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November 24th - December 1st 2017


HCC Welcomes 2 New Technical Advisors

NCD Expert and Advocate, Professor Alafia Samuels
Professor Alafia Samuels
Professor Samuels will serve the HCC as an Advisor in Policy and Practice. Prof. Samuels is the Director of the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre, a unit of The UWI’s Caribbean Institute for Health Research, University of the West Indies. She is a medical doctor, trained at UWI Mona.

She also holds a MPH (Masters in Public Health) and a PhD in Chronic Disease Epidemiology, both degrees awarded with honors from Johns Hopkins University. 
She has worked for the Ministry of Health, Jamaica, as adviser to CARICOM, Advisor at the Pan American Health Organisation/WHO, and in the private and public health sectors.

Prof. Samuels is an appointed member of the multi-sectoral Barbados National NCD (Non Communicable Diseases) Commission and was the principal author of the Barbados Ministry of Health Strategic Plan of Action for NCDs 2015-2019, and the CARICOM/PAHO Strategic Plan of Action for the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases. She is also a recently appointed member of the Governing Council of NCD Child. Her research interests include policy and practice in NCD prevention and control, clinical quality of care and evaluation of NCD programmes. Prof. Samuels joins HCC’s growing group of technical advisors.
Prof. Samuels recently sat down with HCC’s project assistant Kaylie Miller to discuss NCDs and her role as the first female director of the CDRC. 
Watch the interview here
Health Advocate and Development, Expert Tara Lisa Persaud
Tara Lisa Persaud
Tara Lisa is a health advocate and a international development professional who has spent the past 18 years working to improve wellbeing and increase opportunities for Caribbean people by supporting sustainable social and economic development. She has worked with governments, multilateral organisations, development institutions, and civil society on a variety of issues, with a belief that lasting transformation requires a mutli-disciplinary approach.
Specific areas of focus include business climate reform, programme design, public policy, aid effectiveness, program management, gender equality, donor coordination, and monitoring and evaluation. 

Over the past 6 years Tara Lisa worked with the Inter-American Development Bank on the Compete Caribbean Program, leading over 30 projects with government agencies around the Caribbean, aimed at improving investment and business facilitation. Prior to that she worked with the United Nations Development Programme, UNIFEM, UNFPA, UNICEF, and the University of the West Indies. She also led the research and negotiations for the V Summit of the Americas and the 2009 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting on behalf of the host country, Trinidad and Tobago. Emerging from this 2009 CHOGM, the Heads issued a Statement on Commonwealth Action to Combat NCDs, November 29th 2009 which was one of the catalysts for the first UN High Level Meeting on NCDs in 2011.  In 2010, Tara Lisa worked on an evaluation of the Caribbean Regional NCD Surveillance System with IDB, CARPHA and UWI.
Tara Lisa holds degrees from Wellesley College and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). In 2015 she graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (NY) as a health coach where she focused on fighting chronic diseases. Tara Lisa is also a cancer survivor and has been fighting the disease since 2014.
In addition to drawing from her vast and varied professional experience, Tara Lisa will help the HCC to ensure that the perspective of people living with NCDs is integrated into all aspects of our work. Tara Lisa will be joining the HCC team and HCC member organisations at the upcoming Global NCD Alliance Forum in Sharjah.  
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Global NCD Alliance Forum 2017, 9th-11th December

Stepping Up the Pace on NCDs: Making 2018 Count
Global NCD Alliance Forum 2017, 9th-11th December
The second Global NCD Alliance Forum is scheduled for the 9th-11th December, 2017, in Sharjah, UAE. It will provide a prime opportunity to unite and mobilise NCD civil society ahead of the 2018 UN High-level Meeting on NCDs.
The second Global NCD Alliance Forum provides a prime opportunity to unite and mobilise NCD civil society ahead of the 2018 UN High-level Meeting on NCDs. 

It is timed to allow for strategic priority setting and advocacy planning for the 2018 UN HLM on NCDs.

The forum will bring together representatives from NCD civil society from across the world, building links with multilaterals, international NGOs, select government representatives and NCD experts.

Speakers include HCC President Sir Trevor Hassell and HCC Patron Sir George Alleyne.
Sir Trevor Hassell
Sir George Alleyne
It will be an interactive forum, providing a safe space for knowledge exchange, sharing good practice, and capacity building for NCD advocacy. 

The full programme is available here

The most regular updates will be shared through Twitter, the official Forum hashtag is #NCDAF2017, including the sharing of highlights, links to newly launched resources, information about speakers, updates, recaps from each day, photos, live coverage, there is also plans to live stream plenaries through Facebook. 

Share your commitment to fight NCDs - Join the Thunderclap! The NCD Alliance social media Thunderclap campaign complements a Commitments Map in Sharjah where delegates can apply a sticker to a world map representing their commitment to step up the pace to make 2018 count for NCDs. Sign up to the Thunderclap through Twitter or Facebook, and share with your friends, colleagues and network.
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St. Lucia Seeking to Ban Sale of Soft drinks at Schools

St. Lucia Seeking to Ban Sale of Soft drinks at Schools
The St Lucia government says it is undertaking a campaign aimed at discontinuing the sale of soft drinks at school.

The Ministry of Health and Wellness said the highly sweetened fizzy drink is known to have disastrous effects on health and that regular consumption of soda is linked to diabetes, heart disease, obesity, asthma, cavities, among other illnesses.

Chief Nutritionist Lisa Hunt Mitchell met with school principals to discuss the best way to reduce the consumption of soda among the youth.

She says the intention is not to place a hole in the pockets of the local manufacturers, but instead, to ensure a healthier nation.

“We are aware of the negative impacts of soft drinks, so the Ministry of Health is engaging school principals so that they can be supportive in trying to curtail the sale of soft drinks at the schools. We want to encourage the children to drink more water, instead of juices or soft drinks."
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Fresh Calls for BVI to Ban Soft Drinks, Unhealthy Foods

Fresh Calls for BVI to Ban Soft Drinks, Unhealthy Foods
Amid reports that St. Lucia is seeking to ban the sale of soft drinks in schools, the call is being made for similar measures to be implemented locally.

“I heard it on the radio this morning and I said immediately to myself that we need to get on that bandwagon,” said Gabrielle Hoyte, Clinical Dietician based in the territory.

“We need to really consider this for us because it is a big deal for us in the BVI. Diabetes, high blood pressure; those are our number one chronic diseases and it starts from very young.”

The dietician added that the ban should not just be limited to school compounds, but also to vending areas in close proximity to school campuses.
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CARPHA Achieves International Accreditation for Testing Medicines

Dr James Hospedales, Executive Director CARPHA (r) accepts the Certificate of Accreditation from Mr Simon Roberts, Chairman JANAAC
Access to healthcare and essential quality medicines and pharmaceutical products is critical for the Caribbean population's well-being and optimal health. 

Recently, the Drug Testing Laboratory (DTL) of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), received international accreditation for laboratory testing services. Conformity with the ISO17025:2005 standard marks a significant endorsement for the Agency’s capabilities to test the quality control of pharmaceutical finished products such as capsules, tablets, creams, ointments, suspensions, syrups, and lotions.

The accreditation certificate was granted to CARPHA-DTL by the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC) at a ceremony which took place at CARPHA-DTL offices.
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Trinidad & Tobago Heart Foundation (TTHF) Promotes Heart Health at the Divali Nagar

The TTHF for many years have been invited to promote heart health at the Divali Nagar in Trinidad and Tobago to educate the general public and to create awareness of heart health, healthy lifestyles and proper dietary habits in an effort to reduce the incidence of heart disease and stroke. The Divali Nagar is a celebration of East Indian culture over a nine (9) day period culminating with the Divali holiday which is a worldwide celebration of light overcoming darkness. It is a special time in a Hindu’s life constituting rebirth and a rededication to Mother Lakshmi.
Over 40,000 persons attend the Divali Nagar and it is therefore a  great opportunity to promote heart health to a receptive audience.
During the Divali Nagar, members and directors of the TTHF took turns in manning the booth and presenting literature on heart health and generally discussing dietary requirements and exercise as a principle means of reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke.
The TTHF also provided free blood testing and a Registry was set up for members of the public to sign up to receive further information on heart health and the TTHF’s future projects.

63rd ANNUAL CARPHA Health Research Conference June 14th - 16th, 2018: Call for Papers

DEADLINE For Receipt of Papers January 8th 2018.

63rd ANNUAL CARPHA Health Research Conference June 14th - 16th, 2018 Theme: ‘Sustainable Health Systems for Economic Growth, Development and Wealth’ 

For more information click/tap on the button below or Tel: (868) 622-4261-2 or (868) 299-0895 Ext 40270 or email:
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Be The First -  Together, We Can Help Deliver the First Tobacco-free Generation

Be the First
CVS Health is investing $50 million over five years to extend their commitment to helping people lead tobacco-free lives and move one step closer towards a tobacco-free generation.

As the nation’s largest pharmacy innovation company, CVS Health is uniquely positioned to help people on their path to better health, which includes playing a leading role in helping people lead tobacco-free lives. That’s why, through the company and the CVS Health Foundation, they're investing $50 million and working with the nation’s leading anti-tobacco and youth organisations to support comprehensive education, advocacy, tobacco control and healthy behaviour programming to help those who smoke quit and ensure those who don’t never start. By extending this commitment, we can help deliver the first tobacco-free generation. 

Each day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 3,200 children under the age of 18 smoke their first cigarette, with 580 who become regular, daily smokers. We have an opportunity to end this persistent epidemic, and ensure the health of 5.6 million children alive today who are at risk of becoming a tobacco statistic tomorrow.
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Supreme Court Backs Scottish Minimum Alcohol Pricing

Supreme Court Backs Scottish Minimum Alcohol Pricing
The UK Supreme Court has ruled that Scotland can set a minimum price for alcohol, rejecting a challenge by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

Legislation was approved by the Scottish Parliament five years ago but has been tied up in court challenges.

In a unanimous judgment, seven Supreme Court judges said the legislation did not breach European Union law.

The judges ruled the measure was a "proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim". Ministers said a 50p-per-unit minimum would help tackle Scotland's "unhealthy relationship with drink" by raising the price of cheap, high-strength alcohol.
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Total Ban on Fast-food Outlets Within 400m of London Schools

Fast-food takeaways will be banned from opening within 400 metres of schools in a bid to tackle the capital’s child obesity epidemic.

In addition, all new chicken, fish and chip and pizza outlets will have to sign up to minimum healthy food standards before getting planning permission.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the move would help deal with the “ticking time bomb” of childhood obesity in London, where almost 40 per cent of children are obese or overweight by the time they finish primary school, the highest proportion in England. Several boroughs, including Barking and Dagenham, Islington and Waltham Forest, already have measures to control chicken shops, chip shops and takeaways near schools. 
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Alarming Obesity Projections for Children in U.S.

Alarming obesity projections for children in U.S.
If current U.S. trends continue, more than 57 percent of today’s youth will be obese at age 35, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

The research also found that excess weight in childhood is predictive of adult obesity, even among young children, and that healthy-weight children are the only ones with less than a 50 percent chance of adult obesity. The findings were based on a rigorous simulation model that provides the most accurate predictions to date of obesity prevalence at various ages.
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‘Alcohol Can Cause Cancer’: Yukon Adds Warning Labels to Liquor

Yukon Adds Warning Labels to Liquor
Warning labels on alcohol bottles have landed in the Yukon. In a new initiative, the Yukon government has partnered with researchers to take on excessive alcohol consumption by warning drinkers that the substance can cause cancer — specifically colon and breast cancers.

The labels are bright yellow and red, and along with pictograms showing how many drinks are safe for human consumption. (FYI that’s two drinks a day for women and three drinks a day for men.) For the next eight months, people who buy their booze at the Whitehorse liquor store will have no choice but to see them.
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Masters in Public Health Nutrition Promotion - UTECH

UTECH College of Health Sciences
The University of Technology, Jamaica (UTECH), College of Health Sciences is offering an MSc. in Public Health Nutrition, you can study from home, successful applicants will be exposed to cutting edge developments and practice in Public Health Nutrition such as:
  1. Evidence-based Planning & Policy Formulation on Obesity/NCDs
  2. Integrated Qualitative and Quantitative Research & Evaluation
  3. Social Determinants of Nutrition including Socio-cultural and Behavioral aspects
  4. Nutrition Surveillance & Information Systems for decision making
  5. Multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary approaches to global and local nutrition & health challenges
  6. Obesity epidemiology and prevention
  7. Poverty, food security and inequity in human development
  8. Various electives ranging and linking clinical & policy aspects:- Algorithms for nutrition in disease control; sports nutrition; Nutrition in institutions; Food safety policy; Nutrition in emergencies, among others.
Applicants must possess a first degree from a recognized university. Applicants from the fields of Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and Health Sciences, among others are encouraged to apply. Mature applicants with relevant experience will be considered.

Partial (65%) Scholarships available - APPLY TODAY!

For further information, please contact: Professor Fitzroy Henry at 1876-823-5969 or Email:

Call for Poster Abstracts - Due Date: December 12, 2017

The 6th Annual Symposium on Global Cancer Research will be held on March 15,2018, prior to the start of the 9th Annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Global Health Conference. The objectives of this full-day Symposium on Global Cancer Research are to provide: (1) A comprehensive overview of the role of research in addressing local and global disparities in cancer care and control; (2) A stimulating and engaging forum for knowledge sharing; and (3) An environment that facilitates new collaborations to advance our knowledge and practice aimed at overcoming cancer disparities.

Presentation of cutting-edge research and programs that address the global burden of cancer is at the heart of the Symposium. The organizers invite all persons wishing to report original research, innovative projects, or novel programs related to global cancer research and control to submit abstracts to be considered for posters and publication in the Journal of Global Oncology (JGO).

Abstracts will be collected through two categories:
  • Scientific – original research (abstract must include sections with the headlines: background, aims, methods, results, and significance).
  • Program – innovative projects that move the field forward (abstracts must include sections with the headlines: background, goals, methods, outcomes, and next steps).
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NCI Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention Program

The National Cancer Institute (NCI)
The 2018 NCI Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention is currently accepting applications!
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) hosts the “NCI Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention” every year in Rockville, Maryland. The Curriculum provides training in cancer control, prevention, and research for domestic and international scientists and health care professionals. The Principles and Practice of Cancer Control Course, to be held July 9 - August 3, 2018, focuses on concepts, methods, issues, and applications related to cancer prevention and control. The Molecular Prevention Course, to be held August 6-10, 2018, provides a strong background in the molecular biology and genetics of cancer and an overview of basic laboratory approaches applied to cutting-edge research in the fields of molecular epidemiology, chemoprevention, biomarkers, and translational research.
The application deadline is February 1, 2018. A limited amount of financial support may be available for selected meritorious applications from low- and middle-income countries. 
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HCC Publications

NCDs and Trade Policy in the Caribbean
NCDs and Trade Policy
in the Caribbean
Policy Brief

Civil Society Action Plan 2017-2021: Preventing Childhood Obesity in the Caribbean
Civil Society Action Plan 2017-2021: Preventing Childhood Obesity in the Caribbean
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IDF Congress 2017
The global diabetes community will again unite at the IDF 2017 Congress in Abu Dhabi, UAE, on 4-8 December 2017. The event will include more than 200 speakers, both world-renowned and newcomers, 230 national diabetes associations from 170 countries and high level participation from the Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD) and other health organisations.
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Caribbean Cardiology Conference 2018

Caribbean Cardiology Conference 2018
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World Cancer Conference 2018

World Cancer Conference 2018
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The NCD Alliance
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  • Collaboration grows between WHO and UN rights agency
  • No health without oral health
  • Focus on empowerment
  • Shape the future of diabetes
  • UHC Forum
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