The Healthy Caribbean Coalition is a civil society alliance established to combat chronic diseases (NCDs) and their associated risk factors and conditions.
To harness the power of civil society, in collaboration with government, private enterprise, academia, and international partners, as appropriate, in the development and implementation of plans for the prevention and management of chronic diseases among Caribbean people.

Cancer currently accounts for 7.6 million NCD deaths per year, second only to cardiovascular diseases (17 million).
Many cancers could be prevented by not smoking, eating more vegetables, fruits and whole grains, eating less meat and refined carbohydrates, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising, minimizing sunlight exposure, and being vaccinated against some infectious diseases.
Asthma is a chronic, non-communicable lung condition affecting 235 million people worldwide.

Asthma is a global health issue and a major public health problem in the Caribbean. In Barbados it is estimated that asthma accounts for 13 per cent of admissions to the hospital emergency room.

It is estimated that between 18-20% of children in Barbados have Asthma.
Diabetes can strike anyone, from any walk of life. And it does – in numbers that are dramatically increasing. In the last decade, the cases of people living with diabetes jumped more than 40 percent – to almost 26 million Americans. 

Worldwide, it afflicts 382 million people.  And the World Health Organization estimates that by 2030, the number of people living with diabetes will more than double. 

It is estimated that there are about twenty seven thousand (27,000) known diabetics in Barbados.
Every 36 seconds, someone dies from heart and blood vessel diseases, America’s No. 1 killer.  

Heart attacks and strokes are usually acute events and are mainly caused by a blockage that prevents blood from flowing to the heart or brain. The most common reason for this is a build-up of fatty deposits on the inner walls of the blood vessels that supply the heart or brain. Strokes can also be caused by bleeding from a blood vessel in the brain or from blood clots.

Strokes are the fourth leading cause of death in America and a leading cause of adult disability.
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