The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

September 16th - September 22nd 2016


30th Meeting of COHSOD

From the 24-25 of September 2016, the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) will have its annual meeting at PAHO Headquarters in Washington D.C. to discuss a variety of issues including health priorities for the region. The objectives of the meeting will be to: Endorse the new Regional Health Strategy CCH IV; Agree on the revised priorities for the Port of Spain Declaration of NCDs and support for their implementation; Review; and approve a strategy for the involvement of the Community in the Global Health Security Agenda; Review and give policy directives on the priority health system initiatives; and Review and recommend candidates and Member States to serve on sub-Regional, Regional and Global Governance Organs for the Health Sector. The Non communicable diseases agenda item focuses on: Presentation of the Port-of-Spain Evaluation (POSDEVAL) Report; New Initiatives for Preventing NCDs; and Treatment: A Rational Approach for CARICOM.

The HCC will be officially represented at the two day meeting by Sir Trevor Hassell, President of the HCC, who is expected (in this the first COHSOD meeting at which the HCC has been invited to send a representative) to provide the regional civil society perspective on NCD matters due to be discussed.

HCC is a member of the POSDEVAL team and fully supports POSDEVAL recommendations. Dr. Alafia Samuels, Co PI - POSDEVAL, will be presenting the evaluation results and proposing steps to accelerate action on NCDs with Health Ministers.

NCD priorities for the HCC include promotion of policies and programmes which support combating the emerging epidemic of childhood obesity in the region. In support of these efforts the HCC and our membership have identified childhood obesity as a priority area for our next strategic period. The HCC is in the process of developing tools to support civil society advocacy for policies which contribute to non-obesogenic environments.
A Closer Look: The Implementation of Taxation on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages by the Government of Barbados. 2016
This includes taxation on sugar sweetened beverages (HCC/NCD Alliance Policy Brief: A Closer Look: The Implementation of Taxation on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages by the Government of Barbados. 2016) and banning of marketing of unhealthy foods to children including within schools (CWD 2016 Message from HCC President). 

Key HCC partners include CARPHA, PAHO, national ministries of health/other relevant sectors, and the private sector. 
Second Global NCD Alliance Forum
18th September 2016, New York - NCD Alliance announced this week that the second Global NCD Alliance Forum will take place on 9-11 December 2017 in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Forum will be held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of the Ruler of Sharjah, and Founder and Patron of Friends of Cancer Patients (FoCP), and co-hosted by NCD Alliance and Friends of Cancer Patients in Sharjah, UAE. Read more

World Heart Day 2016 - Power Your Life

World Heart Day 2016
World Heart Day on 29 September is the World Heart Federation’s (and the world’s!) biggest platform for raising awareness about cardiovascular disease (CVD).

This World Heart Day, we want everyone to understand what they can do to fuel their hearts and power their lives. Your heart is at the heart of your health. And it’s easy to give it the care it deserves.

Just a few simple steps such as eating more healthily, cutting down on alcohol and stopping smoking can improve your heart health and your overall well-being.

Find out more, take part and download the campaign materials here.

WHF Calling on Governments to Strengthen CVD related Surveillance Systems 

The theme for World Heart Day is ‘Power your life’, focusing on the power of information to transform individual, national and global heart health.  WHF wants to ensure that civil society seizes the opportunity World Heart Day gives us to inspire action among policy makers and the public alike. WHF has a global policy ask calling on governments and other stakeholders to implement reliable, simple and fit for purpose surveillance systems for monitoring the burden and treatment of CVD. As part of the ask, they are asking governments to commit to 3 simple steps. 
  • Strengthen vital registration and cause of death registration systems 
  • Include coverage of CVD key interventions into national health information systems 
  • A simple, timely, acceptable, and representative information system to provide reliable data about the prevalence, prognosis and quality of care (including the use of priority interventions) of patients with hypertension and CVD Undertake periodic data collection on the behavioural and metabolic risk factors (harmful use of alcohol, physical inactivity, tobacco use, unhealthy diet, overweight and obesity, raised blood pressure, raised blood glucose, and hyperlipidemia), and determinants of risk exposure such as marketing of food, tobacco and alcohol
For more information click here.

CEO of the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Reports Disturbing Increase in Number of Heart Attacks & Strokes in Women and Younger Persons

There have been 554 strokes and 403 heart attacks recorded for the first six months of the year in Barbados and the patients are becoming younger and an increasing number are women.
With an average of just under 100 strokes and just over 67 heart attacks per month, the statistics are worrying the advocacy/support group, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Barbados, which is ramping up its educational programmes and even targeting overweight children. Chief executive officer of the charity, Gina Pitts, revealed the numbers for the first half of this year were higher than the corresponding figures for last year. She projected that the disturbing trend will continue. 
"We are particularly concerned about the numbers and the age grouping that we are seeing" she told the Barbados Nation News. "We are seeing individuals who are not in the normally defined group suffering from heart attacks and strokes. And I think the impact on the nation is only going to become more evident when we proceed through the years." Pitts said the established age for heart attacks and strokes in men was around age 55, while for women it was around 65. "But we are seeing strokes in both younger men and women. We are seeing more heart attacks in men under the age of 55 and that is a growing concerning to us because they are the workforce age groups" she said. Pitts cautioned people against just seeing the numbers as figures. "There are real people behind the numbers and it has an impact on families, on employment, on corporate Barbados; these are people who aren't able to work any longer". Original article taken from the Barbados Nation News.

Heart Foundation of Jamaica - Simply Red

Heart Foundation of Jamaica - Simply Red
The Heart Foundation of Jamaica in association with Fidelity Motors Limited presents Simply Red Wine & Food Festival, Friday September 30, 2016, 7pm - 12 midnight on the lawns of Jamaica House and under the distinguished patronage of the most Honourable Andrew Holness, Prime Minister. Contact: 906-9407/926-4378/929-3195, email: Read more

Jamaican Health Minister Highlights Chronic Diseases, Low Physical Activity and Poor Diets Among Priority Health Concerns  

Jamaican Health Minister
Washington, D.C., 15 September 2016 (PAHO/WHO) - Jamaica is implementing a 10-year strategic plan to improve health and attain its vision of a healthy and stable population, Jamaican Minister of Health Dr. Christopher Tufton said today at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) during a presentation on the country’s health situation, priority health issues and needs. Read more

Cancer Awareness Symposium  - Cancer: My Business, Your Business, OUR Business

Founder of the KeLaHa Projects Organization and HCC member Keoma La.Hamer has been asked by the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Antigua to speak at a Cancer Awareness Symposium entitled 'Cancer: My Business, Your Business, OUR Business'.
Keoma’s profound work has made her much sought after having maintaining a presence of great impact not only locally but regionally and internationally as well and makes her a perfect candidate for partnership in assisting JCI-Antigua to increase Cervical Cancer Awareness and propelling the movement which focuses on creating positive change within our society.

The symposium is scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 1st in St. John’s Antigua. 

Read more or visit the JCI Facebook page here.

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 Thursday, September 29, 2016, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. There will be a variety of fruits, vegetables and hand-made jewellery on sale. Please show your support.

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NCD Alliance Infographics

Agenda 2030 Time for Action on NCDs
Agenda 2030
Time for Action on NCDs
Non-communicable Diseases A Major Challenge for Sustainable Development
Non-communicable Diseases
A Major Challenge for Sustainable Development
Governing Bodies
55th DIRECTING COUNCIL - 68th Session off the Regional Committee of WHO for the Americas - Washington, D.C., USA, 26-30 September 2016. Access all documents here.

Governing Bodies comprises the following: The Pan American Sanitary Conference, the Directing Council, and the Executive Committee. The auxiliary advisory body to the Executive Committee is the Subcommittee on Program, Budget, and Administration. Read more

Rebooting the Food System

Rebooting the Food System
This week marked the beginning of a new global collaboration between the EAT Foundation (EAT), Jamie Oliver Food Foundation (JOFF) and United Nations World Food Programme (WFP): one that takes aim at obesity, hunger, climate change and environmental degradation all together.

We’re in a crazy moment - we’re battling the bulge while staving off hunger. Obesity and malnutrition literally live side by side in communities, and even families, around the globe. At the same time, we’re choosing to use what precious natural resources we do have to fuel a food system that’s making us - and our planet - sick. We continue to spend our limited resources in ways that threaten our lives, and jeopardize our future generations.

"Food - at its worst - is a killer to both people and planet. Food - at its best - is our greatest measure towards our global goals" - Dr. Gunhild Stordalen.

By 2040, there will be approximately nine billion of us to feed. With the planet already aching under our pressure, we know this course is unsustainable. Read more

NCD FREE - UN General Assembly Special

NCD FREE - UN General Assembly Special
It's that time of year again - the UN General Assembly (#UNGA) has swung back into town (UN Headquarters, New York) with all the familiar faces to be seen. With side events a-plenty, there has been much *food* for thought regarding nutrition. Read more

Women’s Cancers in the Americas

Circulation Journal from the AHA
Breast and cervical cancer are leading killers of women throughout the world. In most of Latin America and the Caribbean, breast and cervical cancer are among the most common causes of death for younger women. Both diseases are preventable or curable if diagnosed and treated early, yet responses have been fragmented, missing the tremendous opportunities for collective, hemispheric action agrees countries, disciplines, governmental and non-governmental actors, academia, clinicians and civil society. The University of Miami is hosting Women’s Cancers in the Americas: Strategies for Synergy to initiate strategic dialogue to identify synergies that can be extended throughout the region.  Read more
The Inaugural Caribbean Cancer Survivorship Conference 2016
World Obesity Day

TV Autopsy Reveals What Being Fat REALLY Does to Your Body

Obesity Autopsy
We all know what fat looks like on the outside of our bodies. But do you understand what an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise could be doing to your inside?

The BBC Three recently showed a post-mortem examination of an obese woman whose body was donated to medical science.It may attract controversy, but this groundbreaking documentary offers a graphic wake-up call for a society apparently sleepwalking towards a growing obesity crisis, with one in four adults in the UK now obese. A 5ft 5in, 17st woman, aged just over 60, who died of heart failure was the centerpiece of the programme. Read more

The 62nd Annual CARPHA Health Research Conference Guyana 2017 - Call for Papers

The theme for 2017 is ‘Climate Change, the Environment and Human Health”, however, CARPHA will also accept quality research papers in all priority health areas (e.g. NCD, HIV, Health Systems, etc.). Climate change, the environment and human health comprises topics such as food and vector borne disease, food and waste security, transportation, natural and environmental disasters, global threats, waste management, air quality, noise pollution, structural hazards etc. The Call for Papers Deadline is November 1st 2016Read more

Job Vacancies

  • The InterAmerican Heart Foundation (IAHF) is seeking an Executive Director. Read more
  • The Heart Foundation of Jamaica has a vacancy for a Cardiovascular Technician.Read more
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