The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

June 5th - June 11th 2015


HCC and the Commonwealth Secretariat Partner to Engage Caribbean Private Sector around NCDs

Day 1 Group Photo
On Thursday June 4th, 2015 at the Courtyard by Marriott Bridgetown in Barbados, 40 business executives representing 20 companies from diverse sectors across the Caribbean, met to discuss the issue of NCDs (noncommunicable diseases) at the ‘Caribbean NCD Private Sector Forum: Measuring and Engaging the Business Sector Response to NCDs.’ The primary objective of the Forum was to provide an opportunity for senior business executives to discuss mechanisms for implementing and strengthening private sector-led workplace wellness programmes and outward facing community initiatives; and exploring strategies to more effectively interact with government and civil society. Among those in attendance were the senior executives from the Massy Group, The Guardian Group, Banks Holdings Ltd, FCIB/CIBC, PWC and Liat.  CEO of the UICC Dr. Cary Adams, himself a former top executive in the Banking Sector provided opening remarks highlighting why businesses have a critical role to play in meeting the 25*25 global NCD targets. The Hon. Minister of Health Mr. John Boyce, Dr. Magna Aidoo (Commonwealth Secretariat), Dr. James Hospedales (CARPHA) and Sir Trevor Hassell also provided opening remarks.  The key outcomes of the meeting were: Sharing and exchange of knowledge and experience about role of the private sector in the multi-sectoral response to NCDs; Presentation of findings of a survey of wellness programmes in private sector and of the role that the sector has played thus far in the wider community in NCD prevention and control; Presentation of a Caribbean Private Sector Response to Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs): A Framework For Action (FFA); Sharing and discussion around the Statement of Support of the private sector’s response to the prevention and treatment of NCDs.
Visit our the Caribbean NCD Private Sector Forum Web page for meeting materials including all presentation slides and resource documents as well as a photo gallery. Stay tuned - next week we will share video interviews with meeting attendees.  

Regional Stakeholders Discuss National NCD Commissions and the Key Role they can play in the Multisectoral Response to NCDs

Day 2 Group Photo
Friday June 5th, 2015 at the Courtyard by Marriott Bridgetown in Barbados, key stakeholders came together to discuss strengthening of the multisectoral approach to NCDs through  CARICOM’s National NCD Commissions (NNCDC). Fifty-two members of the public sector including NNCDC ‘Chairs', civil society and the private sector participated in the 1-day meeting 'Strengthening The Multi-Sectoral Response to NCDs in the Caribbean: NATIONAL NCD COMMISSIONS' aimed at discussing the experiences, challenges and successes of NNCDCs to date and mechanisms for operationalising and strengthening NNCDCs as key instruments of a whole of society approach to NCD prevention, treatment and control.   Opening remarks were provided by The Hon. Minister of Health Mr. John Boyce, Dr. Magna Aidoo (Commonwealth Secretariat), and Sir Trevor Hassell.  The key outcomes of the meeting were: increased awareness of the multi-sectoral response to NCDs in the Caribbean with a focus on NCD Commissions and their equivalents; finalisation of the National NCD Commission Implementation Framework; and gaining consensus on the scope of technical support for the strengthening of selected NCD Commissions. Regional and global NCD leaders and champions including Sir George Alleyne, Dr. James Hospedales and Dr. Cary Adams repeatedly underscored the critical importance of a multisectoral, whole of government, whole of society, health in all policies approach to NCDs. Dr. Alafia Samuels presented the NCDA funded HCC report on NNCDS in the region and Mrs. Carter-Taylor presented the COMSEC funded HCC draft implementation framework for operationalising effective NNCDCs.  Against the background of a global NCD crisis, there has been increased international attention focussed on multisectoral NCD Commissions. The Caribbean has an important role, as leaders in this area, to document regional experiences and to develop models which can be adapted and translated globally. 
This meeting was supported by the Commonwealth Secretariat.  Official meeting partners included the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO); the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA); the NCD Alliance and the Barbados Ministry of Health.  The work of the HCC would not be possible without the kind support of Sagicor Life Inc.
Visit the Regional Stakeholders Discuss National NCD Commissions web page for materials including all presentation slides and resource documents as well as a photo gallery. Stay tuned - next week we will share video interviews with meeting attendees.  

Caribbean Civil Society Prepares for the First Ever Global NCD Alliance Forum

Day 3 Group Photo
On Saturday June 6th, 2015 at the Courtyard by Marriott Bridgetown in Barbados, 14 civil society organisations met to identify priority areas for NCD advocacy nationally and across the region.   The aim of the meeting, funded by the NCD Alliance, was to gain consensus from Caribbean civil society around regional NCD advocacy priorities, in preparation for the Global NCD Alliance Forum: “NCD Advocacy and Accountability in the Post-2015 Era” to be held in November 2014.  Opening and closing remarks were provided by Dr. Cary Adams (NCDA), Sir Trevor Hassell (HCC) and Sir George Alleyne.  All three speakers underscored the central importance of building the capacity of civil society to be effective partners in the fight against NCDs; playing many roles including service provider, educator, advocate and watchdog. This is the first step in the Caribbean’s consultative process. Over the next few months the HCC will be seeking virtual inputs from our wider membership, on priority advocacy areas and civil society capacity needs to allow for effective advocacy. 
Visit our the Caribbean Civil Society Prepares web page for materials including all presentation slides and resource documents as well as a photo gallery. Stay tuned - next week we will share video interviews with meeting attendees. 


HCC Represents the Voice of Civil Society at the PAHO Forum of Key Stakeholders on NCDs: Advancing the NCD Agenda in the Caribbean

PAHO Forum of Key Stakeholders
St. Michael, Barbados, 8 June 2015 (PAHO/WHO) - Health leaders from throughout the Caribbean including the President of the HCC, Professor Sir Trevor Hassell were at a meeting this week with representatives of United Nations agencies, collaborating agencies from Canada and the United States, development banks, academia and civil society to discuss actions that can be taken to reduce the impact in the Caribbean of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes, and their associated risk factors.
Forum of Key Stakeholders on NCDs
The “Forum of Key Stakeholders on NCDs: Advancing the NCD agenda in the Caribbean” was organized by the Pan American Health Organization /World Health Organization (PAHO /WHO) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health of Barbados. Read more

Protecting Our Right to Health is the Basis for a New Direction in Latin America and the Caribbean

Extraordinary conclusions of the Healthy Latin America Coalition (CLAS) in Panama City to respond to the non-communicable diseases (NCDs) crisis. Panama, June 12 2015. After assessing the health situation and progress towards healthy food policies, tobacco and alcohol controls and promotion of physical activity, experts and representatives of major health and consumer protection organizations identified strategies for the next five years. Given the significant increase in overweight and obesity in the region, nutrition was a main focus of these conclusions. Read more
Advocating for a Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax

Advocating for a Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax 

A Case Study of Mexico - The obesity and diabetes epidemics in Mexico are significant public health problems that impose a substantial health and economic burden in Mexico, and increasingly, globally.
Given the link between sugar-sweetened beverage consumption and obesity and related diseases, a tax on these beverages emerged as a key target for improving health. In a bold move, the government of Mexico passed a tax on sugary beverages and began implementation in 2014. Read more

Jamaica: United Way charity under pressure over tobacco industry links

Tobacco industry corporate philanthropy and social responsibility has been under the international spotlight recently with the revelation that the American Red Cross continues to accept tobacco industry donations, despite concerns of the International Red Cross that US Red Cross risks damaging the global reputation of the network. Accepting tobacco industry donations is particularly problematic for charitable organisations that work to improve public health, given tobacco industry profitability is only possible at the expense of the health – and lives – of the industry’s best customers.

Barbara McGaw of the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control and Deborah Chen of the Heart Foundation of Jamaica report of a charitable organisation accepting tobacco industry funds, causing a split in the charity sector in Jamaica read more

Near-ban Coming on Trans Fats in Processed Foods

Near-ban coming on trans fats in processed foods
The Food and Drug Administration is expected to announce a near-ban on trans fats next week, transforming processed foods in America.

The FDA’s final ruling should revoke a “generally recognized as safe” classification for partially hydrogenated oils, the main source of trans fats in processed foods. Instead, trans fats will be designated as food additives, which must have FDA authorization to be used in food. Read more

NCD Alliance Webinar *CHANGE OF DATE*

Thursday 18th June
The NCD Alliance will be holding their next webinar on Thursday 18th June at 10:00-11:30 EST // 16:00-17:30 CET. Please note that there will be only one webinar broadcast. The powerpoint slides and recording will be made available on the NCD Alliance website after the webinar.

Discussion will include:
  • Updates from the 68th World Health Assembly
  • An update on Post 2015, including Financing for Development
In addition, participants can submit questions prior to the webinar by emailing by 15th June. Participants will also be able to send questions and feedback during the webinar. Register here
Heart & Stroke Foundation Update
5 Myths - Commonly mistaken perceptions..

Fathers Day 21 June - Do something different ...

Upcoming Events - Line Dancing, Nutrition Seminar ....

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The KeLaHa Projects' Cervical Cancer Programs

The KeLaHa Projects' Cervical Cancer Programs

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Grenadian Diabetics: Avoid Blindness

A diabetic having uncontrolled high blood glucose (sugar) over an extended period of time can develop a complication called Diabetic Retinopathy commonly called diabetic eye disease.  It is for this reason those with diabetes are strongly encouraged upon diagnosis to get an eye examination. Read more
NCD Alliance E-Alert
  • Latin American experts call to put health at the core of all policies
  • Healthy Caribbean Coalition hosts three key NCDs meetings
  • NCD Alliance upcoming webinar: Date change
  • ECOSOC Resolution on UN Inter-Agency Task Force on NCDs
Read more
The 2016 World Cancer Congress call for sessions is open!

NYC Officials Want High-sodium Warning on Menus

New York could become the first U.S. city. to require warning labels on high-salt dishes at chain restaurants, taking campaigns to cut down on salt into new territory, health officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The city's Department of Health will propose Wednesday that all chain restaurants add a salt-shaker-like symbol on menus next to products that contain more than the recommended daily limit of 2,300 milligrams of sodium, about 1 teaspoon of salt. Public health advocates hailed the proposal as a pioneering step to tackle a major problem. Salt producers called it off-base, and some restaurateurs said it would needlessly mire already burdened eateries in more bureaucracy. But city Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Travis Bassett said it simply would give customers important information. Read more
(See the proposal here)

From the NCD Alliance Weekly Digest

NCDs News
  • WHO: Caribbean leaders will discuss stepped-up action to tackle chronic diseases read more
  • UN News: UN deputy chief urges action to reduce exclusion and discrimination of persons with disabilities read more
  • The Guardian: Taxing disability benefits is not a ‘welfare saving’, it’s a deeply unfair cut read more
  • NY Times: Global Diabetes Rates are Rising as Obesity Spreads read more
Risk Factor News
  • WHO: Negative impact of ultra-processed foods demands strong response from governments and civil society read more
  • WHO: WHO and the WHO FCTC Convention Secretariat hail Canadian class actions against tobacco companies read more
  • Lancet: Air pollution at the forefront of global health read more
  • BMJ: Smoking still kills read more
  • BMJ: Jamaica: United Way charity under pressure over tobacco industry links read more
  • BioMed Central: Obesity and male breast cancer: provocative parallels? read more
  • BioMed Central: Lifestyle recommendations: can they prevent colorectal cancer risk? read more
  • BioMed Central: Physical activity and cancer: it’s time for a paradigm shift read more
  • UC Davis: Sugary drinks boost risk factors for heart disease, study shows read more
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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