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May 27th 2019

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HCC Publishes a Technical Brief to Prepare CARICOM Countries for the UN High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage

UHC Technical Brief
At the 72nd World Health Assembly in Geneva HCC launched its latest publication a Technical Brief: First United Nations High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage - Technical Brief for CARICOM  Countries: A Contribution from Civil Society. The Technical Brief is a step in building the capacity of the Ministries of Health (MoH) and Ministries of Finance (MoFA) to participate actively in preparatory processes for the First UN High-level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage (HLM-UHC) scheduled for 23 September 2019 and negotiations for the development of the Political Declaration that will be the outcome document of the meeting.

The informed and active participation of the MoH and MoFA - key actors in developing and strengthening the multisectoral, whole-of-government (WoG), whole-of-society (WoS), health-in-all-policies approaches that are critical to improve health outcomes and reduce inequities - will provide an important perspective that recognises and highlights major health priorities in the Caribbean, such as non-communicable diseases (NCDs). 

The Technical Brief also provides information that other non-health sectors and agencies, civil society organisations (CSOs) and their constituents, and other key stakeholders in health, particularly in NCD prevention and control, will find useful in advocating to governments in their respective countries for high-level participation in the HLM-UHC.
The eight HCC Advocacy Priorities
The Technical Brief provides important background information on the HLM-UHC, the context of UHC and NCDs internationally and in the Caribbean region - including the importance of addressing the social, environmental, commercial, and other determinants of health in the quest to reduce inequities and leave no-one behind in national, regional, and global sustainable development - and summarises the preparatory processes leading up to the HLM.

It also presents eight HCC Advocacy Priorities and related Advocacy Asks, important considerations for inclusion in the Political Declaration from a civil society, NCD-focused perspective. These Advocacy Priorities and Advocacy Asks, are based on NCD Alliance’s 5 priorities, and facilitate advancing to UHC and strengthening NCD prevention and control, as part of the multisectoral, WoS approach that is essential for addressing the root causes of ill-health and improving health outcomes.
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The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados (HSFB), Launches its “Switch It Up” Mass Media Campaign

Adults Must Help Children Avoid Sugary Drinks at Home and at School
Minister of Education, Senator The Honourable Lucille Moe
Acting Minister of Education, Senator The Honourable Lucille Moe gave remarks at the launch of the HSFB “Switch It Up” mass media campaign at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre
HSFB CEO Mrs. Michelle Daniel
HSFB CEO Mrs. Michelle Daniel, Acting Minister of Education, Senator The Honourable Lucille Moe, HCC Policy Advisor Mrs. Nicole Foster and HSFB Childhood Obesity Champion Sharon Christie
HSFB Policy
Poet Asher Murrell (left) and HSFB Policy Champion Carl Alff Padmore
Switch it Up
Local school children attended the launch of the 'Switch it Up' campaign
As part of its Child Month initiative and continued efforts to prevent childhood obesity, The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados (HSFB), through its Childhood Obesity Prevention (COP) Programme, launched its inaugural “Switch It Up” mass media campaign, on Friday May 24th at Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre It encourages parents/guardians and policy makers to protect our children by cutting out sugary drinks at home and through policies supporting a restriction of sugary drinks at schools and marketing restriction to children. It also reinforces the harmful effects of excess consumption of sugary drinks, like the increased risk of tooth decay and obesity. The campaign’s tagline is “Switch It Up, Protect Our Children” and is being done in partnership with the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) and the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre (GACDRC).
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What’s Law Got to Do With It?

By Nicole Foster HCC Policy Advisor, Attorney at Law and Lecturer in Law at UWI. (Photo: Courtesy Nation News). 
The outcome document of the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, described chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) as "one of the major challenges for sustainable development in the twenty-first century..."
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Nation News Cartoon
Nation News Cartoon

HCC President Elected to the Board of the NCD Alliance

Sir Trevor Hassell, President, Healthy Caribbean Coalition
Mrs Deborah Chen, CEO, Heart Foundation of Jamaica
Congratulations to Sir Trevor Hassell, who has been elected to the NCD Alliance Board of Directors and to Deborah Chen who has been re-elected to serve for another term.
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Webinar: The Road to, and Beyond, the UN High Level Meetings on NCDs: The Caribbean Civil Society Perspective - Sir Trevor Hassell, HCC President

The Road to, and Beyond, the UN High Level Meetings
Wednesday May 29, 12:00-1:00pm AST
 
This free webinar from ECHORN and Yale-TCC is part of a series focusing on nutrition and NCDs in the Caribbean. Sir Trevor Hassell, president of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition, will share the roles and contributions of Caribbean countries and the Healthy Caribbean Coalition to the UN High Level Meeting on non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

He will discuss future multisectoral approaches, conducted in partnership with policyholders and national governments, designed to meet sustainable development goals by the year 2030. He will also discuss lessons learned and areas for further study.

Certificates of attendance available upon request. For questions please email: gab_alphonso@hotmail.com
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72nd World Health Assembly 2019 (WHA72)

72nd World Health Assembly 2019 (WHA72)
(Photo: WHO/L. Cipriani)
The 72nd Session of the World Health Organization's (WHO) World Health Assembly (WHA72) is taking place this week in Geneva, Switzerland from 20 – 28 May 2019. The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of WHO. It is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board. The main functions of the World Health Assembly are to determine the policies of the Organization, appoint the Director-General, supervise financial policies, and review and approve the proposed programme budget.

HCC President, Sir Trevor Hassell and Executive Director Maisha Hutton attended the assembly and many other important side events that took place during the week.

CARICOM was well represented at the WHA72.
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World Hypertension Day, 2019

May Measurement Month
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados, May Measurement Month  (Image: HSFB)
World Hypertension Day, 2019
World Hypertension Day, 2019
 (Image: PAHO)
Dr Kenneth Connell, President Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados: On May 17th 2019, academia, civil societies, leading organizations in public health policy, and health care providers, joined the rest of the international community in recognizing World Hypertension Day. Also joining this tapestry of stakeholders, will be many people living with hypertension and its catastrophic events, heart attacks and strokes, as well as the families, friends, and caregivers, who are helping their loved ones cope with the disabilities associated with these sudden events. Very importantly, in this group, will also be people who have lost their brothers, aunts, workmates or acquaintances, as a consequence of this silent killer.

The observance of World Hypertension Day can not therefore be just another day to acknowledge a longstanding enemy, it must be a time of much deeper reflection on methods and policies to rapidly stem the loss of just over 10 million people per year who succumb to this fate.
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Adopting a Healthy Lifestyle Helps Reduce the Risk of Dementia

Adopting a Healthy Lifestyle Helps Reduce the Risk of Dementia
(Photo: Courtesy WHO)
WHO: New WHO Guidelines recommend specific interventions for reducing the risk of cognitive decline and dementia.

People can reduce their risk of dementia by getting regular exercise, not smoking, avoiding harmful use of alcohol, controlling their weight, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining healthy blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, according to new guidelines issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) today.

“In the next 30 years, the number of people with dementia is expected to triple,” said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “We need to do everything we can to reduce our risk of dementia. The scientific evidence gathered for these Guidelines confirm what we have suspected for some time, that what is good for our heart, is also good for our brain.”
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Community on Women and NCDs Webinar

Community on Women and NCDs Webinar
Wednesday 29th May, 13:00 BST.

The Community on Women and Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) second webinar, ‘Integrating NCD care with pre-conception and maternal health services’, will be a web-based satellite event to the Women Deliver conference in Vancouver. In line with the conference’s theme of Power. Progress. Change., the webinar will explore how we can make progress towards the goal of universal health coverage and strengthen NCD healthcare service provision for women in LMICs.

One of the presenters will be Dr Natalia Largaespada Beer, Technical Advisor, Maternal and Child Health Services, Ministry of Health in Belize.

The Community on Women and Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) is facilitated by The George Institute for Global Health and WHO’s Global Coordination Mechanism on NCDs, which hosts the community on its Knowledge Action Portal.

The Community promotes gender equity and addresses the burden of disease facing women and girls. A key aim is to facilitate knowledge exchange among stakeholders interested in promoting evidence-based, scalable best practices in implementing a life-course approach to women’s health and NCDs.

The Community’s second webinar, ‘Integrating NCD care with pre-conception and maternal health services’, will be a web-based satellite event to the Women Deliver conference in Vancouver. In line with the conference’s theme of Power. Progress. Change., the webinar will explore how we can make progress towards the goal of universal health coverage and strengthen NCD healthcare service provision for women in LMICs.
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NCDs An Economic Burden - Dr. Tufton

Jamaica Minister of Health and Wellness
Jamaica Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton
(Photo: Garwin Davis)
JIS: Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says the prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is placing an economic burden on the country.

He said data suggest that it will cost the country some $77 billion over the next 13 to 15 years to deal with treatment and loss of productivity associated with diabetes and cardiovascular diseases alone. Dr. Tufton said that the financial burden on the patient and the family is also high.
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Cayman Islands Cancer Registry Seeks to Tackle Stigma

Cayman Islands Cancer Registry Seeks to Tackle Stigma
(Photo: Courtesy Cayman Compass)
Cayman Compass: The battle against cancer may really start with a battle against stigma. The Cayman Islands Cancer Registry has identified stigma as a major obstacle of cancer surveillance locally and a contributing factor to the lack of data and registries in the Caribbean.

The Cayman Islands Cancer Registry now has 443 registrants, and people registered at a 20% higher clip in 2018 than they did in 2017. May is Cancer Research Month, and one of the goals is to raise global awareness of the disease and open channels for public discussion and sharing of information.
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Fruit Juices Are Just As Bad for You As Sugary Soda

Fruit Juices Are Just As Bad for You As Sugary Soda
(Illustration by Luis Rendon/NY Post)
New York Post: Blame it on the juice. Even fancy cold-pressed juices may be just as deadly as sodas, according to a study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Researchers already knew drinking sugary beverages was associated with health issues like tooth decay, weight gain, Type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease and cardiovascular disease.

But it gets worse: The study found that people who drank sugary beverages experienced a higher rate of death than those who didn’t drink the sugar-bombs daily — and it didn’t matter if those beverages were soda or 100 percent fruit juice. Both were harmful to the study’s 13,400 participants.
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In Landmark Case, Brazil Sues Top Tobacco Firms to Recover Public Health Costs

In Landmark Case, Brazil Sues Top Tobacco Firms to Recover Public Health Costs
(Photo: REUTERS/Michaela Rehle)
Reuters: The Brazilian solicitor general’s office, known as the AGU, announced the lawsuit late on Tuesday against the two multinational companies and their Brazilian subsidiaries, who produce most of the cigarettes sold in the country.

The suit seeks to recover the cost of treating patients for 26 illnesses related to smoking tobacco or coming into contact with cigarette smoke, the AGU said in a statement. Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in Brazil. It kills over 156,000 each year from related diseases, costing the healthcare system about 57 billion reais ($14.1 billion), according to a statement from Bloomberg Philanthropies.
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May 31, World No Tobacco Day 2019

Tobacco and Lung Health
May 31, World No Tobacco Day 2019
(Photo: WHO/PAHO)
WHO: The focus of World No Tobacco Day 2019 is on "tobacco and lung health." The campaign will increase awareness on: the negative impact that tobacco has on people’s lung health, from cancer to chronic respiratory disease, the fundamental role lungs play for the health and well-being of all people.

The campaign also serves as a call to action, advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption and engaging stakeholders across multiple sectors in the fight for tobacco control.
What should take your breath away? Never tobacco 
What should take your breath away? Never tobacco 
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Heart & Stroke Foundation President to Help Set WHO Hypertension Guidelines

Heart & Stroke Foundation President to Help Set Hypertension Guidelines
Dr Kenneth Connell, President of the Barbados Heart & Stroke Foundation
Nation News: President of the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados, Dr Kenneth Connell has been selected as one of 16 international experts, for the World Health Organisation (WHO) Guideline Development Group. 

The Geneva-based WHO is a leading authority on setting standards in healthcare internationally and publishes comprehensive guidelines for the management of both chronic diseases, and emerging health threats. The last revision of the guidelines for the management of hypertension in adults was last published in 1999 and is therefore long overdue for an update.
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These Foods Are Increasing Your Risk for Cancer - What to Eat Instead
(Photo: Getty Images)

These Foods Are Increasing Your Risk for Cancer - What to Eat Instead

Healthline: Researchers found is that poor diets accounted for about 80,110 of the cancer diagnoses in 2015 in the USA. Most of those cases - 84 percent - were the direct result of patients either not eating enough whole grains, dairy products, and produce or too much meat that’s considered carcinogenic and sugar-sweetened beverages.
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Ultra-Processed Diets
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Ultra-Processed Diets Cause Excess Calorie Intake and Weight Gain

Science Direct: Increased availability and consumption of ultra-processed foods have been associated with rising obesity prevalence, researchers at the NIH investigated whether people ate more calories when exposed to a diet composed of ultra-processed foods compared with a diet composed of unprocessed foods. 
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The American Heart Association Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine Data Grant Portfolio

Closing Date for Applications 30th July 2019
AHA Grants
Grants are open to applicants outside the U.S., Training Grant applicants must hold at least a bachelor’s degree, Clinical Training Grants are for recent medical school graduates. Fields of study using bioinformatics, code development, and scientific community development are welcome.
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New Funding Opportunity from the LINKS Initiative

LINKS initiative
 Photo: Links Global Community
A New funding opportunity from the LINKS initiative is now available. Led by Resolve to Save Lives, for those interested and working on cardiovascular disease prevention. Grants awarded this year are focused on managing high blood pressure, reducing salt intake and eliminating trans fats.

On Thursday May 9, 2019 from 9:00am-10:00am ET, there is an information session to review the criteria for submitting an application and provide a brief opportunity for members to ask questions about their application. Registration is required –  please register here.
 
If you are unable to attend this session, you may email your questions to support@linkscommunity.org. A recording will of the session will be posted to the LINKS website.
 
In order to access the grant website you need to become members of LINKS, which you can be easily done here: www.linkscommunity.org.
 
The new call for applications ends in 15 June 2019.
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Please Help to Monitor the Health of Caribbean Schools

MHCS
My Healthy Caribbean School (MHCS) is an initiative of the HCC which provides students, teachers and parents with the opportunity to monitor the school environment with a focus on nutrition and physical activity.
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Sodium Adds up
Sodium Adds up
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The NCD Alliance

Newsletter

In this edition:
  • New NCDA 2019-2021 President and Board of Directors
  • Third Global NCDA Forum to be held on 8-10 February 2020
  • Launch of new policy brief on air pollution at WHA72
  • New WHO Guidelines for reducing the risk of dementia
  • BLOG - Insights into the World Health Assembly
  • NCD Trailblazers: Trans fat free by 2030 - Advocacy for trans fat elimination
  • Integrating NCD care with pre-conception and maternal health services
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Forthcoming Events

June

Jamaica Cancer Society Relay for Life

Jamaica Cancer Society Relay for Life
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The Trinidad and Tobago Heart Foundation Go Red for Women High Tea and Fashion Show

The Go Red campaign reminds women of the need to protect their heart health, inspiring them to make a change because 1 in 3 women, worldwide, will die from heart disease – unnecessarily. Join the TTHF for an inspiring evening to raise awareness for women's heart health! Sunday 9th June 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, tickets are available now! Cost: $350.00.
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CARPHA Health Research Conference - Primary Health Care : Current and Future Models for the Caribbean

CARPHA Conference
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July

Cancer Support Services Annual Conference

Cancer Support Services Annual Conference
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Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Heart of a Woman Symposium and Trade Show

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