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Healthy Caribbean Coalition - Journalists can play a key role in raising awareness of non-communicable diseases

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Jounalists at workshop

First Published 9 August 2011 Commonwealth Secretariat website here

Workshop brings together policymakers, campaigners, media and youth.

Caribbean public health experts and civil society groups have stressed the pivotal role that media can play in raising awareness about non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which kill more than 34 million people across the world each year.

They were speaking at a two-day workshop in Barbados, which brought together media practitioners, government agencies, civil society and youth, in a bid to stimulate discussion and raise awareness about NCDs, ahead of an historic United Nations High-Level Meeting on the epidemic in September 2011.

It was the first such meeting specifically targeting media in the Caribbean, which has led the way in calling for global action on NCDs such as heart disease, diabetes, chronic lung disease and cancer.

Jointly organised by the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the workshop was aimed at promoting dialogue between different agencies which can play a role in promoting healthy behaviour and influencing policy decisions. ..................

Read the complete article here http://www.thecommonwealth.org/news/34580/34581/238931/090811ncdworkshop.htm.

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