The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

March 18th - March 24th 2016


HCC Webinar: Thursday 7th April 11am
NCDs and Trade Policies: Challenges, Opportunities and Civil Society Advocacy in the Caribbean 

HCC Webinar
The HCC will be conducting a webinar between 11am-12pm (EST) on Thursday April 7th 2016 in celebration of World Health Day.

The webinar will feature presentations from: 
  • Mrs. Nicole Clarke: HCC Policy Advisor; Attorney-at-Law & Law Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Cave Hill Campus
  • Mr. Vincent Atkins: HCC Trade Policy Advisor; LDC Trade Policy/Technical Advisor, Office of Trade Negotiations, CARICOM Secretariat
  • Mrs. Norma Springer Consultant to the Barbados Diabetes Foundation
  • Mrs. Marvlyn Birmingham: President of the Dominica Diabetes Association
Check the timing of the webinar in your timezone on the registration form here.
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To all the Caribbean Civil Society Organisations for completing the CSO Capacity Assessment survey.

The assessment represents an important step in strengthening CSO actions in support of NCD prevention and control in the Caribbean.

NCD Alliance Launches Policy Brief on Climate Change and NCDs

This week the NCD Alliance launched a joint policy brief with the Global Climate and Health Alliance on climate change and NCDs. NCDs and climate change are two of the greatest threats to sustainable development this century, but the actions required to address them present an unmissable opportunity for joint action.
Policy Brief on Climate Change and NCDs
The policy brief focuses on four key areas for intervention - air pollution, energy, transport and food systems. Air pollution causes 7 million deaths annually, and is a leading cause of both NCDs and climate change, thus all interventions to reduce air pollution have a positive impact on both human and planetary health. In the energy sector, transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy is if vital importance to improving health, with mortality rates due to coal-generated electricity 1,000 times higher than for wind-generated electricity. 
Read more

Download the Policy Brief here
A related article from the Lancet entitled 'The perfect storm: climate change and its health consequences' can be found here.

HCC also recently produced a paper on 'Climate Change, NCDs & SIDS'
Climate Change, NCDs & SIDS
Chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) including heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and chronic lung disease account for some 7 out of every 10 deaths in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) including those of the Caribbean. Read more

UN General Assembly Proclaims Decade of Action on Nutrition

On the 1 April 2016 in New York, The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed a UN Decade of Action on Nutrition that will run from 2016 to 2025. Read more

The resolution aims to trigger intensified action to end hunger and eradicate malnutrition worldwide, and ensure universal access to healthier and more sustainable diets – for all people, whoever they are and wherever they live. It calls on governments to set national nutrition targets for 2025 and milestones based on internationally agreed indicators. 

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) welcomed the decision, calling it a major step towards mobilising action around reducing hunger and improving nutrition around the world. Read more

Today, nearly 800 million people remain chronically undernourished and over two billion people suffer from micronutrient deficiencies. Meanwhile some 159 million children under 5 years of age are stunted - meaning they are too short for their age. Approximately 50 million children in the same age bracket are wasted - meaning they have low weight for their height. Another 1.9 billion people are overweight -- 600 million of these are obese. And prevalence of people who are overweight or obese is increasing in nearly all countries.

The HCC has been actively involved in nutrition advocacy since our participation at the 2nd International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) in Rome Italy in 2014.

Hypertensive At 50 - Blood, Salt & Tears??

Video of the Public Lecture by Dr Kenneth Connell, MBBS DM (UWI), PHD (KCL), FACP, Deputy Dean - Preclinical, Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacology.

One Fifth of Adults Worldwide will be Obese by 2025, Predicts Study

One fifth of adults worldwide will be obese by 2025, predicts study
UK is on track to have the highest obesity levels in Europe, while a fifth of world’s obese adults live in six high-income English-speaking countries. About a fifth of all adults around the world and a third of those in the UK will be obese by 2025, with potentially disastrous consequences for their health, according to a study. The research published by the Lancet medical journal says there is zero chance that the world can meet the target set by the UN for halting the climbing obesity rate by 2025. Read more

Read the research published by Lancet here.

A related article also appeared in the UK Daily Telegraph: British people will be fattest in Europe by 2025 read more

NCD FREE Serving Up Social Impact

Serving up social impact
When it came to festival21, the driving ambition was to create positive social impact for our community's biggest challenges. But what is social impact? To NCDFREE Social impact means creating common value, connection, trust and social capital through hard work - and a lot of sweat and tears. As an all pro bono team, NCDFREE set out to create an unprecedented, inclusive festival that connected our community, sparked important conversions that are often difficult to initiate, and inspired people to act on climate change, health challenges and the breakdown in social connection - all through FOOD. Read more

The Way Forward: Palliative Care Hospice Care  in Barbados

Dr. Celine Dupuis
The Barbados Association of Palliative Care (BAPC) and the Barbados Association for Cancer Advocacy (BACA) presents a Free Public Lecture on Thursday, 21 April 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 12 Noon, at the Living Waters Complex – St. David’s Christ Church. The lecture will be given by Dr. Celine Dupuis, who is the medical director of the West Island Palliative Care Residence in Montreal, and is also a member of the palliative care service in the department of oncology at McGill University. Read more

Cancer Support Services 20th Anniversary

Celebrating 20 Years of Hands to Share, Hearts to Care, Sunday April 17th, 2016, 4pm, at the First Baptist Church, Constitution Road, St. Michael.

US Soda Consumption at Its Lowest Level in 30 Years

Americans trying to kick their soda habit are succeeding, with soda consumption in the U.S. at its lowest level in 30 years, according to a new report. In 2015 the per capita consumption of carbonated soft drinks was its lowest level since 1985, according to Beverage Digest, a trade publication. Read more
World Day for Physical Activity
Virtual Walking, on April 6th, 10 am, throughout your social media, bombard Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter with phrases encouraging Active Living! - Active Child! Healthy Adult!
Please register your event here.
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Latest
Rice & Peas
Even though this is a popular dish in Barbados, RICE and Peas can also be used to help one remember what to do in a case of emergency.

This Past Holiday Weekend We saw many of you...
eating fast-food meals. The trend is worrying. Why aren't we eating more home-cooked meals?

Read more from the Heart & Stroke Foundation newsletter here.
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NCD Alliance Newsletter
  • New policy brief on climate change and NCDs launched today
  • Measuring UHC
  • 2030 Agenda update
  • Map of cancer plans
  • Health at Habitat3?
Read 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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