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May 12th

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Health Ministry Encourages Jamaicans to Engage in Physical Activity

Health Ministry Encourages Jamaicans to Engage in Physical Activity
Photo: JIS/Mark Bell
JIS: As the country deals with stemming the spread of  the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Ministry of Health and Wellness is encouraging Jamaicans to engage in physical activity to preserve their health.               

In an interview with JIS News, Senior Health Education Officer at the Ministry, Charmaine Plummer, said this is recommended for the complete physical well-being of individuals.
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Backyard Gardening Initiative

Backyard Gardening Tip 5
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Parliamentary Front Against Hunger of Latin America and the Caribbean

OPEN LETTER TO LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
Parliamentary Front Against Hunger of Latin America and the Caribbean
HCC Board Member the Hon. Laura Tucker-Longsworth O.B.E. is the the chair of the Belize Parliamentary Front Against Hunger and Malnutrition.

Hunger and malnutrition, the other side of the coronavirus.

While the coronavirus pandemic is gradually being contained in China, Latin America and the Caribbean it is spreading rapidly and has now reached all its countries.

As members of the Parliamentary Front against Hunger, we appeal to decision-makers and to always consider among emergency measures: the protection of the right to food of the Latin American and Caribbean population.

We cannot open the door to scarcity. We must all ensure that the chain of production, processing and food supply remain active.

At this point, we turn to consumers to avoid hoarding, and private companies to keep their distribution systems accessible to the entire population, and promote conscious purchasing and no food waste.

In Latin America and the Caribbean, not everyone has the means to adequately feed themselves in a state of quarantine.

Therefore, it is also crucial that countries address food emergency measures aimed at the most vulnerable sectors. We refer, in particular, to children, senior citizens and those with lower incomes.
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Thank the COVID-19 Frontline workers

Caribbean Development Bank Resilience Series

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Webinar Recordings

Socio-Economic Implications of COVID-19 on the Caribbean

Socio-Economic Implications of COVID-19 on the Caribbean
ECHORN and Yale-TCC: Presented by Ms. Tonni Brodber, Deputy Representative with the UN Women Multi-Country Office, Barbados. This presentation is part of the "Environmental Action" webinar series, hosted by the ECHORN study and Yale-TCC.
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Enabling Agricultural Investment in the Caribbean for an Effective Response and Post-COVID-19 Recovery

Enabling Agricultural Investment in the Caribbean for an Effective Response and Post-COVID-19 Recovery

FAO/CARICOM: The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic threatens disruptions in the food systems and agricultural production of Caribbean countries, which will have significant impact on the food and nutrition security of the region and the incomes of rural populations. Watch a recording of the webinar here
 
COVID-19: A Wake Up Call for Regional Food & Nutrition Security

COVID-19: A Wake Up Call for Regional Food & Nutrition Security

Faculty of Food and Agriculture, UWI St. Augustine: On Tuesday 5 May 2020, the Faculty of Food and Agriculture at the St. Augustine Campus of the University of the West Indies hosted a webinar titled COVID-19: A Wakeup Call for Regional Food & Nutrition Security.

Watch a recording of the webinar here.

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Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases in the COVID-19 Response

Moving towards universal health coverage, promoting health and wellbeing, and protecting against health emergencies are the WHO global priorities that are shared by the proposed WHO European Programme of Work 2020–25. The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has underlined the importance of interconnecting these strategic priorities. Read more

Obesity Could Shift Severe COVID-19 Disease to Younger Ages


Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 was first reported in China in late December, 2019, and has since evolved into a global pandemic. As of April 29, 2020, COVID-19 has been confirmed in more than 3 million individuals in 185 countries and regions, with an overall mortality rate of more than 6%.
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Help The NCD Alliance Map Unhealthy Commodity Industries’ Responses to COVID-19

Help The NCD Alliance Map Unhealthy Commodity Industries’ Responses to COVID-19
Image: NCD Alliance
NCD Alliance: Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses have initiated new activities presented as altruistic or socially responsible, while others are seeking ways to influence or benefit from government responses to the crisis. While some of these activities may provide limited benefits (e.g. by making essential products available), many may actually increase the burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the population and/or undermine broader development goals. 
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STAY AT HOME

Taking Critical Action on NCDs During the COVID-19 Response and Beyond

Taking Critical Action on NCDs During the COVID-19 Response and Beyond
Photo: ©World Bank/Henitsoa Rafalia
NCD Alliance: Emerging evidence from the global COVID-19 pandemic suggests that people living with noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), such as hypertension and cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory diseases, cancer, as well as neurological health conditions and those with compromised immune systems, are at higher risk of severe complications or dying from COVID-19.
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Food Security and COVID-19
Photo: Jharkhand State Livelihoods Promo Soc.

Food Security and
COVID-19

The World Bank: Alarmed by a potential rise in food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic, many countries and organizations are mounting special efforts to keep agriculture safely running as an essential business, markets well supplied in affordable and nutritious food, and consumers still able to access and purchase food despite movement restrictions and income losses. Read more
Joint Statement on COVID-19 Impacts on Food Security and Nutrition
Photo: FAO website

Joint Statement on COVID-19 Impacts on Food Security and Nutrition

FAO: Rome/Washington DC - On the occasion of today's Extraordinary G20 Agriculture Minister's Meeting, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Bank and the World Food Programme (WFP) have issued the following Joint Statement on COVID-19 Impacts on Food Security and Nutrition. Read more
COVID19 Highlights Gaps in TT’s Food Security
Photo: TT Newsday

COVID19 Highlights Gaps in TT’s Food Security

TT Newsday: As the challenge to stem the spread of covid19 continues, various sectors have experienced losses as a result of the restrictions put in place by the government. TT’s manufacturing, construction, tourism, and agriculture sectors are just some of those areas. Covid19 has indeed shifted the way in which business is done, medical care is executed and the way in which security is handled, in particular food security. 
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Member States to Boost Food Production to Lessen COVID-19 Impact
Photo: FAO website

Member States to Boost Food Production to Lessen COVID-19 Impact

CARICOM: While there are adequate supplies of food in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) now, the Region should galvanise local production to meet future demands. This was one of the recommendations contained in a framework document that Ministers of Agriculture have accepted in principle to deal with the availability and accessibility of food in CARICOM as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Read more
St Vincent And The Grenadines Launches “Love Box” Initiative
Photo: OECS

St Vincent And The Grenadines Launches “Love Box” Initiative

OECS: St. Vincent and the Grenadines has been a leader in the hemisphere during this decade in its achievement to reduce hunger and undernourishment. SVG was the first OECS member state to establish a Parliamentary Front against Hunger and Undernourishment.
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Healthy Hampers for People Living With NCDs
Photo:  Barbados COP Coalition

Healthy Hampers for People Living With NCDs

Barbados Advocate: During the COVID-19 Global Pandemic, the Barbados Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition will be providing fruits and vegetables to support vulnerable families with non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
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Global Survey on Youth and COVID-19

Help spread the voices of youth about work, rights and the coronavirus outbreak

Everyone, everywhere is entitled to the protection and promotion of his or her human rights, from the right to education and health, to rights at work.

The Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth is an alliance of multiple partners both within and beyond the United Nations. In these extraordinary times, partners of the Global Initiative including the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth, AIESEC, the European Youth Forum, the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, the United Nations Human Rights Office and the International Labour Organization are coming together to help measure the coronavirus outbreak's impact on youth with a focus on employment and education. Learn more about our work at www.decentjobsforyouth.org
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2020 Global Nutrition Report

2020 Global Nutrition Report
Image: UNICEF/Vishwanathan
The 2020 Global Nutrition Report looks beyond global and national patterns, revealing significant inequalities in nutrition outcomes within countries and populations. Based on the best-available data, in-depth analysis and expert opinion rooted in evidence, the report identifies critical actions to achieve nutrition equity. Everyone deserves access to healthy, affordable food and quality nutrition care.
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Seventy-third World Health Assembly #WHA73

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Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the 73rd World Health Assembly will be virtual. The agenda has been reduced to fit into two days, starting on Monday 18 May and concluding no later on Tuesday 19 May.

The programme will cover:
  • Opening of the Health Assembly by WHA 72 President
  • Election of the President and five Vice-Presidents
  • Presidential address
  • Statements by invited speakers
  • Address by the Director-General (on COVID-19 pandemic response)
  • Statements by Heads of delegation on COVID-19 pandemic
  • EB: election
  • Closure/suspension (The WHA will consider suspending and reconvening later in the year to consider the remaining items on the agenda)
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WHO 3rd Walk the Talk: The Health for All Challenge 2020: JOIN VIRTUALLY

Walk the Talk
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WHO: The third Walk the Talk: The Health for All Challenge will be virtual this year. In light of COVID-19, Walk the Talk will offer an even more global platform to promote health and well-being for people all over the world.

The Virtual Walk the Talk will be held over 16-17 May 2020, with people invited to join in from their homes wherever they are located in the world. 
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Association Between Tax on Sugar Sweetened Beverages and Soft Drink Consumption in Adults in Mexico

Association Between Tax on Sugar Sweetened Beverages and Soft Drink Consumption in Adults in Mexico
Photo: Quartz
BMJ: The Mexican sugar sweetened beverage tax was associated with a reduction in the probability of consuming soft drinks in this cohort of employees from a healthcare provider. The results cannot be extrapolated to the Mexican population, but they suggest that three years after implementation, the tax had helped to increase the proportion of people who do not consume soft drinks while decreasing the proportion of high and medium consumers.
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7 Places Where Soda Taxes Are Working

7 Places Where Soda Taxes Are Working
Illustration: Foodtank website
Foodtank: Soda taxes are being implemented around the globe - a response to what the World Health Organization deems a global health crisis as obesity rates and cases of diabetes increase at alarming rates. To try to combat these crises, public health advocates and policymakers from individual cities in the United States and entire countries around the world have overcome political and industry opposition to enact and enforce taxes on sugar-added beverages.
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Alcohol Minimum Unit Price Reduces Harm in the Northern Territory

Alcohol Minimum Unit Price Reduces Harm in the Northern Territory
Illustration: Intouch Public Health website
Intouch Public Health: An evaluation of the initial impacts of an alcohol minimum unit price in the Northern Territory has found that alcohol-fuelled harms have significantly reduced and it’s helping to create healthier and safer NT communities. The very encouraging outcomes in the NT support renewed calls for all Australian jurisdictions to introduce a minimum unit price (MUP) on alcohol.
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Limit Red and Processed Meat

Limit Red and Processed Meat
Photo: Pixabay
World Cancer Research Fund: One of our Cancer Prevention Recommendations is to eat no more than moderate amounts of red meat, such as beef, pork and lamb, and eat little, if any, processed meat.

There is strong evidence that consumption of either red or processed meat are both causes of colorectal cancer. 
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Food Advertising to Children in New Zealand

Food Advertising to Children in New Zealand
Photo: Archive
MDPI: An application of the public health law framework to the New Zealand regulatory system confirms that the current self-regulatory system is ineffective at reducing the exposure to, and power of, marketing to children. This paper adds to the research by interrogating the interpretation of a self-regulatory code by a self-regulated Complaints Board through an analysis of its jurisprudence to understand how the relevant Codes are working in practice.
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Labels on Alcohol Bottles Increase Awareness of Drinking Harms, Guidelines

Labels on Alcohol Bottles Increase Awareness of Drinking Harms, Guidelines
Image: Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
Eureka Alert: When alcohol bottles come with conspicuous labels providing information on the risks of alcohol consumption or drinking guidelines, people are better informed about alcohol's harms and may cut down their drinking, according to a series of studies in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
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Teen Obesity, Diabetes or High Blood Pressure May Lead to Prematurely Aged Arteries

Teen Obesity, Diabetes or High Blood Pressure May Lead to Prematurely Aged Arteries
Image: Pixabay
Journal of the American Heart Association: Teenagers who have obesity, type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure may be more likely to have signs of premature blood vessel aging compared to teens without those health conditions, according to new research published today in the Journal of the American Heart Association, an open access journal of the American Heart Association.
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NCD Alliance Newsletter

NCD Alliance
  • WHA: inclusion of NCDs in global, regional & national COVID-19 responses
  • Sign up  WHO's Walk the Talk: The Health For All challenge!
  • Read NCDA's blog on critical NCD action during COVID-19
  • Help map unhealthy commodity industry responses to COVID-19
  • Get ready for the launch of the NCD Academy on 18 May!
  • Join COVID-NCD webinars with Arogya World
  • Call for nominations: UNIAFT 2020 Awards
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Our Work

Sweet Beverages in the Caribbean

Sweet Beverages in the Caribbean
Our 'Sweet Beverages in the Caribbean' infographics are now available as a package, the package includes the full size infographic, a web-booklet version, a full colour printable version, reduced colour version for in house printing and three social media visuals which are shown below.
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Childhood Obesity Prevention Visuals

A set of infographics, highlighting childhood obesity, the risks and the HCC policy asks.
Childhood Obesity Prevention
Childhood Obesity Prevention
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Social media graphics to campaign for the implementation of our Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies
Childhood Obesity Prevention policies
Childhood Obesity Prevention policies
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HCC Technical Brief and Eight Advocacy Priorities

HCC Technical Brief:
HCC Technical Brief: First United Nations High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage: Technical Brief for CARICOM Countries - A Contribution from Civil Society.
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HCC Advocacy Priorities
HCC Advocacy Priorities for the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage.
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Childhood Obesity Prevention Scorecard

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No Marketing to Children
No marketing of unhealthy foods to children
HCC has created a series of  visuals to advocate for front of package nutrition warning labels and to also to campaign against the marketing of unhealthy foods to children. Find out more information here.
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CARD 2019: Women and Alcohol
CARD 2019: Women and Alcohol
A set of infographics
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Call to Urgent Action
Call to Urgent Action - Infographics and Social Media Visuals
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