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May 12th - May 18th 2018


The 71st World Health Assembly (WHA)
Walk the Talk: The Health for All Challenge

Walk the Talk: The Health for All Challenge
The 71st World Health Assembly  will be held in Geneva next week from the 21-26 of May.  On Sunday May 20th, the Walk the Talk: The Health for All Challenge will kick off the week packed full of deliberations particularly important for the NCD community in light of the upcoming 3rd High Level Meeting on NCDs in September.   Ministry of Health Officials from across CARICOM are expected to attend including representatives of Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Suriname.
HCC President Sir Trevor Hassell, Executive Director Maisha Hutton, Board Member Dr. Karen Sealey and Technical Advisor Professor Alafia Samuels will be attending this year’s WHA with the primary aim of advocating for high-level CARICOM representation at the HLM3 and raising the profile of priority issues such as childhood obesity.
HCC/HSFB NCD Youth Advocate Daniel Alleyne
HCC/HSFB NCD Youth Advocate Daniel Alleyne (Centre)
The HCC team will also consist of HCC/HSFB NCD Youth Advocate Daniel Alleyne. With the support of NCD Child, Daniel, will be sharing his journey with overweight and high blood pressure at a side event Changing the Story: Creating a New Obesity Narrative hosted by the World Obesity Foundation, the World Economic Forum, NCD Child and other partners. Daniel will also be participating in the NCD Child WHA Townhall: The Next Generation & NCDs - a conversation with Dr. Sania Nishtar, co-chair of the WHO Independent High Level Commission on NCDs.

For more information about the WHA including the provisional agenda, the preliminary journal and a calendar of events visit the WHO WHA webpage or the NCD Alliance WHA webpage
Join the HCC and our partners NCD Alliance and NCD Child on Sunday May 20th for the Walk the Talk: The Health for All Challenge. No matter where you are you can say #EnoughNCDs and get active. Young people across the Caribbean are joining the #youthwalkthetalk to show their voice matters.
Listen to the voices of some of our young people including Daniel, who will be moving on Sunday May 20th!
We call upon all young people to create your own videos and share these 

WHO Senior Advisor for HLM3 Appointed for CARICOM!

Senior Advisor for HLM3 Dr Karen Sealey
Newly appointed WHO Senior Advisor for the 3rd HLM of the UNGA on NCDs, Dr. Karen Sealey (left) pictured at the recent HCC/WDF Caribbean NCD Forum alongside Dr Victor Coombs and Dr Beatriz Champagne
The HCC welcomes the appointment of Dr. Karen Sealey as WHO Senior Advisor for the 3rd HLM of the UNGA on NCDs in 2018. This is a major win for the CARICOM region and will strengthen and advance the HLM3 preparations significantly in lead up to the HLM3. Dr. Sealey comes with a wealth of experience having played this role for the 1st UN HLM on NCDs in 2011.

Dr. Sealey will be stationed in New York where she will provide technical support to the CARICOM Ambassadors and Permanent Representatives to the UN, guiding their inputs to the negotiations for the outcome document to ensure the integration of CARICOM NCD priorities.  In this role, Dr. Sealey will collaborate with PAHO and key partners to assist the Ambassadors in maximising the participation of CARICOM Heads of Government at the HLM3. Dr. Sealey is on the Board of Directors of the HCC and the convenor and member of the Steering Committee of the Trinidad and Tobago National NCD Alliance.  
HCC Caribbean Civil Society HLM3 Priorities
HCC Caribbean Civil Society HLM3 Priorities
A dedicated UNHLM resources web page has also been setup here.

World Hypertension Day May 2018 

World Hypertension Day 2018
May 17th was World Hypertension Day, an awareness day to support the efforts to prevent, detect and control hypertension. The theme this year was "Know your numbers", with the aim to raise awareness about high blood pressure.

Hypertension or High Blood Pressure (HBP) is when your blood pressure, which is classified as the force of the blood flowing through your blood vessels, is consistently too high. Certain hereditary and physical traits and lifestyle choices can put you at a greater risk for developing high blood pressure. Some of the hereditary and physical traits which are risk factors for hypertension include family history, age, gender and race. Lifestyle choices or modifiable risk factors include a lack of physical activity, an unhealthy diet, particularly one high in sodium, and being overweight or obese.

HSFB World Hypertension Day - Know your numbers
CARPHA Media Release for World Hypertension Day

May Measurement Month

May Measurement Month
The International Society of Hypertension (ISH) and the World Hypertension League (WHL) have joined the artillery of interventions aimed at increasing awareness about hypertension. Centred on May 17th, World Hypertension Day, the ISH & WHL are committed annually to May Measurement Month; a project aimed at recording 25 million blood pressures internationally! There are over 40 countries that are part of the month-long project and Barbados will be represented in the project again this year.
May Measurement Month
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados (HSFB), the Barbados Defence Force and the Faculty of Medical Sciences (FMS) recording blood pressures for May Measurement Month
The local project manager is the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados (HSFB) and will be executed in collaboration with the Barbados Defence Force and the Faculty of Medical Sciences (FMS), Cave Hill campus, Barbados.
Governor General of Barbados
Governor General of Barbados, Her Excellency Dame Sandra Mason (right) gets her blood pressure checked by Lance Corporal Dadrian Brathwaite, as President of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Barbados, Dr. Kenneth Connell looks on
Governor General of Barbados, Her Excellency Dame Sandra Mason took the lead yesterday, by having a blood pressure screening event hosted at her official residence at Government House, in celebration of World Hypertension Day. Her staff also joined in the initiative.
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Barbados Today: Eye on hypertension
CARICOM Today: Hypertension: not a disease to take lightly
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Childhood Obesity

Anguilla Launches 'Move Ya Body' Campaign Website

The Ministry of Health has commenced implementation of the recommendations from the STEPS Survey report. The Chronic Disease Unit in collaboration with the Department of Sports and other partners has embarked on a National “MoveYaBody” Campaign.
The campaign will span a six months period from May to October and there are several components aimed at addressing the two primary risk factors associated with Non Communicable Diseases which are poor consumption of fruits and vegetables and physical inactivity. 

The campaign website is packed full of useful tips and information on how to get moving, check it out below.

Cancer Support Services 7th Annual Conference Survive Alive - Saturday July 7, 2018 - Registration is Now Open 

Cancer Support Services 7th Annual Conference
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Denmark, Trans Fat Ban Pioneer: Lessons for Other Countries

Denmark, Trans Fat Ban Pioneer: Lessons for Other Countries
Denmark pioneered the banning of industrially-produced trans fats in food in 2003, becoming a trailblazer for other European governments determined to protect their public’s health from this heart disease-causing threat.

"We currently have seven countries in the European region that have a legal ban on trans fat. And it all started with Denmark," said Dr. João Breda, head of the WHO European Office for Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases.
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Read more about WHO 'REPLACE Trans fat-free by 2023'. REPLACE provides a six-step action package for the global elimination of trans fat. Read more

Gender and NCDs: Benign Neglect in the Face of a Gaping Window of Opportunity

Gender and NCDs
NCDs are finally having their moment. Diabetes is very much in the public eye from Dhaka to Dakar, the global ‘epidemic’ of obesity is currently the subject of numerous television shows, the row over sugar sweetened beverage taxes and alcohol unit taxes the stuff of parliamentary debates and public information and misinformation battles. 

With so much public and political attention on NCDs, 2018 could be a turning point in societal and political approaches to the epidemic. In September the United Nations will host a High-level Meeting on NCDs. Dr Tedros, the head of WHO, has invested considerable political capital in the event, among other things by launching a high-level independent Commission to make recommendations to inform the negotiations on the meeting’s Political Declaration. Expectations are understandably high.
“Yet against this backdrop of cautious optimism, one issue must give cause for concern – the deafening silence on the issue of gender in the discussion.”
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Short Survey: Which NCD Groups Do You Work With?

Prevnt20 Survey
The theme of this year’s World No Tobacco Day is tobacco’s impact on cardiovascular health. For Prevent20, it’s a reminder that the policies we support to reduce tobacco-related cancer also help to reduce tobacco-related cardiovascular, lung, diabetes, and a host of other diseases. We share the same goal.

By collaborating with other non-communicable disease organizations, such as heart, lung, and diabetes, we can amplify our message and create a strong, unified voice to advocate for tobacco tax. In this survey, we are assessing the extent to which you are already collaborating with these organizations and to evaluate whether Prevent20 can help to support these efforts.  Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey.
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Key Messages From Our Publications
HCC Advocacy Priorities for the 3rd UNHLM on NCDs Outcome Document
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HCC Publications

Preparing CARICOM Ministries of Foreign Affairs for the 3rd UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs and Beyond
Preparing CARICOM Ministries of Foreign Affairs for the 3rd UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs and Beyond: a briefing note contribution from civil society
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The Caribbean NCD Forum – Technical Document
The Caribbean NCD Forum – Technical Document: Supporting national and regional advocacy in the Caribbean in the lead up to the 3rd UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs in 2018
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The NCD Alliance
  • Just days until WHA71: Take a deep breath!
  • NCDA welcomes WHO package to eliminate trans-fats
  • Saving lives, spending less: new investment case for NCDs
  • World Hypertension Day: WHF takes stock of progress
  • UNIATF Award nominations extended until 31 May
  • Innovative financing and investment to promote health
  • Diabetes leaders explore progress and next steps
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Forthcoming Events

Barbados Association of Palliative Care Conference

Arms of Compassion
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 at the Radisson Hotel, Aquatic Gap, St. Michael.
For more information contact: Ms. Deiann Sobers – 418-6915/234-9196 or Email:
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World No Tobacco Day, 31 May 2018

World No Tobacco Day
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The 3rd Annual Caribbean Nutrition Conference

Hosted by the Caribbean Institute of Nutrition & Dietetics (CIND) at the Hilton Barbados from June 6 - 8th, 2018
Garden To Plate
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5th Annual Medical Conference & Community Outreach Program

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CARPHA 63rd Health Research Conference

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The 5th Biennial 2018 Science of Global Prostate Cancer

November 7 - 10th, 2018 at the University of Ilorin, Nigeria.
Call for Abstracts
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Caribbean Cardiology Conference 2018

Caribbean Cardiology Conference 2018
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World Cancer Conference 2018

World Cancer Conference 2018
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World Congress of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Health

World Congress of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Health
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