World Diabetes Day 2016
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World Diabetes Day
The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

November 4th - November 10th 2016


GET UP, STAND UP… HCC NCD Youth Champion Kystal Boyea Writes About Living with Diabetes as World Diabetes Day Approaches.

Krystal Boyea
It’s the year 1973, and the Caribbean’s own Bob Marley chanted the following lyrics that echoed around the world:
“Get up, Stand up, Stand up for your RIGHT! Don’t give up the fight!”
Bob sang his tune, as a call to action against oppression, as he fought for what he believed in. At this time in history, the cost of living was lower than I could ever dream, labor-intensive jobs were the number one form of employment and in the world of healthcare, infectious diseases were on the forefront of every agenda.
Now, just 43 years later, so much has changed, yet those words known in every country and sang in every language remain the same. YOU MUST FIGHT FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE!
20 years ago, my whole world changed when I was diagnosed with diabetes. 5 years ago, I decided to start making a difference in whatever way I could. It was at this point in my life that I learnt, that my reaction to a situation has the power to change the situation itself. I felt like I had been assigned this mountain, and I had to show the world that it can be moved.
This is my call for youth action with a focus on NCDs but more specifically, DIABETES!

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.
  • Join the fight to end childhood obesity and strive for better access to medications.
  • Educate your community and speak for those who don’t have a voice.
  • Volunteer at your local Diabetes NGO and share your story with the world.
It’s World Diabetes Month, where the theme is “Eyes on Diabetes.” Lets put our FOCUS on our Caribbean island chain, and BE THE CHANGE we wish to see.

Read more about Krystal's work on her website 

More from across the region related to World Diabetes Day:

The Private Sector Stands up for Our Children - Sagicor Life Makes a Powerful Statement Against Marketing and Promotion of Junk Food in Schools

The HCC congratulates Sagicor Life Inc for your continued commitment to fighting NCDs in the Caribbean. The issue of promotion and marketing of unhealthy foods to children in schools is an urgent priority given the unacceptably high rates of overweight and obesity among children in the Caribbean and the long term outlook for NCD related morbidity and mortality in this group.  
The HCC and the regional and global public health community have challenged the private sector to invest in the health and well being of the communities from which they benefit so tremendously. Sagicor Life has risen to this challenge. On behalf of the HCC Board of Directors, I thank you for your leadership and hope that this will be an example for greater private sector engagement in the NCD response in the region. 

- Maisha Hutton, Executive Director, HCC
HCC Caribbean Alcohol Reduction Day

Importance of Investing in Civil Society Highlighted at WHO GCM/NCDs Mauritius Dialogue

The third WHO GCM/NCDs held on 19-21 October 2016, brought together diverse stakeholders including Sir Trevor Hassell, President of the HCC to discuss a critical dimension of accelerating noncommunicable disease (NCD) prevention and control: how non-State actors can support governments in meeting their NCD-related commitments to implement the NCD Global Action Plan and the global targets on NCDs as part of realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Read more.

The co-chairs statement issued as an outcome of the meeting reflects the position of the Co-Chairs on the roles of non-State actors- namely nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), private sector, philanthropic organizations, and academic institutions and includes specific recommendations for each group of actors as they support governments in advancing NCD prevention and control.
To this end, we call on international development donors to increase and sustain their investments in enhancing the capacity of relevant national NGOs to ensure their full and active participation in the development and implementation of national NCDs responses, including in the establishment of national multisectoral mechanisms for engagement, policy coherence and mutual accountability of different spheres of policymaking that have a bearing on NCDs, and in monitoring, in order to support Governments in their efforts to implement health-in-all-policies and whole-of government and whole-of-society approaches.
Of key relevance to the HCC and the broader civil society community, was the clear call for greater investment in civil society. The call for greater financial and intellectual investment in Caribbean civil society to ensure CSOs are ‘fit for purpose’ has been one of the cornerstones of the HCC’s advocacy work since our formation. We applaud this statement which recognises that an effective multisectoral whole of society response cannot be achieved in the absence of strong CSOs. We hope this will signal greater investment in civil society globally and in particular in the Caribbean. 
For more from the Dialogue click here.

New Interactive Guide on How to Build National and Regional NCD Alliances

A new NCD Alliance interactive guide is now available and it is designed to support new NCD alliances through their establishment phase by outlining the steps involved and offering practical tools. NCD Alliance has drawn upon the experiences of coalition building for health and non-health goals, it also aims to identify concrete ways that alliances can enhance their impact and efficiency. Watch the introductory video below, utilise the interactive online guide here or download the pdf version here.
NCDA Practical guide on how to build effective national and regional NCD alliances
Introduction to a new NCD Alliance interactive guide on how to build national and regional NCD alliances watch here

Photos from COP7 

The Largest Risks to Health Security Globally Emerge from Non-communicable Diseases

In the G20 MONITOR: TOWARDS HANGZHOU AND HAMBURG, HCC Special Advisor, Dr. James Hospedales and Professor John Kirton (University of Toronto) have an excellent piece entitled: OPPORTUNITIES FOR G20 HEALTH GOVERNANCE IN 2016 AND 2017
The piece focuses on the G20’s potential role on global health governance in 2017...there is a ticking time bomb in national health systems that no government is set up to deal with. The ‘fiscal math’ is relatively straightforward: the largest risks to global health security emerge from non-communicable diseases such as heart diseases, stroke and cancer, and the healthcare costs of such longer-lasting diseases are rising faster than the growth in GDP that is needed to sustain them. With political impetus in this space lagging, and seemingly outside the core focus of China’s G20 host year, Kirton and Hospedales call for G20 Leaders to act on an ambitious global health agenda ahead of the Hamburg Leaders’ Summit in 2017, set up during the Hangzhou Summit, in five areas, namely: fix the health governance gaps that surround the World Health Organisation (WHO); support the International Health Regulations (IHRs) and integrate antimicrobial resistance actions into national development plans; apply the Chinese innovation agenda to health matters; support a stronger regionalised approach towards meeting international health commitments; and provide political drive behind global efforts to prevent and control non-communicable diseases. 
To see the full report containing the piece click here

Diabetes Association of Barbados - World Diabetes Day

November 13th 10:15am - Members/ friends of the Diabetes Association of Barbados will be worshipping at People’s Cathedral Church, Bishop’s Court Hill, St. Michael.
November 14, 2016 – World Diabetes Day - 10am - 4pm : Eye Checks The Diabetes Association of Barbados will be offering free eye screening at their Headquarters’, Corner Jessamine Avenue, Beckles Road, St. Michael.  Please call 427-9338/437-2285 to make an appointment. 

10am - 2pm - Health Checks Blood sugar, blood pressure, diabetes risk assessments will be done at the following branches of Republic Bank Ltd Speightstown, Independence Square, Broad Street and Six Roads. The Diabetes Mobile Unit will be at the Warrens branch from 6:30am - 2pm. 

Heavily Tax Unhealthy Foods, Says Sir Henry Fraser

Sir Henry Fraser
While delivering a comprehensive lecture on Tuesday night hosted by the Faculty of Medical Sciences on some of the past, present and future considerations of health care in Barbados, he opined: “Significant taxes on alcohol and cigarettes have a significant impact on use. And could be further increased and has now been shown for sugary drinks. But not a tiny token ten per cent tax. This has failed because it is hardly noticed. Barbadians are accustomed to these kinds of increases. It has to be at least 30 per cent or more.
This has failed because it is hardly noticed. Barbadians are accustomed to these kinds of increases. It has to be at least 30 per cent or more.

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International Men’s Health Day 2016 Shines Light on Mental Health in the Caribbean

This year International Men’s Day, which is held on Saturday 19th November 2016, coincides with International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day.To help the world mark these two observance days, we are inviting men and women all over the world to join us in adopting the official International Men’s Day Theme for 2015:  “Talk About Male Suicide
The “Talk About Male Suicide” theme highlights the fact that more than 800,000 people die from suicide every year and that in over 99% of countries, the majority of people who take their own lives are men and boys. Every 40 seconds someone dies from suicide.
In the United Kingdom, for example, men are nearly four times more likely to kill themselves with 13 men dying from suicide every day.In the United States, approximately 42,773 Americans committed suicide -- 77% of these suicides were committed by men.
In Trinidad and Tobago, the suicide rate is higher than the global average with Men accounting for 76% suicides in that nation  (T&T Guardian article here)
International Men’s Day invites all people, all over the globe, to use 19th November 2016 to start a national conversation about male suicide in your country. Please contact Dr.Jerome Teelucksingh, Founder – International Men’s Day for further information email:

Regional Countries get Help to ‘Nip’ Toxic Chemical Exposure

James Hospedales
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — The Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) will implement a multimillion-dollar programme aimed at assisting eight Caribbean countries to update their national implementation plans (NIPs) with regards to the exposure of toxic chemicals. “The execution of this project will help strengthen the capacities of member states to better manage hazardous chemicals, with a view to implementing environmentally sound mechanisms for the storage, abandonment of use, identification of alternatives to use, and final disposal/destruction of these types of chemicals,” said CARPHA Executive Director Dr James Hospedales. Read more

CARPHA Wins International Award

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Nov 5, CMC – The Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has been awarded the Platinum MarCom Award in the category of Communication Training and Education.

CARPHA won the international award from a field of nearly 6,000 including individuals, media conglomerates, and Fortune 50 companies. Read more

Heart Foundation of Jamaica - Run for Your Heart

The Heart Foundation of Jamaica will host its 38th staging of the Run for Your Heart 5K run, on Sunday November 27, 2016 at the Stadium East facility. Run for Your Heart is an event geared towards highlighting the value of exercise as an important part of a healthy lifestyle.
This event will also raise funds for health education and health promotion programmes in schools. Proceeds will also be used for maintaining as well as expanding schools and screening programmes. Read more

5th Annual Symposium on Global Cancer Research

Call for Poster Abstracts – Deadline: December 2, 2016
The 5th Annual Symposium on Global Cancer Research, sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH), and academic partners, will be held on April 6, 2017, prior to the start of the 8th Annual CUGH Global Health Conference.

Presentation of cutting-edge research and programs that address the global burden of cancer is at the heart of the Symposium. NCI invites all persons wishing to report original research, innovative projects, or novel programs related to global cancer research and control to submit abstracts to be considered for posters and publication in the Journal of Global Oncology (JGO).
Abstracts will be collected through two categories:
  • Scientific – original research
  • Program – innovative projects that move the field forward

4 US Cities Vote to Tax Sugary Drinks, Soda

4 US Cities Vote to Tax Sugary Drinks, Soda
Voters soured Tuesday on sweetened beverages, agreeing to add taxes to soft drinks and soda in Boulder, Colo., and three California cities. In battles that saw millions of dollars spent on both sides, the cities became the first since Berkeley, Calif., pioneered a sugary drink tax in 2014. Advocates of the taxes argued that such drinks are unhealthy and could spur ailments such as diabetes.

Boulder added a 2-cent per ounce excise tax on distributors of sugary drinks such as soda, sports drinks and sweetened iced tea. The three Bay Area cities – San Francisco, Oakland and Albany, Calif. – each added a 1-cent per ounce excise tax. The taxes are projected to generate $15 million in San Francisco, $3.8 million in Boulder and $223,000 in Albany, according to estimates by each city. In Oakland, the tax was projected to generate $6 million to $10 million per year, according to the Oakland Chamber of Commerce, which took a neutral stance on the proposal. The campaigns were big-dollar affairs rivaling U.S. Senate races, with supporters of the San Francisco measure spending $9.2 million and opponents spending $20 million, according to the city's Ethics Commission. Read more
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados
Yuh Is Ig'runt...
Ignorance - a lack of knowledge...This lack of knowledge provides a willing audience for several industries to spend billions of marketing dollars to influence consumption patterns.

About The Sweet Drink Tax If done right.. Read more here.
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