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The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

August 12th - August 18th 2017

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Learning from Each Other: Barbados National NCD Commission Hosts the St. Lucia National NCD Commission/CARICOM NCD Commissions

The HCC and partners have been undertaking work in the region aimed at supporting the multisectoral response through the strengthening National NCD Commissions (NNCDCs) or their equivalents.  On the occasion of the CARICOM 38th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government in July 2017, the HCC committed to further support for the strengthening of NNCDCs in the region. Against this background the St. Lucia Ministry of Health and Wellness reached out to the HCC to coordinate a two-day observership with the Barbados NNCDC/Ministry of Health and the HCC.  
 
On August 17-18, 2017, Ms. Lydia Atkins, Alternate NCD Focal Point for the St. Lucia Ministry of Health and Wellness and a member of the recently formed St. Lucia NCD Commission, and Dr. Owen Gabriel, Consultant Oncologist, and Chair of the St. Lucia NNCDC, visited Barbados to meet with the Barbados NNCDC.  The St. Lucia NNCDC was initially established in 2013 and went into dormancy after serving a two-year term. In 2017 it was re-established with a new Chair and new membership and the mandate to enhance visibility of the National NCD Agenda in an effort to mobilise and strengthen public, private and civil society partnerships for reducing the NCD burden at the national level. The Commission has been given an agenda of accelerated NCD action that will place St. Lucia on a trajectory to bring the country closer to achieving the 2025 global NCD targets and the health related targets within the 2030 Agenda.  To achieve these targets there is a need to ensure that the Commission is adequately equipped to advance the work on NCDs.
The Barbados NNCDC has been one of the more successful CARICOM Commissions having been active for 9 years since inception in 2008 and with a strong track record of contributing to NCD prevention and control in Barbados at the national level. Dr. Gabriel and Ms. Atkins spent the two days meeting with various stakeholders including: HCC President, and Chairman of Barbados NCDC Sir Trevor Hassell, and Executive Director of HCC, Maisha Hutton; members of the Barbados National NCD Commission; and Dr. Kenneth George and Denise Carter Taylor Commissioners and representatives of the Barbados Ministry of Health. 

This is the first of its kind NNCDC observership between NNCDCs in the region. The HCC is honoured to have played a role and has committed to the further development of platforms and networks to encourage enhanced sharing of experiences and lessons learned across NNCDCs and their equivalents.
Dr. Gabriel and Ms. Atkins were pleased with the outcome of the visit and have already made follow up plans. Check out their video sharing perspectives on the trip below. 
Ms. Lydia Atkins and Dr. Owen Gabriel of the St. Lucia National NCD Commission
See more images from the meeting here.
News

Landmark Tobacco Bill Will Save Lives 

Director of Caribbean and Latin America Programmes – Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Patricia Sosa.
DIRECTOR of Caribbean and Latin America Programmes - Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Patricia Sosa said the landmark Tobacco Control Legislation passed by Guyana’s National Assembly is a historic step for the nation, and its assent by President David Granger will guarantee that the people of Guyana are protected from the devastating harms of tobacco use.

In a statement on Monday, Sosa argued that the Bill provides life-saving measures proven to reduce tobacco use including picture-based health warnings on tobacco packs, 100 percent smoke-free workplaces and public places and bans on all tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.
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'Fat but Fit’ People Still Risk Heart Disease, Experts Say

PAHO-WHO Hosts Ministerial Briefing on ‘Health in All Policies’ in the Bahamas
People who are overweight or obese are at increased risk of heart disease even if they appear medically healthy, experts are warning.

The work, in the European Heart Journal, is further evidence against the idea people can be “fat but fit”. The researchers studied health data on more than half a million people in 10 European countries, including the UK.

Normal blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels were no assurance of good heart health among obese people. After a follow-up period of more than 12 years, 7,637 of the people in the study had developed heart disease. Weight appeared to be a risk factor.
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Action Plan to Beat the Bulge

Action Plan to Beat the Bulge
The Barbados Ministry of Health has found itself between a rock and a hard place as it battles to control the worrisome weight of many school children who are getting more obese every year.

This, even after several schools have removed soft drink machines from their lunchrooms, mandated that cafeteria proprietors place healthier foods on their menus, allowed students to have bottled water at their desks and even introduced fruit days at their institutions.

The ministry has started the implementation of its special five-year action plan to reduce childhood obesity, but is facing massive challenges since large sections of the country’s powerful business sector still spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund programmes facilitated by the Ministry of Education, and soft drink manufacturers continue to resist reformulating their products, while creating a massive conflict of interest.

Senior medical health officer Dr Kenneth George, the man responsible for carrying out the action plan, revealed the issues facing the Ministry of Health as it attempts to get Barbadian children to consume fewer soft drinks, eat healthier foods, and exercise more.
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The Diabetes Association of Barbados Market Day

The Diabetes Association of Barbados Market Day
The Diabetes Association of Barbados will be having a Market Day at its Headquarters, Cnr. Jessamine Ave, Beckles Rd, St. Michael, on August 31, 2017, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. On sale will be a variety of fruits, vegetables and household items.

Career Opportunities

Programme Coordinator, Cardiac Disease Prevention and Rehabilitation - the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados (HSFB), is seeking to recruit a dynamic individual with experience in cardiovascular nursing or the cardiac rehabilitation field to join their team as Programme Coordinator, Cardiac Disease Prevention and Rehabilitation (CDP&R).

Part-Time Physician, Cardiac Disease Prevention and Rehabilitation - the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados (HSFB), is seeking to recruit a dynamic individual with previous experience in a cardiovascular rehabilitation setting to join their team as a Part-Time Physician, Cardiac Disease Prevention and Rehabilitation (CDP&R).
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The Secret Price Tag on Your Cola Bottle

The Secret Price Tag on Your Cola Bottle
A blog by Alessandro Demaio Medical Officer with the World Health Organization. when we pay for a cola, soda or any sugary drink, products we know are associated with weight gain, obesity and diabetes – we pay not one, but three times. Once with our dollars at the checkout, and twice more long after this initial transaction. It is these delayed payments that cause most of the trouble, as they lead to a problem called ‘market failure’. This is when the normal forces that define how much of the product is produced and importantly, how much of it we consume, become imbalanced due to unnatural manipulation.
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Lancet

Lancet NCD Publications

  • Development and validation of Risk Equations for Complications Of type 2 Diabetes (RECODe) using individual participant data from randomised trials. Read more
  • New risk equations for complications of type 2 diabetes are welcome, but a broader perspective is needed. Read more
  • Research digest: more cardiovascular outcome trials in diabetes.  Read more
  • The emotional journey of gestational diabetes. Read more
  • Glucose-lowering drugs: balancing risks and benefits. Read more
  • Eliminating asthma deaths: have we stalled? Read more
  • Trends in international asthma mortality: analysis of data from the WHO Mortality Database from 46 countries (1993–2012). Read more

How Can We Tell How Fat We Are?

How Can We Tell How Fat We Are?
BMI is an easy and straightforward tool used to screen for obesity and to gauge whether you should worry about your weight. Divide your weight (in pounds) by your height (in inches) squared, and multiply that number by 703. If the resulting number is 30 or higher, by American standards, you are considered obese. You're overweight if your BMI is between 25 and 29.9. If you're under 18.5, you are underweight. The "normal" range is 18.5 to 24.9. 

BMI is a free and easy way to get a gauge on obesity for research, but as doctors started using it for individuals, they noticed that it doesn't tell the whole story "Some people who are labeled overweight by BMI have a broader frame or more muscle," said Courtney Peterson, an assistant professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Department of Nutrition Sciences. 
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Cervical Cancer Prevention Webinars

Cervical Cancer Prevention Webinars
Two options: Wednesday, September 6 or Thursday, September 14

Join a panel of international experts for a 90-minute, animated discussion of the state-of-the-art of cervical cancer prevention in low-resource settings. These two webinars celebrate the publication of a new Supplement to the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, available here.

Wednesday, September 6
Convenient for Asia, and for Europe and Africa in the morning, 06:00 London / 8:00 Kampala / 10:30 Delhi / 13:00 Beijing / 22:00 (Sept. 5) Seattle. Featuring Dr. Dan Murokora, Dr. Partha Basu, Dr. Vivien Tsu, and Scott Wittet (moderator).
Register for September 6 webinar

Thursday, September 14
Convenient for the Americas and for Europe and Africa in the afternoon 07:00 Seattle / 15:00 London / 16:00 Lusaka Featuring Dr. Gina Ogilvie, Dr. Sharon Kapambwe, Dr. Ophira Ginsberg, and Scott Wittet (moderator). 
Register for September 14 webinar
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The Sour Side of Sweet

The New York City Health Department has a new media campaign and educational materials on the health dangers of consuming sugary-sweetened beverages. The drinks include soda, sweetened iced tea, sports drinks, energy drinks, fruit punch and other fruit-flavored drinks.
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Ban Alcohol from Supermarkets, Urges New Zealand Medical Authority

Ban Alcohol from Supermarkets, Urges New Zealand Medical Authority
The New Zealand Medical Association has called for a ban on selling alcohol in supermarkets, saying that having it next to groceries and food normalises a dangerous drug.

Wine and beer have been widely available in most supermarkets around the country since 1990, although spirits can be bought only in bars and off-licences.

The New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) said having alcohol in supermarkets normalised the drug, and made buying it cheap and easy - meaning people put a bottle of sauvignon blanc in their trolley alongside their bread, milk and toilet paper without a second thought.
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Call for Applications: Professional Development Award: Agriculture and Food Security

Deadline: August 28, 2017 

The Canadian International Food Security Research Fund(CIFSRF) is a 9-year, 2-phased program co-funded by IDRC and Global Affairs Canada to address global problems of food and nutritional insecurity through applied, inter-disciplinary, results-oriented research. This Professional Development Award (PDA) with IDRC’s Agriculture and Food Security (AFS) program offers an exciting opportunity for a doctoral level researcher to gain experience synthesizing research on a diverse portfolio of projects working to improve food security in Africa, Asia and Latin America. 

The PDA recipient (one position available) will undertake a 12 months paid program of research focusing on the development and implementation of cross-project learning on scaling up agriculture and nutrition solutions. The position is based in IDRC’s head office in Ottawa, Canada, within the Agriculture and Food Securityprogram. The recipient will work under the mentorship of a program officer. 

Have any questions? Contact afs@idrc.ca. Expected start date is September 2017.
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HCC Publications

The Implementation of Taxation on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages by the Government of Barbados
HCC/NCD Alliance Policy Brief: A Closer Look: The Implementation of Taxation on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages by the Government of Barbados 
Read/download
Sugar in the Caribbean Infographics
Sugar in the Caribbean Infographics 
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See All HCC Publications

World Heart Day 29 September 2017 

Share the Power
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AC3 Conference 2017

AC3 Conference 2017
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WHO Global Conference on Noncommunicable Diseases

Enhancing policy coherence between different spheres of policy making that have a bearing on attaining SDG target 3.4 on NCDs by 2030. Montevideo, Uruguay, 18-20 October 2017
WHO Global Conference on Noncommunicable Diseases
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IDF Congress 2017
The global diabetes community will again unite at the IDF 2017 Congress in Abu Dhabi, UAE, on 4-8 December 2017. The event will include more than 200 speakers, both world-renowned and newcomers, 230 national diabetes associations from 170 countries and high level participation from the Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD) and other health organisations.
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World Cancer Conference 2018

World Cancer Conference 2018
  • The five thematic tracks that will outline the 2018 Congress programme.
  • What is new?
  • Patient Group Pavilion Programme – call for best practice sharing
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NCD Alliance Newsletter
  • Make your voice heard! Share your views in our online consultation
  • WHO Consultations underway - add comments & be heard 
  • NCD Alliance Webinar - 22nd August 2017 
  • First World Lung Health Day - 25th September 2017 
  • Blog: One man, 441 people, & a community for healthy hearts 
  • Alcohol Policy Conference 
  • World Cancer Day launch 
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