The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

April 1st - April 7th 2017


World Health Day - Lets Talk Depression

This Friday, April 7, 2017 is the World Health Organization's World Health Day.  The theme this year is depression. In recognition of World Health Day the HCC has developed this infographic: An Insight into Depression in the Caribbean.  This is a tool for civil society advocacy and forms part of the HCC’s ongoing advocacy agenda in support of assisting governments in meeting national, regional and global NCD targets. Click here for full size infographic.
An insight into depression in the Caribbean
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World health Organisation
World Health Day 2017
Depression is a common mental disorder that affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries. The risk of becoming depressed is increased by poverty, unemployment, life events such as the death of a loved one or a relationship break-up, physical illness and problems caused by alcohol and drug use. Untreated depression can prevent people from working and participating in family and community life. Talking with people you trust can be a first step towards recovery from depression. Read more

WHO Resources can be found here.
More World Health Day - Lets Talk Depression - Media Coverage:
PAHO TV: Suzanne Mills, Trinidad and Tobago, World Health Day
PAHO TV: Margaret Gill's Testimony, Barbados, World Health Day
PAHO TV: Nelita Castillo’s Testimony, Belize, World Health Day 2017
Belize: ‘Talk about Your Feelings’ on World Health Day says Ministry of Health
Cayman Islands: Cayman Islands Premier’s World Health Day Message 2017
Cayman Islands: World Health Day Tackles Depression
St Maarten: Preparations underway to Observe World Health Day
Grenada: Depression in Grenada Lets Talk
Guyana: Health fair, concert to raise awareness of mental depression
St Lucia: Let’s Talk? Saint Lucian Culture and the Expression of Emotion
Trinidad and Tobago: Depression: Let’s Talk
NCD Alliance: Depression: the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide
Please let us know what you or your organisation did in support of World Health Day 2017

Getting National NCD Commissions Up and Running in the Caribbean

Getting National NCD Commissions Up and Running
Featured on the Commonwealth Health Hub, this publication, developed in partnership with the Commonwealth Secretariat, is the second of a two-part series on National NCD Commissions (NNCDCs). Part I: 'A Civil Society Report on National NCD Commissions in the Caribbean: Towards a More Effective Multisectoral Response to NCDs', provides a detailed assessment of the status of National NCD Commissions in CARICOM Member States (MS).  Part II provides practical guidance for the establishment and strengthening of NNCDCs (or their equivalents) based on the experiences of past and existing Commissions in the region, as presented in Part I. The two part series of reports has been prepared by, and viewed through the lens of, civil society. It has been produced for the Caribbean – Small Island Developing States ranging from low- to high-income but has wider applicability.

Against the background of the epidemic of NCDs and its crushing burden on health systems and threat to national development gains, the two part series on NNCDCs is an important tool: showing the way forward in producing critical multisectoral mechanisms for a whole-of-government, whole-of-society, and health-in-all-policies approach to prevent and control NCDs. 'It provides step by step practical guidance for existing and emerging NNCDCs and highlights approaches to policy and  and legislation determination and implementation, and details actions that a variety of sectors might undertake as part of the multisectoral effort. As critical voices in the multisectoral response, CSOs must aim to be active members of NNCDCs. Part I and II contain useful information on the role and function of CSOs in these multisectoral bodies.  
The HCC looks forward to working with, and supporting the further establishment and strengthening of, National NCD Commissions in the region, in collaboration with Ministries of Health, civil society organisations, appropriate private sector partners, regional institutions, and international agencies. Read the full report here.
The Commonwealth Health Hub
The Commonwealth Health Hub is is a pilot initiative of the Commonwealth Secretariat to support the community of health professionals and policy-makers who are dedicated to improving the situation of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), in particular Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Commonwealth countries.   The support is provided through four key services (CONNECTION, CONSULTATION, COLLABORATION, and COLLECTION) available through the Service Centre here.

WHO to Support Jamaica Health Ministry With Enforcing Tobacco Control Regulations

Jamaica Minister of Health, Dr Christopher Tufton
KINGSTON, Jamaica - The Ministry of Health is to receive technical support from the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) Secretariat to accelerate plans to enforce tobacco control regulations.

The ministry in a release said the Convention Secretariat, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and WHO, will provide technical support on the areas identified as priorities for strengthening the implementation of the convention in Jamaica. Read more

Barbados Government Counts the Cost of NCDs

The struggling Barbados economy is losing $145 million a year as the cost of treating non-communicable diseases (NCDs) continues to soar, according to Minister of Health John Boyce.
Boyce Monday morning told a consultation on a National Strategic Plan for Health that the treatment of hypertension and diabetes alone accounted for 58 per cent of expenditure by the Barbados Drug Service last year. In addition, he said the losses due to lost productivity took the cost of fighting cardiovascular diseases and diabetes well above the $200 million mark.
The minister quoted from a report on the Investment Case for NCD Prevention and Control in Barbados commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Health Organization in 2015, which estimated that “while BDS$64 million was spent on the treatment of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, it was indicated that our economy may be losing as much as BDS$145 million annually due to missed work days, low productivity and reduced workforce participation. Read more

PAHO/WHO Technical Note: Background on Alcohol Marketing Regulation and Monitoring for the Protection of Public Health

This document provides evidence for arguments supporting alcohol marketing regulation, and suggests key elements that can be considered by countries in planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating effective regulation. It also provides legislative language that can assist governments in developing or modifying existing laws and implementing monitoring mechanisms. It complements a Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) report from an exploratory meeting on alcohol regulation held in January 2015 and is firmly based in the Global Strategy to Reduce the Harmful use of Alcohol of the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as the subsequent PAHO Regional Plan of Action, but also the WHO and PAHO plans of action for the prevention and control of Non Communicable Diseases, and PAHO resolutions on Health and Human Rights and the Strategy on Health Related Law. Read more

This is What Happens to Your Brain When you Stop Exercising

This is what happens to your brain when you stop exercising watch here
A video from the World Economic Forum

The Diabetes Association of Barbados Market Day

The Diabetes Association of Barbados will be having a Market Day at its Headquarters, Cnr. Jessamine Ave, Beckles Rd, St. Michael, Barbados on Thursday, April 13, 2017, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. On sale will be a variety of fruits, vegetables and hand-made jewellery. Looking forward to your kind support.

Kenya's Third Biggest Killer, Cancer – in Pictures

Kenya's third biggest killer, cancer – in pictures
Cancer is the third highest cause of death in Kenya and often those who suffer from it cannot afford treatment. On World Health Day, Georgina Goodwin’s photography tells the stories of six patients Read more

Diabetes Voice Magazine

Diabetes Voice
  • Urgent need for better interventions
  • The Berlin Declaration: Strengthening early action for diabetes prevention and care
  • Extensive Global Network prepares to assemble
  • IDF Advocacy: new energy for the Young Leaders in Diabetes (YLD) Program
  • IDF Clinical Practice Recommendation on the Diabetic Foot: a guide for health professionals
  • New IDF network represents the global voice of diabetes
  • The Insulin Express, a memoir by Oren Libermann
Read more

Mental Health Gap Action (mhGAP) Virtual Course 2017

PAHO Virtual Course
Mental Health Gap Action (mhGAP) Virtual Course 2017
The purpose of this program is to enhance the capacity for early detection and management of mental health problems in Primary Health Care networks. This is to be done by improving the knowledge, skills and attitudes on the topic of mental health, as well as supporting actual practice change and integration to accommodate mental health into primary care practices.

This 22-week tutor-based course is scheduled to take place from May 22nd until October 30nd.  The call for applicants will be open online on the Virtual Campus Portal ( until April 27th. Read more

NCD Related Lancet Publications

  • Smoking prevalence and attributable disease burden in 195 countries and territories, 1990–2015: a systematic analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015 Read more
  • Death, disease, and tobacco Read more
  • Target blood pressure in patients at high cardiovascular risk Read more
  • Achieved blood pressure and cardiovascular outcomes in high-risk patients: results from ONTARGET and TRANSCEND trials Read more

NCD Alliance Webinar - Wednesday 10 May

Meal Prep: A Helpful Healthy Eating Strategy
The NCD Alliance will be holding their next webinar on Wednesday 10th May from 10:00–11:30 EDT // 16:00 – 17:30 CET. The webinar will focus on preparations for the 70th World Health Assembly, together with other current topics. A more detailed agenda will be available in the coming weeks.
In addition, we invite our participants to submit questions prior to the webinar by emailing in advance. Participants will also be able to send questions and feedback during the webinar. Register here.

Cancer Support Services 6th Annual Conference

62nd CARPHA Annual Health Research Conference

Registration is now open
62nd CARPHA Annual Health Research Conference

AC3 Conference 2017

AC3 Conference 2017
Registration and call for abstracts is now open and can be accessed here.

Accommodation for the conference can be found here.

CMPPA 4th Annual Medical Conference & Community Outreach Program

Caribbean Cardiac Society - 32nd Caribbean Cardiology Conference - Early-Bird Registration Open

Caribbean Cardiac Society
Make your plans early to attend the 2017 Caribbean Cardiology Conference which will be held July 19 22, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Accommodation booking and early-bird registration are now open! Read more
NCD Alliance Newsletter
  • Childhood abuse: a risk factor for mental health disorders
  • Guide for building alliances available in more languages!
  • Momentum towards a more physically active future
  • Getting national NCD commissions up & running
  • Living with HIV and chronic diseases
  • Dementia: Together towards a new era
Read more
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