UN Summit
The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

August 28th - September 3rd 2015


Civil Society Leading the Way in Self Management for Chronic Diseases

The Stanford Programme on Chronic Diseases Self-Management is an activity carried out under a License Agreement between the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and Stanford University. Its objective is to assist people in the region with chronic conditions to improve their health status. This is an excellent example of multisectoral collaboration, bringing together PAHO, Regional Governments and Civil Society.
Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop for Leaders
The programme kicked off with a ‘Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop for Leaders’ which took place in St. Lucia from Monday 1st - Friday 5th June, 2015. Its objective was to train persons in Caribbean territories as leaders in self-management techniques so that they can assist people in their respective territories. The workshop attracted attendance from across the Caribbean. There were representatives from St. Vincent & Grenadines, St. Lucia, Montserrat, Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts & Nevis and Antigua. Read more
On Saturday July 11th 2015 Barbados officially embarked on a series of workshops with the bold objective to train persons with chronic conditions in self-management techniques so that they could assist themselves in improving their health status. There were four workshops running simultaneously and led by three trainers namely Dr. Tomo Kanda of the PAHO office and Katrina Norville and Tyrone Lowe from the Diabetes Association of Barbados.
Out of an initial registration of 45 persons, specifically targeted because of their known chronic condition such as diabetes, hypertension, and asthma, some 37 persons attended weekly. Each workshop was a six (6) week program in which participants were expected to meet once per week for a 2 ½ hour session. Participants were guided with the use of a text book entitled “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions” and taken through thirteen (13) self-management tools. Read more
On 31 August 2015, Barbados completed four workshops for “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions” and all participants who successfully completed a 6-week course were presented with a certificate at the Pan American Health Organization, Barbados.There were representatives from the Barbados Diabetes Association, Ministry of Health and the Healthy Caribbean Coalition.


Belize Cancer Society Cervical Cancer PSA

Belize Cancer Society Cervical Cancer PSA
Watch the English version here.
Belize Cancer Society Cervical Cancer PSA
Watch the Spanish version here.

Outstanding Lecture Presentation by Dr. Godfrey Xuereb PAHO/WHO Representative Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Countries

Dr. Godfrey Xuereb PAHO/WHO Representative Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Countries
As part of recent lecture series organised by the Barbados Museum and Historical Society Dr. Godfrey Xuereb  the PAHO/WHO Representative Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Countries delivered an outstanding lecture presentation entitled From Underfeeding to Over-eating: The origins of the High Incidence of Obesity, Diabetes, Hypertension and Cardio-vascular Disease in Barbados.
He highlighted that in a period of 35 years, or one generation, that Barbados had moved from an island where a third of the children were malnourished to almost four in every ten adolescents being overweight or obese. He examined the following:
  • What is the cause of this? 
  • What are the drivers that have made this happen?
  • What are the consequences of this transition?
Read the full transcript of the lecture here.

Creating Dialogue, Making NCD Civil Society Stronger

NCD Allaince Global Forum
The NCD Alliance will be convening the first ever Global NCD Alliance Forum on 13th-15th November 2015 in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al-Qassimi, Wife of the Ruler of Sharjah, Founder and Royal Patron of FoCP, International Ambassador of the World Cancer Declaration for Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and International Ambassador for Childhood Cancer for UICC, is the Forum’s Patron as part of her commitment to the fight against cancer and NCDs. The Forum is organised in partnership with local host organisation, Friends of Cancer Patients (FoCP). Read more

UHC Day 2015 - Event Funding Opportunity

The launch of the Sustainable Development Goals is finally upon us. For the ‘health for all’ movement, this is cause for celebration, as universal health coverage is set to be enshrined in the global development agenda for the first time. Universal Health Coverage Day on 12.12.15 is the next major opportunity to hold leaders accountable to this commitment. Now is the perfect time to start planning to make the most of it!
A small number of grants will be available to help HCC members organize events on and around UHC Day 2015. On-the-ground activities and events were a true highlight of UHC Day 2014 and  included:  
  • Marches that demonstrated grassroots support for health for all
  • Panel discussions that gave experts the opportunity to educate policymakers and other influential leaders on why and how to make UHC a reality
  • Community events featuring theater, free health screenings and health education
If you are interested in organizing an event or activity to mark UHC Day 2015, please fill out this brief form by Friday, September 25 to apply for funding.

Ultra-processed Foods are Driving the Obesity Epidemic in Latin America, Says New PAHO/WHO Report

Ultra-processed food and drink products in Latin America: Trends, impact on obesity, policy implications
Washington, D.C., 1 September 2015 (PAHO/WHO). Sales of industrially processed food products - including fast food and sugary beverages - have been rising steadily in Latin America and are fueling increased obesity rates throughout the region, according to a report published this week by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO). The new report, "Ultra-processed food and drink products in Latin America: Trends, impact on obesity, policy implications," shows that per capita sales of these products increased in Latin America from 2000 to 2013. Read more

The Effect of Taxes on Sugar Sweetened Beverages on Consumption and Health Must be Monitored

The Effect of Taxes on Sugar Sweetened Beverages on Consumption and Health Must be Monitored
With recent introduction of taxes on sugar sweetened beverages in both Dominica and Barbados the HCC recognises that it is important that systems are now put in place to evaluate the impact of these taxes on consumption and health.

Mexico has such systems in place and during the first year of Mexico’s soda tax, purchases of sugar-sweetened beverages went down on average about six percent relative to what it would have been otherwise. Read more
Soft Drinks Tax

The War Over Soda: New Study Finds Link Between Carbonated Drinks, Higher Risk of Heart Attacks

Next time you're thirsty and pop into your local convenience store to buy a drink, choose carefully. Yet another study has found links between soda and negative effects on your health. This one is large -- involving data from 800,000 people in Japan -- and looked at cardiac risk. Researchers found that the more money people spent on carbonated beverages the more likely they were to suffer from heart attacks of cardiac origin outside of a hospital. Read more
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Latest
Just one slice,
of bread contains as much as 10% the amount of Sodium

Welcome to Barbados...
Emily Rose Hamilton-Leavitt and  Jennifer Jackson, both students from Canada are interning with the HSFB.
Read more from the Heart & Stroke Foundation newsletter here
CDA 2015 - Advance Registration Closes September 30
Advance Registration Closes on September 30 read more

Junk Food Retailers Banned from NHS Hospitals

Junk Food Retailers Banned from NHS Hospitals
Junk food retailers will be banned from NHS hospitals in a bid to tackle Britain’s obesity crisis. The head of the health service demanded changes in the type of fare offered in hospitals across the country, with a bar on outlets which mainly sell unhealthy foods.
Simon Stevens, NHS chief executive, will say the health service must “put its own house in order” by ditching junk food, in order to slim the waistlines of staff, patients and hospital visitors. Read more
Deadline extension - Submit your session by 16 September 2015The call for sessions has been extended to Wednesday 16 September 2015 (23:59 CEST) to enable more international experts to share their innovative ideas and successful interventions in cancer control. Don't miss this chance to leave a lasting impression on the 3’500 delegates we expect to welcome in Paris! Read more

WHO Web-based Public Consultation

The interim report from the Working Group on how to realize governments’ commitments to engage with the private sector for the prevention and control of NCDs (Working Group 3.1) provides preliminary recommendations that emphasize the leadership role that governments must play in calling on the private sector to strengthen its contribution to NCD prevention and control. These recommendations apply to all five specific action areas included in paragraph 44 of the UN Political Declaration.

Member States, UN agencies, relevant NGOs and selected private sector entities are encouraged to submit their comments before Tuesday 15 September 2015 by sending an email to Read more

NCD Alliance Webinar

The NCD Alliance will be holding a webinar on Wednesday 9 September at 10:00 – 11:30 am EST/16:00 – 17:30 CET. The powerpoint slides and recording will be made available on the NCD Alliance website after the webinar.
Please join us to discuss:
  • Preparations for 70th Session of the UN General Assembly
  • Updates on Global Forum of National and Regional NCD Alliances
  • Updates on WHO Global Coordination Mechanism and Regional Committee Meetings
Participants can submit questions prior to the webinar by emailing by Monday 7 September register here.

US health watchdog to take legal action against e-cigarette makers

US health watchdog to take legal action against e-cigarette makers
A health watchdog is to take legal action in California against the manufacturers of some of the best-known brands of e-cigarettes, following tests to establish the levels of toxic chemicals they contain. CEH says its tests found that nearly 90% of the companies had at least one brand that produced high levels of one or both of the cancer-causing chemicals formaldehyde and acetaldehyde. Read more
NCD Alliance e-Alert
  • Building capacity for NCDs in the Eastern Mediterranean Region
  • Creating dialogue, making NCD civil society stronger
  • NCD Alliance Webinar
Read more

From the NCD Alliance Weekly Digest

NCDs News
  • PloS Blog: Targeting Cancer: A Basketful of Hope read more
  • NEJM: Health Care for Americans with Disabilities – 25 Years after the ADA read more
  • CDC: The importance of the HPV vaccine for children (Podcast) read more
  • Biomed Central: Is it weight loss or exercise that can reduce the risk of breast cancer? read more
  • Science Daily: Treatment with life-saving drugs increases but still suboptimal in ischemic heart disease read more
Risk Factor News
  • AP: Midlife obesity may affect onset of Alzheimer’s read more
  • FIC Argentina: New research on food advertisements during children’s TV programs (Spanish) read more
  • LSHTM: Could a single dose of HPV vaccine be enough? read more
  • The Guardian: US health watchdog to take legal action against e-cigarette makers read more
  • BMJ: More European smokers are deciding not to quit, survey shows read more
  • BMJ: Three quarters of global burden from smokeless tobacco comes from India read more
  • Devex: Food aid: 3 funding trends you should know read more
HCC News Roundup Archive - If you have missed any of our News Roundups you can view previous Roundups on our News Roundup Archive webpage here.
The HCC is a regional network of Caribbean health NGOs and civil society organizations with the remit to combat chronic diseases (NCDs) and their associated risk factors and conditions. Our membership presently consists of more than 50 Caribbean-based health NGOs and over 55 not-for-profit organisations and, in excess of 200 individual members based in the Caribbean and across the globe.

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The work of HCC would not be possible without core funding from Sagicor Life Inc
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