The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

May 15th - May 21st 2015


HCC to Host Three Important Regional NCD Meetings

HCC Meetings June 2015
4th June 2015: Measuring and Engaging the Business Sector Response to NCDs - THE CARIBBEAN NCD PRIVATE SECTOR FORUM. The primary objective of the Forum is to provide an opportunity for senior business executives of the Caribbean to discuss how the private sector may implement and strengthen workplace wellness programmes and more effectively interact with government and civil society, in the response to NCDs. The Forum supports at the regional level the WHO GCM/NCD Working Group on how to realize governments’ commitments to engage with the private sector for the prevention and control of NCDs.
5th June 2015: Strengthening The Multi-Sectoral Response to NCDs in the Caribbean NATIONAL NCD COMMISSIONS. The goal of this meeting is to broaden the ‘whole of society’, multi-sectoral response to NCDs in the Caribbean through the strengthening of National NCD Commissions in CARICOM countries and the development of a NNCDCs implementation framework.
6th June 2015: Caribbean CIVIL SOCIETY Regional Preparatory Meeting - In preparation for the GLOBAL NCD ALLIANCE FORUM
The aim of the meeting is to gain consensus from Caribbean civil society around regional NCD advocacy priorities, in preparation for the Global NCD Alliance Forum: “NCD Advocacy and Accountability in the Post-2015 Era” to be held in November 2014.


Heart Foundation of Jamaica Hosts Go Red for Women High Tea event

Heart Foundation hosts Go Red for Women High Tea event
The Heart Foundation of Jamaica hosted its third annual Go Red for Women High Tea at the Terra Nova All Suite Hotel on Wednesday, May 13, to raise awareness to the second leading cause of death among women in the country.

Events, Sponsorship and Fundraising Manager at the Heart Foundation, Yasmine Salmon-Russell told Loop News that the event aimed to garner $1.5 million towards its island-wide heart screening programme.

See more photos here and further press coverage below.

CDC’s Response for Global Hypertension Control

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, has become a global crisis
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, has become a global crisis and is estimated to cause 9 million preventable deaths worldwide. Commonly referred to as the “silent killer,” hypertension often has no warning signs and is a leading risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attack and stroke.
Over a billion people worldwide have hypertension, yet a small fraction have the disease under control. Read more

The Heart Foundation of Jamaica suspends membership in the Council of Voluntary Social Services (CVSS)

Last year in the September 19 to 26 news round up the HCC reported on a situation in Jamaica regarding United Way accepting funds from the tobacco industry (Carreras - British American Tobacco). United Way had awarded Carreras for being the largest donor at an awards function.
The Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control had written to United Way pointing out the reasons why this situation was untenable and asked United Way to reconsider their policy in relation to accepting funds from this source.

The Heart Foundation of Jamaica had also written to the Council of Voluntary Social Services (CVSS) seeking clarification on their position in this regard.  The CVSS is a sister organization of United Way and is the umbrella group for NGO’s in Jamaica. The Heart Foundation of Jamaica along with other leading health NGO’s such as the Jamaica Cancer Society and the Diabetes Association are members of the health sector of CVSS. The  CVSS has the same CEO, secretariat, address and have some board members in common. Additionally, funds from United Way are used to support projects of CVSS members. Read more

More information on the The Tobacco Industry Lobbying to Cause Disease here.

Philip Morris International Files Suit Against Standardized Packaging Regulations in the UK

LAUSANNE, Switzerland--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 22, 2015-- Philip Morris International (PMI) today filed suit in the English High Court to contest the UK government’s recently introduced standardized packaging regulations for tobacco products. PMI is seeking a decision that the regulations — which impose a wholesale ban on logos and visual trademark elements and require all cigarette packaging to look the same — violate English and European Union law. Read more


HCC is asking it’s members to submit any tobacco control advocacy activities they have undertaken that have led to changes in programming and/or policy.

Blu Barbados a Fundraising Event for the Diabetes Association of Barbados

Blu Barbados a Fundraising Event for the Diabetes Association of Barbados

Sunday May 24th 3pm - 9pm,

Click here for more information.
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados News
Green Bananas...
They may lower your cholesterol
What is Blood Screening?
Blood Screening, this is a snap-shot of the current state of an individual's blood and a check point for anything that may be arising.
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Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Soccerama

Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Soccerama

NCD Alliance at the 68th World Health Assembly

NCD Alliance at the 68th World Health Assembly
Activities at the 68th World Health Assembly are now well underway. Read more

Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health

Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health
The zero draft of Global Strategy 2.0 for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents Health has been released and is currently open for comment. The revised strategy provides the platform upon which the Sustainable Development Goals agenda will be implemented and sets the movement toward investing in women, children, and adolescents between now and 2030. 

As NCD experts and child and adolescent health advocates, we strongly encourage your participation in Round 2. You can download the zero draft here.
  • Submit comments via email to
  • Complete the online survey with guided questions to submit you or your organization’s feedback. here
  • Tweet your thoughts using #EWECProgress and #Commit2Deliver, and tag @NCDChild in your post
  • Use the Consultation Toolkit to hold a consultation with your organization or group. here
  • Use the questions on page 13 of the Toolkit to help guide your own feedback or your organization’s feedback. here
  • Involve youth in the discussion by checking out the tools developed for youth engagement/

IDF launches WDD 2015 campaign at WHA side event

IDF launches WDD 2015 campaign at WHA side event
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is launching the World Diabetes Day (WDD) 2015 campaign on the occasion of the 68th World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva. Read more

Special Research Article on Health Policy: How Can We Strengthen Governance of Non-communicable Diseases in Pacific Island Countries and Territories?

Roger S. Magnusson and David Patterson
Pacific island countries and territories (PICTs) are some of the most geographically isolated in the world. Most have small populations and economies. In addition to the economic challenges that they face because of isolation and size are the risks of climate disaster and the challenge of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), including cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and tobacco-related diseases. This article builds on knowledge about the key features that characterise effective national responses to NCDs, as embodied in the World Health Organization’s Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases 2013-2020.
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Curbing global sugar consumption *CORRECTION*

This is a correction to the previously published World Cancer Research Fund International sugar policy brief, there was an error on page 3 - a 300ml can of cola contains 35 grams of sugar, not 53 grams as stated. A corrected version of the policy brief, Curbing global sugar consumption: Effective food policy actions to help promote healthy diets & tackle obesity, is now available here.
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From the NCD Alliance Weekly Digest

NCDs News

Continuing care for tuberculosis, diabetes and heart patients in earthquake hit Nepal read more
Lancet: Treating trade: the case for clinical engagement with regional trade agreements read more
PLoS: Emerging doctors call for action on global epidemic: non-communicable disease read more
BMJ: David Zigmond: “Curing” dementia—medical possibility or political rhetoric? read more
BMJ: Direct benefit of vaccinating boys along with girls against human papillomavirus read more
BMJ: Mrunalini Gowda: How can researchers meet community needs? read more
Global Health Now: Curbing Diabetes Vital to Controlling TB read more
Risk Factor News
Jamie Oliver launches global campaign for compulsory food education read more
WHO: PAHO/WHO urges more attention to blood pressure control read more
Lancet: Prevalence of behavioural risk factors for cardiovascular disease in adolescents in LMICs read more
BMJ: Tobacco industry lobbying undermines public health in Asia read more
BMJ: Evidence is insufficient to recommend e-cigarettes for quitting, US committee concludes read more
BMJ: UK: Many people in UK underestimate their weight; Problem drinking is rising among England’s well educated women; Policy to improve England’s diet has failed read more
Guardian: ‘Falling price of processed foods fuelling obesity crisis, research finds.’ read more
Guardian: My husband, Andrew Marr, had a stroke. Now I know it could happen to anybody read more
Wall Street Journal: Mexico Cracks Down on Junk Food in Schools read more
Take Part: Junk-Food Makers Lied: They’re Still Trying to Make Your Kids Eat Sugar read more

Lower Your Blood Pressure With These Exercise Tips

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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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