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July 25th

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Webinar Recording - The Future Talks: COVID-19 and NCDs in the Caribbean - The Legacy

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The third webinar of the HCC's special webinar series on COVID-19 and NCDs in the Caribbean, THE FUTURE TALKS: COVID-19 and NCDs in the Caribbean - The Legacy, took place on Friday July 24th 2020 from 10:00am - 11:30am and featured youth experts who presented their professional and personal perspectives on how the Caribbean region, particularly the health systems, that can “build back better” especially for youth and young PLWNCDs from the COVID experience.

The webinar was a great success with 125 attendees from across the region and beyond.

Moderated by
Ms. Danielle Walwyn, Advocacy Officer, Healthy Caribbean Coalition
Mr. Pierre Cooke Jr., Youth Voices Technical Advisor, Healthy Caribbean Coalition

Presentations/speakers 
The Legacy - Nutrition & Youth Advocacy, Ms. Edith Soria - Mexico
The Legacy - Tobacco Control & Youth Advocacy, Mr. Margianta Surahman Juhanda Dinata - Indonesia
The Legacy - Mental Health, Ms. Tara Armour - Trinidad
The Legacy - Health Systems, Dr. Keddy Moïse - Haiti
The Legacy - Research, Ms. Eden Augustus - Trinidad
The Legacy - Policy Environment, Ms. Kimberley Benjamin - Barbados
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Some of the Great Work Being Carried Out by CSO's From Across the Region Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic

Belize Cancer Society (BCS) Perspective - Cancer and COVID-19

Belize Cancer Society (BCS) Perspective - Cancer and COVID-19

The Corona Virus (Covid-19) has had a significant impact on livelihood and survival of Belizean Communities, Businesses, Civil Society Organizations, Individuals and Families affected by NCDs specifically Cancer.
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Barbados Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition Healthy Hampers Initiative

Barbados Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition Healthy Hampers Initiative

The Barbados Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition in its Healthy Hamper Initiative which took place as Barbadians battled the COVID-19 pandemic has served 360 hampers to families across the island for the month of May. Read more
How COVID-19 Has Affected the Cancer Society of the Bahamas

How COVID-19 Has Affected the Cancer Society of the Bahamas

The Cancer Society of The Bahamas is committed to the awareness, education, prevention, research, advocacy, care, and cure of cancers and to serve cancer patients, survivors and their families, and persons at risk across The Bahamas.
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Antigua and Barbuda Diabetes Association

Antigua and Barbuda Diabetes Association Donates Healthy Food Items to Persons Living With Diabetes

The Antigua and Barbuda Diabetes Association (ABDA) recently organized healthy food donations for persons living with diabetes in Antigua. This initiative was inspired by the Barbados’ Childhood Obesity Coalition’s healthy hampers for PLWNCDs. Read more
Heart Foundation of Jamaica Helps Single Mom Affected by COVID-19

Heart Foundation of Jamaica Helps Single Mom Affected by COVID-19

The Heart Foundation of Jamaica says it was available to provide a single mom of three, who has been negatively impacted by the economic shutdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, with some much needed assistance. The mother, who is currently unemployed, made contact through social media seeking help to provide for her family. Read more

PAHO Stronger Together Virtual Launch

Monday, 27 July 2020 - 10.00am - 11.00am EDT
Stronger Together
PAHO: "Stronger Together" is a communication and awareness campaign developed by PAHO and CBD, that seeks to promote mental wellbeing and positive coping strategies during the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020 hurricane season. The campaign will also aim to reduce the stigma about seeking mental health and psychosocial support and convey the basic principles of Psychological First Aid (PFA).
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COVID-19 Coronavirus

COVID-19 Comms Resources
HCC COVID-19 Webpage

Caribbean Food Security Can Come From Within

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Loop News: One lesson the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has taught the Caribbean is that we must look away from the United States of America for vital pillars in our food security.

This was the consensus of panellists who presented at the Mission Food Possible webinar titled: Mobilizing Change at a Grass Roots Level to Improve Food Security in the Caribbean yesterday.

“Why are we importing fresh fish from North America?” Professor Alafia Samuels asked as she noted the food industry has spent billions to encourage Caribbean people, particularly the youth, to consume unhealthy products.

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#CopingWithCOVID: A Webinar Series on Young People and Mental Health

#CopingWithCOVID
Photo: The Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth website
The Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, in partnership with the World Health Organisation and UNICEF, are hosting a series of webinars for young people, titled “#CopingWithCOVID”. Our aim is to provide young people with a platform for genuine connection amid uncertainty, encouraging them to field their questions to the experts from UNICEF and WHO, generate mental health awareness among young people, and strengthen demand for integrated mental health and psychosocial interventions.
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Doctor Tells of NCD Concerns

Dr Diane Brathwaite
Dr Diane Brathwaite, clinical director of the Maria Holder Diabetes Centre
Photo: The Nation News
The Nation News: A medical practitioner fears that the full impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on the health of people with pre-existing conditions has not yet been felt. Dr Diane Brathwaite, clinical director of the Maria Holder Diabetes Centre in Warrens, therefore, believes it is important to have those assessments done to ascertain the extent to which those people were affected. She is concerned that in the midst of the pandemic NCD [non-communicable diseases] management might have suffered, as is happening in other Caribbean countries.
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The Diabetes-Heart Connection and the Threat of COVID-19

The Diabetes-Heart Connection and the Threat of COVID-19
Photo: World Heart Federation
World Heart Federation: Most or all viruses often affect those with underlying illnesses more critically than those in relatively good health. COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease-2019) is caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2) which was identified at the end of 2019. The underlying illnesses that exacerbate risk to patients are diabetes, cardiovascular disease (CVD), and lung conditions, and some of these illnesses can often occur together. Understanding the inter-relationship of factors and treatment options make up one of our greatest challenges.

Many of us probably know that diabetes is a disease linked to levels of sugar (glucose) in the blood and the body’s production and use of insulin – and sometimes resistance to insulin - the hormone that helps keep those sugar levels safe. Perhaps less known is the fact that over time, erratic blood sugar levels in diabetics can eventually wear out blood vessels of the heart. Age, gender, ethnicity and socio-economic background play a role in our likelihood of developing diabetes and related heart disease. At the same time, diabetes has been called a ‘lifestyle’ disease because factors such as food choices, not smoking, and maintaining regular physical exercise can keep risk at bay or minimise the impact of illness.
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Backyard Gardening
Follow HCC’s social media platforms for some helpful tips to get your backyard garden started and let us know what you are doing in your communities!

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The Effects of COVID-19 on Jamaican Diet

By Stacey Aiken-Hemming a nutritionist and research assistant at the Caribbean Institute for Health Research (CAIHR), The University of the West Indies
Stacey Aiken-Hemming
Jamaica Gleaner: Food remains a necessity for the well-being and survival of our population, and the Jamaican agri-food sector and all its stakeholders have automatically assumed the spotlight since COVID-19. More people are eating home-prepared meals, as physical distancing and cost-cutting measures have made dining out and restaurant-prepared foods a distant memory for many. Also, consumer grocery shopping habits had to be adjusted mostly to accommodate curfew and crowd-control limits.
Like any crisis, the pandemic has created a surge in innovative services and new offerings for consumers. As a result, online shopping and home delivery options have emerged at a rate never seen before. To adjust to this new normal, Jamaicans are being forced to rethink and do things differently. As a result, the food marketplace has become more popular, with opportunities for new and existing small businesses, increased marketing by big players in the industry, and a general reshuffle of government food distribution channels. With no end to COVID-19 yet in sight, it is difficult to predict the long-term impact on Jamaica’s food landscape.
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Actionables for a Healthy Recovery From COVID-19

Actionables for a Healthy Recovery From COVID-19
Photo: DFID
WHO: These “actionables” are practical steps for implementing the prescriptions of the WHO Manifesto for a healthy recovery from COVID-19. They aim at creating a healthier, fairer and greener world while investing to maintain and resuscitating the economy hit by the effects of COVID-19.
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My #COVIDSTORY - Voices of PLWNCDs in the COVID-19 Era: We Want to Hear From You! 

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#COVIDSTORY
#COVIDSTORY
PLWNCDs
We applaud the courage of the individuals who have shared their stories and look forward to hearing your #COVIDStory

Please send a short story (no more than 300 words), video (no more than 1-2 minutes) OR an audio clip and picture of yourself (no more than 1-2 minutes) via email to hcc@healthycaribbean.org. The HCC will be compiling and using these personal accounts to inform our advocacy work. Stories will be shared publicly with consent or limited to internal use to highlight individual challenges and successes.
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Recent Research

Recent research
Thank the COVID-19 Frontline workers

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NCD Alliance Global Week for Action on NCDs 2020

Action on NCDs
Photo: NCD Alliance
NCD Alliance: The NCD Alliance has launched a new website for the Global Week for Action on NCDs! Have a look at the latest campaign information, explore ideas for activities to help you plan ahead, and download the new Act on NCDs campaign logo, brand guidelines and social media banners!   

We’ve said ENOUGH. Now it’s time to ACT on NCDs.
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Global Youth Network Summit on Climate Change and Health

Global Youth Network Summit on Climate Change and Health
Image: Word Cloud of the Global Youth Network Summit on Climate Change and Health - 10 July 2020
On Friday 10th July 2019, the Ashley Lashley Foundation, held the third Global Youth Network Summit on Climate Change and Health as part of the HEY Campaign, in partnership UNICEF Eastern Caribbean Area Office and the Children’s Environmental Rights Initiative. This summit saw young people from over 40 countries around the world come together to discuss all matters pertaining to climate and health. This was a tremendous show of global partnership and youth activism.

Read the Meeting Report here.
 
Access the recordings:
Opening Session
Session 1: A Future for the World’s Children?
Session 2: Children’s Environmental Rights
Session 3: Youth Testimonies on Climate Change and Health
Session 4: Our common future must be more inclusive
Session 5: COVID-19 and the environment, what’s next
Concluding Session
 
Healthy Voices
Giving young people the power to beat obesity
World Obesity Federation: Today, young people represent the largest part of the population globally. Increasingly around the world, we are seeing a desire for young people to get their voices heard. The recent youth strikes on climate change have shown the impact of engaged youth. But true and lasting effects to positively impact youth health, including overweight and obesity, will not only need to include young people’s input, perspective and suggestions: the initiative and leadership of young people themselves needs to be part of the answer!

Overweight and obesity is the result of complex system interactions and while we need to change this for you, we need to do it in collaboration with you. We need to move away from a focus on single-level interventions and move towards developing comprehensive policies. Healthy Voices will provide you with some tools and expertise about how to become actively involved in shaping your development and become an agent of change.
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World’s Smallest Endoscope Could Make a Big Difference in Fight Against Heart Disease

World’s Smallest Endoscope
Image: Cardiovascular Business
Cardiovascular Business: Researchers have developed what they believe is the world’s smallest imaging device, a microscopic endoscope capable of scanning the inside of blood vessels.

Sharing its findings in Light: Science & Applications, the team noted that this new device can “allow safe access to delicate but difficult-to-reach organs, enable a high-resolution cross-sectional imaging capability, and potentially lead to enhanced patient safety and improved health outcomes.”

The device, less than 0.5 millimeters across, was crafted using 3D printing technology. The researchers see significant potential in its ability to help treat patients struggling with heart disease.
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Tongan Tax on Sugary Drinks Leads to More Water Production - Research

Tongan Tax on Sugary Drinks Leads to More Water Production – Research
Photo: 123RF
RNZ: A study into Tonga's tax on sugar-sweetened drinks has found it may have led to an increase in bottled water production.

The research, by a team from Otago University, is one of the first studies of such taxes in the Pacific, where 14 countries and territories have introduced them.

Since introducing its tax in 2013, the Tongan Government has taken about $US3.4 million (approx $NZ5.1m) a year in revenue.

The tax has been raised twice since it was first introduced, and now sits at about 31 percent, which led to about a 17 percent increase in the price of a particular brand of soft drink, according to the research
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Poorest Americans Drink a Lot More Sugary Drinks Than the Richest - Which Is Why Soda Taxes Could Help Reduce Gaping Health Inequalities

Taxes Could Help Reduce Gaping Health Inequalities
Photo: The Conversation website
The Conversation: Many countries such as the U.K. and Mexico and a handful of U.S. cities such as Philadelphia and San Francisco have imposed soda taxes in an effort to fight rising obesity.

Lots of research shows a link between drinking sugary substances and a whole host of negative health outcomes, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, liver disease, tooth decay and gout.

As economists who study economic status and health, we wanted to look at this from another perspective: Does how wealthy you are affect how much soda you consume?
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NCD Alliance Newsletter

NCD Alliance
  • 2020 Global Week for Action on NCDs - new website revealed!
  • Join NCDA's thematic webinar on PHC & multimorbid NCDs 
  • Hear about the commercial determinants of COVID-19
  • A new resource to help bridge the five major gaps on NCDs
  • How COVID-19 is impacting NCD services in the EM region
  • Call for input: UHC2030's online survey
  • How COVID-19 is impacting health workers
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Key Messages From Our Publications

Call to Urgent Action
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Our Work

Childhood Obesity Prevention Scorecard

Chilean Policies Effectively Tackling Obesity

Lessons for the Caribbean
Chilean Policies Effectively Tackling Obesity
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HCC Technical Brief and Eight Advocacy Priorities

HCC Technical Brief:
HCC Technical Brief: First United Nations High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage: Technical Brief for CARICOM Countries - A Contribution from Civil Society.
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HCC Advocacy Priorities
HCC Advocacy Priorities for the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage.
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Sweet Beverages in the Caribbean

Sweet Beverages in the Caribbean
Social media graphics to campaign for the implementation of our Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies
Our 'Sweet Beverages in the Caribbean' infographics are now available as a package, the package includes the full size infographic, a web-booklet version, a full colour printable version, reduced colour version for in house printing and three social media visuals which are shown below.
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Childhood Obesity Prevention Visuals

A set of infographics, highlighting childhood obesity, the risks and the HCC policy asks.
Childhood Obesity Prevention Visuals
Childhood Obesity Prevention
Childhood Obesity Prevention
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Childhood Obesity Prevention policies
Childhood Obesity Prevention policies
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Our Publications
No Marketing to Children
No marketing of unhealthy foods to children
HCC has created a series of  visuals to advocate for front of package nutrition warning labels and to also to campaign against the marketing of unhealthy foods to children. Find out more information here.
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CARD 2019: Women and Alcohol
CARD 2019: Women and Alcohol
A set of infographics
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Call to Urgent Action
Call to Urgent Action - Infographics and Social Media Visuals
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