on my mum who was alive at the time. She took all the worry, all the emotion, asked all the questions that I didn’t want to ask.
It was hard on my husband and kids as well. I had two sons Christopher aged 12 and Christian 6. I started preparing them for what might happen.