The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

June 19th - June 25th 2015


Caribbean Leaders Sound Off on Why NCDs are Important to the Private Sector

Leaders of the Caribbean Private Sector
Forty (40) business executives representing 20 companies from diverse sectors across the Caribbean, met to discuss the issue of NCDs (noncommunicable diseases) at the ‘Caribbean NCD Private Sector Forum: Measuring and Engaging the Business Sector Response to NCDs.’ held in Barbados on June 4th, 2015. Many of the executives in attendance, including Richard Cozier from Banks Holdings Ltd, Sonya John from LIAT,  and Amanda McMillan from The Massy Group, were keen to share their thoughts on the value of the meeting and the related initiatives within their own workplaces. Click here to see what some of them had to say. Click here to see a Post Meeting Brief. A report will be available soon on the meeting web page.

Second Meeting of the WHO GCM/NCD Working Group (WG) on How to Realize Governments’ Commitments to Engage With the Private Sector for the Prevention and Control of NCDs

WHO GCM/NCD Working Group
The meeting was held on June 18, 2015 in Geneva following a June 17, 2015 consultation with private sector entities, non-State actors including some representatives from NGOs, philanthropic organizations and academic institutions, to inform the work of the WG and the development of useful recommendations for the WHO Director - General. Temporary Advisor to WHO and member of the working group, HCC President Sir Trevor Hassell was in attendance at both meetings representing the perspectives of the Caribbean, SIDS and LMICs. On the heels of the HCC/COMSEC/CARPHA Private Sector meeting earlier in June, Sir Trevor shared key outcomes of the HCC meeting (see here).

For more information on the meeting click here.


I'd Like to Teach the World about what Sugar Did to Me!

Change the Tune
In this dark parody of a wildly famous 1971 Coca-Cola ad, the original scenes of an international choir united by their love of Coke are replaced with scenes of hospital patients united by their soda-related diseases. The original ad, was reworked by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) highlighting the harmful health effects of sugar-sweetened beverages. In this sendup, patients suffering from obesity, hypertension, type 2 diabetes and other health conditions sing directly into the camera, much like in the original jingle. But they've substituted lyrics such as "I'd like to buy the world a Coke and keep it company" with "I'd like to buy the world a drink that doesn't cause disease" and "I'd like to teach the world about what sugar did to me." Watch it here
Time for Global Action 2015

Transforming Our World by 2030: A New Agenda For Global Action

On 25 to 27 September 2015 Heads of State will come together in New York for a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly of the United Nations to adopt the post-2015 development agenda.  The elements of post-2015 will include a Declaration; Sustainable Development Goals and targets; Means of Implementation and Global Partnership for Sustainable Development; and follow-up and review. These can be found in the Zero draft of the outcome document for the UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda currently under review through a series of Intergovernmental negotiations (IGN).  As we lead up to the UN Summit in September, the HCC will be seeking to build regional awareness, buy-in and commitment to supporting the post 2015 development agenda at all levels, from individuals to organisations including civil society, private sector and governments. Every week will be sharing elements of the outcome document (currently zero draft under review through IGN) during our weekly roundup. See this week’s excerpt below. 
This Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity that also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom. All countries acting in collaborative partnership will implement the Agenda. We are resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet for present and future generations. We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps needed to shift the world on to a sustainable path. As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind.
  • End poverty and hunger;
  • Secure education, health and basic services for all;
  • Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls;
  • Combat inequalities within and between countries;
  • Foster inclusive economic growth, shared prosperity and sustainable lifestyles for all;
  • Promote safe and inclusive cities and human settlements;
  • Protect the planet, fight climate change, use natural resources sustainably and safeguardour oceans;
  • Strengthen governance and promote peaceful, safe, just and inclusive societies;and
  • Revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development 
For more on the post 2015 development process click here
To see the full Zero draft of the outcome document for the UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda click here
For more information on the post 2015 development agenda visit the NCD Alliance here
For more information on Advocacy on NCDs and the post 2015 development agenda check out the NCD Alliance Toolkit here
For more information on the UN Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda click here

Warning: Soda May Be Bad for Your Health

Warning: Soda May Be Bad for Your Health, San Francisco Says
San Francisco could soon be the first city in the country to place health warnings on advertisements for sugary drinks. Lawmakers there voted unanimously this week in favor of a measure that would require a stark warning label – akin to the caution label on cigarettes – noting the link between sugary drink consumption and chronic disease. The warning labels would appear only on advertisements for sugary drinks, not on the products themselves, though a separate measure at the state level would require such warnings directly on soda cans and bottles. Read more

Prudent Ways to Fight Childhood Obesity

The Importance role of Taxation on Sugar Sweetened Beverages
Pardon the cliché, but it happens to be particularly apt in this case: In trying to tame the nation’s obesity epidemic, an ounce of prevention is decidedly worth a pound of cure - considerably more than a pound, in fact, according to the findings of a five-year collaborative research project. Read more

21st Medical Update & Research Conference

The Trinidad and Tobago Medical Association in conjunction with the U.W.I. Faculty Of Medical Sciences presents Its 21st Medical Update & Research Conference, Sunday, 5th July 2015, Learning Resource Centre, Uwi, St. Augustine, Trinidad, Theme: “Health And Sustainable Development” Read/Download the programme here and the registration form here

NCDFREE - New Short Film, Food for Thought

NCDFREE Food for Thought
Our biggest Global Health challenges are complex, multi-faceted and affect many sectors - therefore we need to find solutions to match! Read more

Special Issue of the Pan American Journal of Public Health on Women’s Health

This special issue of the Pan American Journal of Public Health on women’s health aims to identify and reflect on the main challenges that demographic, social, and epidemiological changes will pose to women’s health in the Region of the Americas in the coming years. The manuscripts address a variety of subjects ranging from the health of women at different stages of life, sexual and reproductive health, gender-based violence, non-communicable chronic diseases, infectious diseases, and mental and occupational health, to adapting quality health services to meet promotion, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation needs during the different stages of life and in several regional contexts. Read More
Toward Universal Health Coverage and Equity in Latin America and the Caribbean: Evidence from Selected Countries - This volume reviews progress in reducing inequalities in health outcomes, service utilization, and financial protection, and assesses the common trends emerging from these reforms. Read or Download

To Cut Teen Smoking, Raise Tobacco Sales Age

A new study has found a simple way to significantly reduce teenage smoking: raise the tobacco sales age to 21. In 2005, Needham, Mass., did just that, while surrounding communities kept their age limit at 18. Read more
Can the sustainable development goals reduce the burden of nutrition-related non-communicable diseases without truly addressing major food system reforms? Read more

Stroke Report 2015: The Critical First Hours After Stroke

Stroke Report 2015
Gaps in the healthcare system and Canadians’ inability to recognize stroke put them at risk of death or disability. The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Stroke Report 2015 highlights challenges in the vital first hours after stroke that are preventing too many Canadians from getting the best care. Read more
NCD Alliance e-Alert
  • Every Woman Every Child: Feedback on the Zero Draft is online
  • Webinar slides posted online
  • FDA takes step to remove artificial trans fats in processed foods
  • The federal sugar-sweetened beverage tax is reducing purchases in Mexico
  • WHO/GCM NCDs update
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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