The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

October 28th - November 3rd 2016


HCC Tobacco Control Advisor at COP7 in India

Barbara A McGaw
Barbara McGaw Tobacco Control advisor to the HCC will be in attendance at the seventh session of the Conference of the Parties (COP7) in New Dehli, India. The COP7 brings together the WHO FCTC’s (WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco) 180 Parties - which includes almost every country in the world, as well as regional economic integration organizations like the European Union. The meetings, jointly organised by the Government of India and the Convention Secretariat, will take place at the India Expo Centre & Mart in Delhi. COP7 is being held from 7-12 November 2016.
In October, Mrs. McGaw attended the FCTC Secretariat pre-COP7 meeting in Panama as the FCA regional representative. The meeting was sponsored by PAHO/WHO and the objective was to seek feedback and take regional decisions on the various documents to be tabled at COP7. Mrs. McGaw  took the opportunity to  interact with several members from the Caribbean regarding the status of tobacco control in their countries. CARICOM was well represented at the pre-COP with representation from MOH/Foreign Affairs from the following countries: Antigua & Barbuda, Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, Suriname, Belize, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, St. Lucia, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, and St. Kitts and Nevis. Barbara's participation in both the pre-COP7 and the COP7 was funded through TFK (Tobacco Free Kids).
Read more about the COP7 meeting here.

Visit the COP7 Website here.

A number of resources from the Framework Convention Alliance relating to COP7 can be found here.

Related media coverage:

Highlights from WCC 2016

HCC at the World Cancer Conference
HCC President Professor Sir Trevor Hassell and HCC Executive Director Maisha Hutton at the opening ceremony of the World Cancer Conference in Paris.
HCC President Professor SIr Trevor Hassell chairs WCRF panel on the Complex realities
HCC President Professor SIr Trevor Hassell chairs WCRF panel on the Complex realities - Innovative solutions: identifying priorities and mobilising action in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, alcohol and overweight and obesity.
In the lead up to chairing the WCRF panel, Professor Hassell was featured on the WCRF website discussing the challenges and opportunities which exist for those wishing to develop, or further advance, their cancer prevention and control strategies in unhealthy eating, physical inactivity, consumption of alcohol and overweight & obesity. Read more
Maisha chairs the NCD Cafe
HCC Executive Director Maisha Hutton chairs the NCD Café on Ensuring access to NCD and cancer prevention and treatment for vulnerable populations.
The HCC was pleased to chair the NCD Café Session discussing the importance of Leaving No one Behind: Strategies to Reduce the Burden of Cancer and NCDs in Vulnerable Populations. Panelists included Dr. Jon Klein, Executive Director, NCD Child and the Associate Executive Director of the American Academy of Paediatrics; Dr. Ibtihal Fadhil, Regional Advisor NCDs, WHO EMRO; Dr. Emmanuel Luyirika, Executive Director, African Palliative Care Association.

Against the background of achieving the ambitious 2030 agenda, speakers explored the unique challenges and solutions around ensuring access to NCD prevention and control for vulnerable groups with a focus on children, refugee populations and the elderly. Successful initiatives and approaches tailored to specific groups were shared. The lively discussion ended on a positive note with a collective commitment to seek solutions rather than focussing on the tremendous challenges, and the importance of building on existing successes and developing strong partnerships for sustainable solutions. Read more on the NCD Café on the NCD Alliance website here.
Building a Tool-Kit for Community Health Workers in Haiti: Tools and Techniques to Increase Engagement with and Awareness of Breast Cancer Services.

Presented by Social Worker, Mita Alcindort Casimir, of Innovating Health International, Haiti. View the presentation here.
Mita Alcindort Casimir, of Innovating Health International, Haiti
Caribbean delegates at the Congress.
Sick Kids Caribbean
Guyan Cancer Prevention Society
WCRF Aruba
IHI Haiti
A Little Fun at the Congress
Funa the WCC
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World Cancer Declaration Progress Report 2016

World Cancer Declaration Report
The 1000-strong UICC membership have worked collectively to create the World Cancer Declaration Progress Report 2016, providing a unique civil society perspective on national successes and major challenges that remain to realise the Declaration targets, with perspectives from 113 countries.

Whilst many UICC members are contributing to the development of national cancer and NCD plans – the Report highlights that many of these are not publically available or are not being implemented due to lack of funding, or expertise for scale up. Read more
We encourage you to explore and share the country reports below.

Civil Society’s Role in Efforts to Control Women’s Cancers

Increasing attention is being paid to the growing global burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), especially cancer. Cancer is now a leading cause of mortality worldwide, accounting for one in seven deaths. Efforts to reduce cancer incidence and mortality have matured during the past five decades. Civil society non-governmental and non-business organisations as well as individuals and communities - has an important role in implementing cancer control efforts. Members of civil society provide education to the public and support health-care providers by providing training, equipment, and supplies. Read more

Read more about The Lancet Series on Health, Equity and Women's Cancer here.
HCC Caribbean Alcohol Reduction Day

Inaugural Caribbean Cancer Survivorship Conference

Inaugural Caribbean Cancer Survivorship Conference
The Inaugural Caribbean Cancer Survivorship Conference, organized as a collaborative effort, between the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT), Cancer survivors in Action (CSIA), City of Hope and Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC); held on October 21, 2016 at the National Academy for Performing Arts, Port of Spain Trinidad and Tobago.

Cancer Survivors, oncologist, medical practitioners, oncology nurses and other health care professionals met at this forum in Port of Spain, Trinidad. The attendees were introduced the concept of survivorship, and there were opportunities to share experiences and strategies in response to the current burden cancer has on communities here in the Caribbean region and globally.

Conference presentations focused on Survivorship and the delivery of care to cancer patients and the role it had in enhancing the quality of lives of cancer patients from diagnosis to treatment and throughout their cancer survival. Read more

A Community Conversation with Women with a Previous Diagnosis of Cancer

A Community Conversation with Women with a Previous Diagnosis of Cancer
The HCC held its first Community Consultation with People Living with NCDs on October 21, 2016 as part of the UTT/CSIA Inaugural Cancer Survivorship Conference (see above). The initiative was implemented with the support of the NCD Alliance and Medtronic Philanthropy through the ‘Strengthening Health Systems, Supporting NCD Action’ global program. The goal of the community consultation was to inform the development of a draft Caribbean Patient-led Cancer Advocacy Agenda which will form part of a larger regional and ultimately global Advocacy Agenda for people living with Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs).

This first conversation with female cancer survivors was led by Dr. Natalie Greaves a lecturer at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus. Discussions were focussed on exploring key themes relating to the illness/ wellness experience of cancer survivors and gathering patient/survivor/caregiver initiated recommendations for addressing barriers along the care continuum. The key themes were: challenges in cancer care; nomenclature related to living with a diagnosis of cancer; strategies for improving engagement of persons with a diagnosis of cancer to initiate patient-led advocacy- including at the policy level; and the position of cancer in the broader NCD Agenda. A report from the consultation will be available on the roundup and the HCC website soon.

HPV Vaccination Project Re-launched

Dr. Vikash Chatrani, Obstetrician/Gynaecologist
Guyana Chronicle - The Ministry of Public Health, in collaboration with Merck Sharp and Dhome (MSD), on Friday re-launched the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination project, to guard against cervical cancer in Guyana.“Cervical cancer is one of the most prevalent cancers out there. It is the number one cause of death in Guyana,” said Dr. Vikash Chatrani, a medical doctor from Barbados.

The re-launching of the HPV project has seen a host of local nurses, midwives, doctors and practitioners from both the public and private health sectors in Guyana being encouraged to educate persons about HPV. Read more

Additional press coverage:
Read about The Caribbean Civil Society Cervical Cancer Prevention Initiative (C4PI) here and the Caribbean Civil Society Cervical Cancer Advocacy Initiative here

BNR Cancer - Progressing Toward Completeness

Health of the Nation
Private Physician Data Abstraction - The time has come where we are concentrating on registering 2013 cases from Private Physicians. Over then next few months you will be hearing from the BNR data abstractors as they call your practice to verify information or to review cases further.

We appreciate those doctors who continue to assist us and look forward to working with you as we strive to ensure that our population data is as accurate as possible. Read more

Heart Foundation of Jamaica - Run for Your Heart

The Heart Foundation of Jamaica will host its 38th staging of the Run for Your Heart 5K run, on Sunday November 27, 2016 at the Stadium East facility. Run for Your Heart is an event geared towards highlighting the value of exercise as an important part of a healthy lifestyle.
This event will also raise funds for health education and health promotion programmes in schools. Proceeds will also be used for maintaining as well as expanding schools and screening programmes. Read more

More on the Formation of the East Africa NCD Alliance

Mr Wondu Bekele
Mr Wondu Bekele - Mathiwos Consortium of Ethiopian NCD Association/Mathiwos Wondu-YeEthiopia Cancer Society speaks about the formation of the East Africa NCD Alliance.

300 New Cases in Last Six Years - Figures Prove Breast Cancer Still a Major Health Issue for Guyana

Breast cancer is seemingly still a major health concern for Guyana, judging from the latest figures released by the Guyana Cancer Institute (GCI).
It puts new cases detected in the last six years at “more than 300”.Giving a breakdown of how he came by these figures, GCI Outreach Director, Dr. Seyed Ghazi told a Breast Cancer Sensitisation seminar that while in 2010, there were only 15 new cases, the number climbed to 22 and 23 in 2011 and 2013 respectively, then “jumped alarmingly” to 76 and 77 in 2014 and 2015 respectively. Read more

Workshop Takes a Holistic View at Trade and Public Health

Workshop on trade and public health 17-21 October
Thirty-five government officials from 30 developing countries and five developed countries attended the workshop on trade and public health, which took place on 17-21 October 2016 at the WTO’s headquarters.

The workshop was organized by the WTO Secretariat, in close collaboration with the secretariats of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). Tailored for senior policymakers, the workshop included a combination of expert presentations, interactive debates on cross-cutting themes linking trade agreements to topical issues, such as non-communicable diseases and human rights, and case studies. In addition to an introductory panel discussion that mapped the interface between health, trade and intellectual property. Read more

Study Suggests Eating One Egg a Day May Lower Risk of Stroke

"An egg a day can cut chances of suffering a fatal stroke," The Times reports. A new review of existing data covering around 300,000 people suggests eating up to one egg a day may lower stroke risk; but not the risk of heart disease.

The health effects of eggs have been debated for years. Eggs, which contain cholesterol, were thought to increase risk of heart disease by raising cholesterol levels.

But more recent studies show that cholesterol in food has little impact on the levels of cholesterol in your blood – most cholesterol in the blood is made by the liver. Read more

Cancer Deaths Among Women to Rise 60% by 2030, New Reports Warn

Cancer Deaths in Women to Increase
Two reports have warned of an explosion in cancer deaths among women, with a toll, mainly from breast cancer, of around 5.5 million a year by 2030 - roughly the population of Denmark.

This represented a near 60% increase in less than two decades, said an analysis conducted by the American Cancer Society (ACS), released on Tuesday at the World Cancer Congress in Paris. 

A second report, published in the Lancet medical journal on Wednesday, said the number of women diagnosed with breast cancer alone could almost double to 3.2 million a year by 2030 from 1.7 million in 2015. For cervical cancer, the number of diagnoses could “rise by at least 25% to over 700,000 by 2030”, mainly in low- and middle-income countries, said a statement from the Lancet. Read more

Forthcoming Events

Symposium for World Town Planning Day - Planning for Health And Wellness In Barbados
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados
Conkies Are Here...So what does that mean?
Over indulgence and discipline is still needed. 

5 Habits And their impact...
Five key habits which suggests that a person will suffer with cardiovascular disease. Read more here.

World Diabetes Day 14th November 2016

Please let us know your planned events for World Diabetes Day
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