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The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

April 15th - April 21st 2017

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HCC Signs MOU With University of the West Indies Open Campus

HCC signed an MOU with the University of the West Indies Open Campus (OC)
On Tuesday April 18th, the HCC signed an MOU with the University of the West Indies Open Campus (OC). The three year programme of collaboration will harnesses the organisations’ collective experiences and resources, through joint implementation of programmes and projects on capacity building, organizational development and technical assistance.  The emphasis will be on: development and delivery of educational programmes focused on NCDs; “insertion” of NCDs into relevant current academic programmes of the OC; hosting of joint regional NCD meetings; and the conducting of virtual NCD lecture series and webinars.

Since the HCC was formed some 9 years ago it has established a significant relationship with faculties and departments of health of the UWI; and members of staff, in particular of the Chronic Disease Centre, have played important roles in many of the programmes and activities of the HCC.  The special relationship now being established between the HCC and the Open Campus - a non-health section of the UWI recognises that tackling the epidemic of NCDs goes well beyond health, requiring the empowerment of people, which the Open Campus seeks to do based on its Guiding principle that the high-quality university education, research and services available at the Open Campus should be open and available to all people who wish to reach their full potential inside and outside of the Caribbean region

The relationship initiated today reflects the HCC’s strategic priorities of accountability, advocacy, capacity development, communication and sustainability, and provides a platform for these priorities to be given meaningful effect by the Open Campus across its 44 physical sites in 17 English Speaking Caribbean countries.  HCC President, Sir Trevor Hassell, commented that it was his 'personal aspiration that the initiative will serve as a regional “game changer” in the prevention and control of NCDs.'
 
In her remarks, Principal of the UWI Open Campus, Dr. Luz Longsworth, noted: ’this relationship seeks to ensure that the message that reduction and elimination of NCD’s is crucial to our development is sent out throughout the region and penetrates the consciousness not only of medical practitioners and related health fields but of  every man, woman and child in our communities across the region.  We feel that as the University moves towards its new Strategic Plan for 2017-2022 which speaks to “Revitalizing Caribbean Development”, there is no better way to Re-vitalize our people than through ensuring healthy lifestyles that will enable a productive, happy and energized work force.’
Related Press Coverage:

HCC Civil Society Action Plan 2017-2021: Preventing Childhood Obesity in the Caribbean 

Community Consultation - Seeking Feedback on the Draft Action Plan
Preventing Childhood Obesity in the Caribbean 
Dear HCC Civil Society Members,

As the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) continues to partner with key stakeholders in government, civil society, private sector, and development organisations/agencies to address NCD prevention and control in the Caribbean, we are pleased to share with HCC civil society members our draft 'Civil Society Action Plan 2017-2021: Preventing Childhood Obesity in the Caribbean’. 

We are currently conducting an open consultation seeking feedback from our partners across the region.

The Action Plan will guide HCC in the area of childhood obesity prevention over the next five years. It will also provide a framework for national CSO led action in this area in support of the national response to this emerging epidemic.  

If you are interested in participating in this consultation and providing valuable feedback please let us know by emailing Maisha Hutton at maisha.hutton@healthycaribbean.org.

The deadline for feedback is Friday 28 April. 
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Sir Trevor Hassell Calls for an Increase in ‘Sweet Tax’

Sir Trevor Hassell Calls for an Increase in ‘Sweet Tax’
President of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC), Sir Trevor Hassell, is of the view that the ten per cent tax imposed on sugar-sweetened beverages needs to be increased.

While acknowledging that it is a useful first step in the fight against non-communicable diseases (NCDs), he expressed that the levy implemented by Government, two years ago, was not “a significant one”.

In his 2015 budget speech, Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler cited Barbados as being “on the verge of a national crisis with regards to persistent health problems associated with NCDs”, as the impetus for the tax. It was applied to local and imported beverages that contain high calorie sweeteners, such as soft drinks, juice drinks, sports drinks and fruit juices.
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Related Publications
he Implementation of Taxation on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages by the Government of Barbados
HCC Brief: The Implementation of Taxation on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages by the Government of Barbados.
This policy brief provides an overview of the approaches used by the Barbados Ministry of Finance in the adoption of sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) taxation. Read/download
Fiscal policies for diet and the prevention of noncommunicable diseases
WHO publication: Fiscal policies for diet and the prevention of noncommunicable diseases. 
To address the increasing number of requests from Member States for guidance on how to design fiscal policies on diet. WHO convened a meeting of global experts in fiscal policies.
Read/download

Stroke and Dementia Risk Linked to Artificial Sweeteners, Study Suggests 

Stroke and Dementia Risk Linked to Artificial Sweeteners, Study Suggests 
Consuming a can a day of low- or no-sugar soft drink is associated with a much higher risk of having a stroke or developing dementia, researchers claim. Their findings have prompted renewed questions about whether drinks flavoured with artificial sweeteners can increase the risk of serious illness, as heavily sugared drinks have already been shown to do.

“Drinking at least one artificially sweetened beverage daily was associated with almost three times the risk of developing stroke or dementia compared to those who drank artificially sweetened beverages less than once a week,” according to the American researchers who carried out a study published in Stroke, the journal of the American Heart Association.
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The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Outlines Steps to Help Prevent Heart Disease

Signs of Heart Attack in Men
Fiona Armstrong HSFB CEO
Chief Executive Officer of the Heart and Stroke Foundation Fiona Anthony said "A healthy lifestyle is the key to reducing cardiovascular disease. There are certain elements that lead you to be at risk that yiu can change such as family history, age or gender. But there are other risk factors that people can change. Ae can significantly reduce our risk by eating healthy, exercising regularly and getting regular medical check-ups so that you know your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose numbers"
She also emphasised the importance of recognising the signs of heart attack and stroke, and acting quickly.

Senior Medical Officer with responsibility for Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) Dr Kenneth George reports that NCDs are the leading cause of ill-health and death in Barbados' adult population, and cardiovascular disease heads the list.

Barbados records on average at least one heart attack per day and three strokes every two days.

Read the full article here (or download the PDF here).

The Pacific Islands Learning from HCC Experiences

Getting National NCD Commissions Up and Running
The work of the HCC has has reached the Pacific Islands!

In a quarterly newsletter recently published by the FCA Pacific Island Countries - Framework Convention Alliance the Healthy Caribbean Coalition report on National NCD Commissions 'Getting National NCD Commissions Up and Running' was featured.
 
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Diabetes Association of Barbados 42nd Anniversary

Diabetes Association of Barbados
The Diabetes Association of Barbados will be celebrating its 42nd Anniversary with a Church Service at the True Tabernacle Holiness Church, Halls Land, Bank Hall, St. Michael, on Sunday April 30th 2017 at 10.30 am. All members of the general public are welcome to attend.

Governments Should Do All They Can to Encourage Commuters to Cycle or Walk

Governments Should Do All They Can to Encourage Commuters to Cycle or Walk
Physical inactivity increases the risk of many diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and some cancers. Many adults are not attracted to sports and other leisure time physical activities but may be motivated to integrate physical activity into their everyday lives. Commuting by walking and cycling are such activities. In Denmark, cycling is embedded in the national culture for two reasons: it is easier to navigate cities by bicycle than by car, and taxation on new cars is punitive.
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Recent HCC Publications

The HCC Strategic Plan 2017 – 2021
The HCC Strategic Plan
2017 - 2021
Read/download
Civil Society Led Tobacco Control Advocacy in the Caribbean
Civil Society Led Tobacco Control Advocacy in the Caribbean 
Read/download
See All HCC Publications

Cancer and Depression Drugs Could be ‘Repurposed’ to Cure Dementia, Study Finds

Cure Dementia
A new study has sparked fresh hope for dementia sufferers after two existing drugs were found to help reduce the impact of degenerative brain diseases in mice. Researchers found drugs originally designed to treat depression and cancer could be “repurposed”, reducing brain shrinkage and restoring protein production.

The study, published in Brain: a journal of neurology, could now pave the way for a clinical trial in humans to see if the results could be replicated.
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Related Press Coverage:
Alzheimer's Society: Teaching old drugs new tricks
Alzheimer's Society: Two existing drugs can block cell death in mice with neurodegeneration
Alzheimer's Research UK: Drugs found to prevent brain degeneration in mice

Recorded Childhood Cancers Rise by 13% Worldwide, Study Finds

NCD FREE
NCDFREE returned back to Melbourne earlier this month to launch the Innovation Incubator. We were delighted to come home and engage with over 150 students from Melbourne University, Deakin University, Monash University and a new generation of leaders from health and beyond.

The 4 workshops showcased the wide variety of activities and concepts which NCDFREE has developed and championed since 2013, specifically focusing on the diverse communication and advocacy tools used to engage young professionals and students in the topics of NCDs and Global Health. 
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5th Latin American and Caribbean Conference Tobacco or Health

5th Latin American and Caribbean Conference Tobacco or Health
EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE - JUNE 2, 2017
Register online before June 2, 2017 to take advantage of discounted rates to attend the 5th Latin American and Caribbean Conference Tobacco or Health, which will take place on June 13-16, 2017 at the Radisson Hotel in Montevideo, Uruguay. Registration and hotel information can be found at www.tobaccoorhealthlac.org . The conference will have simultaneous English-Spanish translation.
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Mental Health Gap Action (mhGAP) Virtual Course 2017

Deadline for enrolment April 27th
Mental Health Gap Action (mhGAP) Virtual Course 2017
The purpose of this program is to enhance the capacity for early detection and management of mental health problems in Primary Health Care networks. This is to be done by improving the knowledge, skills and attitudes on the topic of mental health, as well as supporting actual practice change and integration to accommodate mental health into primary care practices.

This 22-week tutor-based course is scheduled to take place from May 22nd until October 30nd.  The call for applicants will be open online on the Virtual Campus Portal (www.campusvirtualsp.org) until April 27th.
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NCD Alliance Webinar - Wednesday 10 May

NCD Alliance Webinar
The NCD Alliance will be holding their next webinar on Wednesday 10th May from 10:00–11:30 EDT // 16:00 – 17:30 CET. The webinar will focus on preparations for the 70th World Health Assembly, together with other current topics. A more detailed agenda will be available in the coming weeks.
 
In addition, we invite our participants to submit questions prior to the webinar by emailing info@ncdalliance.org in advance. Participants will also be able to send questions and feedback during the webinar.
Register here

Cancer Support Services 6th Annual Conference

Registration is now open
CSS 6th Annual Conference
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62nd CARPHA Annual Health Research Conference

62nd CARPHA Annual Health Research Conference
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AC3 Conference 2017

AC3 Conference 2017
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CMPPA 4th Annual Medical Conference & Community Outreach Program

CMPPA 4th Annual Medical Conference & Community Outreach Program
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Caribbean Cardiac Society - 32nd Caribbean Cardiology Conference - Early-Bird Registration Open

Caribbean Cardiac Society
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Make your plans early to attend the 2017 Caribbean Cardiology Conference which will be held July 19 22, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Accommodation booking and early-bird registration are now open! Read more
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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 65 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.

To join the HCC email us at hcc@healthycaribbean.org
The work of HCC would not be possible without core funding from Sagicor Life Inc
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