The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

April 29th - May 5th 2016


HCC Announces 3rd Grant for the Caribbean Civil Society Cervical Cancer Prevention Initiative (C4PI)

With the support of the Australian High Commission (TT) Direct Aid Program (DAP), the HCC is entering the third year of the Caribbean Civil Society Cervical Cancer Prevention Initiative (C4PI). The multi country initiative strengthens civil society capacity in the area of cervical cancer prevention and control in most vulnerable communities.  This year’s subgrant recipients are the Belize Cancer Society (BCS), the Cancer Institute of Guyana (CIG), and Groupe de Support Contre le Cancer (GSCC) in Haiti.
Cervical Cancer Prevention Initiative (C4PI)
The HCC is extremely pleased with impact of the C4PI since 2014 during which time over 2700 marginalised women have been educated and screened for cervical cancer by CSOs.  

Partnerships with key stakeholders including local Ministries of Health and other CSOs have been strengthened resulting in expanded programmes with greater coverage, less duplication and maximum impact.

The projects have been presented both nationally, regionally and globally as examples of CSO/public/private partnerships to prevent and control cervical cancer in low and middle income countries. 
A Closer Look at the Grantees

Groupe de Support Contre le Cancer 

This year we are pleased to be working with the Australian Direct Aid Program (DAP) again.  The C4PI will be expanding into Haiti where we are partnering with GSCC (whom we first met back in 2013 at our regional cervical cancer advocacy training workshop) and Equal Health International (EHI).   The project in Haiti aims to educate and screen 1,500 low income women living in rural communities. This will be achieved through training of 40 health care professionals who will conduct cervical cancer community sensitisation sessions. In partnership with local Ministry of Health and EHI, GSCC will be screening women using the HPV-DNA test.  
Groupe de Support Contre le Cancer 
Executive Director Gerty Surena
Executive Director Gerty Surena commented:

"The Groupe de Support Contre le Cancer is very thankful to AUS/DAP for giving us the opportunity to receive this grant through HCC's relation. This amount will help a great deal in our cervical cancer prevention program. We will be able to enlarge our already established one. As you know, mortality rate is increased with lack of knowledge of the disease, specially for women in the rural and vulnerable communities.
Certainly a lot of women with low income or disadvantaged will benefit from this donation in trainings, prevention, awareness and early detection.  The trained nurses and assistants will work under the close supervision of Dr. Vincent Degennaro of EHI. He will co-lead this important project. GSCC will be always grateful to the donors and is very happy to belong to such a great caribbean Coalition such as HCC."
Cancer Institute of Guyana (CIG)
The CIG was a grantee in 2014 during the first phase of the C4PI when they screened women in the hard to reach interior communities and produced a video documentary of their journey with the project (See the documentary video here). This year, in partnership with the Ministry of Health, CIG will continue to make cervical cancer education and screening available to indigenous and low income women in rural Guyanese communities.  Ms. Fiona Legall, General Manager of CIG, thanked the Australian Government Direct Aid Program and the HCC, on behalf of the Cancer Institute of Guyana, ‘We would like to specially thank the AUS/DAP through the collaborative efforts of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition, whose hard work, dedication and commitment in strengthening Caribbean civil society’s around cervical cancer prevention initiative programs has made it possible for us to achieve our second grant in order to continue to provide cervical cancer awareness and screening programs to other specific rural areas such as Regions 1, 7, 8 & 9 (Mabaruma, Bartica, Madhia and Lethem) respectively.’
Dr. Syed Ghazi, Director of Medical Outreach
Dr. Syed Ghazi, Director of Medical Outreach commented:

"This grant will help us to educate, empower and improve screening attitudes among Guyanese women (and men) in rural communities. Mr George Nellamattathil, Chief Executive Officer remarked on the importance of the project in the targeted regions, stating that it will: ‘…improve cervical cancer screening and treatment coverage among under privileged men and women in Guyana"
Guyana C4PI Documentary Video
Belize Cancer Society (BCS)
The BCS under the guidance of the HCC, and in collaboration with local counterparts successfully implemented “end cervical cancer initiatives” in 2014 and 2015. As a result, cervical cancer has gained the national attention of key stakeholders who are now partnering with the BCS to provide comprehensive prevention and control services to women, with particular attention to indigenous women and other women in rural communities in Belize. The BCS is a key partner in educating faith based organizations, teachers and parents on the HPV vaccine which has been added to the national vaccine schedule. Commencing in October 2016, HPV vaccines will be administered free of cost by the Ministry of Health to over 4,000 girls (ages 9-12) annually.  With support from the HCC, the BCS continues to play a key role in educating the community on non-communicable diseases and actions that can be taken to modify risk factors related to physical activity, healthy diets, and weight reduction.
BCS Community Outreach
The new grant for the 2016-2017 Cervical Cancer Prevention Initiative (C4PI), will build the capacity of nurses to manage the prevention and control of cervical cancer. Focus will be placed on education and empowerment of men and women in key communities, which will include HPV vaccine sensitization. Importantly, the grant will support initiatives to “screen and treat” and improve uptake of PAP tests of women in rural communities.

On behalf of the Belizean Community, we extend sincere gratitude to the Healthy Caribbean Coalition for having confidence in the Belize Cancer Society. We also thank the HCC for supporting our vision of having affordable, accessible, effective and efficient services to prevent and reduce sickness and death from cervical cancer in Belize.
The HCC is seeking a suitably qualified consultant to develop our ehealth/mhealth strategy.  

All interested parties kindly send a CV and cover letter to

Closing Date May 31st 2016.

Dr. Rosmond Adams Officially Confirmed as a Member of the GCM/NCDs Working Group on Health Education and Literacy for NCDs

Dr. Rosmond Adams is now officially confirmed as a member of the GCM/NCDs Working Group on Health Education and Literacy for NCDs.  His nomination was announced earlier this year (March 10th 2016 Roundup). Dr. Adams will attend the first Meeting of the Working Group on health education and health literacy for NCDs, entitles WHO global coordination mechanism on the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (WHO GCM/NCD) on 27-28 February 2017, in Geneva, Switzerland.

Dr. Adams said of his appointment:
Dr. Rosmund Adams
"It is indeed a pleasure to be selected to serve on the WHO GCM/NCDs working group on Health literacy.  As we all know NCDs are the leading cause of mortality and morbidity in our region. Small island states like St. Vincent and the Grenadines are faced with the burden of both NCDs and Communicable diseases such as  emerging diseases like Chikungunya and Zika. What is important to note is that NCDs can be prevented to some extent if the four basic risk factors are tackled. Given that chronic ill health is the leading global cause of death, having the necessary skills to make daily health-related decisions and the capacity to navigate the health-care system is paramount. Health literacy refers not only to the abilities of individuals but also to the health-related systems and providers of information within those systems.
Being on the GCM/NCD for health literacy will help me to advocate for the advancement of health literacy in the region since advancing health literacy is a global challenge and is tied to sustainable development. Thus if we are to make significant improvement in health in our region and in particular among CAROM member states emphasis must be placed on this topic. Literacy is essential for eradicating poverty, improving the socio-economic status of communities, reducing child and maternal mortality rates, curbing population growth, achieving gender equality and promoting sustainable development."

New, Sweeping Federal Rules Bar e-Cigarette Sales to Teens Younger than 18

The Food and Drug Administration, for the first time, imposed far-reaching regulations on e-cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products, barring sales of the items to anyone under 18 years old and requiring manufacturers to apply for government approval of their products. Federal health officials billed the new rules as critical to taming a "Wild West" atmosphere in which there is little control over — or even basic information about — the manufacturing, distribution and marketing of products whose popularity in recent years has boomed, including among middle and high schoolers. They argued the new regulations were necessary to protect young Americans from becoming addicted to nicotine and to inform adults about what exactly they are inhaling. Read more

Related Article: American College of Cardiology: FDA Releases Final Regulation Extending Authority Over E-Cigarettes, Other Tobacco Products

Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control Comments on FDA Regulations

Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control
The JCTC applauds the action by the FDA to monitor e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah tobacco and pipe tobacco, including barring the sales of the products to teens under 18 years old. This is an important step in regulating all products containing tobacco and/or nicotine. The FDA will be able to review and evaluate the safety of current products such as e-cigarettes and hookahs as well as new tobacco products not yet on the market and help prevent misleading claims by tobacco product manufacturers.  The added benefit is that the FDA can communicate the potential risks of tobacco and or nicotine products.

The Caribbean has seen an increase in e-cigarette and hookah use, especially among the youth. and some countries have moved ahead with regulations regarding e-cigarette use and sale. By virtue of the fact that tobacco smoke is released by the hookahs, the use of these water pipes is banned in public places in countries that have smoke-free laws. In 2013, as part of their tobacco control legislation, the Suriname Government banned the importation and sale of e-cigarettes under Article 13 of their lawn which states. “It is prohibited for everyone to import, distribute, sell or let sell electronic cigarettes”

When the Public Health (Tobacco Control) Regulations Jamaica 2013 were being drafted, the issue of e-cigarettes was noted. The First Schedule referred to the banning of smoking in public places and carried specific reference to electronic cigarettes. The definition of smoke included the smoke from electronic cigarettes:“ ‘smoke’ means inhaling or exhaling the emissions of tobacco and, includes so handling an ignited or heated tobacco product that it produces smoke or other emissions by any means, including by electronic means”.

In recognising the threat of e-cigarette use, as reported in the WHO report of the use of e-cigarettes, the Minister of Health in Barbados (October 2014)  announced that the Ministry is reviewing draft legislation to regulate the use of e-cigarettes .  

The JCTC urges member states to develop and implement tobacco control legislation aligned with the FCTC articles, and to include the newer types of tobacco and nicotine delivery devices in the laws.

World Health Day (WHD) Antigua

World Health Day Antigua and Barbuda
Valarie Williams (RN. CM) NCD Focal point, Ministry of Health and the Environment decribes the activities carried out in Antigua and Barbuda for World Health Day.

Despite a few challenges, WHD celebrations were a success. The media strategy used included radio and television appearances, visits to the community to give out fliers and speak with persons in the community in their homes, shops, on the block and on the playing field. Visits were also made to the school and community clinics in Grays Farm. The  feature address was given by Dr. Rhonda Sealey Thomas Chief Medical Officer in the ministry of Health, and who also declared the fiesta officially opened. The messages focused on the diabetes situation world wide with focus on the Antigua situation, and the importance of addressing the risk factors to decrease the impact of diabetes on the population.
Over 250 persons were screened. Referrals were made to the district clinics and private physicians for abnormal results. Foot care education and examination was an area that was sought after by the patrons of the fiesta. It must be noted that a large number of children attended and were screened. The children also spent time watching the video presentations on diabetes. Residents of the area voiced appreciation for the Ministry of Health bringing this activity to their community and requested that we return with similar initiatives. Supporting this event was the AUA whose doctors performed the patient evaluation and foot assessment under the supervision of Dr. Kannavarand, Dr. Raymond Mansoor. Nurse Almarie Coates Nurse Practitioner, also conducted some foot examinations.

Mount St. Johns Medical Center were represented by 3 senior and 2 junior Nurses and their Marketing coordinator represented and along with along with 10 student nurses from the Antigua and Barbuda school of nursing, they assisted with registration and screenings. Participation from Breast Friends, Antigua and Barbuda diabetes Association, the Zero Hunger Program, the Red Cross, Anjo Insurance (sponsors of  t -shirts, music and snacks for the fair), Substance Abuse Prevention Unit, all helped to make the fiesta a success. The zumbathon at Lions Den as a success, so to was the diabetes workshop at MSJMC conducted by the diabetes association for persons living with diabetes and their care givers.

NCD Alliance Activity Report 2015

NCD Alliance Activity Report 2015
Advocacy milestones, changing gears, listening & convening.
On the 5th May 2016 the NCD Alliance released its Activity Report for 2015. During 2015 the NCD Alliance drove forward an ambitious programme of work to maintain momentum on NCDs at global, regional and national levels. They celebrated achievements, convened NCD civil society representatives, and set solid foundations for supporting progress on NCD prevention and control in the post-2015 era.

In 2015 NCD Alliance celebrated an advocacy milestone with NCDs recognised as a sustainable development priority.

Thanks to the joint and concerted advocacy of our global network, NCDs were recognised as a priority in the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This was a long-term advocacy goal that NCD Alliance set out to achieve when formed in 2009. It has been a long journey, but in September 2015 it became a reality. This is a milestone that should not be underestimated. It has the potential to transform the NCD response in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), as well as to unlock new partnerships, capabilities and funding across the sustainable development community. However, the work starts now in ensuring these global commitments are translated into national action and implementation. Read more

Tobacco Control Key to Health and Profit

Tony Gale, MB, ChB, is a retired general practitioner, and former honorary director of the Tobacco Control Programme of the Barbados Cancer Society, 1985 to 2008. 

This is a response to articles in the media discussing the concerns of Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler about the urgent necessity of reducing recurrent Government expenditures, as well as the concerns of Minister of Health John Boyce about the high and unsustainable costs of our hospital and other medical services. A single measure, that is, legislation prohibiting the production, marketing and sale of tobacco products on the grounds that they are lethal, could be a remedy for both of these concerns. It would not be difficult to enforce such legislation; since only six per cent of males and one per cent of females in Barbados are tobacco smokers, and tobacco consumption is no longer socially acceptable in Barbados. Read more

Cancer Society of the Bahamas - Stride for Life Fun, Run, Walk 2016

Stride for Life Fun, Run, Walk 2016
The Cancer Society of the Bahamas will hold its 12th Annual Stride for Life Fun, Run, Walk under the theme LIFE, HOPE, LOVE, CARING, UNITY. Saturday, May 7th, 2016 (NASSAU), Start Time: 6AM sharp. Read more

CARPHA Conference Registration is Now Open

Research Conference to Focus on Family Health
The online registration form can be accessed via the following link: Register Now.

The deadline for early registration at USD 449.00 ends on May 23 thereafter the registration fee will be USD 499.00. Conference Flyer

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) NCD and CBHFA Healthy Lifestyles Module Workshop

The NCD and CBHFA Healthy Lifestyles Module workshop
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Community-Based Heath and First Aid (CBHFA) Healthy Lifestyles Module workshop held in Trinidad on April 26-28, 2016 was a success. The NCD workshop was led by the IFRC in collaboration with the HCC and the Caribbean Red Cross Health Network.

In attendance were 26 participants from 12 national societies including two from the Montserrat Red Cross (OSB). The workshop provided an interactive platform for the participants to learn about NCD`s from a different perspective, with opportunities for peer to peer and hands-on learning. Participants were given the chance to share the work their National Societies were engaged in around NCDs.  

The three days were packed with informative and engaging sessions that were led by trained professionals. The facilitators included Dr. Victor Coombs (HCC), Terri Rainey (Senior Economist and Policy Officer, FAO), Mark Mungal (Co-founder, Sport and Development Agency). Leading the majority of the modules were two CBHFA trained Red Cross facilitators (Donna Thomas, Elizabeth Connell). In the final session Salorne McDonald shared his experience of creating an NCD project in the Caribbean, tying together the information into a live example. The National Societies will now begin the next phase which includes developing NCD micro-action projects for implementation at country level. Stay tuned here for more on this regional initiative.

For more information please contact Vikki Ali, Programme Support Assistant at

Launch of New WHO/UNICEF/IBFAN Report:

Implementing the International Code of Breast-milk Substitutes in Countries: Time to Accelerate Action
Dr. Rosmund Adams
9 May 2016, 17:00 – 18:30 Geneva Press Club, 106, route de Ferney, 1202 Genève (followed by the film Tigers  until 20:15)  
WHO, UNICEF and IBFAN have the pleasure of inviting you to an evening of discussion on national implementation of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes and subsequent relevant WHA resolutions

Live webstream: here.

Copenhagen Long Lunch Wrap Up

Copenhagen Long Lunch Wrap Up
On April 17th, NCDFREE held the fourth edition of its Long Lunch in Copenhagen, Denmark. They invited 30 emerging and established minds representing health, business, journalism, communication, design and technology, architecture, marketing and human resource, to engage in the topic of mental health and suicide prevention. Read more
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Latest
Do We Fit?
This may be more correctly detailed as, HOW do we fit? This is the question we have been asked continuously, especially as an NGO.

5 Fruits | 5 Benefits
All helping you...  The Bajan Cherry - is the super fruit. It loads your body with your daily Vitamin C requirement with just 2 -3 cherries.

Read more from the Heart & Stroke Foundation newsletter here.
World Hypertension Day 2016
Watch ‘The Domino Effect’ video here (use #dominoeffect on Social Media)

American Heart Association

Activities planned leading up to World Hypertension Day:

Media  activities began April 17 and center around the World Hypertension League’s international goal of reaching 3 million blood pressure checks in the month leading up to World Hypertension Day, May 17.
Here are some of things that you can see and do:
  • Call to action: visit and hit the “I checked my blood pressure” button
  • Use #BPcheck in social media
  • May 5 – Measure Up/Pressure Down Day of Action will be a FB & Twitter Poll aligned with our “Check your pressure, Know your numbers” messaging
  • May 17 – AHA will announce the grand total of Blood Pressure checks over the past 30 days
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