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October 28th - November 5th 2017


HCC Launches Policy Brief Which Takes a Closer Look at NCDs and Trade Policy in the Caribbean

NCDs and Trade Policy in the Caribbean
The HCC is pleased to launch our newest NCD Policy Brief which highlights the interactions and relationships between trade and NCDs and the role of trade policy actions in support of the prevention and control of this group of diseases in the Caribbean. The brief provides information and case studies on the interconnection and relevance of trade to NCD prevention and control and outlines linkages between trade policies and specific NCD risk factors, specifically tobacco and alcohol use and unhealthy diets. It closes with recommendations for priority policy actions, which can be used as a starting point for civil society led advocacy.
HCC NCD Policy Brief ‘NCDs and Trade Policy in the Caribbean‘
The brief, developed with the support of the NCD Alliance, is one of a series that builds a case for NCD policy action across non-health, health-influencing government sectors in the Caribbean, and is part of the HCC's ongoing NCD advocacy agenda. It is first and foremost an advocacy tool for Caribbean civil society organisations (CSOs) to inform their advocacy efforts aimed at triggering the development and implementation of trade policies which support a reduction in the burden of NCDs. It is hoped that CSOs will gain a greater understanding of key trade and NCD-related issues and policy options leading to more strategic and effective advocacy.
Read the brief here

Drink Less, Reduce Cancer

Date: Friday November 17, 2017
Time: 10.00am – 11.00am Washington DC Time

On November 17th the HCC with the support of partners PAHO, CARPHA and CARICOM will host the 2nd Annual Caribbean Alcohol Reduction Day.  A webinar will be held in recognition of the 2nd CARD. This webinar will feature global and regional experts who will discuss the harmful use of alcohol and its intersection with cancer risk, and explore the policy options to reduce the harmful use of alcohol among Caribbean people.
  • Dr. Kevin Shield, Independent Scientist, Institute for Mental Health Policy Research, Head, WHO/PAHO Collaborating Centre, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
  • Dr. Maristela Monteiro, Senior Advisor Alcohol and Substance Abuse, PAHO
  • Dr. Rohan Maharaj, HCC Alcohol Policy Advisor
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The Trinidad and Tobago Heart Foundation (TTHF) Red Dress Masquerade Ball

Trinidad and Tobago Heart Foundation
The Trinidad and Tobago Heart Foundation ("TTHF") hosted its Red Dress Masquerade Ball on Saturday 28th October 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at Pier I, Chaguaramas.

The event was attended by His Excellency Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona, President of the Republic Trinidad and Tobago and the TTHF's Patron Her Excellency Reema Carmona, First Lady as well as the Honourable Terrence Deyalsingh, Minister of Health and Mrs. Deyalsingh.

The Feature Address was delivered by Prof Sir Trevor Hassell, President of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition who presented a road map for the reduction of the incidence of coronary and non-communicable diseases (NCD's) and encouraged changes in health policy.

Dr. Sabita Harrikissoon, Chair of the TTHF's Go Red for Women campaign encouraged women as head of the household to take responsibility for the health of the household through adherence to healthy diets, exercise regimes and weight loss.

Mr. Ronnie Bissessar, President of the TTHF congratulated the speakers and re-committed the TTHF as an advocate for Heart Health and the Go Red for Women campaign to aid the fight against coronary disease and NCD's.

Her Excellency Reema Carmona, First Lady of Trinidad and Tobago and the TTHF's Patron
Prof Sir Trevor Hassell, President of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition

St. Vincent & the Grenadines launches NATIONAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS COMMISSION

St. Vincent & the Grenadines launches NATIONAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS COMMISSION
The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment officially launched The National Health and Wellness Commission of St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Tuesday 31st October, 2017.  The keynote speaker for the officially launch was Honourable Luke Browne, Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment.

The National Health and Wellness Commission will be headed by Chairperson, Dr.  Timothy Providence and will comprise 14 members drawn from among government ministries, non-governmental organizations, private sector, the media and faith based organization.  The Commission will serve for a term of 3 years.

The need for the formation of this Commission was first mooted in the Non-Communicable Diseases Prevention and Control Strategic Plan for the Caribbean Region 2003-2007.  It was subsequently endorsed  in 2007, in the Heads of Government of CARICOM historic Port of Spain Declaration “Uniting to Stop the Epidemic of Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases”, and National NCD Commission or analogous bodies were determined to be the mechanism or instrument for implementation of the multisectoral response to NCDs.

The aim of the National Health and Wellness Commission of St.  Vincent and the Grenadines is to support the Ministry of Health, Wellness & the Environment in establishing health and wellness policies, responding to threats from communicable and non-communicable diseases, building capacity for community interventions, strengthening institutions and ensuring timely interventions to address regional and international resolutions, commitments and agreements. PAHO and the HCC have been providing technical assistance to support the establishment of the Commission. In 2016, with support from the Commonwealth Secretariat, the HCC worked with NCD Focal Point, Beverley Liverpool to provide guidance in the formation of the Commission through the piloting of the toolkit: Getting National NCD Commissions UP AND RUNNING – A Framework for the Establishment and Strengthening of National NCD Commissions in the Caribbean. For more on National NCD Commissions in CARICOM, visit our recently launched portal here.

See more pictures from the launch here.
Related media coverage:
National Health and Wellness Commission Launched Here
National Health and Wellness Commission Important in Healthcare Development

2017 Global Nutrition Report Launched

Global Nutrition Report
2017 Global Nutrition Report
The 2017 Global Nutrition Report, was released at the Global Nutrition Summit 2017: Milan on November 4th. It is intended to keep the global community honest about the extent to which commitments are being kept and meaningful progress toward global goals is being made. As global leaders convene, it is important to shine a light on the success stories that underscore that the fight against malnutrition is one that can be won. To get there, much more political will is needed at all levels of governance.  By rallying political and financial commitments from a variety of actors, the Global Nutrition Summit in Milan can be a moment not just to mark progress, but also to make progress
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PAHO Conducts Training for Caribbean Lawyers in the Area of NCDs

Justice Winston Anderson of the Caribbean Court of Justice (left) with Nicole Foster, Law Lecturer at UWI Cave Hill and Policy Advisor with HCC
From October 24 - 27 the PAHO Jamaica Office conducted training for Caribbean lawyers in the area of NCDs. The meeting was attended primarily by Chief Parliamentary Counsels and officers from the various Ministries of Legal Affairs / Attorney-General Offices together with some representative from Ministries of Health. 

Nicole Foster, Law Lecturer at UWI Cave Hill and Policy Advisor with Healthy Caribbean Coalition also attended the meeting and delivered a presentation on 'Pursuing Policy Coherence on Trade, Investment and NCDs: A Regional Perspective'. The presentation highlighted the flexibilities available within CARICOM's existing trade arrangements such as the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, the CARIFORUM/EU Economic Partnership Agreeement and the WTO and also addressed some of the negotiating constraints small states such as those in CARICOM face when dealing with these issues. Other presentations included a very useful and stimulating session facilitated by Justice Winston Anderson of the Caribbean Court of Justice, exploring the possible role for the CCJ in supporting NCDs prevention and control efforts. Participants were also able to benefit from the expertise of persons such as Benn McGrady of the World Health Organisation and representatives from the McCable Centre for Law and Cancer in Australia, one of the WHO's designated 'knowledge hubs'.
Some key 'take aways' from the meeting were: the importance of a 'whole of society' approach to NCDs policy making; the importance of appropriate framing of policies to ensure that Member States have maximum flexibility available to them to exploit in the future; the need for CARICOM to be more active within fora such as the WTO Technical Barriers to Trade Committee possibly through better leveraging of our Geneva-based Permanent Missions, supported by a multi-sectoral capital-based technical committee dealing with different aspects of NCDs policy.

Jamaica Minister of Health Makes Appeal for Healthier Foods, Improved Labelling

Jamaica Minister of Health Makes Appeal for Healthier Foods, Improved Labelling
Jamaica Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton made a special appeal to food manufacturers to start voluntarily making their products healthier and enhancing labelling which is appropriate in the Jamaican context, even before these requirements become mandatory.

Tufton, speaking at the fifth group stakeholder consultation hosted by the National Food Industry Task Force at the Bureau of Standards Jamaica, said there have been 14 other consultations with food industry stakeholders as the Government seeks to come to a consensus with the movers and shakers of food manufacturing and production in the island.
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Health + Tech | Chaining The NCD Beast With Technology

Chaining The NCD Beast With Technology
We have already seen how some wearable technology is changing the face of health care and allowing people to be more aware and in charge of their health. The DynoSense line of remote care management products, for example, can, among other things, allow one to monitor their blood pressure and sugar levels if diabetes and hypertension are concerns.

These are relatively cheap when compared to what it would take to constantly treat these conditions. Hypertension, known as the silent killer, can even lead to death without much warning, so getting this is a much smaller price to pay.

Perhaps we should begin looking at providing them as part of insurance policies and general health benefits for those at risk. This would ensure that people have the means to be more engaged in protecting their health and relieve the burden on the health system from conditions that are preventable.
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World Diabetes Day - 14th November 2017

The theme for 2017 is Women and Diabetes.
World Diabetes Day
The World Diabetes Day 2017 campaign will promote the importance of affordable and equitable access for all women at risk for or living with diabetes to the essential diabetes medicines and technologies, self-management education and information they require to achieve optimal diabetes outcomes and strengthen their capacity to prevent type 2 diabetes.

There are currently over 199 million women living with diabetes and this total is projected to increase to 313 million by 2040. Gender roles and power dynamics influence vulnerability to diabetes, affect access to health services and health seeking behavior for women, and amplify the impact of diabetes on women.
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Regional Activities to Celebrate World Diabetes Awareness Month

Bovell Cancer Diabetes Foundation

9th Annual “Diabetes in the Limelight Jamboree”, November 10th, 2017 at the Cyd Gray Sporting Complex, Roxborough, Tobago at 10:00 a.m. Registration is free. Screening... Blood glucose, A1c, blood pressure, cholesterol, weight clinic, doctors on site, eye doctor, dentist, education booth, children's booth, poster competition display, Zumca, spin-to-win (physical activity), stroke education, nutrition booth, food demonstration & more...
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Diabetes Association of Barbados
Diabetes Association of Barbados World Diabetes Day
Full list of activities
The Guyana Diabetic Association
  • Magenta "Ladies of Distinction  November 3-5, Pegasus Hotel
  • Tea Party - French Team November 11, 3-6pm Promenade Gardens
  • Blue Moonlight "Voices to be Heard" November 13, 7pm - 10pm.  Type 1 relating the stories while letting candles go
  • Walk November 18, 6am (5K)
  • Exhibition November 18, 2017 Stabroek Market Live cooking demonstration
The Antigua and Barbuda Diabetes Association
The Antigua and Barbuda Diabetes Association will be conducting a week of Activities from November 12 to 18th working with the Ministry of Health and the  Lions Club of Antigua.
  • Sunday November 12, 8:30 a.m.: Worship Service at St. Georges Anglican Church
  • Monday November 13, 2:00 p.m.: In-service education Session for District Nurse Midwives on Diabetes in Pregnancy
  • Tuesday November 14, World Diabetes Day, 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.:Screening, Education and Food Demonstration at the Public Market with the Ministry of Health and the Medical Benefits Scheme
  • Wednesday November 15, 12 noon to 1:00 p.m.: Lunch and Learn at the Antigua Public Utilities Authority
  • Thursday November 16: Education in Workplaces (to be confirmed)
  • Saturday November 18, 5:00 a.m: Global Walk for Diabetes with Lions Club of Antigua, followed by a Light Breakfast
Media programmes leading up to World Diabetes Day and during the week November 12 to 18 2017

Krystal Boyea Diabetes Diary

Krystal Boyea
The theme for World Diabetes Awareness Month is 'Women and Diabetes', in recognition of this HCC NCD Youth Champion Krystal Boyea is making a video diary of what it is like for her living with Type 1 Diabetes.

Support Krystal and World Diabetes Awareness by following her through the whole of November. 30 Days 30 videos.... #blabtotheblue
See Krystal's Video Diary
Global Diabetes Walk 2017

Mental Health in the Workplace

Mental Health in the Workplace
Good mental health enables people to realize their potential, cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively, and contribute to their communities.

Employers and managers can help create a healthy workplace where workers and managers actively contribute to the working environment by:
  • Allowing for flexible working hours or telecommuting as necessary;
  • involving employees in decision-making; 
  • creating programmes for career development of employees; and
  • recognizing and rewarding the contribution of employees.
Employers that have initiatives to promote mental health and support employees in the workplace see gains not only in the health of their employees but also in their productivity at work.
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Hercules Takes on the Breast Cancer Battle

Shawn Hercules
An aggressive form of breast cancer that is killing mostly black women is in the crosshairs of a young Barbadian scientist who is determined to fight it.

Shawn Hercules told Barbados TODAY that women affected by Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC), have no targeted therapies currently to ensure their survival.

In these circumstances, women with TNBC are likely to have the cancer spread beyond the breast tissue and after treatment it is likely to recur.

“TNBC means the tumour doesn’t have oestrogen receptor, progesterone receptor or human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (ER, PR, Her2). The tumour is not positive for these receptors and is therefore deemed triple negative. Some tumours that are ER positive or Her2 positive can be treated with targeted therapies. TNBC lacks those receptors and have no targeted therapies, which drives its aggressiveness,” he explained.
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Commonwealth Foundation Grants Programme

Commonwealth Foundation
The Commonwealth Foundation is interested in supporting projects that strengthen civic voice so that it:
  • Is more effective in holding governance institutions to account
  • Enhances involvement in policy processes
  • Shapes public discourse
Applicants must be a registered national or regional not for profit civil society organisation (CSO), have an annual income of less than £3 million and be applying for a maximum of 50,000 per annum over no more than four years.

The deadline for preliminary applications is on 3 January 2018 at 17:00 GMT.

Caribbean applicants can contact with any questions.
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Call for Poster Abstracts - Due Date: December 12, 2017

The 6th Annual Symposium on Global Cancer Research will be held on March 15,2018, prior to the start of the 9th Annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Global Health Conference. The objectives of this full-day Symposium on Global Cancer Research are to provide: (1) A comprehensive overview of the role of research in addressing local and global disparities in cancer care and control; (2) A stimulating and engaging forum for knowledge sharing; and (3) An environment that facilitates new collaborations to advance our knowledge and practice aimed at overcoming cancer disparities.

Presentation of cutting-edge research and programs that address the global burden of cancer is at the heart of the Symposium. The organizers invite all persons wishing to report original research, innovative projects, or novel programs related to global cancer research and control to submit abstracts to be considered for posters and publication in the Journal of Global Oncology (JGO).

Abstracts will be collected through two categories:
  • Scientific – original research (abstract must include sections with the headlines: background, aims, methods, results, and significance).
  • Program – innovative projects that move the field forward (abstracts must include sections with the headlines: background, goals, methods, outcomes, and next steps).
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NCI Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention Program

The National Cancer Institute (NCI)
The 2018 NCI Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention is currently accepting applications!
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) hosts the “NCI Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention” every year in Rockville, Maryland. The Curriculum provides training in cancer control, prevention, and research for domestic and international scientists and health care professionals. The Principles and Practice of Cancer Control Course, to be held July 9 - August 3, 2018, focuses on concepts, methods, issues, and applications related to cancer prevention and control. The Molecular Prevention Course, to be held August 6-10, 2018, provides a strong background in the molecular biology and genetics of cancer and an overview of basic laboratory approaches applied to cutting-edge research in the fields of molecular epidemiology, chemoprevention, biomarkers, and translational research.
The application deadline is February 1, 2018. A limited amount of financial support may be available for selected meritorious applications from low- and middle-income countries. 
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HCC Publications

NCDs and Trade Policy in the Caribbean
NCDs and Trade Policy
in the Caribbean
Policy Brief

Civil Society Collaborating to Provide Integrated NCD / Sexual and Reproductive Health Service Delivery in Barbados
Civil Society Collaborating to Provide Integrated NCD / Sexual and Reproductive Health Service Delivery in Barbados
See All HCC Publications
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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Caribbean Cardiology Conference 2018

Caribbean Cardiology Conference 2018
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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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The NCD Alliance
  • Together we are stronger
  • Who will be the next leaders in the fight against NCDs?
  • Slides and recordings of latest webinar now available online
  • Global Nutrition Report
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