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The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

July 17th - July 23rd 2015


Jamaica Facing an Obesity Crisis

Multi-sectoral approach needed to address obesity.

In recognition of the urgent need to reduce obesity in the island, the Jamaica Association of Professionals in Nutrition and Dietetics (JAPINAD)'s focus for this administrative year is 'Obesity Prevention and Reduction'.
JAPINAD celebrated its 13th anniversary during the week of July 19-25, which was also designated as 'National Nutrition Week'. It also hosted an International Obesity Conference on 23-24 July at the Knutsford Court Hotel, St Andrew.

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  • Tackling obesity: prevention is better than cure read more

Health Professionals to Get Better Training

Health Professionals to Get Better Training
“We are faced with the tsunami of sorts of chronic non-communicable diseases, diabetes, hypertension, cancer and the end stages of many of these come with organ failure. So renal failure, heart failure as well as stroke and dementia. Take all of these diseases together, there is tremendous burden on the health care system,” Dr. Greaves pointed out.
Every year, approximately 2500 persons die in Barbados and 73 per cent of those persons would need palliative care, at the end of their lives. Read more
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Cancer Support Services Conference 2015

Cancer Support Services Conference 2015
Cancer Support Services held their 2015 Conference on Saturday 27th June 2015 8.30am - 4.30pm at the Accra Beach Hotel & Spa Rockley Christ Church Barbados. The Conference theme was - Malignancies in the Paediatric Age Group and Young Adults.

Read more about the Conference, hear excerpts form the speakers, view their presentation slides and see more images here.

CARPHA launches EvIDeNCe

CARPHA launches EvIDeNCe
On June 24, 2015, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) launched its Evidence Informed Decision Making Network of the Caribbean (EvIDeNCe) at St. George’s University, Grenada, ahead of the Agency’s 60th Anniversary Health Research Conference. EvIDeNCe is a Knowledge Translation (KT) Facility which seeks to improve health policy formulation in the region, by supporting use of the best available scientific evidence. The Facility will provide support to CARPHA Member States in three critical areas: (i) knowledge availability (providing access to robust and locally applicable knowledge); (ii) knowledge exchange (supporting regular and deliberate dialogue between policy-makers, researchers, stakeholders and other policy constituents); and (iii) capacity building (strengthening the skills of researchers, health policy-makers and other research users) Read more
Dr Alessandro Demaio co-founder of NCDFREE on obesity, health and freedom of choice. Watch the video here
Dr Alessandro Demaio on obesity, health and freedom of choice

Final Push for Health and NCDs in Post-2015 Negotiations

Final push for health and NCDs in post-2015 negotiations
The final post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations are underway in New York. The session, which began on Monday and continues through Friday 31 July, is focused on reactions to the final draft Outcome Document to adopt the Post-2015 Agenda.
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Time for Global Action 2015

Transforming Our World by 2030: A New Agenda For Global Action

On 25 to 27 September 2015 Heads of State will come together in New York for a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly of the United Nations to adopt the post-2015 development agenda.  The elements of post-2015 will include a Declaration; Sustainable Development Goals and targets; Means of Implementation and Global Partnership for Sustainable Development; and follow-up and review. These can be found in the Final draft of the outcome document for the UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda currently under review through a series of Intergovernmental negotiations (IGN).

As we lead up to the UN Summit in September, the HCC will be seeking to build regional awareness, buy-in and commitment to supporting the post 2015 development agenda at all levels, from individuals to organisations including civil society, private sector and governments. Every week will be sharing elements of the outcome document (currently final draft under review through IGN) during our weekly roundup. See this week’s excerpt below.
1. We, the Heads of State and Government of the 193 member States of the United Nations, meeting in New York from 25-27 September 2015 as the Organization celebrates its seventieth anniversary, have agreed today on new global goals for the sustainable development of humanity and of our planet.
2. On behalf of the peoples we serve, we have adopted a historic agreement on a comprehensive and far-reaching set of universal goals and targets. If these are realized, they will transform for the better the world in which we all live.
3. We recognize that poverty eradication is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. We intend, between now and 2030, to end poverty and hunger once and for all; to combat inequalities; to ensure the lasting protection of the planet and its resources; and to create conditions for sustainable, inclusive and sustained economic growth and shared prosperity.
4. As we embark on this great collective journey, we pledge that nobody will be left behind. We wish to see the goals and targets met for all economic and social groupings.
5. Having consulted widely with stakeholders, and having made a special effort to listen to the voices and concerns of the poorest and the vulnerable, we are adopting a universal Agenda for sustainable development. We commit ourselves to working tirelessly for its implementation and for the attainment by 2030 of our shared vision.
6. This Agenda is of unprecedented scope and significance. Accepted by all countries and applicable to all, it has been agreed following two years of intensive public consultation and engagement around the world. It is the first ever global compact for human development and preservation of the planet.
7. This is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity which also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom. It will be implemented by all of us acting in collaborative partnership. We are resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet for future generations. We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps needed to shift the world onto a sustainable footing.
8. Almost fifteen years ago, the Millennium Development Goals were agreed. These provided an important framework for development and significant progress has been made in a number of areas. But the progress has been uneven and some of the Goals remain off-track. We recommit ourselves to the full realization of the off-track MDGs. The new Agenda builds on the Millennium Development Goals and seeks to complete what these did not achieve.
9. In its scope, however, the framework we are announcing today goes far beyond the MDGs. Alongside traditional development priorities such as health, education and food security and nutrition, it sets out a wide range of economic and environmental objectives and also promises more peaceful, better governed and inclusive societies. Reflecting the integrated approach that we have agreed, there are deep interconnections and many cross-cutting elements across the new goals and targets.
For more on the post 2015 development process click here
To see the full Final draft of the outcome document for the UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda click here
For more information on the post 2015 development agenda visit the NCD Alliance here
For more information on Advocacy on NCDs and the post 2015 development agenda check out the NCD Alliance Toolkit here
For more information on the UN Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda click here

School Ban on Sodas, Sweet Snacks Working

BOSTON (AP) - Rules aimed at banning sugary sodas, sweet snacks, potato chips and other standard school vending machine fare appear to be working in Massachusetts, according to a study released Wednesday. The study of 74 middle and high schools in three dozen districts showed big increases in the offerings of healthy "competitive foods and beverages" - those items sold in vending machines, school stores, and for fundraisers that "compete" with the sale of school meals. Before the new rules, just 13 percent of competitive foods would have met the standards at the middle school level. One year after the rule, that number rose to 69 percent, according to the study. Read more

NCD Alliance Survey

In preparation for the NCD Alliance's, Global NCD Alliance Forum in Sharjah, 13-15 November, they are conducting an online survey of their five regional and 36 national NCD alliances including their membership. The NCDA really want to understand how the global network of NCD alliances is developing and what kind of assistance is needed to support this emerging civil society movement. As a member of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition’s regional network of health and non health civil society organisations we urge you to complete this survey by clicking here.

Connecting Diabetes Professionals Worldwide

D-NET is an online platform representing a dynamic and diverse international community of health professionals working in diabetes. Read more
NCD Alliance e-Alert
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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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