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NCD Alliance Statement of Concern

NCD Alliance Statement of Concern
There is growing concern among NCD civil society about the current state of negotiations on the Political Declaration for the third United Nations High-Level Meeting on Noncommunicable Diseases (UN HLM on NCDs). Heads of State and Government must not miss this vital opportunity to come together, take action for the benefit of all their citizens, and express their commitment and political leadership to reduce the unnecessary global suffering, death, and disability due to NCDs.

NCDs were responsible for 39.5 million deaths, or 70 per cent of all global mortality in 2015; at the current rate of progress, this number is expected to increase significantly. Investing in NCD prevention and control would save 8.2 million lives in low- and lower-middle-income countries alone, and generate USD 350 billion in economic growth by 2030. The evidence and imperative for action is there; it is now well past time to deliver.

The Political Declaration is an opportunity to build on commitments agreed by all Member Statements in the 2011 and 2014 UN High-Level Meetings on NCDs. It is time to analyse unmet commitments and commit to concrete actions that governments need to take to move the needle on the NCD response. The global health and research community has a strong body of evidence illustrating tried and tested cost-effective measures that work to reduce the burden of NCDs on people living with NCDs, their families and societies, as well as on health systems and domestic budgets. The Declaration should be forward looking and address the social, economic, environmental, and commercial determinants of health, which are integrated throughout the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. While some elements of the current draft do address these issues, substantial gaps and weaknesses remain that should be redressed if the outcome of this UN HLM is to truly curb the current catastrophic trajectory of the global NCD burden.
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Belize Cancer Society 'Healthier Choices' Campaign

Healthier Choices
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Healthier Choices
Healthier Choices
Be Smart Get Active
Be Smart Get Active - Belize Cancer Society PSA (click/tap to play)
We would appreciate you taking the time to complete a brief questionnaire, this can be done online here or by completing this word document and returning it to Dr. B. Barnett, HCC Consultant, at by 7 August 2018





The Healthy Caribbean Coalition has received financing from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) in an amount equivalent to US$149,990 towards the cost of Capacity Building of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to Address Childhood Obesity Prevention Project and intends to apply a portion of the proceeds of this financing to eligible payments under a contract for which this invitation is issued. Payments by CDB will be made only at the request of Healthy Caribbean Coalition and upon approval by CDB, and will be subject in all respects to the terms and conditions of the Financing Agreement. The Financing Agreement prohibits withdrawal from the financing account for the purpose of any payment to persons or entities, or for any import of goods, if such payment or import, to the knowledge of CDB, is prohibited by a decision of the United Nations Security Council taken under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations. No party other than Healthy Caribbean Coalition shall derive any rights from the Financing Agreement or have any claim to the proceeds of the Financing.

Healthy Caribbean Coalition, the Executing Agency, now wishes to procure consultancy services for the Evaluation of the Capacity of CSOs to Implement Childhood Obesity Prevention Interventions.

Read/download the full Request for Expression of Interest here.
After further consultation with CDB, we are now sharing the Terms of Reference for this consultancy. Please be advised that the TORs are in draft and may be modified slightly over the course of the procurement process. Read/download here

HCC Consultancy Opportunity: Mapping of the Caribbean Food and Beverage Industry

Mapping of the Caribbean Food and Beverage Industry
The Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) is seeking a consultant to undertake a mapping of the Caribbean food and beverage industry with a focus on key actors in Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.

The Terms of Reference for the consultancy can be found here.
Interested and qualified candidates are requested to submit a Cover Letter and CV to the HCC via email ( with the subject: HCC Food and Beverage Industry Mapping. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday August 15th, 2018.
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HCC Joins Other Leading Organisations to Congratulate the Government of Jamaica on it's Restriction of Sugar Sweetened Beverages in Schools

Restriction of Sugar Sweetened Beverages in Schools
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World Breastfeeding Week 1-7 August 2018

World Breastfeeding Week
In a world filled with inequality, crises and poverty, breastfeeding is the foundation of lifelong good health for babies and mothers. The slogan for World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) 2018: BREASTFEEDING: Foundation of Life.

World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) is a global network of individuals and organisations concerned with the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding worldwide based on the Innocenti Declarations, the Ten Links for Nurturing the Future and the WHO/UNICEF Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding. WABA is in consultative status with UNICEF and an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC).
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World Breast Feeding Week
World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA)
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HCC Civil Society Action Plan Key Policy Ask #3

HCC Civil Society Action Plan Key Policy Ask #3
Exclusive breast-feeding is associated with decreased risk of developing overweight and obesity in childhood. HCC is committed to advocating for policies which create environments that are supportive of exclusive breast-feeding as recommended by the WHO. As such one of the key policy asks in our civil society action plan is promoting the enactment of legislation related to the international Code of Marketing of Breast- milk Substitutes.  HCC will continue to collaborate with civil society actors such as the Breastfeeding & Child Nutrition Foundation of Barbados (BCNF) to support breastfeeding moms and give our children the best possible nutritional start in life

The Breastfeeding and Child Nutrition Foundation of Barbados Promoting World Breastfeeding Week 2018

World Breastfeeding Week 2018
World Breastfeeding Week 2018
The Breastfeeding and Child Nutrition Foundation (BCNF) are heavily promoting World Breastfeeding week, along with already sharing some of the global material on the BCNF facebook page, they also created their own themes 'Feeding Our Future' and 'Barbados Breastfeeds'. These are actual Mums in Barbados who consented to having their pics taken and shared.
A message for World Breastfeeding Week 2018, from Dr. Alison Bernard,  President of the Breastfeeding & Child Nutrition Foundation of Barbados (Click/tap to play)
Medical Students at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Barbados
Medical Students at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Barbados
Queen Elizabeth Hospital Barbados
Visitors at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Barbados
Shoppers at the Sky Mall Barbados
Shoppers at the Sky Mall Barbados
Shoppers at the Sky Mall Barbados
Shoppers at the Sky Mall Barbados
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Fight the Sweet

Fight the Sweet
“We’re eating ourselves to death, and we’re expecting different results.”

That is the analysis of food consumption practices in Barbados by veteran medical care professional Dr Anne St John as she briefly spoke of non-communicable diseases becoming the number one health problem here owing to over indulgence while we’re wringing our hands at the problem.

“Looking at the epidemic of childhood obesity in Barbados… our population is doing the same thing over and over again,” she said Tuesday, while delivering a Legacy Lecture marking her retirement after more than four decades in medical service. She invoked the often-quoted description of insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” adding that this ages-old definition applies to the people of Barbados today.

Having practised paediatric medicine for the past 42 years with 38 of these dedicated to working in the care of children in the Department of Paediatrics at QEH, Dr John should know of the madness in the eating habits of Barbadians. Speaking in the Henry Fraser Lecture, she reflected on a 20ten study done along with nutritionist Dr Pamela Gaskin. They had scientifically selected 400 nine to ten-year-olds from different schools.
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The Caribbean Regional Center for Research Excellence

Laboratory/research needs assessment survey
The Caribbean Regional Center for Research Excellence was funded by the National Cancer Institute to provide regional infrastructure to support research on cancer and cardiometabolic disease. Part of their strategic plan is to better equip researchers in the Caribbean region by delivering appropriate research enhancement activities to address the laboratory and research needs of the region. To do this they must first conduct a laboratory/research needs assessment.

Please take 10 minutes of your time to complete the online needs assessment form which can be accessed here.

If you have questions please contact us at
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Lake Health and Wellbeing Newsletter

Lake Health and Wellbeing Newsletter
In this edition of the Lake Health and Wellbeing newsletter:
  • registration for Fibroids Self-Care Webinar Series is now open
  • highlights from a recent fibroids Twitter chat with Jenny Rosenberg, the Executive Director of CARE About Fibroids
  • chronic disease self-management course for men in St Kitts
  • how you can help improve the health of Caribbean children
  • interesting book recommendation
  • spotlight on a product from our online shop.
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South-South News from the Pacific Islands

News from the Pacific Islands
  • FCA gears up for success at COP8
  • Scenes from World No Tobacco Day
  • Strengthening accountability:Pacific Monitoring Alliance for NCD Action
  • City ordinance restricting youth access to tobacco passes in Majuro
  • McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer: 8th International Legal Training Program
  • Data from recently completed NCD survey in Marshall Islands
  • Forum Economic Ministers Meeting (FEMM) in Palau
  • Samoa accedes to the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products
  • Resources, notices & important dates
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Inflammatory Foods Are Linked with Higher Colon Cancer Risk

Inflammatory Foods
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Certain foods may trigger inflammation in the body that can increase a person's risk for colon cancer, suggests a study published online Jan. 18, 2018, by JAMA Oncology.

Researchers followed the diets of more than 121,000 people (46,800 of whom were men) for 26 years. Participants recorded what they ate, and their diets were scored based on the amount of foods consumed that are linked to inflammation, such as red and processed meats, sugary beverages, and refined grains.

People whose diets were the most "pro-inflammatory" had a 44% greater risk of developing colon cancer compared with those who had low-inflammation diets, which often included high amounts of dark green leafy vegetables and whole grains.
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NCD Child: NCD Advocacy Resources for Youth by Youth

As a follow-up to the Call to Action: Youth, NCDs, & 2018, NCD Child has 2 new resources developed by youth advocates to help promote the inclusion of young people in policy-making and policy targets. Over the past 6 months, young advocates have continued to be vocal about the need for policy makers, civil society, and others to walk the talk with regards to youth inclusion in the global NCD agenda.
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UNHLM Action Team
NCD Alliance Newsletter
  • N HLM week: calendar of events online!
  • Breastfeeding week: too many newborns still missing out
  • Catch up on the latest NCDs news in our webinar recording
  • Asbetos: the risk to lungs and life hiding in plain sight
  • Time to manage dementia like a chronic, progressive NCD
  • NCD Alliance membership is now open. Apply today!
  • Global Week for Action on NCDs: 3-9 September
  • Join Vital Strategies and work on cardiovascular health
  • Alcohol Alliance UK - Media and Communications Adviser
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Key Messages From Our Publications
HCC Advocacy Priorities for the 3rd UNHLM on NCDs Outcome Document
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HCC Publications

Preparing CARICOM Ministries of Foreign Affairs for the 3rd UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs and Beyond
Preparing CARICOM Ministries of Foreign Affairs for the 3rd UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs and Beyond: a briefing note contribution from civil society
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The Caribbean NCD Forum – Technical Document
The Caribbean NCD Forum – Technical Document: Supporting national and regional advocacy in the Caribbean in the lead up to the 3rd UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs in 2018
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Forthcoming Events

Diabetes Association of Barbados Wellness Camp

Diabetes Association of Barbados Wellness Camp
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NCD Alliance Global Week for Action on NCDs

NCD Alliance Global Week for Action on NCDs
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World Heart Day 2018 September 29

My Heart Your Heart
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World Cancer Conference 2018 Registration Now Open

World Cancer Conference 2018
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International Conference - Climate Change: Impacts on Food & Nutrition Security

Climate Change: Impacts on Food & Nutrition Security
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The 84TH UWI/BAMP CME Conference

Save the Date
The 84TH UWI/BAMP CME Conference takes place at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Saturday 17th-18th November, 2018.

This conference will feature the inaugural lecture in the 'Distinguished Lecture Series' delivered by HCC President Professor Sir Trevor Hassell.

Also featured is the 2nd Annual 'Prof. George Nicholson Memorial Lecture', delivered this year by Dr Adrian Sawyer.
There will be many other presentations, discussions and breakout groups, to see the first draft programme of events click on the button below.
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World Congress of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Health

World Congress of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Health
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