The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

May 27th - June 2nd 2016


World No Tobacco Day Observed in Jamaica

Anti Tobacco Poster Winner
The Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ) and the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC) in partnership with  the Ministry of Health (MOH), the Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS), the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) and the National Secondary School’s Council (NSSC) held a series of activities to observe World No Tobacco Day 2016.

The day began with an outside broadcast targeting policy and decision makers. This was held on the grounds of the Heart Foundation of Jamaica.
The Winning Anti Tobacco Poster
The NCDA provided first contact counselling services for persons seeking help to quit smoking and another addictive behaviour and the HFJ provided free blood pressure checks.

The next event was for 150 youth leaders from schools across the island. Pan America Health Organisation (PAHO) provided the funding for this event. The forum focussed on  tobacco advertising promotion and sponsorship (TAPS) and not becoming replacement smokers. Students had the opportunity to hear from a former smoker who has COPD as well as presentations on TAPS. The sessions were interactive giving participation the opportunity to “talk up youth”
Events for WNTD in Jamaica
The day ended with an outside broadcast targeting young people using popular radio announcers “Action and the Burgerman”. This was held at the transportation centre – a popular meeting place for school children.

The JCTC also put out a two-page supplement in observance of the day and the Ministry of Health also used the opportunity to encourage persons to quit smoking.

World No Tobacco Day 2016 - Plain Packaging of Tobacco Products to Reduce Demand, to Save Lives 

World No Tobacco Day
31 May 2016 -- "Plain packaging reduces the attractiveness of tobacco products. It kills the glamour, which is appropriate for a product that kills people," says WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan. "It restricts tobacco advertising and promotion. It limits misleading packaging and labelling. And it increases the effectiveness of health warnings." Read more

Plain Packaging of Tobacco Products: Evidence, Design and Implementation

In 2012, Australia became the first country to implement laws requiring plain (standardized) packaging of tobacco products.
Since then, France, Ireland and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland have passed laws and other countries have initiated legislative processes. This publication describes the purposes of implementing plain packaging as part of a comprehensive approach to tobacco control, the evidence base justifying the measure and developments at the country level, before offering recommendations to countries considering implementing plain packaging. Read the report here.
Related WNTD Articles:
Jamaica Observer: Get ready for plain packaging, WHO tells governments on World No Tobacco Day
Antigua Observer: PAHO says packaging could reduce tobacco demand in the Caribbean
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday: Promote better: World No Tobacco Day is observed annually on May 31
More From the 69th World Health Assembly

Chef and Campaigner Jamie Oliver Joins Ministers of Health at the 69th World Health Assembly to Talk About Nutrition Globally

Chef and Campaigner Jamie Oliver Joins Ministers of Health at the 69th World Health Assembly
On 23 May 2016, in the side lines of the Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly, Ministers of Health were joined by nutrition champions in Geneva to talk about the status of nutrition globally. The event, titled “Accelerating National Progress on Tackling child Obesity and Child Undernutrition in a Sustainable Way” called for national level SMART commitments to nutrition.

Speaking on a special panel discussion, Jamie Oliver was joined by the head of the World Health Organisation Margaret Chan; Finnish minister of family affairs and social services Juha Rehula; Former President of Namibia Nahas Angula; health ministers from Canada, Kenya, Netherlands, UK, and USA; and government representatives from Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Mexico, and Zambia, and chair of the Global Nutrition Report Corinna Hawkes. Read more
Jamie Oliver at the WHA
“I’ve never been more depressed about child health; it frightens the life out of me, whether it’s hunger and malnutrition or obesity and malnutrition….the mechanisms behind Big Food Inc. are incredible. Yes without doubt in my opinion they have caused the problem, but in my opinion they can solve the problem as well.” – Jamie Oliver, Chef and Campaigner. Watch his video here.

NCDs in the Limelight

NCDs in the Limelight
Between the 69th World Health Assembly and World No Tobacco Day, it has been a busy & exciting couple of weeks for NCDs and Global Health!  

It’s time to act on ending all forms of malnutrition.   
Last week, Jamie Oliver sat beside WHO Director General Dr Margaret Chan and said, “I’ve never been more depressed by kids' diets”. A few days later, WHA delegates adopted two game-changing nutrition resolutions:
  • The Decade of Action on Nutrition
  • Ending the inappropriate promotion of foods for infants and young children
  • The hard work starts now! You can act on food issues that urgently need change by joining Jamie's Food Revolution

World Health Assembly Agrees Resolutions on Women, Children and Adolescents

World Health Assembly agrees to resolution on women, children and adolescents
27 May 2016 - Delegates at the World Health Assembly agreed to take forward the implementation of Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030), which sets out to ensure every woman, child and adolescent, in any setting, everywhere, is able to not only survive, but thrive by 2030. Since its launch in September 2015, over 50 countries have made commitments to the Global Strategy, some of which leading up to the World Health Assembly, including Burkina Faso, Dominican Republic, Mali, Sudan, Uganda, Uruguay and Zambia. In addition, 120 organizations have also made official commitments to implementing the Global Strategy, with total pledges towards its achievement worth more than $25 billion.
Read more

Watch a video on the commitments here.
World Health Assembly agrees resolutions on women, children and adolescents, and healthy ageing WHO News Release.

World Heart Federation Statement: Agenda Item 13.3 – operational plan to take forward the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health

The WHF chose to focus its statement on RHD as this disease disproportionately affects women, children and adolescents: RHD is the most commonly acquired heart disease in young people under the age of 25. It also has severe implications for young women and maternal health.
In the statement the WHF made three recommendations to be considered when countries implement the Global Strategy:
  • Monitor maternal, child and adolescent health outcomes using national registers, which have long improved health outcomes for women, children and adolescents living with RHD
  • Implement selected interventions from the TIPS Framework, a toolkit for implementing RHD control programmes, in basic universal health coverage packages
  • Orient universal health coverage priorities towards inclusivity and financial protection to ensure care for every woman, child and adolescent
Read more

Ending Childhood Obesity: Securing the Future for Our Children

The report of the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity formed the basis for a side event, hosted by Ghana, Malaysia and Mexico, along with New Zealand and Zambia during the Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly.

The co-chairs of the Commission gave a brief outline of the recommendations of the report and were joined on the panel by representatives from Mexico, Malaysia and Ghana, who each shared insights into the situation in their country and the challenges and enablers in implementing interventions to tackle childhood obesity.
Jasmine Crosbie
The panel also included an invited guest: Jasmine Crosbie is a young mother from Auckland New Zealand, who gave an impassioned account of how noncommunicable disease are affecting her community. Having benefited from a health education programme at school, she is now aware of how her health and lifestyle can affect her young son.
The panel also included an invited guest: Jasmine Crosbie is a young mother from Auckland New Zealand, who gave an impassioned account of how noncommunicable disease are affecting her community. Having benefited from a health education programme at school, she is now aware of how her health and lifestyle can affect her young son. On behalf of her peers, she called on governments to engage with adolescents and equip them with the vital life skills so that they can be the healthy adults, and parents of the future. Read Jasmine's address at the side-event here.

Highlights on NCDs at the 69th World Health Assembly

© Lucy Westerman / NCDA
NCD Alliance - On Saturday 28 May the 69th World Health Assembly (WHA) closed having adopted a variety of NCD-related resolutions and announcing the adoption of the WHO Framework for Engagement with Non-State Actors (FENSA). Currently ongoing is the 139th session of the WHO Executive Board which yesterday adopted a decision requesting the WHO Director-General to develop a Global Action Plan on Dementia. NCD Alliance followed the official WHA discussions on the ground and was recognised among the Top 10 Influencers of the WHA on Twitter. Read more

WHO: Health Assembly Adopts Framework for Non-State Actor Engagement

Geneva, 31 May (K M Gopakumar) - The 69th World Health Assembly (WHA) adopted the Framework of Engagement with Non-State Actors (FENSA) on the concluding day of Assembly that took place at the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva on 23-28 May.

The adoption of FENSA is the conclusion of a process initiated as part of the WHO reform in 2011. The FENSA process was formally kick started following the WHO Executive Board decision in the form a chair summary that stated: “Further discussion will be required on WHO's engagement with other stakeholders, including different categories of nongovernmental organizations and industry, and the proposals to review and update principles governing WHO relations with nongovernmental organizations, and to develop comprehensive policy frameworks to guide interaction with the private-for-profit sector, as well as not-for-profit philanthropic organizations”. Read more

New NCD Alliance Report on NCDs & Workplace Wellness

Realising the potential of workplaces to prevent and control NCDs
This report, "Realising the potential of workplaces to prevent and control NCDs," was jointly produced by NCDA and Bupa. It examines the evidence for the effectiveness of existing policy and regulatory measures and presents a set of recommendations to transform the health of the global workforce.

The report "Realising the potential of workplaces to prevent and control NCDs", was jointly produced by NCD Alliance and Bupa and launched in Geneva, to coincide with the 69th World Health Assembly. Read the report here.
The Caribbean Private Sector Response to NCDs a Situational Analysis and Framework for Action
On Thursday June 4th, 2015, 40 business executives representing 20 companies from diverse sectors across the Caribbean, met to discuss the issue of NCDs at the ‘Caribbean NCD Private Sector Forum: Measuring and Engaging the Business Sector Response to NCDs. As a result of the disussions and following on from the Forum the HCC produced a report entitled "The Caribbean Private Sector Response to NCDs a Situational Analysis and Framework for Action".

Read the report here.

National Cancer Survivors Day USA June 5th

National Cancer Survivors Day
Sunday June 5, National Cancer Survivors Day USA - a day when we celebrate those still in treatment or long since finished. There are more than 15.5 million cancer survivors in the U.S. If you're one of them, celebrate this weekend by sharing your story on Facebook.

Trade vs Health - WHO Opens the Door to Big Business While Trying to Protect Babies.

This week’s World Health Assembly included two closely linked hot topics: how WHO should interact with businesses and venture philanthropies and whether trade should come before health when tackling the marketing of baby foods and formulas. During a full week of behind-closed-doors negotiations on both topics, the United States and rich producer countries in the EU and New Zealand, pushed the interests of their corporations: opposing the adoption of effective safeguards to protect WHO’s independence, integrity and credibility and attempting to sabotage the adoption of a new WHO Guidance on baby foods.

The bullying power of these nations and their disregard of public health was evident in the two Resolutions that were finally adopted today. Read more

Caribbean Association of Nutrition and Dietetics (CANDi)

Caribbean Nutrition Day - June 1, 2016: Healthy Eating & Active Living, Nutrition up in Smokes!

Here a puff, there a puff, everywhere a puff, puff! Everywhere you turn around, there is someone puffing! Yes, you have heard it, smoking is bad for you! Some of you may have perhaps even experienced the unpleasant and harmful effects of smoking on your health. Tobacco has been described as a curse on humanity as it ravages the health of its users and those exposed to its smoke. Read more

FDA Issues Voluntary Sodium Reduction Targets

FDA Issues Voluntary Sodium Reduction Targets
Move by Agency Comes After CSPI Lawsuit - If fully achieved by the food industry, the voluntary sodium-reduction targets released today in draft formby the Food and Drug Administration could help prevent tens of thousands of premature deaths annually from heart attacks and strokes and tens of billions of dollars in medical costs, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest. The guidance to industry proposes appropriate levels of sodium in 150 categories of processed and restaurant foods. Once finalized, interim targets are set to be met in two years, and more ambitious targets are set to be met in 10 years. The guidance proposes maximum sodium levels for each of the categories of foods, as well as sales-weighted average levels for companies to meet. Read more

Not Yet UHC Superheroes But a Welcome Change from the G7

UHC Superheroes courtesy Save the Children
While Europe has been sleeping, we now have the official Declaration from the leaders and and the G7 Ise-Shima Vision for Global Health so we can see what they have promised. A strong endorsement - They have strongly supported UHC, largely thanks to the Japanese government’s determination. This is not a small matter. With many people cynical or opposed to UHC, to have the G7 endorse it as “comprehensive framework that underpins all of the [SDG] targets” is very welcome. Read more

Sweetness - Premiere Showcase of Barbados Finest Talent

Sweetness - Premiere Showcase of Barbados Finest Talent
Celebrating Barbados' 50th Year of Independence - Artistes for a cause in aid of the Barbados Diabetes Foundation.

Sunday June 19th, 2016, 7pm, the Plantation Garden Theatre, Christ Church.

Admission $60, doors open at 6pm.

Tickets available from the Diabetes Centre, Warrens, St. Michael, call 246-417-5980 or Ticketpal locations.

Read more

New Lancet Series: Risk Factors for Type 1 Diabetes

Risk Factors for type 1 diabetes
The considerable increase in incidence over the past few decades, as well as the heterogeneity of type 1 diabetes, cannot be explained by genetic susceptibility alone.

In this Lancet Series, two papers highlight new insights into genetic risk factors for type 1 diabetes, as well as controversial findings regarding potential environmental factors that might trigger disease development. Interplay between an individual’s genes and their exposure to different triggers at different life stages might contribute to disease heterogeneity. Increased understanding of these mechanisms is urgently needed.
Genetic risk factors for type 1 diabetes (Flemming Pociot, Åke Lernmark) 
Environmental risk factors for type 1 diabetes (Marian Rewers, Johnny Ludvigsson) 

Judge upholds San Francisco's Pioneering Law on Sugary Beverage Ads

Judge upholds San Francisco's Pioneering Law on Sugary Beverage Ads
San Francisco’s first-in-the-nation law requiring display ads for sugary drinks to carry warnings of increased risks of obesity, diabetes and tooth decay can take effect in July as scheduled, a federal judge ruled Tuesday in rejecting a challenge by the beverage industry.

“The warning required by the city ordinance is factual and accurate,” and is a “legitimate action to protect public health and safety,” said U.S. District Judge Edward Chen, who turned aside industry arguments that the advertising message is misleading and violates free speech. Read more

Americas First Lady Michelle Obama Recently Unveiled the Long-awaited Update of the Nutrition Facts Label

Nutrition Facts Label
For the first time ever the label will have a line for added sugars - and a corresponding percent Daily Value - so you’ll know how much added sugar is in your food and how it fits into your daily diet. It’s a historic advance - the first time the labels have been updated since we won the fight for a new line for artery-clogging trans fat.  It’s great news for consumers, who could use the labels to cut their risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes, and should spur food manufacturers to put less sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, and other forms of refined sugars in the packaged foods you buy. But lobbyists for the sugar industry have darkly threatened that the line for added sugars is “vulnerable to a legal challenge.”  Translation?  The sugar lobby will stop at nothing - including a lawsuit - to make sure that you won’t have access to this valuable information about what you’re eating.

Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Sales Fall in Europe but Climb in Much of Middle East

INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA  - While consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages has recently fallen in most of Western Europe, a new survey suggests, a number of Middle Eastern countries showed dramatic increases from 2010 to 2015[1]. Per capita consumption in 2015, in fact, was much higher in several Middle Eastern countries than in any European country in the analysis, which estimated consumption levels based on sugar-sweetened–beverage sales at bars, restaurants, and retail outlets. "In the vast majority of Western European countries, the sales are actually going down," an exception being Denmark, where sugar-sweetened–beverage sales climbed over the 5 years of the analysis, according to Dr Benoit Arsenault (Institut Universitaire de Cardiologie et de Pneumologie de Québec, QC). Read more

CARPHA Conference Registration is Now Open

Research Conference to Focus on Family Health
The online registration form can be accessed via the following link: Register Now.

The deadline for early registration at USD 449.00 ends on May 23 thereafter the registration fee will be USD 499.00. Conference Flyer

Caribbean Medical Providers Practicing Abroad - 3rd Annual Caribbean Medical Conference

Caribbean Medical Providers Practicing Abroad - 3rd Annual Caribbean Medical Conference
Caribbean Medical Providers Practicing Abroad invites you to their 3rd Annual Caribbean Medical Conference where they will bring medical and clinical providers volunteering from around the world to share awareness, education, skills, and community outreach services to the people of Grenada on June 10, 11, & 12, 2016. This year’s conference will be hosted at the Radisson Grenada Beach Resort, Grenada, West Indies. Read more
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Latest
As a Man...
As Father's Day approaches this June, we consider what is the leading cause of death in men. It is Heart Disease.

Easy on the mango...
Now they're in season. With a high sugar content, mangoes are high in calories. Does this mean that diabetics and those dieting should be banned from having it? 

Read more from the Heart & Stroke Foundation newsletter here.
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