The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

May 8th - May 14th 2015


NCD Alliance Annual Report 2014-2015 launched

This report is a snapshot of the activities and achievements of the NCD Alliance and its extensive constituency over the last year. It also includes a summary of financial statements. This report reveals that together, across their network of Federations, global and local organisations, supporters, and individuals, the NCD Alliance are making a difference for people at risk or living with NCDs. Read the report

Cultivating a Culture of Youth-led NCD Advocacy in the Caribbean

American Cancer Society (ACS), Programme Manager and Young Cancer Advocate, Seun Adebeyi, met with Krystal Boyea and Shawn Hercules of HCC’s Youth4NCDs. Krystal, IDF Regional Coordinator, and Shawn, UWI MPH graduate and current research assistant at the Chronic Disease Research Centre, are leading Youth4NCDs - an initiative aimed at cultivating a culture of youth-led NCD advocacy in the Caribbean.
Youth4NCDs May 2015
Seun leads the ACS’s Global Scholars programme, and shared his strategies for identifying and engaging young cancer advocates who are leaders in their respective communities. Seun was in Barbados, representing the ACS, one of the co-sponsors of the NCI/HCC/ACS Cancer Control Leadership Forum.
In Seun’s powerful presentation on the importance of advocacy, he underscored the importance of engaging young millennials who are undeniably the most connected generation in history: ’When you combine the high degree of connectedness and the passion of young professionals with the experience and technical capacity of public health specialists ...the possibilities are endless’. Check out what these this group of passionate young individuals has to say about the importance of the youth voice in regional and global NCD advocacy here.
The HCC is seeking a consultant to provide a short one-day training in Financial Management for NGOs (including the use of Quickbooks software). If you are interested in being considered for this consultancy kindly send your CV to by May 22nd 2015


Caribbean Cancer Control Leadership Forum

Over fifty diverse stakeholders working in cancer control across the Caribbean came together from May 11-13th, 2015 in Barbados to discuss the importance of developing cancer control plans.  The 3-day forum was hosted by the National Cancer Institute ( in partnership with the Healthy Caribbean Coalition, the American Cancer Society (, CARPHA ( and PAHO (  Opening remarks provided by the Hon. Minster John Boyce of the Barbados Ministry of Health and Sir Trevor Hassell, Chair of the Barbados NCD Commission and President of the HCC; set the tone for 3 days of focussed work on strengthening partnerships for the design, implementation and strengthening of national cancer responses.

Participating country teams from Barbados, Belize, Bahamas and Jamaica and individual country representatives (ICRs) from Dominica, Suriname, Haiti and St. Maarten; emerged from the workshop with action plans which they will take back to their respective countries and use as a catalyst for advancing the national cancer control agenda.  HCC was proud to see civil society well represented with cancer societies present on every country team including the ICRs from Dominica, Haiti and St.Maarten.  The NCI will now support the teams over the next 12 months with follow ups at 3, 6 and 12 months.  For more information please contact the us at
Blu Barbados a Fundraising Event for the Diabetes Association of Barbados

Blu Barbados a Fundraising Event for the Diabetes Association of Barbados

Sunday May 24th 3pm - 9pm,

Click here for more information.
World Health + Social Good
For the second year, the WHO and UN Foundation are partnering to produce World Health +SocialGood. This one-hour, daily broadcast live from the Palais des Nations, offers an opportunity for a global audience to engage on the discussions taking place at the 68th World Health Assembly. Every day from Monday, May 18th through  Friday, May 22nd at 16:00-17:00 CEST/10:00am -11:00amEST the WHO and the UN Foundation will provide insight into the major happenings of each day at the assembly, while also offering exclusive content, conversations with experts, and an opportunity for viewers to submit their questions.

Follow the event:
Event Hashtags: #WHA68 and #SocialGood
Twitter: @plus_socialgood/ @WHO / @UNFoundation
Livestream (with a chat box function):
The NCD Alliance team will also be tweeting live updates on decisions, resolutions and statements from our Twitter account @ncdalliance, and updating website daily.

Slides & Recording of the 3rd Caribapan Webinar Now Available

Dr Maristela G. Monteiro
Recording of the The Caribapan webinar 'Conflicts of Interest Related to Alcohol Policy: What Can Be Done?' presented by Dr Maristela G. Monteiro Senior Advisor Alcohol and Substance Abuse Pan American Health Organization.

Watch & listen to the webinar recording here.
The presentation slides are also available here.
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Latest News
Heart Palpitation - What is it...
Soccerama is coming...To highlight the bond of Father to Child, to bring to the forefront that more men under age 55 suffer with Heart Attacks than women, with only a 25% survival rate.
Dr. Alexcine Jackman will be at the Heart & Stroke Foundation on Monday 18th May at 5:30pm. Read more

Barbados National Registry Cancer Snapshot

Young Stroke
Gynaecological cancers represent the second leading cancer in women in Barbados, and yes, awareness about these cancers is improving and perhaps we are detecting some cases earlier than before as a result of this — but, does that mean that outcomes are getting better? Are we seeing a reduction in cases and mortality?
Read more

CARPHA: Food Safety: More than just a Health Threat

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. May 14, 2015. Foodborne illnesses are one of the most common public health issues in the Caribbean region, and have increased by 26% since 2010.  The fact that thousands of people in the region become sick from tainted food each year demonstrates the need to further safeguard our food supply. Read more

The Art Programme at Cancer Support Services

The Art Programme at Cancer Support Services
Since July of 2011, Cancer Support Services has hosted Tuesday morning art classes at their offices on Belmont Road.Buoyed by the unwavering support and encouragement by Cancer Support Services’ Executive Director, Ms. Jan Lynton, participants have enjoyed learning new skills, making new friends and feeling part of a community.
Read more
Lifestle the newsletter of the Castle Bruce Health District Dominica

Call for Concept Notes

Research on food system policies and market innovations for non-communicable disease prevention. Read more English or French
World Hypertension Day 2015

Palliative Care Canadian Medical Association’s National Call to Action

Palliative and end-of-life care clinicians have long worked for the day that no person will hear these words from a physician “There is nothing more I can do for you.” read more
CARPHA Conference
NCD Alliance Annual Report 2014-2015 launched; 68th World Health Assembly; New WHO Model List of Essential Medicines
NCD Alliance Annual Report 2014-2015 launched.
68th World Health Assembly.
New WHO Model List of Essential Medicines.
Read more

From the NCD Alliance Weekly Digest

NCDs News
  • WHO: Syrian Arab Republic builds capacity for mental health care during conflict read more
  • Lancet: Cardiovascular health promotion in adolescents: a vital investment read more
  • BMJ: Towards a paradigm shift in cancer screening: informed citizens instead of greater participation read more
  • WEF: How can we tackle the mental health challenge? read more
 Risk Factor News
  • Lancet: Social network targeting to maximise population behaviour change: a cluster randomised controlled trial read more
  • Alzheimer’s Society: High blood sugar may contribute towards Alzheimer's disease, new study finds read more
  • WEF: The evolutionary reason humans crave sugar read more
  • New York Times: Giving the Poor Easy Access to Healthy Food Doesn’t Mean They’ll Buy It read more

15 Cancer Symptoms Women Shouldn't Ignore

Women's bodies are always changing. Sometimes changes that seem normal can be signs of cancer, though. Find out more
HCC News Roundup Archive - If you have missed any of our News Roundups you can view previous Roundups on our News Roundup Archive webpage here.
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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The work of HCC would not be possible without core funding from Sagicor Life Inc
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