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January 20th - January 26th 2018


CDB Grant Funded CSO Capacity Building Workshops Continue in the Bahamas

CDB Grant Funded CSO Capacity Building Workshops Continue in the Bahamas
The implementation of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) grant funded project to strengthen civil society organizations’ (CSOs’) contribution to childhood obesity prevention continued with a capacity building workshop in Nassau, The Bahamas, 22-24 January 2018.

The workshop was hosted by the Cancer Society of The Bahamas (CSOB), one of the five CSOs participating in the project. Thirty-four participants convened at the CSOB’s office in Nassau, and included CSOB volunteers; representatives from the Ministry of Health’s Department of Public Health and Nutrition Department; members of the Healthy Bahamas Coalition, a multisectoral entity that performs the functions of a national non-communicable diseases (NCDs) commission; physicians from the Princess Margaret Hospital and private practice; nurses and teachers working in the public and private school systems; lecturers and medical students from the University of the West Indies; and physical fitness instructors. While most of the participants were based in Nassau, New Providence, some participants travelled from Grand Bahama and Abaco to participate in the workshop.
CSO Workshop Bahamas
The Minister of Health, the Honourable Dr. Duane Sands, visited the workshop on the second day, and energized the participants with his factual, sometimes humorous account of the burden of obesity in The Bahamas. He noted that the country could not afford NCDs and childhood obesity, and highlighted the importance of taking steps to deal with cultural aspects of eating and physical activity, as well as perceptions of overweight and obesity. He suggested that the group of participants could become a nidus for a movement to tackle the problem and requested a summary of the actions being taken.
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World Cancer Day 4th February 2018

Cancer Day Webinar
Reduce the burden of cervical and breast cancer is a challenge in the Region of the Americas that requires the joint participation of health systems and civil society. 

The purpose of this seminar will be to disseminate knowledge and information on the prevention and control of women’s cancers and relevant advocacy initiatives in the region.

The webinar will take place Tuesday, 6 February 2018 at 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 pm, EST (Check here the time in your zone).

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Grenada Cancer Society - Cancer Awareness Seminar

Grenada Cancer Society Seminar
The Grenada Cancer Society (GCS) held a one-day seminar for members at the Coyaba Beach Resort on the 27th January 2018 from 8.30am to 1.00 pm. The seminar was designed to heighten cancer awareness and encourage participation in the activities of the GCS.

Topics covered included, Understanding Cancer – basic concepts, cervical cancer, Breast cancer, Prostate cancer and psycho-social issues in cancer care. Group work was focused on education, fund-raising and medical assistance for patients and families. Resource persons were drawn from the GCS, the General Hospital and St. George’s University School of Medicine.

NCD Alliance UNHLM Campaign Goals and Priorities

NCDA's HLM campaign goals and priorities released
This year the NCD community has a crucial opportunity to mobilise political leadership and new resources and action to improve the lives of people affected by NCDs worldwide: the 2018 UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs (UN HLM).

Seven years after the 2011 UN Summit on NCDs, which was followed by a UN HLM on NCDs in 2014, this year's third UN HLM allows for a critical review of progress achieved.

NCD Alliance has just released a briefing paper that aims to inform civil society and partners about the meeting. The paper is also a tool to guide advocacy at global, regional and national levels that will result in strong and effective commitments at the UN HLM.   
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Health Minister Commended for Setting Up Food Industry Task Force

Deborah Chen
The Heart Foundation of Jamaica is commending Minister of Health, Dr Christopher Tufton, for setting up the National Food Industry Task Force (NFITF) in 2017.

Executive Director of the Foundation, Deborah Chen, told a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) 'Think Tank' yesterday that the organisation is pleased with the work of the NFITF, on which a representative of the Foundation serves. Chen, who also spoke on the upcoming observation of Heart Month in February, pointed out that members of the task force are food industry stakeholders.

“These are the leading persons in their industry, and they are being encouraged to reformulate their products, not just in terms of sugar, but in terms of the nutrients,” she said.
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St Kitts and Nevis - Prime Minister’s Health Walk Returns

St Kitts Walk
The Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, the Honourable Dr. Timothy Harris will once again play a leading role in the fight against noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) when he leads a group of health-conscious citizens on an early morning walk along the length of Constituency #7, the area which he represents in the federal Parliament.

After a brief pause for the Christmas/Carnival season, Prime Minister Harris’s monthly health walks return this Saturday, Jan, 27. Saturday’s walk commences at the bus stop in Belle Vue at 5:30 a.m. and will take participants through the villages of Tabernacle, Mansion, Christchurch, Bourryeau, Lodge and Lodge Project before ending at the Ottley’s Hard Court.

Harris, who is the lead spokesman in the CARICOM Quasi Cabinet with responsibility for human resources, health and HIV matters, hopes his monthly health walks will continue to promote healthy living by residents and citizens, which in turn can lead to the overall reduction of NCDs in St. Kitts and Nevis.
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Improved Food Labelling Coming in Jamaica

Improved Food Labelling Coming in Jamaica
THE Government of Jamaica is moving to improve food labelling as part of the national focus on reducing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and promoting healthy lifestyle habits.

“Several comprehensive activities will be implemented to address food labelling and the food environment,” said Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton.

“These include standardised, understandable nutrition labels on all packaged retailed grocery foods and beverages,” he pointed out.

The minister's remarks came in a speech delivered by director of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and injuries prevention, Dr Tamu Davidson, at the launch of Heart Month at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston this week.
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Cancer Support Services PSA Testing

Cancer Support Services PSA Testing
Cancer Support Services held its first PSA Screening for 2018 on Saturday January 20 at their "Arborside", Belmont Road Office. 
The Charity would like to sincerely thank our committed team from Tech 9 Crime Prevention, Security and Bailiff Services, MediLab Services Inc., Tredia Rentals who donated the use of a tent and chairs to ensure the comfort of those gentlemen who were waiting to be screened. 
Sincere thanks to the 86 men who came out to be screened as well as our extraordinary volunteer team.

Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Call to CSO's

HSFB Call to Action
The non-profit organsiation Young Stroke, through their CEO Amy Edmunds, wishes to create a feature on Caribbean CSO's advocating for young people who have suffered from a stroke. The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados was approached and we would love to hear from any CSO's in the region working in this area to contribute to an on-line editorial. An example of the editorial focusing on Australia can be viewed at

Please express your interest by contacting Fiona Anthony, CEO HSFB on
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ASPIRE Foundation (Barbados) Inc. Hosts a Strategic Planning Retreat for the Breastfeeding and Child Nutrition Foundation (BCNF)

ASPIRE Workshop
ASPIRE Foundation (Barbados) Inc. hosted a Strategic Planning Retreat for the BCNF, who are a subgrantee on the HCC CDB funded grant on childhood obesity. The primary objective of which was to gather input from key stakeholders to aid in the identification of the strategic objectives, key initiatives and priorities for action over the next three-five years as well as the resources of carrying out these actions. 
The outcome of this one-day consultative workshop will feed directly into BCNF's Business Plan, Branding & Communications, HR and Fundraising strategies. 

The activities during the day included a Branding 101 presentation, reaffirmation of the vision and mission and identification of core values, strategic goals and activities. 

WHO Global Dialogue on Partnerships for Sustainable Financing of Noncommunicable Disease (NCD) Prevention and Control

WHO Global Dialogue on Partnerships for Sustainable Financing of Noncommunicable Disease (NCD) Prevention and Control
Copenhagen, Denmark 9-11 April 2018.

About the Global Dialogue
In preparation for the third High-level Meeting of the UN General Assembly on NCDs in 2018 (UN HLM3), the World Health Organization and the Government of Denmark will convene a Global Dialogue to include WHO Member States, development agencies, UN system organizations, and non-State actors to explore new ways to address the critical gap in financing for national NCD responses. The Conference will be supported by the World Diabetes Foundation, World Economic Forum, NCD Alliance, IFPMA and other non-State partners.
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The Startling Link Between Sugar and Alzheimer's

The Startling Link Between Sugar and Alzheimer's
A high-carb diet, and the attendant high blood sugar, are associated with cognitive decline.

In recent years, Alzheimer’s disease has occasionally been referred to as “type 3” diabetes, though that moniker doesn’t make much sense. After all, though they share a problem with insulin, type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease, and type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease caused by diet. Instead of another type of diabetes, it’s increasingly looking like Alzheimer’s is another potential side effect of a sugary, Western-style diet.
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HCC Timeline

From the HCC Archives

In January 2013 the HCC published it's first Strategic Plan, it was a blueprint for a civil society response to NCDs in the Caribbean.

The Strategic Plan was born out of a HCC lead NCD Prevention and Strategic Planning Workshop for Civil Society Organizations entitled Rallying for Action on NCD’s 2012.

The Strategic Plan 2017 - 2021 was published early in 2017.
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Key Messages From Our Publications
Sodium Adds Up
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Job Opportunity: Advocacy Coordinator, Jamaica and Barbados, Global Health Advocacy Incubator (Based in Kingston, Jamaica).

The Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI)
The Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI), a program of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK), provides strategic advocacy assistance on global public health issues in the area of obesity prevention, among others.

The Jamaica/Barbados Coordinator will have direct oversight of the project on-the ground in Jamaica and Barbados and will support in-country partners to carry out a coordinated advocacy campaign that ultimately leads to policy change. The Coordinator will report directly to the Director Obesity Prevention Programs at the GHAI in Washington, D.C. and will work closely with the GHAI obesity prevention team and partners on the ground.

This is a full-time coordinator position, will be based in Kingston, Jamaica and is a 12 month assignment with possible renewal. To apply for this position, please email a cover letter, including salary history and attach your resume to: and  The target date to hire is Feb. 1, 2018; however CVs will be accepted until the position is filled. 
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6th Annual Symposium on Global Cancer Research

Addressing Disparities, Locally and Globally
Satellite Event of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health Annual Conference. Thursday, March 15, 2018, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, New York Hilton – Midtown, 1335 6th Ave, New York, NY 10019
Call for Rapid Fire Presentation Submissions
Deadline: January 31, 2018, 11:59 pm
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HCC Publications

NCDs and Trade Policy in the Caribbean
NCDs and Trade Policy in the Caribbean
NCD prevention and control: Climate Change, NCDs & SIDS
NCD prevention and control: Climate Change, NCDs & SIDS  
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World Salt Awareness Week
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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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The NCD Alliance
  • NCDA's HLM campaign goals and priorities released
  • NCDA tracking NCDs-related items at WHO Executive Board
  • 'Enormous burden of human suffering': Lancet report 
  • Not alone in fighting NCDs
  • "Say Ahh" - Oral Health Day
  • Global conference on dementia
  • NCDs and the SDGs in Europe
  • 7th ISPAH Congress - Physical activity and health
  • NCDA is hiring! Membership and Partnership Officer
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