The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

August 27th - September 8th 2016


Caribbean Wellness Day 2016
Healthy Children, Healthy Environments

Caribbean Wellness Day 2016

HCC Calls for Legislation to Ban Marketing of Fast Foods and Junk Foods in Caribbean Schools

A Message from the HCC President
Sir Trevor Hassell


On this Caribbean Wellness Day 2016 and in the lead up to the 30th Meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) on September 23-24, 2016 and against the background of unacceptably high rates of overweight and obesity amongst our children; The Healthy Caribbean Coalition calls on Caribbean regional governments to urgently enact policies and legislation that provide Healthy Environments for Healthy Children.

There is increased evidence of the adverse and unhealthy impact of the offerings of fast food restaurants on children and young adults (Centres for Disease control and Prevention (CDC) 2015 National Centre of Health statistics on ‘Caloric Intake From Fast Food Among Children and Adolescents in the United States, 2011–2012’). The impact of unhealthy food environments driven by various factors including globalisation and the export of western fast food giants is evident throughout most of the world and increasingly in low and middle income countries, including the Caribbean, leading to overweight and obesity rates among children as high as 30%. Children who are overweight or obese may develop serious medical problems in childhood including Type 2 Diabetes and high blood pressure. Obese children are more likely to become obese adults and adult obesity is associated with increased risk of NCDs including heart disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and cancer. The Caribbean has experienced a major shift in dietary patterns fuelled largely by increased consumption of imported ultra processed foods and an expanding home grown and international fast food industry (thanks to the liberalisation of trade and investments allowing international companies to open fast-food franchises in emerging markets worldwide including the Caribbean). This development necessitates an assessment of the financial and health impact of fast food restaurants on the health and development of children and adults in the Caribbean. Read more

More on Caribbean Wellness Day 2016

This year the focus for Caribbean Wellness Day 2016 is on Children with the supporting theme “Healthy Children in Healthy Environments”

The CARICOM Heads of Summit on Chronic Diseases in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, September 2007, established Caribbean Wellness Day. Caribbean Wellness Day (CWD) is observed every year on the second Saturday of September. Inaugurated in 2008, CWD is an annual event which provides an opportunity to increase the awareness of the non-communicable diseases (NCDs) burden in the Caribbean; mobilise and strengthen public, private, and civil society partnerships for NCDs; promote multi country, multisectoral activities in support of wellness; and showcase national and community level activities to promote healthy living and encourage residents to develop good health practices. Read more on the CARPHA website here.

Find out more information relating to Caribbean Wellness Day and get some interesting fact sheets and NCD Action Guides from the Port of Spain Declaration Evaluation website here.
Message from Shandera A. Smith President Caribbean Association of Nutrition and Dietetics (CANDi) - Creating Healthy Food environments for Children
Shandera A Smith President CANDi
Imagine a world where a child can choose a mango over a honey bun, cherries instead of candies, carrots instead of chips and water instead of soda. Wouldn't it be exciting for a child to throw a tantrum if a parent/guardian didn't give them their vegetables at meal times? Wouldn't it be great if children would protest when their parents stop to purchase dinner at a fast food restaurant more than twice weekly? Wouldn't it be fantastic if children would only purchase lunch from vendors who offer wholesome, delicious and nutritious breakfasts and lunches? Read more
Third General Assembly (GA) of the HCC 

All HCC members are invited to attend this virtual meeting at which voting will be restricted to “Organization Members (Caribbean Health NGOs), being a chronic non-communicable disease (NCD) Caribbean based non-governmental health organisation" as outlined in the by-laws.
Please find below the meeting agenda. The minutes of Second Official Meeting of Members (Second General Assembly July 2014) are available here
1.  Welcome & Introductions
2.  Approval of Minutes from 2nd General Assembly of the HCC
3.  Chairman’s Report
4.  Treasurer’s Report
5.  Executive Director's Report
6.  Election of Directors
7.  Appointment of Auditors
8.  Any Other Business

The Barbados Cancer Society Presents – Sagicor Globeathon Barbados

The Barbados Cancer Society Presents – Sagicor Globeathon Barbados
Awareness Walk and 5K Run
Come support the Barbados Cancer Society’s annual Globeathon 5K Walk and Run and join in our fight to end Below the Belt Women’s Cancers!! Register Now or find outMore about the Event!

One Cause
The mission of the Globeathon is to increase awareness of women’s cancers, address disparities, and transcend barriers (i.e. ethnic, racial, political, geographic, financial, cultural and religious) through educational outreach and global community engagement.

Globe-athon To End Women’s Cancers
Globe-athon is the only international movement focused on the prevention and early detection of all gynecological cancers including uterine (endometrial), cervical, ovarian, vaginal and vulvar. The movement to end women’s cancers is supported by international gynecologists, gynecological oncologists and doctors, as well as gynecological cancer survivors. During its second annual effort, Globe-athon will occur during four weeks in September with hundreds of events and educational seminars throughout the world. Read more

Sagicor Educates Youth on Nutrition and NCDs

Nutritionist Ms. Kimberley Rudder
Nutritionist Ms. Kimberley Rudder, conducted a session on Nutrition and NCDs, facilitated by Sagicor at the Barbados National Sports Council Summer Camp. Sagicor elected to coordinate a session on nutrition because they firmly believe that it is important to teach young people about the benefits of healthy eating and active lifestyles, in order to prevent chronic non-communicable diseases. If the youth begin to practice good habits as early as possible, we will have a healthier adult generation in the future. These budding young sportsmen of tomorrow were an ideal group to learn how their food choices can make a difference in their wellness and performance. For the past three years Sagicor has worked with the National Sports Council to include these sessions in the programme.

Reusable Grocery Bags Promotion in Antigua and Barbuda Following Ban on Use of Plastic Bags

On July 1st, 2016, Antigua and Barbuda started its ban of single use plastic grocery bags. They join a movement to ban or tax single use plastic bags that involves many countries, states, and municipalities including much of Hawaii, Los Angeles, Chicago, the Netherlands, Italy, China, and others. Antigua and Barbuda’s commitment to this issue sets an example that even smaller nations with small economies can prioritize the environment.

With the plastic bag in full effect, members of the Ministry of Health including the Minister of Health the Honourable Molwyn Joseph, gave out free reusable bags to members of the public as part of a promotion to encourage their use.

Important Notice - The 62nd Annual CARPHA Health Research Conference - April 27th - 29th, 2017 in Guyana

The 62nd Annual CARPHA Health Research Conference will be held in Guyana from April 27th to April 29th, 2017.

The theme for 2017 is ‘Climate Change, the Environment and Human Health”, however, CARPHA will also accept quality research papers in all priority health areas (e.g. NCD, HIV, Health Systems, etc.). 
Climate change, the environment and human health comprises topics such as food and vector borne disease, food and waste security, transportation, natural and environmental disasters, global threats, waste management, air quality, noise pollution, structural hazards etc. The Call for Papers Deadline is November 1st 2016.
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CARPHA Basic Research SkillsTraining Workshop

12th -14th October 2016, The Grand Royal Antiguan Hotel Beach Resort, Antigua and Barbuda The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), will conduct a Basic Research Skills Training Workshop on 12th-14th October 2016 in Antigua and Barbuda. This workshop precedes the Caribbean Nurses Organization (CNO) 30th Biennial Conference. Read more

The Unrecognizable Face of Stroke

The Unrecognizable Face of Stroke
Although stroke risk increases as one grows older, the stroke rate for children, adolescents and young adults has been on the rise. In a recent study released by the Journal Of the American Heart Association, researchers found that among people under the age of 45, there has been a sharp 14 percent increase in the rate of stroke. Just ask Tracie-Ann Jessamy and Eneko Nicholls, who both suffered a stroke in 2014 at ages 42 and 24 respectively They were both generally healthy at the time, although Eneko had been in a car crash ten years prior. Doctors have assumed that Eneko's two strokes were caused by medication that he was taking to symptoms from the injuries that had sustained during his accident, but these findings have not been conclusive. Read more

#LancetYouth Twitter Chat - Our future

#LancetYouth Twitter chat - Our future: a Lancet Commission on adolescent health and wellbeing - Thursday 15 September 2016. In May 2016, the Lancet released ‘Our future: a Lancet Commission on adolescent health and wellbeing’ to shed light on the unparalleled challenges the 1.8 billion adolescents across the globe are now facing. Beyond sharing compelling data on the state of adolescent health, the report also emphasized the critical need to engage and empower young people as major investors in their own health and the health of all adolescents. The report findings were shared globally, and in the run up to the 71st UN General Assembly (The Sustainable Development Goals: a universal push to transform our world), we hope to advance the conversations around adolescent health. Specifically, now is the time to raise the voices of adolescents who truly can transform our world.

Join the Twitter chat on September 15, 8am BST/5pm AEST with the adolescent health experts behind the #LancetYouth Commission. Have questions you’d like to ask? Submit them to or ask them during the chat using the hashtag #LancetYouth.
World Heart Day 2016

Women’s Cancers in the Americas

Circulation Journal from the AHA
Breast and cervical cancer are leading killers of women throughout the world. In most of Latin America and the Caribbean, breast and cervical cancer are among the most common causes of death for younger women. Both diseases are preventable or curable if diagnosed and treated early, yet responses have been fragmented, missing the tremendous opportunities for collective, hemispheric action agrees countries, disciplines, governmental and non-governmental actors, academia, clinicians and civil society. The University of Miami is hosting Women’s Cancers in the Americas: Strategies for Synergy to initiate strategic dialogue to identify synergies that can be extended throughout the region.  Read more
The Best of ASCO Meeting
The Best of ASCO Meetings present the foremost research and strategies in oncology that will directly affect patient care. On average, the meetings attract 200 attendees per location and are easy to navigate because all sessions are held in the same room.

The inaugural meeting for the Caribbean was held in 2013 in Barbados and was a success with prominent guests in attendance, sponsored by hospitals, clinics, insurance companies, banks, pharmaceutical companies, medical suppliers, and tourism companies from the Caribbean, the US, and Canada. The conference has been held in San Juan in 2014 and 2015 as a more centralized location and has grown to attract attendees from the US, UK, Caribbean, and Latin America. Read more

The Inaugural Caribbean Cancer Survivorship Conference 2016

The Inaugural Caribbean Cancer Survivorship Conference 2016
Date: Friday 21st October, 2016
Venue: The Southern Academy of Performing Arts (SAPA), San Fernando, Trinidad
Time: 7:30 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
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Ireland Set to Introduce Sugar Tax in Budget Due to Obesity Concerns

Ireland Set to Introduce Sugar Tax in Budget Due to Obesity Concerns
Ireland's Minister for Finance Michael Noonan is to announce a sugar tax in next month’s budget but may delay the implementation of the levy for a year until 2018.

Senior sources in Government have said they expect Mr Noonan will make good on the commitment in the Programme for Government to introduce a new tax on sugar-sweetened drinks.

It will follow similar moves in the UK, which has also delayed the take-up date for the new tax until 2018. Read more

Research Validates Effectiveness of Arogya's Innovative mDiabetes Program

Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables
Exciting Results of mDiabetes Adds to mHealth Evidence Base. Arogya World's mDiabetes has shown exciting results: 40 percent more people improved their health behaviors as a result of receiving texts about diabetes prevention. The study was published this week in the Journal of Medical and Internet Research.
mDiabetes sent twice-weekly text messages to a million people in India advising them to exercise, eat less fat, and eat more fruits and vegetables. The first to use the power of mobile to fight diabetes. Read the press release here.
The Rise of Diabetes in India--and What We Can Do About It
New video by Arogya World discusses diabetes prevention in India watch here.
Preventative Medicine Conference
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Latest
At 12 Years....
The young lady’s name is Aerin Ewing-Chow decided to donate what she earned during the summer as a baby-sitter to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados.

Do we have Food Standards?
Think about what is in your food... 

Read more from the Heart & Stroke Foundation newsletter here.
Diabetes Discourse

Smart Hospitals Toolkit

A practical guide for hospital administrators, health disaster coordinators, health facility designers, engineers and maintenance staff to achieve Smart Health Facilities by conserving resources, cutting costs, increasing efficiency in operations and reducing carbon emissions.
The Caribbean region is prone to a wide variety of natural hazards and at risk from the impact of climate change, putting the safety of health facilities at risk when damage to structural and non-structural elements leave the facilities unable to function. At the same time, health care facilities are also leading consumers of energy, with a large environmental footprint. Health care facilities are ‘smart’ when they link their structural and operational safety with green interventions, at a reasonable cost-to-benefit ratio.
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Mortality and the Causes of Death

Vaping May be as Harmful to Heart as Smoking

Vaping May be as Harmful to Heart as Smoking
The health risks of using e-cigarettes remain murky due to a lack of conclusive research, but scientists who conducted a recent study on the devices’ possible heart effects are warning they may be “far more dangerous” than previously thought. In fact, vaping may pose the same harms to the heart as smoking tobacco cigarettes, The Telegraph reported. The research, presented in August at the European Society for Cardiology congress in Rome, found the habit adversely impacts the main artery of the heart. Read more

Ontario Fast-food Labels Could Cause Women to Gain Weight, Public Health Advocate Says

Fast-food Labels Could Cause Women to Gain Weight
Fast-food chains across Ontario will soon display the number of calories for each menu item, but a public health advocate says the labelling could actually lead women to make unhealthy decisions. 'I was shocked': Why health advocates want calorie counts on your menu and in your face. Food labels should include exercise needed to burn off calories, U.K. researchers suggest.

The rules, which come into effect Jan. 1, 2017, are part of the government's attempt to curb obesity and encourage healthier eating. Read more

Mediterranean Diet Better than Statins for Tackling Heart Disease - Study

Mediterranean Diet Better than Statins for Tackling Heart Disease - Study
Study finds people already suffering from heart problems are 37% less likely to die early if they eat a diet rich in vegetables, nuts and fish. The study followed 1,200 people with a history of heart attacks, strokes and blocked arteries over seven years.

Heart disease is better treated with a Mediterranean-style diet than cholesterol-lowering drugs, it has been claimed. A study found those who had a diet rich in vegetables, nuts, fish and oils were a third less likely to die early, compared with those who ate larger quantities of red meat, such as beef, and butter. Read more

Lancet: Interpretation of the Evidence for the Efficacy and Safety of Statin Therapy

This Review is intended to help clinicians, patients, and the public make informed decisions about statin therapy for the prevention of heart attacks and strokes. It explains how the evidence that is available from randomised controlled trials yields reliable information about both the efficacy and safety of statin therapy. In addition, it discusses how claims that statins commonly cause adverse effects reflect a failure to recognise the limitations of other sources of evidence about the effects of treatment.  Large-scale evidence from randomised trials shows that statin therapy reduces the risk of major vascular events (ie, coronary deaths or myocardial infarctions, strokes, and coronary revascularisation procedures) by about one-quarter for each mmol/L reduction in LDL cholesterol during each year (after the first) that it continues to be taken. Read more

The NHS has Banned Cigarettes and Should Ban Meat too - Both Cause Cancer

The NHS has Banned Cigarettes and Should Ban Meat too - Both Cause Cancer
The World Health Organisation ranks bacon, ham and sausages alongside smoking as a cause of cancer, placing processed meats in the same carcinogenic category as asbestos, alcohol and arsenic. The World Cancer Research Fund advises eating cured meats as little as possible - ideally not at all. And there’s persuasive evidence that, compared to a solely plant-based diet, eating meat shortens life and makes people sicker and fatter. Read more

UHC Day 2016 - Event Funding Application

UHC 12.12.16
On 12 December 2016, hundreds of organizations across the globe will mark Universal Health Coverage Day for the third time. We are excited to offer a limited number of grants to support the UHC Day events and activities of Coalition members. The application includes questions about your organization, your contact information, your event/activity proposal and your funding request.
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Job Vacancies

  • The InterAmerican Heart Foundation (IAHF) is seeking an Executive Director. Read more
  • The Heart Foundation of Jamaica has a vacancy for a Cardiovascular Technician.Read more
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NCD Alliance Newsletter
  • NCD Alliance advocacy briefing for #UNGA71 now available
  • Did you miss our September webinar? It's available online
  • WHO Europe launches new action plan for NCDs
  • Call for abstracts: Global Alcohol Policy Conference 
  • Updated letter to Habitat 3 co-facilitators
  • WHD campaign: Your heart powers your whole body!
  • FIC Argentina warns about growth of childhood obesity
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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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