The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

February 12th - February 18th 2016


Caribbean Cooperation in Health (CCH III)

Dr. Rudolph Cummings, CARICOM & Dr. Patrick Martin, CMO, St. Kitts & Nevis
This week, PAHO/WHO, CARICOM and CARPHA held a Caribbean Regional Consultation, “Advancing the Caribbean Cooperation in Health to Benefit the Regional Public Good” in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

The meeting brought together senior staff from regional public health agencies from the Caribbean, Chief Medical Officers, academia and selected regional civil society organisations, including the Healthy Caribbean Coalition which was represented by President Sir Trevor Hassell.

The consultation had as its primary goal the continued improvement in the health and wellbeing of the Caribbean people and was aimed at identifying the way forward in the development of Caribbean Cooperation in Health (CCH).
Since 1986 cooperation in health among and between CARICOM countries the Caribbean has been informed by a series of agreed CCH Initiatives, agreed to by Heads of Government, of which the most recent was CCH 3, an evaluation of which was presented at the recent meeting and formed the basis of the elements for CCH 4.
The HCC will over the next several months and beyond provide updates on aspects of Caribbean Cooperation of Health as we seek to continue to improve the health of the people of the region which will require the continued efforts of the “whole of society”.

For more images from CCH III click here.

Civil Society Engaged in POSDEVAL Process

Civil Society Engaged in POSDEVAL Process
On February 24-25th, 2016 in Trinidad and Tobago Caribbean NCD leaders from government, civil society and the private sector met to review the results of an evaluation of the landmark 2007 Port of Spain Declaration on NCDs, issued by CARICOM Heads of Government. The bulk of the meeting was action-oriented, spent in working groups developing the bones of a renewed action plan to accelerate implementation of the Declaration as it approaches its 10th Anniversary in 2017. The meeting was attended by a wide cross section of stakeholders including the Honourable Minister of Health of Trinidad and Tobago Hon. Terrance Deyalsingh; Mrs. Jesse Schutt-Aine, PAHO; Dr. Rudy Cummings, CARICOM; Sir Trevor Hassell, HCC; and other leading regional and international NCD experts.

The importance of a multisectoral approach to NCDs was a reoccurring theme. Mrs Jessie Schutt-Aine of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), stressed that, “We need a whole-of-government and a whole-of-society approach; bringing together trade, agriculture, the food industry, health, education and other sectors. We need civil society, schools, churches: the entire community working together towards this common goal.” Executive Director, HCC, Maisha Hutton noted the importance of moving beyond the rhetoric of civil society inclusion to meaningful engagement of civil society at the highest levels. Civil society (CS) has played a critical role in NCD prevention and control in the region in the areas of education and health promotion (planting the seeds for social mobilisation); service delivery; treatment and support; and advocacy especially in the area of tobacco control. She cautioned however that financial and intellectual investment in civil society was needed to ensure the community was ‘fit for purpose’. HCC Alcohol Policy Advisor, Dr. Rohan Maharaj, underscored the importance of the alcohol agenda and urged the continued support for alcohol taxes despite controversy given the cultural and economic significance of alcohol products in the region. He also stressed the need for a framework for regional alcohol policies through a comprehensive regional alcohol policy led by CARICOM/ COHSOD (promoted by HCC at COHSOD in September 2014 here). HCC President, Sir Trevor noted that "the further effective discharge of the mandates of the  POS declaration requires an effective multi-sectoral approach to prevention and control of NCDs as called for in the preamble for the declaration. There is now need for all sectors of society to come together to effect such a response".

The HCC was pleased with CSO representation at the workshop, where over 7 CSOs participated including: The Caribbean Farmers Network; The Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control; The Heart Foundation of Jamaica; The Cancer Society of the Bahamas; Global Leadership Interlink; Diabetes Association of Trinidad & Tobago; and the East Caribbean Conference of Seventh-day Adventist.

HCC will work to ensure continued civil society input into the development and finalisation of the action plan. The HCC is responsible for Objective 8 of the POSDEVAL - dissemination through to the end of the project in March 2017. 

To see a gallery of photos click here. Visit the the POSDEVAL website for more information.
Salt Awareness Week Webinar - Look Out for Hidden Salt

Salt Awareness Week Webinar

Monday, February 29, 2016 11:00 -12:30 pm, Eastern Standard Time.
To participate: Click here and then Click "Join Now" or click here for details of the program and further information.

The Salt You Can See

People, Spaces, Deliberation bloggers present exceptional campaign art from all over the world. These examples are meant to inspire.
People, Spaces, Deliberation bloggers present exceptional campaign art from all over the world. These examples are meant to inspire. Watch here.

NCD Alliance Strategic Plan 2016-2020 Launched

NCD Alliance Strategic Plan
Following an independent review and extensive consultation with many partners over the last year, we are pleased to share with you our ambitious new Strategic Plan for 2016-2020.

The new NCD Alliance Strategic Plan comes at a critical moment in terms of the history and future of the NCD response, when the imperative for action has never been stronger. A surge of commitments and advocacy has helped to advance the NCD agenda in the past five years. Read more

Can the Caribbean learn from our SIDS counterparts in the Pacific?

New law earmarks funds for NCD prevention, pays insurance premiums for elderly and disabled

“Kudos to all of you! As the saying goes, you put your money where your mouth is” said Palau President Remengesau Jr., referring to House bill 9-185 as he signed it into law yesterday at his office, witnessed by a crowd of people representing various agencies and groups that worked on the bill’s passage.

The now RPPL 9-57, the law earmarked 10% of Alcohol  and Tobacco Tax to the National Coordinating Mechanism for Prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD), to implement measures and guidelines for NCD prevention programs. Read more

UK Undecided on Sugar Tax

NHS chief to introduce sugar tax in hospitals to tackle UK obesity crisis - The NHS plans to impose its own sugar tax in hospitals to help tackle the “national sugar high” increasingly ruining people’s health, the service’s boss reveals. Simon Stevens also urged ministers to take radical action against obesity, including forcing food firms to strip sugar out of their products, as part of an unprecedented assault on bad diet. Read more

Unilever boss warns UK against sugar tax - Paul Polman says the tax is ‘not the holy grail’ and there is little evidence around the world such a levy can actually tackle Britain’s obesity crisis. The boss of Unilever, one of the world’s biggest food manufacturers, has warned that a sugar tax will not solve Britain’s obesity crisis and said it is “too simple” as a proposal. Read more

Childhood obesity strategy delayed further, government admits - Campaigners say delay in publication is ‘unforgivable’ and fear tax on sugary drinks will be rejected. The already delayed childhood obesity strategy will not be published until the summer, the government has said – and campaigners say it is unlikely to include a sugar tax. Read more
World Day for Physical Activity
Please register your event here.
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Yute Gym

Teenage Kicks - Yute Gym

The first phase of the Teenage Kicks Yute Gym programme which was established to counter overweight and obesity in the youth was a big success and phase two beginning in March will now accommodate up to 80 students.

Obesity in the youth is a growing problem with an estimated 35% of the 8-18 age group in Barbados being classed as either overweight or obese.

For more information and details of registration please contact the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados on 246-437-3312.
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Latest
Are you part of the 84%...???
84% of deaths in Barbados is now attributed to chronic non-communicable disease.

SALT - Sodium Chloride (NaCl)
The salt we usually eat provides our body with two essential minerals which are Sodium and Chloride.

Read more from the Heart & Stroke Foundation newsletter here.
Gates Foundation announces “Grand Challenge” for Cervical Cancer Screening
Gates Foundation announces “Grand Challenge” for Cervical Cancer Screening

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced the 17th round of Grand Challenge Explorations, including a challenge to improve cervical cancer screening at scale. Read more
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NCD Alliance e-Alert
  • Coming soon! New NCD Alliance website
  • NCD Alliance's Strategic Plan 2016-2020 launched
  • Palau Earmarks 10% Tobacco-Alcohol Tax to Fight NCDs
  • NCD Alliance joint submissions to Habitat III Consultation
Read more

From the NCD Alliance Weekly Digest

NCDs News
  • WHO: Experts wrap up workshop on cancer registries in Brazzaville read more
  • Lancet: Infection risk in elderly people with reduced glycaemic control read more
  • BioMed Central: American Heart Month – tackling heart disease read more
  • BioMed Cantral: What your gut bacteria can tell you about type 2 diabetes read more
  • BioMed Central: Can we target cancer’s ‘super-controller’? read more
  • WEF: Did we just get a small step closer to curing cancer? read more
Risk Factor News
  • World Bank: Campaign Art: The salt you can see read more
  • PLoS: Looking toward the future of diabetes prevention with Dr. Sanjay Basu read more
  • NEJM: Cost of Smoking among Homeless Adults read more
  • BMJ: UK: New ‘Quit 16′ campaign tells smokers’ stories read more
  • BMJ: Systems thinking is essential for responding to obesity (and much else) read more
  • BMJ: Nicotine replacement therapy—the evolution of an evidence base read more
  • WEF: Is this a possible link between diabetes and sleep? read more
  • WEF: The global bike sharing boom: why cities love cycling schemes read more
  • BioMed Central: The alcohol harm paradox – why are the poor at increased health risk? read more
  • New York Times: Lung cancer death rates in the province surrounding Beijing has increased more than 4X in the last four decades read more
  • American Journal Public Health: Evaluation of the Evidence Base for the Alcohol Industry’s Actions to Reduce Drink Driving Globally read more
  • Action on Sugar: Shocking amount of sugar found in many hot flavoured drinks 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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