The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

July 8th - July 14th 2016


Trinidad & Tobago Medical Association 22nd Annual Medical Research Conference

Annual Medical Research Conference
Social Determinants
Sunday 24th July 2016.

Location Hilton Conference Room

This event will highlight Social Determinants of Health (SDH) by promoting health equity through the concept of health in all policies (HIAP).

Objectives include:
  • To empower decision makers to implement social determinants of health in all policies.
  • To incorporate SDH into a global theme of participatory governance.
  • To align outcomes to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Read more and register here

Registration deadline July 20th

Jamaica Has a ‘Man Problem’

Dr Alafia Samuels, Director, Chronic Disease Research Centre
Sudden, unexpected deaths, especially among middle-aged Jamaican and Caribbean men is often due to undiagnosed and untreated high blood pressure: the number one risk factor for heart attack and stroke in the region and globally. This was one of the stark messages emerging from a key meeting held in Kingston on June 28.

The meeting, ‘Engaging all-of-society in accelerating the chronic disease response’, brought together a wide range of organisations and individuals to examine the gaps in prevention, diagnosis and control of these chronic diseases which need to be tackled through a fully multisectoral response, bringing all-of-society to the table. So journalists, the business community, consumer action groups, policemen, fishermen’s groups, dieticians, faith-based organisations, civil society groups and academics joined with the health sector and others to share information and ideas. The gathering was chaired by Deborah Chen, Executive Director of the Heart Foundation of Jamaica. Read more

PE at Schools ‘Vital in NCD Fight’

Cardioligist Dr. Raymond Massay
Physical Education should be mandatory until a child leaves secondary school in Barbados. That is the view of cardiologist Dr Raymond Massay, who also called for the taxing of heavily sugared products. He said the greatest task for physicians was to convince parents to teach their children the importance of eating properly. “We have to go right back into the schools and get the children to be physically active. The Minister of Education has an extremely important role to play,” Massay said. Read more

Tax on Sugary Drinks in Jamaica?

Tax on Sugary Drinks?
The Ministry of Health in Jamaica is exploring the possibility of a special consumption tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in order to tackle what Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton described as the health sector’s and economy’s “biggest threat” - non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Speaking with the Jamaica Observer last Monday, Dr Tufton admitted that such a move would be subject to Cabinet approval, but shared that it is an approach that must be considered. Read more

What Happened To Anti-Smoking?

by Garth A. Rattray a medical doctor with a family practice. I noted the minister of health, Christopher Tufton, performing his due diligence regarding our various public health maladies. However, Jamaica's anti-smoking legislation has been inexplicably languishing, static, frozen in time since July 2013, when tobacco-control regulations were enacted.

The online copy of Minister Tufton's Sectoral Debate presentation, delivered in Gordon House on June 29, 2016, was titled 'Investing in the future: Improving communities, impacting lives'. The health minister spoke to the increase in non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and lamented that they are the biggest threat to our health sector and economy. Read more

Cancer Support Services PSA Testing July 16th

Cancer Support Services PSA Testing

Getting Fitter: Why We All Plan to Start ‘Tomorrow’

Christina Howitt Lecturer, Chronic Disease Research Centre
The vast majority of Barbadians, four out of 10 men and an alarming nine out of 10 women, get too little exercise and this is having severe consequences for the health of the nation.

At a recent public meeting, a panel including fitness experts, town planners, civil society organisations, physical education and health promotion officers and a packed audience came together to explore why so many Barbadians are not physically active and what can be done about it. Read more

Healthy Living is More Important

The apparent alarm raised by so many Barbadians about reported “sudden” deaths in recent weeks is just another clear example of how misplaced our fears and concerns can be in today’s supposed modern Barbados. It ought not to require any of us to engage any great amount of brain matter to recognise that while so many have been getting into a “huff and a puff” about these deaths, the real concern should be about how we live our lives. Death is inevitable, and while some of us appear to forget, we cannot determine when it should come.

However, there is more than enough scientific evidence to support the position that, all things being equal, practising a healthy lifestyle can counter many of the factors that bring on illness and eventually death. Read more

BEC: Mental Health No Laughing Matter

Mental Health No Laughing Matter
Consider two injured athletes waiting to be seen at a doctor’s office. Athlete No.1 has broken his leg, while athlete No.2 has a broken wrist. The doctor, tired from a long working day, regards both patients for a moment and then summons athlete No.1 into his office, sending the athlete with the broken wrist home. “It’s just a wrist,” is his reasoning. “You don’t need that for running.” As a society, we are rightly given detailed instructions on how to take care of our bodies; eat whole foods, drink plenty of water, exercise regularly, and rest. 

However, our mental health, like the analogous athlete’s wrist, is often disregarded. “Mental” a late Middle English word, is derived from the latin mens, meaning “mind”. Read more

Historic Win for Global Health: Uruguay Defeats Philip Morris Challenge to Its Strong Tobacco Control Laws

Uruguay Defeats Philip Morris Challenge
Washington, D.C. – In a historic public health victory that will be felt around the world, Uruguay has won an international legal battle against Philip Morris International to uphold its strong laws to reduce tobacco use.

More than six years after Philip Morris launched its legal attack, an arbitration tribunal of the World Bank today ruled in Uruguay’s favor and strongly rejected Philip Morris’ challenge to two laws adopted by Uruguay to reduce the death and disease caused by tobacco use. One law requires graphic warnings covering 80 percent of the front and back of cigarette packs, while the other limits each cigarette brand to one pack presentation in order to prevent the use of terms (such as “light” and “mild”) and colors to falsely imply that some cigarettes are less harmful. Read more

Read the Legal Award fact sheet here or the Full Award here.

Dear Big Soda: It’s Time for a Change

It's time for change
By Nancy Brown - CEO, American Heart Association. There is a great debate taking place right now in America. Public health advocates are calling on soda makers to stop targeting our children and to stop targeting minorities. They are calling on celebrities to stop selling out to the industry and using their fame to peddle an unhealthy habit to their fans - and the legions of young people who follow and mimic their every move. I believe we are nearing a tipping point as more and more Americans are fed up, leaving the industry on the defensive and increasingly desperate to preserve market share.

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NCD HLPF 2016 Side Event: Integrated Implementation of SDGs

NCD HLPF 2016 Side Event: Integrated Implementation of SDGs
Co-hosted by The Permanent Missions of the Caribbean Community to the UN (CARICOM) and NCD Alliance, Tuesday 19 July 2016, 10:00 - 12:00, Conference Room A, UNHQ New York.

Achieving the SDGs relies on integrated, equitable implementation of all goals and targets. The 2030 Agenda must be implemented as a holistic framework, thereby maximizing outcomes for all sectors of development. This high-level panel provides a forum for high-level government representatives and experts to share insights on integrated implementation of the SDGs, highlighting successful programs for NCDs and health. Read more
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