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The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

October 7th - October 13th 2016


GRD NNCDC Strengthening Mission October 2016

GRD NNCDC Strengthening Mission October 2016
The collaboration between the Commonwealth Secretariat (COMSEC) and the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) aimed at establishing or strengthening National NCD Commissions in the Caribbean continued with a mission to Grenada 3-4 October 2016. As part of the technical cooperation (TC) being undertaken through this collaboration, HCC consultant Dr. Beverley Barnett visited the country to hold discussions with Ministry of Health officials and the Grenada National Chronic Non-communicable Disease Commission (NCNCDC), and provide guidance for enhancing the functioning of the Commission.
The objectives of the mission also included determining future TC needs of the NCNCDC and obtaining feedback on the draft Framework for the Establishment and Strengthening of National NCD Commissions: Towards a More Effective Multisectoral Response to NCDs, Part II (the Implementation Framework, IF). The document A Civil Society Report on National NCD Commissions in the Caribbean: Towards a More Effective Multisectoral Response to NCDs, Part I and Part II of the two-part series were produced through the COMSEC-HCC NCD Commissions Strengthening Project.
The Grenada Commission, established in 2010, has been meeting monthly and undertaking activities in fulfillment of its mandate to advise the Minister of Health on issues pertaining to NCD prevention and control, in the framework of the National NCD Strategic Plan. The NCNCDC was instrumental in the development of the NCD Strategic and Implementation Plan, which covers the period 2015-2020. Read more

HCC Supports & Signs Joint Statement on WHO Draft Implementation Plan for the Recommendations to End Childhood Obesity

The NCD Alliance, World Cancer Research Fund International, World Obesity Federation and the undersigned organisations welcome this opportunity to comment on the WHO draft implementation plan for the recommendations made by the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity (ECHO Commission). We believe that the full implementation of the recommendations, including the establishment of a robust accountability framework, represents a real opportunity to end childhood obesity, not just in children under 5, but all school-aged children under 18 years of age.

This submission was prepared by the NCD Alliance, World Cancer Research Fund International and World Obesity Federation. The following organisations align themselves with this submission: 1000 Days, ACT+, Consumers International, El Poder del Consumidor, European Association for the Study of Obesity, European Public Health Alliance, European Heart Network, Healthy Caribbean Coalition, Healthy Latin America Coalition, InterAmerican Heart Federation, International Society for Physical Activity and Health, International Diabetes Federation, International Union for Health Promotion and Education, Jamie Oliver Food Foundation, Norwegian Cancer Society, UK Faculty of Public Health, UK Health Forum, Union for International Cancer Control, Vital Strategies and World Heart Federation. Read the joint statement here and for more detail on the statement on the NCD Alliance website here.

Inaugural Caribbean Cancer Survivorship Conference

The Inaugural Caribbean Cancer Survivorship Conference 2016
PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE – The Inaugural Caribbean Cancer Survivorship Conference will take place on Friday October 21, 2016 at UTT’s Campus @ NAPA, Theatre 1, Keate Street, Walk-in-Entrance, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

Registration: On day of Conference TTD$350, Conference registration fee covers all programme materials, coffee breaks and lunch. Download more information and the registration form here.

This conference is a collaboration between Cancer Survivors in Action – Caribbean Coalition, UTT, HCC and City of Hope, CCARE.

Inaugural Caribbean Cancer Survivorship Conference - 21/10/2016 - Speakers:
  • Dr Andaz: "Technical Advances in Breast Cancer - What is to be expected on the horizon" 
  • Dr. April Barbour: "Models of Survivorship Care" 
  • Dr. Strickland: "Hope and Empowerment for the Survivors"
Survivorship Breakfast Forum  - 22/10/2016 - Speakers 
  • Dr. Sheridan: "Breast Cancer from a Historical and Spirital Perspective" 
  • Dr. Shevon Joseph: "Perceptions, myths and mysteries that impact breast cancer screening, diagnosis and management within immigrant communities in NYC" 
  • Jasmin Holder, RN, CCM: " Empowering the cancer patient - Faith in all options available"

HCC Welcomes Tobacco Control Advisor

HCC would like to formally welcome our newest Special Advisor Mrs. Barbara McGaw. Mrs. McGaw has informally advised the HCC since its inception on all matters related to tobacco control.

Since June 2016, Mrs. McGaw has been volunteering as tobacco adviser to the JCTC. Prior to that she was the Project Manager Tobacco Control for the Heart Foundation of Jamaica/Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC) and successfully managed the tobacco control project grants since 2008.
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Fiscal Policies for Diet and the Prevention of Non-communicable Diseases

Fiscal Policies for Diet and the Prevention of Non-communicable Diseases
The Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases 2013–2020 proposes that “as appropriate to national context, countries consider the use of economic tools that are justified by evidence, and may include taxes and subsidies, to improve access to healthy dietary choices and create incentives for behaviours associated with improved health outcomes and discourage the consumption of less healthy options”. The Comprehensive Implementation Plan on Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition 2012 also considers that “trade measures, taxes and subsidies are an important means of guaranteeing access and enabling healthy dietary choices”.
Furthermore the Report of the Commission on Ending Childhood recommends to “implement an effective tax on sugar-sweetened beverages”. Read more

To advocate for the implementation of fiscal policies as part of comprehensive strategy, WHO has developed an advocacy package targeting policy makers and health advocates. The package includes: 
Fiscal policies that lead to at least a 20% increase in the retail price of sugary drinks would result in proportional reductions in consumption of such products, according to the report titled “Fiscal policies for Diet and Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs)”. Reduced consumption of sugary drinks means lower intake of “free sugars” and calories overall, improved nutrition and fewer people suffering from overweight, obesity, diabetes and tooth decay. Read more
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World Health Organisation Urges All Countries to Tax Sugary Drinks

World Health Organisation Urges All Countries to Tax Sugary Drink
All countries are being urged to consider introducing a sugary drinks tax by the World Health Organisation as an effective way of curbing the soaring obesity rate, especially in children.

The WHO’s advice comes as more and more countries are considering fiscal measures to dissuade people from buying the large quantities of colas, lemonades and other sugary soft drinks that have been identified as a major cause of the global overweight and obesity crisis. It will strengthen the hand of campaigners in countries such as Colombia, where the drinks industry has succeeded in having an anti-sugar broadcast banned. A report from the WHO says that a tax of 20% or more results in a drop in sales and consumption of sugary drinks. People consume fewer “free sugars” such as fructose and glucose, take in fewer calories and reduce their risk of tooth decay. Read more

Portugal to Levy Sugar Tax on Soft Drinks in 2017

Portugal’s Socialist government will introduce a sugar tax on soft drinks in 2017 which is expected to raise €80m (£72m) for the public health service, a budget bill presented on Friday showed.

The announcement comes just three days after the World Health Organisation urged countries to start taxing sugary drinks, pointing to evidence that price rises can dramatically reduce consumption. Read more

Barbados Based Researcher Wins Prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Miriam Alvarado
Miriam Alvarodo a researcher who has spent the last three years working in Barbados has won the University of Cambridge's most prestigious international scholarship programme (Gates Cambridge) to do a PhD on Barbados' sugar tax. A keen interest in the socio-economic determinants of health has driven Miriam Alvarado’s research work from high school through her university years, leading to stints working on projects in India, Ghana and she has spent the last three years in Barbados studying physical activity and health disparities.
The government of Barbados has recently passed a sugar-sweetened beverage tax and Ms Alvarodo is focussing her PhD with the MRC Epidemiology Unit on a multi-faceted evaluation of this tax. As so many countries around the world face growing concerns around obesity, diabetes and other related conditions, it is important for us to understand which policy tools are effective at addressing these issues at a population level.

Barbados’ Good Lung Cancer Rating a Secret

Sir George Alleyne
With smokers in the minority among its population, Barbados has for a long time been carrying one of the lowest rates lung cancer deaths, but no one knew, Dr Clive Landis has said. The deputy principal of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, made this revelation Tuesday night during the question and answer segment which followed a presentation by UWI Chancellor Sir George Alleyne.
Sir George had earlier spoken about how inadequate data collection and public information sharing systems were crippling the work of health workers in the Caribbean. And in support of the Chancellor, Professor Landis said, “Even when we do something good, we often don’t have the monitoring to actually know that we’ve done something good.” Read more

Oasis Premium Water Partner with Vitas House Hospice to Raise Funds for Cancer Awareness

Oasis Premium Water
For the month of October, Oasis Premium Water has partnered with Vitas House Hospice to raise funds for Cancer Awareness. Vitas House is a free facility of the Trinidad and Tobago Cancer Society, that aims to provide an enhanced quality of life and dignifying to terminal patients through special care, support and service provided solely on the basis on donations and sponsorships from individuals and corporations.
Many of us have been personally affected by cancer, witnessing the hurt and pain it can cause.

Join us in the fight for the month of October, with the purchase of any pink label Oasis 330ml or 1.5L water part proceeds go to Vitas House. You can also donate through the Oasis Premium Water website here

Infographics for Over 50 countries Available!

World Obesity have uploaded tailored infographics for over 50 countries with national statistics on childhood obesity,

These infographics illustrate the seriousness of childhood obesity levels and we need your help to raise awareness.

Share them on your social media accounts using the hashtag #WorldObesityDay and tag us @WorldObesity.
So go to the website and download your graphic here.

Trinidad and Tobago Cancer Society and Republic Bank Ltd as we Walk4Life

Join The Trinidad and Tobago Cancer Society and Republic Bank Ltd as we Walk4Life on Saturday 22nd October from 3:30 p.m. at the Queen's Park Savannah. 
Register online at here or visit the Society at 62 Rosalino Street in Woodbrook. Registration cost $100 for adults and $80 for kids. All registered participants get a FREE Walk4Life T-shirt! Call 622-6827 or click here for more information and registration, watch the video here.

Let’s Act to Save Our Children!

Lets Act to Save Our Children
The worldwide epidemic of obesity - even in the face of continuing and increasing malnutrition in many poor countries - shows no evidence of abating, and appears to be increasing here in the Caribbean. At particular risk are our children. This year’s World Obesity Day, promoted by the World Obesity Federation, is dedicated to the URGENT crisis of childhood obesity.

The Federation’s website states: “Child and adolescent obesity has risen rapidly around the world, with few countries taking action against this damaging health issue which affects later health, educational attainment and quality of life”. And it goes on: “This World Obesity Day we are calling for all Governments to meet their commitments to end childhood obesity by 2025.” Read more

Health Alert as 1.6m Children in the UK Start Secondary School Overweight

Health Alert as 1.6m Children in the UK Start Secondary School Overweight
More than 1.6 million children who started secondary school in the past decade were overweight or obese, new calculations show. Between 2006/07 and 2014/15, there were 1,654,894 children in England who started Year 7 with an unhealthy weight, according to Cancer Research UK. The alarming figure foretells a future of ill-health for the nation, the charity says. It added that obese children were about five times more likely to become obese adults. The charity has called on the Government to press ahead with measures set out in its Childhood Obesity Plan, which was published in the summer. Many leading health organisations criticised the plan because it did not contain new curbs on junk food advertising. Read more
Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre
  • A Tribute in Memory of Renee Marie Carter, Saturday, October 15th 2016, Muse Restaurant
  • Breast Cancer Talks: Reconstruction, Wednesday, October 19th 2016, Bermuda Society of Arts - City Hall
  • BF&M Breast Cancer Awareness Walk - 20th Anniversary, Thursday, October 20th 2016, Barr's Bay Park
  • Beyond Drishti - a Photography Exhibit and Wine Tasting, Friday, October 21st 2016, Lucky Elephant
  • Tuckers Point PINK Golf Tournament, Saturday, October 22nd 2016, Rosewood Tuckers Point Golf Club 
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The Acropolis Medical Centre kicks off their P.E.P Talk series with the Yes She Can ladies on Saturday 15th October 2016 

The Acropolis Medical Centre kicks off their P.E.P Talk series with the Yes She Can ladies on Saturday 15th October 2016.

Acropolis Medical Centre is a community-focused facility uniquely positioned to provide individuals, families and organisations with genuine health care from a ‘one stop’ location. 
With the high rate of NCDs in Trinidad and Tobago, Acropolis Medical Centre believe that it is their responsibility as medical providers to take a leading role in improving Health Literacy in the community. With this in mind, they are launching our P.E.P. Talk Initiative. P.E.P. Talk, which stands for Patient Engagement & Participation, PEP Talk (Patient Engagement and Participation) will be a live, highly interactive show done over Facebook aimed at increasing health literacy of viewers, by sensitizing the public to the prevalence of non-communicable diseases, their symptoms, treatment options and most importantly, preventative measures. 

Launch of Healthy India Alliance’s (HIA) Website 

Healthy India Alliance
Healthy India Alliance’s (HIA) website has been launched. This website is a milestone in strengthening the HIA’s outreach, its campaigns and activities, and encouraging multisectoral civil society organisations to join the civil society movement for NCD prevention and control. 
It features:
  • Engaging infographics on NCDs and risk factors in the country.
  • An outline of the ‘8Cs principle’ that underpins the alliance’s work spanning ‘Coverage, Care, Capacity Building, Contribute, Collaborate, Catalyse Multi-Sectoral Advocacy, Connect, and Compute’. 
  • An informative overview of the organization’s structure.
  • Links to news feeds and social media.
See the website here.

Caribbean Cardiac Society 32nd Caribbean Cardiology Conference - Call for Papers

Caribbean Cardiology Conference 2017
The Planning Committee of the 2017 Caribbean Cardiology Conference is pleased to announce that abstracts are now being accepted for the 2017 annual meeting. We hope you will take the opportunity to participate in and contribute to what we know will be an educational and engaging learning experience. We encourage you to participate by submitting one or more abstracts before January 31, 2017. Read more
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados
Walking with our Partner..
HSFB is partnering with The Barbados Public Workers Co-operative Credit Union Limited, to bring something new to all of its members. 

Take a Step in the Right Direction…

Read more here.

World Diabetes Day 14th November 2016

Please let us know your planned events for World Diabetes Day

The 62nd Annual CARPHA Health Research Conference Guyana 2017 - Call for Papers

62nd CARPHA Annual Conference
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 2016Read more
HPV Flash
  • HPV vaccine lessons learned: new resources now available 
  • HPV vaccine lessons learned webinar recording available online 
  • New in the literature 
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NCD Alliance Newsletter
  • Call by Chair of NCDA to put health at the heart of Habitat 3
  • CSOs lead call for stronger accountability on child obesity
  • Blog: #feastofideas: eat, think, share, solve
  • NCD Dialogues at 47th World Conference on Lung Health
  • GBD Report: 7 out of 10 deaths are due to NCDs
  • Universal Health Coverage
  • Global Climate Change Week
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Job Vacancies

Career Opportunity – Chief Executive Officer for an NGO
The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados (HSFB), is seeking to recruit a dynamic individual with strong principles, business acumen and commitment to national/community development to join their team as Chief Executive Officer.
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Career Opportunity – Advisor, Tobacco Control (Grade: P4) Pan-American Health Organization/World Health Organization
Type and duration of contract: Short term professional - 6 months. Duty station: Washington, DC (availability to report to duty station within 4 weeks of being selected). Application deadline: October 26 at 11:59pm (US Eastern time). How to apply: submit your CV and short bio to Ms. Rosa Sandoval at cc Mr. Luis Galicia at Read more
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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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