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Sep
20
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  1.   Friday 20th Sep 2019 5:00PM
We're delighted to announce the 7th Annual BIG SHAVE will take place on Friday 20th September, at Cricket Square. Please save the date as we unite to conquer childhood cancer. Thanks to you and the C...

We're delighted to announce the 7th Annual BIG SHAVE will take place on Friday 20th September, at Cricket Square. Please save the date as we unite to conquer childhood cancer.

Thanks to you and the Cayman community, over the past 6 years we’ve raised over US $2 million for St Baldrick’s to fund the most promising childhood cancer research worldwide. Hannah’s Heroes have funded 9 separate research grants at some of the most prestigious research institutes across the US, where researchers are working on life changing treatments and cures.

In the last 40 years, only 5 chemo/gene therapy drugs have been approved by the FDA specifically for childhood cancer, compared to hundreds of drugs approved for adult cancers. What's more, nearly all of the chemo drugs still used on children were developed in the 1970s.

You can get involved in several ways. 

  • REGISTER NOW to get shaved;
  • ORGANISE a dress down day or a bake sale at work; 
  • DONATE, if shaving's not for you - every dollar makes a difference.

Do all this and find out more at www.stbaldricks.org/events/hannahsheroes

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your ongoing support.

Gaylene (Hannah’s Mum) & the Volunteer Team

Jul
28
  1.   Health
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  1.   Sunday 28th Jul, 2019
Worldwide 400 million people are living with hepatitis B or C. Every year 1.4 million people die from viral hepatitis and yet all of these deaths could be prevented. It's up to all of us to act... Th...

Worldwide 400 million people are living with hepatitis B or C. Every year 1.4 million people die from viral hepatitis and yet all of these deaths could be prevented.


It's up to all of us to act... That is why in 2010 the World Health Organization made World Hepatitis Day one of only 4 official disease-specific world health days, to be celebrated each year on the 28th July.


Millions of people across the world now take part in World Hepatitis Day, to raise awareness about viral hepatitis, and to call for access to treatment, better prevention programs and government action.


For 2019: Find the missing millions!...


Worldwide, 300 million people are living with viral hepatitis unaware. Without finding the undiagnosed and linking them to care, millions will continue to suffer, and lives will be lost. On World Hepatitis Day this year, 28 July, we call on people from across the world to take action and raise awareness to find the “missing millions”. 


Visit www.worldhepatitisday.org for more info.

Jun
24
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  1.   Monday 24th Jun, 2019 - Saturday 29th Jun, 2019
The Health Services Authority (HSA), Cayman AIDS Foundation and Cayman Islands Red Cross will once again join forces in coordinating activities to mark HIV Testing Week to be observed in the Cayman Is...

The Health Services Authority (HSA), Cayman AIDS Foundation and Cayman Islands Red Cross will once again join forces in coordinating activities to mark HIV Testing Week to be observed in the Cayman Islands from 24-29 June. This is in support of the National Testing Day and Regional HIV Testing Day observed on 27 June.


-- Check the event timeline posts for testing venues and times --


Testing centres will be available across all three Cayman Islands. Persons who are seeking testing or counseling may indicate to the registration clerks that they would like to register for free HIV testing. The procedure involves a quick and simple blood test. No appointment is necessary during the specified times on the HIV schedule and wait times will be short.


“The purpose of these annual observances is to ensure people get tested for HIV in order to know their status, get linked to the care and treatment services they need should they be diagnosed with the infection,” said Laura Elniski, HIV and STI Programme Coordinator at the HSA.


HIV Testing Week in Cayman, more specifically, provides an opportunity for the public to take advantage of free HIV testing that are offered and to become educated about prevention and protection against HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. “There is a need for people in the Cayman Islands to better understand how HIV is and isn't transmitted and to be reminded of the importance of testing. Testing may lead to treatment and treatment stops transmission,” Ms Elniski stated.


According to the global organisation, UNAIDS, research has shown that HIV treatment is so highly effective in reducing the transmission of HIV that people living with HIV with an undetectable viral load due to treatment cannot transmit HIV sexually. This has prompted UNAIDS to launch its “Undetectable = Untransmittable” campaign.


“This has incredible impact on the lives of people living with HIV and is a powerful message to address HIV-related stigma, discrimination and social exclusion, which threatens to undermine global efforts to address the diagnosis of HIV, and treatment and care of people living with the virus,” Ms Elniski said.


Since AIDS first appeared, considerable progress has been made worldwide in reducing new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths. "Knowing your HIV status is key and this is done through testing,” Ms Elniski said.


The results will be available within three working days or less and will be given to the patient in person only, at the clinic where they took the test. This is to protect the confidentiality of the individual and to offer post-test counseling.

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Jun
19
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  1.   Wednesday 19th Jun, 2019
Every year, 19th June is World Sickle Cell Awareness Day. Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is the most frequent genetic disease worldwide. Since 2008, World Sickle Cell Awareness Day has been held annually ...

Every year, 19th June is World Sickle Cell Awareness Day.


Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is the most frequent genetic disease worldwide. Since 2008, World Sickle Cell Awareness Day has been held annually to help increase public knowledge and raise awareness of Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) and the struggles sufferers and their families go through.


The date was chosen to commemorate the day on which a resolution was officially adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations, recognising SCD as a public health concern.


SCD affects millions of people around the world, including both adults and children. It is a potentially fatal disease and, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), is one of the main causes of premature death amongst children under the age of five in various African countries.


Please take a few minutes to increase your understanding of sickle cell disease, its signs and symptoms.

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Jun
14
  1.   Health
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  1.   Friday 14th Jun, 2019
Every year on 14 June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day (WBDD). The event serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products, and to thank blood donors ...

Every year on 14 June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day (WBDD).


The event serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products, and to thank blood donors for their voluntary, life-saving gifts of blood.


Transfusion of blood and blood products helps save millions of lives every year. It can help patients suffering from life-threatening conditions live longer and with a higher quality of life, and supports complex medical and surgical procedures. It also has an essential, life-saving role in maternal and child care and during the emergency response to man-made and natural disasters.


A blood service that gives patients access to safe blood and blood products in sufficient quantity is a key component of an effective health system. Ensuring safe and sufficient blood supplies requires the development of a nationally coordinated blood transfusion service based on voluntary non-remunerated blood donations. However, in many countries, blood services face the challenge of making sufficient blood available, while also ensuring its quality and safety.


 

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May
31
  1.   Health
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  1.   Friday 31st May, 2019
Every year, on 31 May, WHO and partners mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption....

Every year, on 31 May, WHO and partners mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

World No Tobacco Day coincides with a range of global initiatives and opportunities aimed at addressing the tobacco epidemic and its impact of public health, particularly in causing the death and suffering of millions of people globally.

Check the event timeline here for postings on what's happening here on Cayman in connection with World No Tobacco Day.

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May
30
  1.   Health
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  1.   Thursday 30th May, 2019
World MS Day is officially marked on 30th May every year, though events and campaigns take place throughout the month of May. It brings the global MS community together to share stories, raise awaren...

World MS Day is officially marked on 30th May every year, though events and campaigns take place throughout the month of May.


It brings the global MS community together to share stories, raise awareness and campaign with and for everyone affected by multiple sclerosis.


Multiple sclerosis (MS) is one of the most common neurological disorders and causes of disability in young adults. There are 2.3 million people with MS worldwide. It is likely that hundreds of thousands more remain undiagnosed and many lives are affected indirectly, through caring for someone with MS.


Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 25 and 31, with around twice as many women diagnosed than men.


The cause of MS is not yet known and as yet there is no cure, though there are treatments available that can help some forms of MS and many things you can do to improve the symptoms.


Check the event timeline to see what is happening here on Cayman in connection with World MS Day.

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May
17
  1.   Health
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  1.   Friday 17th May, 2019
World Hypertension Day (WHD) is observed on May 17th every year. In addition as a result of the rapidly growing burden of disease associated with the global increase in hypertension, the Internationa...

World Hypertension Day (WHD) is observed on May 17th every year.

In addition as a result of the rapidly growing burden of disease associated with the global increase in hypertension, the International Society of Hypertension (ISH) and the World Hypertension League (WHL) have designated the entire month of May as May Measurement Month (MMM).

Blood pressure is the physical pressure of blood in the blood vessels. It allows blood to travel around the body to deliver fresh blood with oxygen and nutrients to the organs of the body High blood pressure, known medically as hypertension is important because it leads to an increased risk of serious cardiovascular disease, with complications such as heart attack, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure and blindness. It is the leading cause for preventable death worldwide.

Please take the time to find out more.

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May
07
  1.   Health
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  1.   Tuesday 7th May, 2019
World Asthma Day is an annual event organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) to improve asthma awareness and care around the world. It takes place on the first Tuesday in May. If you freq...

World Asthma Day is an annual event organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) to improve asthma awareness and care around the world. It takes place on the first Tuesday in May.


If you frequently experience shortness of breath or you hear a whistling or wheezy sound in your chest when you breathe, you may have asthma—a chronic condition that causes inflammation and narrowing of the bronchial tubes, the passageways that allow air to enter and leave the lungs.


Check the event timeline here for postings on what's happening here on Cayman in connection with World Asthma Day.

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Apr
07
  1.   Health
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  1.   Sunday 7th Apr, 2019
Every year, the World Health Organization selects a priority area of global public health concern as the theme for World Health Day, which falls on 7 April, the birthday of the Organization. The them...

Every year, the World Health Organization selects a priority area of global public health concern as the theme for World Health Day, which falls on 7 April, the birthday of the Organization.


The theme of the 2019 World Health Day campaign is "Universal Health Coverage"


Universal health coverage is WHO’s number one goal. Key to achieving it is ensuring that everyone can obtain the care they need, when they need it, right in the heart of the community.


Progress is being made in countries in all regions of the world. But millions of people still have no access at all to health care. Millions more are forced to choose between health care and other daily expenses such as food, clothing and even a home.


This is why WHO is focusing on universal health coverage for the 2019 World Health Day, on 7 April.

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