The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

February 4th - March 10th 2016


Cardiovascular Disease Prevention through Population-wide Dietary Salt/Sodium Reduction

Dietary Salt/Sodium Reduction was held at PAHO Headquarters
Earlier this week the First meeting of the Technical Advisory Group for 2016-2019, on Cardiovascular Disease Prevention through Population-wide Dietary Salt/Sodium Reduction was held at PAHO Headquarters, Washington, DC. The group is advisory to the Director of PAHO and responds to priority interventions stated in the WHO package of “most cost-effective interventions for NCD prevention” directly related to lowering population levels of blood pressure and subsequently influencing the levels of mortality due to stroke and the group of cardiovascular diseases.
Dietary Salt/Sodium Reduction
The Caribbean is represented on the group by Dr Joy St John, Director, Surveillance, Disease Control, CARPHA, and Sir Trevor Hassell, President of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition who is, Co-Chair for the Caribbean part of the group. It is anticipated that the group will support member States to achieve the WHO Global target for 30% reduction in average salt/sodium intake and 25% reduction in elevated blood pressure by 2025 (or equivalent national targets). Stakeholders in Latin America and the Caribbean are encouraged to sign the 2009 Policy Statement on dietary salt/sodium reduction and the 2011 WEF Rio Declaration.
Call for Caribbean CSOs to endorse the PAHO/WHO Policy Statement:
Preventing Cardiovascular Disease in the Americas by Reducing Dietary Salt Intake Population-wide

In 2009 the PAHO/WHO Regional Expert Group on Cardiovascular Disease Prevention through Dietary Salt Reduction produced a policy statement. The First Meeting of the PAHO Technical Advisory Group for 2016-2019, met this week in Washington DC and renewed their commitment to seek wider stakeholder endorsement of the earlier produced policy statement. The statement has the rationale and recommendations for a population-based approach to reduce dietary salt intake among all people in the Americas, be they adults or children. The HCC strongly urges civil society organisations to fully endorse this policy statement.

How does your organisation endorse the statement?

1. Click here to read the statement in full.
2. Email the HCC at indicating your organisations interest to be officially listed as having endorsed the statement.

Caribbean NCD Leader on the Proposed List of New Members for the 2016-2017 GCM/NCDs Working Groups

World Health Organisation
Dr. Rosmond Adams
The HCC is pleased to announce the proposed appointment of Dr. Rosmond Adams, as a member of the GCM/NCDs Working Group on Health Education and Literacy for NCDs.

Dr. Adams is the National Epidemiologist in the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (for more information see his bio here).

Sir Trevor Hassell, President of the HCC, served on last year's GCM/NCDs WG on how to realize governments’ commitments to engage with the private sector for the prevention and control of NCDs (Working Group 3.1) thus ensuring the Caribbean perspective was reflected in the proceedings and the outcome documents.
The WHO recently released the public notice on the proposed members of the three new WHO GCM/NCD Working Groups 2016-2017. The public has an opportunity to comment on the proposed members.  The deadline for public comments is 16 March 2016. Please send your comment to with subject, “Public comments on proposed 2016-2017 Working Group members.”  The HCC encourages you to use this platform to share your perspectives on the proposed members.
HCC Civil Society Membership Mapping

The HCC, with the support of the NCD Alliance/ Medtronic Philanthropy, will be conducting a detailed capacity assessment of Caribbean civil society organisation working in NCDs. The goal of the assessment is to understand the capacity, development, and activities of CSO HCC members, seeking to capture the issues and factors needed to advance their work for the achievement of their objectives.  

The findings of the assessment will inform the upcoming HCC 2017 strategic plan.

The assessment represents an important step in strengthening CSO actions in support of NCD prevention and control in the Caribbean; the HCC is counting on and anticipating the full participation of health CSO members.


“A chance to allow a young Haitian diabetic to participate to The Annual diabetic youth Camp WITH NO RESTRICTIONS”
For the 5th consecutive year, FHADIMAC will receive nearly one hundred (100) young people with diabetes type 1 from all regions of Haiti to participate in their annual camp "Camp de l'Amitie". During this camp, these young people aged 6 to 30 years, will learn how to live with their condition in a healthier and happier way. The mission of the camp is to educate the youth about the importance of a nutritional balanced diet, a healthy lifestyle and to teach them the management of this chronic condition. "Camp de l'Amitie" will be held from March 21st  to March 23rd, 2016 in Port-au-Prince.
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Diabetes Association of Jamaica Urges Jamaicans to Reduce Salt Intake

Jamaicans Urged to Reduce Salt Intake
Jamaica Observer - Jamaicans are being urged by the Diabetes Association of Jamaica to reduce their sodium intake to five grams daily. Executive Director of the Association Lurline Less, advises people to read nutrition labels available on various products to be informed, and to consult with a nutritionist. “Be aware of the levels of salt that you should be taking in, the impact of salt on high blood pressure and the complications of high blood pressure in the long run,” she told JIS News. Read more

Sugary Drink Companies Target Low & Middle-income Countries

Witten by Bryony Sinclair is Senior Policy & Public Affairs Manager at World Cancer Research Fund International.
Sugary Drinks
Obesity is reaching epidemic proportions around the world and excess sugar consumption is one contributory factor. Sugar consumed in drinks is particularly worrying, as our brains don’t register the calories in the same way as those consumed from food. For this reason, actions to specifically curb sugary drinks consumption have been gaining momentum, and attention, in several countries around the world.
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St. Vincent Kickstarts their National Project Aimed at Reducing Dietary Salt Consumption Through Social Marketing

Look out for hidden salt
St.  Vincent and the Grenadines is one of four(4) CARICOM countries, that has been chosen to conduct social marketing training and technical assistance to reduce daily salt intake.  The other participating countries are Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados and Jamaica.
SVG Salt Reduction Team
The project is being led by PAHO Salt Smart Consortium, acting as the Secretariat, supported by Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC).  Technical support is being provided by the University of South Florida and World Health Organization(WHO) Collaborating Center for Social Marketing and Social Change. The project was officially launched at Kingstown Health Center on Wednesday 2nd March, 2016, during “World Salt Awareness Week 2016”, under the theme “Reduce Salt Healthier Life”. The launch, which took the form of a sensitization session, highlighted popular salt products that are used for children in SVG. Read more details of the project here.

For more pictures from the launch click here, see pictures of the SVG Salt Coalition Team here.

Supporting the WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity Final Report

Supporting the WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity Final Report
World Cancer Research Fund International successfully advocated for the report to include a recommendation that nutrition education be included in core school curricula, that standards are set for meals, food and drinks available on school premises, a recommendation on providing healthy foods in child-care settings and to highlight the link between physical activity and a decreased risk of cancer. World Cancer Research Fund International welcomed the report’s emphasis on the full implementation of a comprehensive, integrated package of policy actions to address childhood obesity and urged the World Health Organization to develop a robust framework for implementation.
Read the joint statement with the NCD Alliance supporting the Commission’s Final Report here.

NCD Alliance Webinar Tuesday 15 March

The NCD Alliance will be holding our next webinar on Tuesday 15 March at 11:30-13:00 EST // 16:30 – 18:00 CET. Please note this time is 30 minutes later than usual. The powerpoint slides and recording will be made available on the NCD Alliance website after the webinar.

HCC will be sharing their report on National NCD Commissions in this webinar.

The following will be also be discussed.
  • Follow up to the 138th WHO Executive Board Meeting
  • Latest News on SDG Indicators
  • UNGASS on Drugs and UNSG High Level Panel on Access to Medicines
  • Guest Presentations on National NCD Commissions
Participants will also be able to send questions and feedback during the webinar. Register here

New Film: Delicious Urban Design

Health Sprawl
Food, health and urban design.
The built, urban environment we live in, and the income we receive, both have profound impacts on our ability to be healthy. Understanding the challenges as well as the solutions is key in ensuring more of us can access good food. Health Sprawl, a film by the incredible young filmmaker Amy Browne in collaboration with festival21, follows the story of food, health, income and urban design. Watch it here.

Red Dress Ball - Diamonds in the Sky

REd Dress Ball
The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados presents a Red Dress Ball in support of Go Red for Women Saturday March 19th 2016.

Exclusive once in a lifetime VIP dining experience nestled in the historic Barbados Parliament building with 2 exclusive options - exclusive VIP dining & lounge experience upper east wing patio, 7 course dinner created by Chef Michael Harrison, dining with the Governor General or a dining room experience at a chefs table. Read more

Barbados Association of Palliative Care Fundraiser

'All Together Lovely' a fundraisng concert taking place at the Price Cave Auditorium, Royal Barbados Police Force Band Headquarters District 'A', Station Hill, St. Michael on Saturday May 7th 2016 at 7.30pm. For tickets contact 234-9196, 233-1216 or 418-6915. Read more
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Latest
Go Red For Women...
Is the first International campaign dedicated to education about and the prevention of heart disease and stroke in

Yute Gym
Our Yute Gym is bringing the parents to workout this Saturday with their children. It looks easy as you peer inside.

Read more from the Heart & Stroke Foundation newsletter here.

From Clinic to the Community: NCD Advocates at Asia Pacific Congress of Pediatrics

From clinic to the community: NCD advocates at Asia Pacific Congress of Pediatrics
The attention of the global community has shifted from the now expired Millennium Development Goals to the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).  As part of its contribution to the NCD agenda, NCD Child, in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Asia Pacific Pediatric Association, International Pediatric Association, and the Indian Academy of Pediatrics, hosted its second advocacy workshop (in an on-going series) to provide pediatricians with the background and skillset to advocate for – and with – young people living with or at risk of NCDs. Read more
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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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