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CIVIL SOCIETY JOIN GOVERNMENT IN THE FIGHT AGAINST NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASES

CIVIL SOCIETY JOIN GOVERNMENT IN THE FIGHT AGAINST NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASES

The Wellness Revolution has received another boost, as participants from Governments and Civil Society from fourteen countries in the Caribbean stepped up their campaign in the fight against the epidemic of chronic non-communicable diseases and will be advocating policy-makers to give their support by way of legislations and regulations to effectively slow and reduce the epidemic.

The commitment came at the Healthy Caribbean 2008 Caribbean Chronic Disease Conference: A Wellness Revolution Event, held at the Accra Beach Hotel, October 16th-19th, which sought to identify and promote evidence-based best practices for addressing the chronic disease epidemic in the Caribbean.

The Conference provided a forum for a cross-section of representatives from various sectors, to learn about the problem of chronic diseases and consider how best to solve them. It also provided an opportunity for civil society leaders and organizations to commit to advancing the plan to tackle chronic illnesses.

Participants in the conference recognized the need to get the nations of the Caribbean involved in healthy lifestyle practices, such as regular physical activity, healthy eating and weight control, no alcohol abuse and no tobacco and indicated their willingness to partner and work together for change.

The Jamaican delegation to the conference included representatives from the National Health Fund, The University of the West Indies, Ministry of Health, Jamaica Cancer Society, Heart Foundation of Jamaica, Diabetes Association of Jamaica, Bloomberg Initiative, Jamaica’s representatives of the CARICOM Youth Ambassadors.

The conference was organized by the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados.

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