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August 30th - September 9th 2017


Caribbean Wellness Day 2017 - Today, September 9th

Caribbean Wellness Day 2017
Caribbean Wellness Day (CWD) 2017 focuses on the Youth under the theme “Securing a Future Generation through Eating Healthy and Not Smoking” with the slogan "Be fresh, be cool, reduce the risk."

A Message from Dr. C. James Hospedales Executive Director of CARPHA and Special Advisor to the HCC - Youth is a crucial period for establishing positive health and social behaviours. It is a time when young persons aged 15-29 years, transition from childhood through adolescence to independent adulthood. It is a period when they undergo emotional and physical changes. Although our Caribbean youths are generally healthy, a growing number of factors influence their health. These include family and community, environmental factors, socioeconomic factors, and health factors such as communicable diseases, violence and injury, body weight, physical activity, nutrition and substance use.

Poor health in this group can be detrimental to national economies, through direct economic losses for treatment and indirect costs of lost productivity. It is therefore critical that the health and well-being of our young people are promoted and protected as a critical ingredient to the social, health and productivity agendas for the Region. Read the full Message here.
Caribbean Wellness Day 2017
CWD 2017 Tooklit
Caribbean Wellness Day 2017 Toolkit including:


Civil Society, Faith-based Organisations, Private Sector, Schools
Banner Large, Poster Large, Poster Small,
Eat well, Get moving, Spice it up, Tobacco kills 1, Tobacco kills 2, Meme Template
The NCD Problem
One liners and Phases:
Caribbean Node of the Virtual Campus for Public Health
Tobacco and Public Health: From theory to practice (2016 version)
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For more information on country activities visit the CARPHA dedicated webpage here.

Side Event at the 72nd UN General Assembly: Childhood Obesity - A Development Time-bomb:

Learning from SIDS to accelerate multi-sectoral action in support of the 2025 NCDs targets and the SDGs
Friday 22 September, 2017, 1.15 to 2.30 p.m. Trusteeship Council Chamber.

On the occasion of the Seventy-Second Regular Session of the United Nations General Assembly, The Permanent Mission of Barbados to the UN, The Permanent Mission of Canada to the UN, The Caribbean Community (CARICOM), The Pacific Island States (PSIDS), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC), invite Heads of Delegations, Permanent Representatives and Experts to attend Childhood Obesity – A Development Time-bomb: Learning from SIDS to accelerate multi-sectoral action in support of the 2025 NCDs targets and the SDGs

The Caribbean and Pacific small island developing States (SIDS) are sub-regions of the world with particularly high burdens of obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which threaten the achievement of sustainable development in these already vulnerable countries. Obesity is a disease in its own right, but it is also a major risk factor for many of the NCDs, and there is growing concern, specifically, about the alarming rate at which childhood obesity is increasing. Caribbean and Pacific SIDS have been focusing on this issue at the highest level. This Side Event will provide an opportunity to share the experiences of these regions, and others, in providing an enabling and less obesogenic environment for their people, especially the children.
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Breaking Down Siloes, Building Synergies: Implementing NCDs in the SDG Era 

Breaking Down Siloes, Building Synergies: Implementing NCDs in the SDG Era 
Monday 18 September, 18:00 - 19:30 | preceded by a reception from 17:00 - 18:00. Madison Ballroom, The Westin Grand Central, 212 East 42nd Street, New York
This side event, held on the margins of the 72nd UN General Assembly, will explore the opportunities available for implementing actions that will support the achievement of the NCD target in the SDGs, the overarching health goal, and other relevant health-related targets. Panelists will specifically focus on the interlinkages between health and NCDs with other sustainable development priorities (e.g. poverty, nutrition, environment, gender, and trade and economic growth), the necessary approaches and responses to ensure “win-win” solutions for health and other sectors, and the investment needed to drive these actions forward.  
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US CDC-PAHO Standardized Hypertension Treatment Project (SHTP) Barbados Pilot Officially Handed Over to the Barbados Government

The US CDC-PAHO Standardized Hypertension Treatment Project (SHTP) Barbados pilot was officially handed over to the Barbados government on Wednesday 30th August.
CDC Lauds Programme to Control Hypertension

A United States health official is predicting an improvement in the health of Barbadians, as well as the economy, as Government looks to expand a programme to combat cardiovascular diseases (CVD), including heart attacks and strokes.

Dr Lorna English of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the Standardized Hypertension Treatment Project (SHTP) undertaken over an 18 month period beginning in 2014 was such a success that it became a model for a broader global programme, Global Hearts, a collaborative effort between the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO), along with other partners, aimed at scaling up prevention and control of CVD, especially in developing countries.
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The HCC will be working with the American Cancer Society’s Global Prevent20 initiative to mobilise Caribbean Cancer societies around tobacco control.

Prevent20 is a global coalition of cancer groups calling on governments to raise tobacco taxes, the single most effective tobacco control intervention. The movement’s name is in recognition of the more than 20% of all cancer deaths that are attributable to tobacco use – and completely avoidable.

Barbara McGaw, regional leader in tobacco control advocacy and HCC’s Tobacco Control Advisor as well as the volunteer Tobacco Advisor at the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC), will be leading this effort in the region. Currently two cancer societies are members of Prevent20 and we will be reaching out to cancer societies across the region to join this global movement, with the aim of at least one cancer CSO per CARICOM country. Smoking prevalence among 13-15 year olds in the Caribbean is the highest in all of the Americas. Young people are heavily influenced by price. Cancer organizations have powerful and trusted voices to spread a simple message - Tobacco taxation works. When prices increase, tobacco products become less affordable and people smoke less.

Cancer societies who join Prevent20 will:
  1. learn about the benefits of tobacco taxation in plain, non-technical language;
  2. learn how to use persuasive arguments to counter tobacco industry claims;
  3. leverage the experience of colleagues in the cancer community;
  4. see how taxation can contribute to attaining global NCD reduction targets.
If your organisation is interested please contact us at

Global Health Equity Scholars Program

Global Health Equity Scholars Program
The 2018-2019 application cycle for the Global Health Equity Scholars (GHES) fellowship has officially opened. Application materials should be submitted online by November 1, 2017.

Details about the program, eligibility information and the application can be found on the website here and here.
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It’s World Alzheimer’s Month!

10 Warning Signs of Dementia
Every September Alzheimer’s Association of Trinidad and Tobago along with international and regional Alzheimer’s Associations take part to raise awareness of dementia and challenge the stigma. This year the theme Remember Me highlights the importance of early detection and diagnosis of dementia. While the campaign takes place for the entire month, World Alzheimer’s Day is observed on the 21st of September. 
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GYTS 2015 Completed and Delivered - Persistent Use of Tobacco Use in Schools Highlighted

GYTS 2015 Completed and Delivered - Persistent Use of Tobacco Use in Schools Highlighted
Minister within the Guyana Ministry of Public Health, Dr. Karen Cummings, recently received the official report on the recently completed Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS) 2015. The survey was conducted by the Pan American World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO). The GYTS is a standardised tool used to collect data on tobacco use among youths around the world. This survey is conducted every four years however the last study in Guyana was in 2010.

The report identified and highlighted facts gathered after surveys were conducted in 25 public schools in Guyana. Among these is the continued use of tobacco in schools among students between the ages of 13 to 15.
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Stakeholder Consultation on Tobacco Control

Stakeholder Consultation on Tobacco Control
Tobacco remains a serious threat to individuals, families and communities in Saint Lucia. Every year more than 100 of its people are killed by tobacco-caused diseases, while more than 800 children and more than 14000 adults continue to use tobacco each day.

As part of the efforts of the St. Lucia Ministry of Health and Wellness to lead the response and to address the issue of tobacco consumption, a stakeholder consultation was held at the National Mental Wellness Centre on September 5th 2017. A review of the Public Health (Smoking Control) Regulation Draft and strategies towards tobacco control in Saint Lucia were among the key areas discussed
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WHO GCM/NCD Webinar Series Gender & NCDs

WHO GCM/NCD Webinar Series Gender & NCDs
Wednesday 27th September, Large Library Meeting Room, WHO HQ, 15.00 - 1700 (CET)

Speakers inclue the Healthy Caribbean Coalition, VicHealth, the WORTH project & the Ministry of Health Albania.
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CariWaC Advances - First Ladies/Spouses Network Formally Launched 

Members of the Spouses of Caribbean Leaders Action Network (SCLAN) at the launch
First Ladies and Spouses of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) launched  its network," Spouses of Caribbean Leaders Action Network (SCLAN)" to tackle issues related to the health and wellbeing  of women, adolescents and children in the Caribbean. SCLAN is the advocacy and action platform to advance the Every Caribbean Women Every Caribbean Child (ECWECC) initiative, now re-titled Caribbean Woman Caribbean Child (CariWaC)"

H.E. Ms. Kim Simplis Barrow, Spouse of the Prime Minister of Belize and Special Envoy for Women and Children in Belize, was elected as the first Chair of the Network, while H.E. Ms. Sandra Granger, First Lady of Guyana, was elected its Vice Chair. Other members of the executive body are: Her Excellencies, Ms. Reema Carmona (Trinidad and Tobago); Ms. Martine Moise (Haiti); and the Most Honorable, Juliet Holness (Jamaica).  Also at the Launch were: Her Excellences, Ms. Maria Browne (Antigua & Barbuda) and Sybilene Patricia Minnis (The Bahamas).
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BNR Cancer Snapshot

Cancer Snapshot
Data collection and abstraction for 2013 have been completed and 2014 collection will com-mence with case finding on 1 August 2017. Without a doubt the 2013 process would not have been possible without the help of our partners: The Ministry of Health and the QEH staff, along with those private physicians and their office managers/assistants who were willing to not only notify, but allowed us access to patient records to complete the process.
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How Alcohol Industry Organisations Mislead the Public About Alcohol and Cancer

How Alcohol Industry Organisations Mislead the Public About Alcohol and Cancer
The relationship between alcohol consumption and cancer has been disputed by the alcohol industry (AI) and its affiliated organisations. At the same time many AI-funded organisations, most commonly ‘social aspects and public relations organizations’ (SAPROs), disseminate health information with the stated intention of informing consumers and encouraging ‘responsible drinking’. Such organisations are portrayed as delivering on the AI’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) goals, but it has been argued that these organisations’ activities are in fact aimed at maintaining profits by promoting ineffective interventions, misrepresenting the evidence, and attempting to influence public perceptions in ways that favour industry interests.
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The Diabetes Association of Barbados - Market Day

The Diabetes Association of Barbados Market Day
The Diabetes Association of Barbados will be having its Market Day at the Headquarters, Cnr. Jessamine Ave, Beckles Rd, St. Michael, on September 14, 2017, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. On sale will be a variety of fruits, vegetables and household items.

Cancer Support Services Fundraising Luncheon & Public Lecture

Fundraising Luncheon
Public Lecture

World Obesity Day 2017 - 11th October 2017

World Obesity Day
On current trends, 2.7 billion adults worldwide will suffer from overweight and obesity by 2025, of which 177 million adults will be in need of treatment as a result of severe obesity.

Untreated, obesity is responsible for a significant proportion of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) including heart disease, diabetes, liver disease and many types of cancer.
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World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, October 14th 2017

Palliative Care Day 2017
World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is a unified day of action to celebrate and support hospice and palliative care around the world. The theme for World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2017 is: Universal Health Coverage and Palliative Care – Don't leave those suffering behind.
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NCD Consultant Opportunity

Proposals Due September 15th
Plan International UK is seeking a consultant to develop a policy briefing paper that will be delivered at a crucial juncture in NCD policy-making. In working collaboratively with a number of organizations, the consultant will bring together a collective of like-minded advocates to advance common priorities in relation to NCDs and young people.

The paper will build on consensus areas and articulate them with clarity for a policy audience. Referencing the latest evidence, the paper will articulate how policy makers can effectively advance the treatment and prevention of NCDs among young people giving clear recommendations for how this can be advanced through key milestones over the coming year. 

Submission of proposals should be made by email to:

The proposals should include the following:
  • A cover note outlining your experience and capacity to deliver high-quality outputs.
  • Your proposed daily fee.
  • Your CV.
  • An example of a health policy report produced by the candidate (or valid hyperlinks to online published papers or reports).

Lancet NCD Publications

Extreme rain, flooding, and health: The unprecedented volume of rain and floods during the past few weeks is difficult to comprehend. More than 1400 people in south Asia are dead and tens of millions more have been affected by extreme monsoon rains. The worst flooding in 100 years has left one third of Bangladesh submerged. In Nepal, almost half a million people are food insecure. Read more

CAR T-cells: an exciting frontier in cancer therapy: On Aug 30, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved tisagenlecleucel (marketed by Novartis as Kymriah) as the first ever treatment that genetically modifies patients' own T cells. The approval is for children and young adults (up to 25 years of age) with relapsed or refractory acute B-cell lymphoblastic leukaemia—a leading cause of childhood cancer deaths. Read more

Cervical Cancer Prevention Webinar

Cervical Cancer Prevention Webinars
Thursday, September 14 - Join a panel of international experts for a 90-minute, animated discussion of the state-of-the-art of cervical cancer prevention in low-resource settings. These two webinars celebrate the publication of a new Supplement to the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, available here.

Convenient for the Americas and for Europe and Africa in the afternoon 07:00 Seattle / 15:00 London / 16:00 Lusaka Featuring Dr. Gina Ogilvie, Dr. Sharon Kapambwe, Dr. Ophira Ginsberg, and Scott Wittet (moderator). 
Register for Webinar

HCC Publications

Blood Pressure Control Through Community Action
Blood Pressure Control Through Community Action 
Climate Change, NCDs & SIDS
Climate Change, NCDs & SIDS  
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Caribbean Cardiology Conference 2018 - Abstract Submissions Open Oct 1

Caribbean Cardiology Conference 2018
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World Heart Day 29 September 2017 

Share the Power
Full campaign toolkit, including Tweets to share, now available, Access the Campaign ToolkitAccess the Digital Toolkit
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AC3 Conference 2017

AC3 Conference 2017
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WHO Global Conference on Noncommunicable Diseases

Enhancing policy coherence between different spheres of policy making that have a bearing on attaining SDG target 3.4 on NCDs by 2030. Montevideo, Uruguay, 18-20 October 2017
WHO Global Conference on Noncommunicable Diseases
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IDF Congress 2017
The global diabetes community will again unite at the IDF 2017 Congress in Abu Dhabi, UAE, on 4-8 December 2017. The event will include more than 200 speakers, both world-renowned and newcomers, 230 national diabetes associations from 170 countries and high level participation from the Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD) and other health organisations.
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World Cancer Conference 2018

World Cancer Conference 2018
  • Launch of the call for sessions 28 August - 31 October 2017
  • Patient Group Pavilion Programme – call for best practice sharing
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