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April 7th - April 13th 2019


The Trio of Climate Change; Failure to Feed Ourselves With Failure to Eat What We Grow; and Crime, Violence and Illicit Drug Use, Represent an Existential Threat to Our Country, Intertwined As They Are With the Threat Posed by NCDs.

Sir Trevor Hassell HCC President
Sir Trevor Hassell HCC President and Chairman of the Barbados National NCD Commission giving his remarks at the BNR's Tenth Anniversary Extravaganza (Photo: BNR Facebook)
BNR’s Tenth Anniversary Extravaganza, Saturday 9th March, 2019, Moving Toward a Healthier Nation, Trevor Hassell.
Sir Trevor Hassell, HCC President and Chairman of the Barbados National NCD Commission, recently made remarks at an event in Barbados where he raised alarm bells: The trio of climate change; failure to feed ourselves with failure to eat what we grow; and crime, violence and illicit drug use, represent an existential threat to our country, intertwined as they are with the threat posed by NCDS. Effective addressing of these four issues will beyond any other determine the future health of the nation.  
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The Third Meeting of the Barbados Childhood Obesity Coalition

Barbados Childhood Obesity Coalition
Participants at the third meeting of the Barbados Childhood Obesity Coalition
The third meeting of the Barbados Childhood Obesity Coalition, lead by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Barbados took place on Friday 12th April, 2019. Young people, health professionals, nutritionists, communication experts, faith-based organisations, educators, advocacy experts, all in one place to move Childhood Obesity Prevention in Barbados forward.

The meeting was supported by the HCC as part of our commitment to support the establishment and strengthening of national coalitions around obesity prevention. The HCC team was in attendance including newly appointed youth advocate Pierre Cooke Junior who will be working HCC Youth Advocate and HSFB Champion Krystal Boyea and other young people to lead a youth sub committee within the coalition. 
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Health Minister Deyalsingh Launches ‘TT Moves’

TT Moves
TT Moves Launched
Terrence Deyalsingh, Trinidad and Tobago Minister of Health (Photo: TT Newsday)
TT Newsday: Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh announced the launch of TT Moves, a national health and wellness initiative which he as minister has overseen from conceptualisation right up to the launch.

Minister Deyalsinh, announced the launch in his address on the occasion of World Health Day 2019. “As we observe World Health Day, I invite you to join us as we initiate TT Moves, a national health and wellness movement that will galvanize action by all towards a health revolution in Trinidad and Tobago. TT Moves is part of the regional effort, Caribbean Moves,” Deyalsingh said.
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Commit to Change: Health Week Launched in Bermuda

Public Health Week in Bermuda
Small changes, big results: Elizabeth Lira, of the Athletic Club, takes part in a kickboxing exercise at the Launch of Public Health Week in Bermuda (Photo: Blaire Simmons)
Bermuda Royal Gazette: The benefits of regular exercise to maintain good health were highlighted at the launch of Health Week in Bermuda last week. Exercise sessions which included Zumba and cardio kick boxing were showcased at the launch event in Hamilton’s Union Square.

People were also encouraged to drink more water and got the chance to sample different flavours of fruit-infused water. Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health, said 'Bermuda had to respond to an increased incidence of non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer'.
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HCC Civil Society Action Plan 2017-2021: Preventing Childhood Obesity in the Caribbean - Webinar Series

Building Advocacy Capacity for Childhood Obesity Prevention in CARICOM
Childhood Obesity: Time for a New Narrative
The HCC is pleased to announce the first webinar series in support of the Civil Society Action Plan 2017-2021: Preventing Childhood Obesity in the Caribbean titled “Building Advocacy Capacity for Childhood Obesity Prevention in CARICOM”. This series consists of webinars intended to build the capacity of civil society organisations (CSO’s) and other key stakeholders advocating for and implementing childhood obesity prevention policies in the region.

The series highlights policies that encourage the creation of healthier food environments including healthy school policies, front-of-package warning labels and taxation on sugar-sweetened beverages. The series also aims to build advocacy capacity for the promotion of physical activity among children and adolescents through the creation of active communities and countries. The webinars will showcase the experiences and lessons learned from obesity prevention advocates and highlight good practices in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies aimed at reducing childhood obesity and overweight in the Caribbean.  

This webinar series begins on April 25th ,2019 with a webinar titled “Childhood Obesity: Time for a New Narrative”.  
Childhood Obesity: Time for a New Narrative
Register here
Other webinars in this series include:
  • Building Nutritional Literacy: The PAHO Nutrient Profile and Front-Of-Package Nutrition Labels
  • Healthy School Policies
  • Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Taxation
  • Physically Active Individuals, Communities and Countries
Individual webinar details will be released as the series progresses.

All webinars are facilitated by UWI Open Campus using Blackboard Collaborate.
If you have any questions or for more information, contact

Human Chain Formed to Celebrate World Health Day

Human chain in solidarity of World Health Day in Barbados
Human chain in solidarity of World Health Day in Barbados
(Photo: Barbados Advocate)
Barbados Advocate: Barbados joined others around the globe to form a human chain as a symbol of commitment to bridging gaps and working collaboratively towards universal health coverage.

The Chain, which stretched from the 50th Independence Anniversary National Monument - led by the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) and the Ministry of Health and Wellness, was in observance of World Health Day 2019, under the theme “Universal Health, Everyone, Everywhere”
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A similar event took place in Antigua in support of World Health Day 2019.
Human chain in support of World Health Day in Antigua
Human chain in support of World Health Day in Antigua
(Photo:Antigua and Barbuda Ministry of Health Wellness and the Environment)
Published in Bahamas Newspapers 13 April 2019
Published in Bahamas Newspapers 13 April 2019

The Task Force on Fiscal Policy for Health Calls for Increase in Excise Taxes on Tobacco, Alcohol and Sugary Beverages

Increase in Excise Taxes on Tobacco, Alcohol and Sugary Beverages
Bloomberg Philanthropies: The Task Force on Fiscal Policy for Health, created to address the growing global burden of noncommunicable diseases, including heart disease, cancer and diabetes, today released new findings showing that over 50 million premature deaths could be prevented if countries implemented tax increases large enough to raise product prices of tobacco, alcohol and sugary beverages by 50 percent over the next 50 years. The Task Force-commissioned analysis, published in the report “Health Taxes to Save Lives,” found that the impact of these taxes, projected to yield over US$20 trillion in revenue, would be highest in low- and middle-income countries, where consumption and associated healthcare costs and productivity losses are growing.
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Discussions on Managing Conflict of Interest in NCD Prevention and Control in the Caribbean

Discussions on Managing Conflict of Interest in NCD Prevention and Control in the Caribbean
Lake Health and Wellbeing Blog: This is a two-part blog written by Abi Begho of Lake Health and Wellbeing, who on 26th and 27th March 2019, joined representatives from across the Caribbean in attending the Healthy Caribbean Coalition’s workshop on conflict of interest (CoI). This event had a special focus on conflict of interest in non-communicable disease (NCD) prevention and control in the Caribbean.

Part one provides some background to conflict of interest.

What is Conflict of Interest?

The World Health Organisation describes conflict of interest as:
“…circumstances where there is potential for a secondary interest to unduly influence, or where it may be reasonably perceived to unduly influence, either the independence or objectivity of professional judgement or actions regarding a primary interest.”

They also explain that:
“The existence of conflict of interest in all its forms does not as such mean that improper action has occurred, but rather the risk of such improper action occurring. Conflicts of interest are not only financial but can take other forms as well.”
Read Part One
Part two provides highlights from the Health Caribbean Coalition’s(HCC) conflict of interest meeting.
Discussions on Managing Conflict of Interest in NCD Prevention and Control in the Caribbean
The HCC’s CoI meeting was a two-day regional event held on 26th and 27th March 2019 that had a focus on conflict of interest in the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the Caribbean, and the overall aim of the meeting was to begin to build regional capacity to identify and manage conflict of interest.

The meeting started with an interesting and insightful look at regional experiences of CoI from both civil society and the public sector. From civil society, we heard from the Heart Foundation of Jamaica, the HCC and the Trinidad and Tobago Heart Foundation, and from the public sector, we heard from representatives from the Ministries of Health in Antigua, the Bahamas and Jamaica.
Read Part Two

Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Appoints Michelle Daniel As Their New CEO

Michelle Daniel
Barbados Today: The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados (HSFB), the leading cardiac and stroke organisation in Barbados, has appointed a new CEO to lead the organisation into a very exciting time of advocacy in the health sector. She is Michelle Daniel. Mrs Daniel assumed office on April 1, 2019, and will join the Board of Directors in propelling the vision of the organisation as it fights the incidence of non-communicable diseases in Barbados. She comes to the helm of the organisation with a high level of competence in marketing, human resources management and small business development.
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Jamaica State Minister Terrelonge Urges Children to Safeguard Their Health

National School Moves Day
Photo: Jamaica Observer
Jamaica Observer:  Jamaica - The nation's children are being encouraged to take steps to safeguard their health. This urging comes from State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Alando Terrelonge, who noted that a significant number of people are falling victim to unhealthy lifestyles.
He contended that if children resort to taking care of their bodies, they will practice healthy living during adulthood.

“What we want our young people to do, is understand the importance of treating [their bodies] right. Love your bodies, because the life that you are saving is your own,” the state minister said. He was the keynote speaker at the official launch of National School Moves Day at Eltham High School in St Catherine on Friday April 5.
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World Obesity Convenes High-Level Stakeholder Meetings

World Obesity Convenes High-Level Stakeholder Meetings
In March, World Obesity convened a series of stakeholder meetings on the global obesity agenda including childhood obesity, the Global Syndemic, food systems and the investment case.

Experts included HCC President Sir Trevor Hassell, patient advocates from the USA and Africa, and colleagues from Nigerian Obesity Society, UNICEF, WHO, Australian Obesity Collective, Obesity Canada, NCD Alliance, Mexico SaludHable, WCRF, and India Health Alliance. All of whom shared initiatives and made commitments to common efforts.

Join the New HCC Facebook Group

HCC Facebook Group
We have now created a Healthy Caribbean Coalition Facebook group in order to make sure you are seeing more of our content, especially the content shared by other CSOs in the region. The group, which you can join here will allow you to control when you see our content, rather than relying on the Facebook feed which has become less reliable in terms of alerting people to new content.

The Group will help ensure you are seeing more HCC content and will give you the opportunity to share content directly with others who are interested in a heathy Caribbean. You will still be able to share content from the page and you can still go to our Facebook page, where we will still share more curated content.
To make it easier to be notified about our group content, you can set notifications on Facebook to see the page’s content via your Facebook notifications. To do this, join the page and be sure to highlight the notifications option just below the cover picture of the group. Be sure to set it to all posts so you will see everything. If that becomes too much, you can change to highlights.

For additional instructions click here.
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Preparing an Individual for Blood Pressure Measurement

Preparing an Individual for Blood Pressure Measurement
Childhood Obesity Prevention Scorecard

The American Heart Association Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine Data Grant Portfolio

Closing Date for Applications 30th July 2019
AHA Grants
Grants are open to applicants outside the U.S., Training Grant applicants must hold at least a bachelor’s degree, Clinical Training Grants are for recent medical school graduates. Fields of study using bioinformatics, code development, and scientific community development are welcome.
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New Funding Opportunity from the LINKS Initiative

LINKS initiative
 Photo: Links Global Community
A New funding opportunity from the LINKS initiative is now available. Led by Resolve to Save Lives, for those interested and working on cardiovascular disease prevention. Grants awarded this year are focused on managing high blood pressure, reducing salt intake and eliminating trans fats.
In order to access the grant website you need to become members of LINKS, which you can be easily done here: 
The new call for applications ends in 15 June 2019.
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Please Help to Monitor the Health of Caribbean Schools

My Healthy Caribbean School (MHCS) is an initiative of the HCC which provides students, teachers and parents with the opportunity to monitor the school environment with a focus on nutrition and physical activity.
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The NCD Alliance


In this edition:
  • Call for case studies: Health workforce for NCDs
  • Bad diets responsible for 11 million premature deaths 
  • Women outlive men: where and why
  • Join April webinar - Spotlight on mental health & air pollution
  • Funding opportunity for NCD service integration
  • Joint consensus conference on obesity stigma at WCITD
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UICC Advocacy Network - April Update

UICC Advocacy Network - April Update
In this issue:
  • UN High-level Meeting (HLM) on UHC – let us know your priorities  
  • Have your say: Cervical cancer elimination strategy
  • Share your story: NCD Alliance looking for case studies on health workforce
  • Looking ahead: Planning for the World Health Assembly
  • Last chance to submit proposal for a SPARC grant
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Forthcoming Events


Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Polo Fundraiser

Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Polo Fundraiser
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Back in T&T for Tea


The Trinidad and Tobago Heart Foundation Go Red for Women High Tea and Fashion Show

The Go Red campaign reminds women of the need to protect their heart health, inspiring them to make a change because 1 in 3 women, worldwide, will die from heart disease – unnecessarily. Join the TTHF for an inspiring evening to raise awareness for women's heart health! Sunday 9th June 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, tickets are available now! Cost: $350.00.
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CARPHA Health Research Conference - Primary Health Care : Current and Future Models for the Caribbean

CARPHA Conference
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Our Publications
CTA Beyond the Call to Action
CTA Beyond the Call to Action –  Towards School Policies in Support of Childhood Obesity Prevention
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Childhood Obesity Prevention Obesity Fact Sheets – intended to serve as tools to support civil society advocacy 
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