Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory disease, are the greatest source of preventable illness, disability and mortality both locally and regionally.
NCDs are the leading cause of death and disability in the Caribbean. In Jamaica, nine of the top 10 causes of death are from NCDs. Risk factors of major concern are obesity, exposure to tobacco smoke, unhealthy diets, physical inactivity and alcohol abuse.
C-TECH’s work in this area will focus on the four main types of chronic diseases, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory diseases, cancer and diabetes.
To strengthen Chronic Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Services, C-TECH will utilize best practices from the HIV programme to develop strategies to better respond to NCDs and build the capacity of healthcare workers through primary care interventions.
C-TECH will also deliver on-site clinical and virtual mentoring programmes to build greater resilience of health services and systems to manage the risk of COVID-19 among persons living with NCDs.
C-TECH will expand its work on NCDs in the Caribbean region by building partnerships with other stakeholders and existing health-promoting networks in the region. Recognizing their expertise and potential contribution, C-TECH will strengthen its processes of consultation and collaboration with civil society, non-governmental organizations and relevant professional sharing the same interest in combating NCDs.
Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the Caribbean Training and Education Center for Health (C-TECH) team of Consultants had a fruitful meeting with Dr. Hon. Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health and Wellness, on July 14, 2023. Joined by his NCD team at the Ministry of Health and Wellness, we discussed the Caribbean Development Bank funded Caribbean Moves project. This initiative aims to improve the health of the Caribbean region and combat non-communicable diseases. Stay tuned for updates on our collaborative efforts!
A stressful work environment can contribute to several health issues both mentally and physically, these may include headache, insomnia, stomach-aches, anxiety, difficulty concentrating high blood pressure, and a weakened immune system.
It is important then that we take meaningful steps to ensure that we are manging our own personal space to avoid some of these issues. Our assumption, perception and expectation affect how we react to others and life situations and ultimately how we view how jobs. When assumption, expectations and perceptions are not met, we respond through our thought’s feelings and behaviours. It is important to practice positive thinking as our thoughts affects how we feel, and our feelings affects how we behave.
Here are some tips to help you with your work environment:
We often here people expressing how stressed they are feeling or how over worked they are, not having enough time to do the things they like such as spending time with friend and families or even a few self-care activities. We have watch families suffer due to long working hours as well as our jobs due to loss of interest and enthusiasm resulting from burnout.
When workers are balanced and happy, they are more productive, take fewer sick days, and are more likely to stay in their jobs.
Here is how you can accomplish work life balance
Tameca Dempster-Mattocks is an accomplished Associate Counseling Psychologist and Financial Counsellor, holding an M.Sc. Degree in Counselling and Social Work from Mico University College, along with multiple certifications in mental health from the University of Washington.
Currently, she holds the positions of Regional Psychologist – NERHA and Mental Health Program Coordinator at the Caribbean Training & Education Center for Health (C-TECH). Tameca has successfully managed regional mental health projects, overseeing and leading impactful initiatives that positively influence the mental well-being of individuals in the region.
With a passion for community service, Tameca actively contributes to various private and charitable organizations, dedicating her time as a volunteer to support community members and at-risk youth.