High-level meeting called to discuss/tackle non-communicable diseases

first_imgGovernment Ministers from different sectors will meet today with academicians, Judges from the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), representatives of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the Caricom Secretariat, organs and institutions and civil society, to discuss the use of laws and regulations to help reduce non-communicable diseases (NCD), which account for three out of four deaths in the Caribbean.The high-level meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Port of Spain, Trinidad.The meeting, is expected to bring members of the CCJ Academy of Law together with representatives of relevant Caricom organs and institutions, sub-regional partners, and international organsations to discuss policies and strategies for using the law as a powerful tool to address NCDs, focusing particularly on tobacco control legislation and laws and regulations that can help prevent obesity.The meeting is organised by the Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO), the Caribbean Court of Justice Academy of Law and the FAO.Representatives of Guyana, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago will present their countries’ experiences and lessons learned in using laws and regulations to address NCDs. Other subjects will include the role of community law in addressing NCDs, how to mobilise political will to advance the use of legal measures, and how to harmonise policy approaches to face this challenge.PAHO/WHO is encouraging Caribbean authorities to adopt effective laws and regulations that can contribute to reducing the burden of NCDs and their risk factors, as well as their social and economic consequencesAlthough progress remains insufficient, there are examples of best practices in the Caribbean that could to be scaled up. They include taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages, bans on the sale of sugary beverages in schools, and progress on tobacco control legislation in several countries. Caribbean heads of government and other Caricom leaders have repeatedly called for expanding such measures to help reduce NCDs.Non communicable diseases, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and chronic respiratory diseases, together with their four shared risk factors – tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diet, and physical inactivity – are the leading causes of death, illness and disability in the Caribbean. High rates of NCDs are the reason people in the Caribbean have a greater probability of dying prematurely (before age 70) than people from any other sub-region of the Americas.last_img read more


first_imgAnimal welfare officers will now not be able to discover the cause of death of a lamb found in a tree recently.The lamb was found by a mother and daughter out walking at Lurgybrack on the outskirts of Letterkenny.The lamb was put in a cold storage facility at the DSPCA centre in Letterkenny. DSPCA officer Kevin McGinley said he did not know about the incident involving the lamb for a number of days after the incident.Mr McGinley said that a clinical autopsy on the lamb would have to be carried out in Sligo.A general autopsy could be carried out locally but the evidence of the death could not be used in a court.Mr McGinley said it is doubtful if it will ever be discovered what happened to the lamb. “I am told that there was no obvious marks on the lamb. I don’t think we will ever know what happened to it.“It can be sent to the Sligo laboratory if Gardai make that request but I’m not even sure if the Gardai are involved,” he added.   LAMB DEATH WILL REMAIN A MYSTERY was last modified: March 7th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more