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CARICOM leaders: Breakthrough in the fight against NCDs in the region

The push for a healthier Caribbean received a considerable boost this week as the leaders at the 38th CARICOM Heads of Government Conference in Grenada made new commitments to tackle the epidemic of chronic diseases which is costing the region dear in terms of health and development. In a session devoted to action against NCDs […]

Sugar Shocker

At the 38th CARICOM Heads of Government Conference one of the main attractions in the meeting area was a ‘sugar display’ constructed by the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre . A number of people who saw the display expressed real surprise and concern about the amount of sugar we’re consuming. They included the Prime […]

A CARICOM Head of Government reflects….

H.E. Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, was one of the original signatories of the Port of Spain Declaration on chronic non-communicable diseases and is attending the 38th CARICOM Heads of Government Conference which is marking the 10th Anniversary of the signing of this landmark declaration. Here are his thoughts on […]

10 years after the Port of Spain Declaration: what’s the score?

2017 marks the 10th Anniversary of the signing of the landmark CARICOM Heads of Government Port of Spain Declaration on non-communicable diseases (NCDs). This year’s thirty-eighth CARICOM Conference of Heads (July 4-6) is expected to celebrate this momentous achievement. In 2007, the Caribbean led the world in convening the very first conference of Heads of […]

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Michelle gets busy!

One of our first interviewees on the website was Michelle O’Kieffe from Trinidad who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer in 2000 at the age of 32. Michelle has been in remission for a number of years and has had a daughter. She has become an activist now and we wanted to […]

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 […]

Did you know?

NCD mortality in the Caribbean is the highest in the Americas; Our diabetes prevalence is double global rates; In some countries over 50% of the population has high blood pressure; Less than a third of school children aged 13-15 years get the recommended level of physical activity? Click on our latest fact sheet to get […]

Getting salty in Jamaica

Getting salty in Jamaica Many of us in the Caribbean are eating too much salt. A recent study from the region of the Americas found that although 90% of people believe salt is bad for their health, only 30% thought reducing salt intake is very important. In Barbados, according to the Health of the Nation […]

CARICOM pledges stronger action on NCDs

CARICOM pledges stronger action on NCDs Good news for the NCD response in the Caribbean! The communiqué issued at the thirty-seventh CARICOM Heads of Government Conference (July 4-6) places chronic diseases firmly on the leaders’ agenda in the run-up to the 10th anniversary of the Port of Spain Declaration on NCDs. Noting that progress on […]

Health in All Polices: Suriname is trailblazing

Health in All Polices: Suriname is trailblazing A Health in All Policies approach seeks to improve overall health and development by integrating health issues into decision-making across all sectors. This collaborative idea chimes well with the oft-repeated mantra that the response to non-communicable diseases has to be truly multisectoral, involving all-of-society, if it is to […]