World Health Day Across the Caribbean

by HCC

World Health Day Zumbathon and SocarobixCaribbean Public Health AgencyCARPHA – 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


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.

Valarie Williams (RN. CM) NCD Focal point, Ministry of Health and the Environment decribes the activities carried out in Antigua and Barbuda for World Health Day.

Despite a few challenges, WHD celebrations were a success. The media strategy used included radio and television appearances, visits to the community to give out fliers and speak with persons in the community in their homes, shops, on the block and on the playing field. Visits were also made to the school and community clinics in Grays Farm. The  feature address was given by Dr. Rhonda Sealey Thomas Chief Medical Officer in the ministry of Health, and who also declared the fiesta officially opened. The messages focused on the diabetes situation world wide with focus on the Antigua situation, and the importance of addressing the risk factors to decrease the impact of diabetes on the population.

Over 250 persons were screened. Referrals were made to the district clinics and private physicians for abnormal results. Foot care education and examination was an area that was sought after by the patrons of the fiesta. It must be noted that a large number of children attended and were screened. The children also spent time watching the video presentations on diabetes. Residents of the area voiced appreciation for the Ministry of Health bringing this activity to their community and requested that we return with similar initiatives. Supporting this event was the AUA whose doctors performed the patient evaluation and foot assessment under the supervision of Dr. Kannavarand, Dr. Raymond Mansoor. Nurse Almarie Coates Nurse Practitioner, also conducted some foot examinations.

Mount St. Johns Medical Center were represented by 3 senior and 2 junior Nurses and their Marketing coordinator represented and along with along with 10 student nurses from the Antigua and Barbuda school of nursing, they assisted with registration and screenings. Participation from Breast Friends, Antigua and Barbuda diabetes Association, the Zero Hunger Program, the Red Cross, Anjo Insurance (sponsors of  t -shirts, music and snacks for the fair), Substance Abuse Prevention Unit, all helped to make the fiesta a success.The zumbathon at Lions Den as a success, so to was the diabetes workshop at MSJMC conducted by the diabetes association for persons living with diabetes and their care givers.


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

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

Get Women Moving Campaign

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

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)


Dominica Celebrates World Health Day

World Health Day DominicaWorld Health Day 2016 was observed by the Ministry of Health and Environment through the Health Promotion Resource Centre in collaboration with the Dominica Diabetes Association at the Roseau Primary School on Thursday April 7, 2016. This year’s theme is “Stay Super: Beat Diabetes with Fit and Healthy Children”. Activities planned for the day focused on Eating Healthy and Being Active.

The day event bought excitement and education to the students aged 2 to 11 years old at the Roseau Primary School where there are a few students living with Diabetes.

Activities for the day included:

  • Reading of the Minister’s World Health Day Speech to the children by Ms Marvlyn Birmingham  President of the Dominica Diabetes Association.
  • The pinning of the school principal with the World Diabetes Pin.
  • Diabetes exhibition which focused on healthy eating with the use of food models and sugar displays
  • Sampling of healthy snacks prepared by the Health Promotion Resource Centre. Students sampled fruits kebabs, and lentils accras among other exciting and tasty snacks.
  • Physical activity was also conducted using the Hoolahoop.

The activity was rated as successful by the Health Promotion Unit and the Dominica Diabetes association and resulted in not only an increased awareness among students and staff on diabetes but also on  the importance of adoption of healthy lifestyle practices to prevent and manage the condition.

The students of Roseau Primary School confessed that a lot had been learnt about diabetes and the ways to prevent it. Motivated, many said they would talk to their parents about this new information relating to Diabetes. It was a fruitful and impactful day. See more pictures form the event below

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Diabetes Association of Trinidad and Tobago on World Health Day


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
Caribbean News Service: Dying Of Too Much Sweetness In The Caribbean

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