SDG UN Summit
The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

August 14th - August 20th 2015


…Towards a Trinidad and Tobago NCD Alliance

Dr Karen Sealey
On 30 July, 2015, Dr. Karen Sealey, former Special Adviser at PAHO/WHO, convened the inaugural meeting of the core stakeholders in the national response to NCDs to consider forming a Trinidad and Tobago NCD Alliance. Representatives from 7 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) participated; among them many Chairs/Presidents and Directors of respective Boards.
Greetings and words of encouragement were received from Ms Katie Dain, Executive Director, NCD Alliance; Sir George Alleyne, Chair Expert Group of the NCD Alliance and Sir Trevor Hassell, President Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC).

The sharing of information from each organization about the major accomplishments for the first half of 2015 and the key challenges faced in trying to achieve its mission, highlighted the commonalities of purpose among the organization in relation to NCD prevention and control and revealed several opportunities for synergy for more effective impact, especially for advocacy.

Informed about the roles of the NCD Alliance (Dr. Sealey), and the outcome of the recent regional meetings coordinated by HCC (Dr Victor Coombs), the meeting considered the trend in the formation of national alliances. It discussed what might be the focus of such an alliance in Trinidad and Tobago, the pro, cons and challenges. There was consensus that a TNT NCD Alliance would be valuable and should be formed and the participants agreed to meet on 27 August to discuss key elements for the strategic framework for the functioning of the TT NCD Alliance.

Dr Rohan Maharaj HCC Alcohol Policy Adviser

Dr. Rohan Maharaj
Dr. Rohan Maharaj is a Senior Lecturer in Family Medicine and a Fellow of the Caribbean College of Family Physicians. He coordinates the postgraduate program in Family Medicine at the Faculty of Medical Sciences, St. Augustine, which has trained over 100 family physicians. His main research interest has been mental health and chronic disease in the Caribbean primary care population.
Dr. Rohan Maharaj has been working with the Healthy Caribbean Coalition since early 2014, during this time he has been involved in many different projects across the region. A summary of his contribution to date are listed below.
  • Presentation and participation in the 2nd. PANNAPH meeting, Cartegena, Colombia
  • Presentation to the Caucus of Ministers of Health of CARICOM in Washington DC on the need for a culturally sensitive regional alcohol policy. This was accepted by the Caucus, with the decision to work on this proposal
  • Presentation and participation at the Meeting of Experts on Alcohol Marketing at PAHO offices, Washington DC and assistance in compiling report of meeting
  • Preparation of Policy Brief on alcohol marketing for the English Speaking Caribbean
  • Review of alcohol policy in the English Speaking Caribbean
  • Presentation at HCC Webinar on 'Alcohol Policy in English Speaking Caribbean'
  • 3 papers will be presented at June 2015 CARPHA conference in Grenada, including the review of alcohol policy in the ESC and the National Alcohol Survey of Households in Trinidad and Tobago (NASHTT) study
  • 4 papers submitted to the Global Alcohol Policy Conference (GAPC 2015) in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Working to make HCC the representative of the Global Alcohol Policy Alliance (GAPA) in the Caribbean
  • Currently working with an MPH candidate from Yale doing a qualitative study on experience of households to alcohol abuse by family members in Trinidad
  • Currently working with the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute and a delegation from the Ministry of Health in Trinidad and Tobago to promote the Ministry of Health National Alcohol Policy
Dr. Maharaj will be representing the HCC at the upcoming Global Alcohol Policy Alliance (GAPA) Conference in Edinburgh Scotland, October 7-9, 2015 ( The theme of the meeting is: Momentum for change: research and advocacy reducing alcohol harm. Dr. Maharaj will be presenting his work on alcohol policy in the Caribbean.


Teenage Kicks Project

Heart Foundation of Barbados Teenage Kicks Project
The Teenage Kicks Project is the first of its type in Barbados and an exciting one, geared to assist a cohort of youth between the ages of 8 and 19 who are at high risk of heart disease, by having diabetes, obesity or high blood pressure. The specific focus is tailored towards making an impact on the front line to combat their NCDs with an engaging prescriptive activity session. Through the  generosity of corporate sponsorship, conveners hope that the enrollment will grow by the time the start date of the programme which is on the Saturday 5th September from 9am to 10am at the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

After seeking a Doctors letter parents and guardians are invited to register students in advance by calling the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados on 4373312. Read more in the Heart & Stroke Foundation Newsletter.

Barbados Health of the Nation Report

Barbados Health of the Nation Report
The Caribbean is experiencing increasing levels of illness and death from noncommunicable disease (NCD) causes. Regional leaders pledged to combat this epidemic through increased surveillance and intervention, implementing healthcare policies and programmes across our countries. In Barbados, one of the Ministry of Health (MoH)’s initiatives has been the Health of the Nation (HotN) Survey, to provide information on the prevalence and social determinants of risk factors for lifestyle related NCD.
This will allow identification of potential targets for future interventions to improve prevention and control of these diseases in the Barbadian population.

Read the full Health of the Nation Survey here and the Policy Brief here.

Civil Society Registration for UN Summit Now Open

The Global Goals for Sustainable Development
Civil society organisations may now apply to register to attend the upcoming UN Summit to Adopt the post-2015 development agenda (25-27 September 2015). The application process is being run by the UN-NGLS, with a deadline to apply by this coming Monday, 24 August. Due to the very high volume of interest in the Summit, all organisations must meet a set of strict criteria established by the UN and submit very detailed information on participants. Upon submission, applications are subject to review and approval by a selection committee. Those selected to receive a registration will be informed by the UN by the end of the first week of September. Read more.

Gearing Up for Globeathon 2015 in the Caribbean

Globeathon 2015
Globeathon 2015
In New York City on September 7, a “Globe-athon Float” will take part in the West Indian American Labor Day Carnival Parade and are calling on folks to join us in this march on the parade route. It will have a motorcycle escort, survivors, patients, and health care providers handing out information, wristbands and stress balls and carnival models in full regalia. This parade is attended by up to 3,000,000 spectators and we are hoping that Globe-athon's message will be amplified even further with media coverage of the event.
More on Globeathon 2015

Health Warning , Doctor Wants Girls Vaccinated Against HPV

Speaking at the launch of the 2015 Globeathon walk and run to end women’s cancers Gynae-Oncologist Dr. Vikash Chatrani said the vaccination has been clinically tested and proven safe. Read more

Greater focus being put on below-the-belt women’s cancer
While it is true that breast cancer is the number one women’s cancer in the Caribbean, the mortality rate is higher for women afflicted by below-the-belt cancers, than for those who develop breast cancer. Read more

WHO Web-based Public Consultation

The interim report from the Working Group on how to realize governments’ commitments to engage with the private sector for the prevention and control of NCDs (Working Group 3.1) provides preliminary recommendations that emphasize the leadership role that governments must play in calling on the private sector to strengthen its contribution to NCD prevention and control. These recommendations apply to all five specific action areas included in paragraph 44 of the UN Political Declaration.

Member States, UN agencies, relevant NGOs and selected private sector entities are encouraged to submit their comments before Tuesday 15 September 2015 by sending an email to Read more
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Latest
1 in 3 Women
n Barbados has hypertension..

Health of the Nation...extracts

New program for the youth of Barbados

Read more from the Heart & Stroke Foundation newsletter here

Save the Date

End Rheumatic Heart Disease
The Next Chapter for Women and Children: Join us to launch a movement to end one of the world’s most preventable killers of women and children - rheumatic heart disease. Tuesday 29 September 2015. Read more

New International Study Reveals Dangerously High Levels of Salt in Children’s Meals and Calls for Global Action NOW

Dangerously High Levels of Salt in Children’s Meals
A NEW 2015 international children’s meals survey of 387 popular kid’s meal combinations carried out by World Action on Salt and Health (WASH) reveals that children are being served worryingly high amounts of salt by popular fast food chains; with 82% (134/163) of meals containing more than 1g of salt. That’s more than a child aged 4-6 years old should be eating in one sitting, with some meals containing as much salt as 10 packets of ready salted crisps. Read more

Relationship Between Salt Consumption and Blood Pressure

High salt intake is related to an increase in blood pressure and development of hypertension. However, currently, there are no national representative data in Brazil using the gold standard method of 24-h urine collection to measure sodium consumption. This study aimed to determine salt intake based on 24-h urine collection in a sample of 272 adults of both genders and to correlate it with blood pressure levels. We used a rigorous protocol to assure an empty bladder prior to initiating urine collection. Read the study findings here.

The African Caribbean Cancer Consortium (AC3) Participates in a United National Initiative

The African Caribbean Cancer Consortium (AC3) Participates in a United National Initiative
The African Caribbean Cancer Consortium (AC3) was invited to participate in a United National Initiative. The Call  to Action:  “Eradication of Cervical Cancer: Embracing United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #3” Camille Ragin PhD, MPH represented the African Caribbean Cancer Consortium by giving a presentation: "Optimizing existing health platforms in addressing the cancer burdens across populations".

NCDFREE Celebrates Smash Hit Year for Summer School

NCDFREE Celebrates Smash Hit Year for Summer School
With over 100 emerging global thinkers taking time out of their summer schedules, the Copenhagen Summer School in Global Health Challenges came to a sensational close last week. The NCDFREE network supported the University of Copenhagen to deliver the two week course, which invites a wide range of students and young professionals from around the world, to learn and engage in the greatest global health challenges of our time. Read more

Daily Glass of Wine Raises Risk of Breast Cancer in Women

Daily Glass of Wine Raises Risk of Breast Cancer in Women
Drinking one glass of wine a day increases a woman’s chances of getting breast cancer, according to new research. Alcohol is a known risk for a number of cancers, including colorectal, liver, larynx and oesophageal cancer, and most attention has been paid to heavy drinking. A large study in the United States has now looked specifically at the link between alcohol and cancer in light to moderate drinkers. Read more

Jamie Oliver Called in by David Cameron to Draw Up Plan to Tackle Obesity Crisis Among Primary School Children

David Cameron has called in Jamie Oliver in a bid to tackle the ‘disturbing’ childhood obesity epidemic. The Prime Minister wants the television chef to work with schools and doctors to stop young children becoming overweight. Oliver, who famously campaigned to improve school dinners a decade ago, will help ministers draw up a strategy to challenge the problem of obesity among primary school pupils. Figures show the number of children classed as obese doubles from when they start school aged five to when they leave for secondary school at 11. Read more
NCD Alliance e-Alert
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From the NCD Alliance Weekly Digest

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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.

To join the HCC email us at
The work of HCC would not be possible without core funding from Sagicor Life Inc
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