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HCC WEBINAR SERIES

WEIGHING THE IMPACT OF COVID-19: NUTRITION, OVERWEIGHT, OBESITY AND NCDS 
A ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION 

Thursday August 27th, 2020 
Time: 10:00am - 11:30am EST

August 17th

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Engaging Youth Key in COVID-19 Recovery Efforts

Engaging Youth Key in COVID-19 Recovery Efforts
Pierre Cooke Jr., HCC Youth Voices Technical Advisor
Barbados Advocate: The need to engage youth is critical now more than ever, as Caribbean leaders in collaboration with key stakeholders across diverse sectors, including civil society, map out plans to effectively manage and rebuild from the COVID-19 crisis.

This was the message sent by Pierre Cooke Jr., Youth Voices Technical Advisor at the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC), along with Kerrie Barker, Project Assistant and Danielle Walwyn, Advocacy Officer at the HCC, as they sought to amplify the voices of youth in a statement entitled “Conversations with Healthy Caribbean Coalition Youth”, in recognition of International Youth Day celebrated on August 12, 2020.
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International Youth Day
International Youth Day
HCC and PAHO celebrated International Youth Day this week on August 12, 2020, joining governments and organisations across the world in celebrating and supporting Youth Engagement for Global Action.  Young people and children have the right to access healthy nutritious foods. Please listen to our future Caribbean leaders calling for the implementation of policies aimed at creating Healthy School Environments.
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We have the POWER, We can make a CHANGE

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COVID-19-Styled Call for C’bean to Fight Childhood Obesity

COVID-19-Styled Call for C’bean to Fight Childhood Obesity
Photo: Barbados Today
Barbados Today: Caribbean health experts agreed Wednesday that the same urgency applied to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic should also be devoted to addressing childhood obesity.

The consensus was reached during a virtual panel discussion (see conducted by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Barbados as it launched its Act Now campaign to end childhood obesity.

Foundation Chairman Dr Kenneth Connell said: “Our governments moved quickly to address COVID-19, but this is a matter we have been discussing for a long time, and the time is now to take decisive action on it."

“People have the power to change governments if they are not happy with what they are doing, so if we care about our children’s health but governments do not seem to be acting on our concerns, we will not vote for them again".
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The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Barbados Virtual Launch of their Act Now! Mass Media Campaign 
Act Now
The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Barbados held the Virtual Launch of their Act Now! Mass Media Campaign for childhood obesity prevention on  Wednesday, August 12th 2020. The launch featured a panel discussion on the topic  "COVID 19 & Childhood Obesity Prevention - Making a case for strong School Nutrition Policy"Watch the recording here

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WHYFARM - Shifting the Agricultural Focus to Youth

WHYFARM - Shifting the Agricultural Focus to Youth
Youth continue to prove that they have a right to have a seat at the table when discussing the build back better blueprint for our region. Their strategic thinking and ultimate desire to collaborate for effective and sustainable change is what is needed to build back and achieve the 2030 sustainable development goals.

At the beginning of COVID, the issue of food security shook our region; our dependency on others for food was glaring. However, the predicament shed light on existing commendable and innovative regional initiatives that address this issue. One of these initiatives is WHYFARM - (We Help You-th Farm), a not-for-profit organization based in Trinidad and Tobago focused on promoting the importance of sustainable agriculture among youth and children. WHYFARM was founded by Alpha Sennon, a young, millennial agripreneur.

Our Advocacy Officer and youth advocate, Danielle Walwyn, had a very inspiring conversation with Mr. Sennon about nutrition, food security and the role of youth in ‘agripreneurship’. 
WHYFARM - Shifting the Agricultural Focus to Youth
In discussing youth engagement, agriculture and building back, Alpha said the agricultural sector region-wide needs to “refocus” by prioritizing youth engagement. He reiterated that any long-term agricultural programs without the involvement of youth would not be sustainable and that meaningful youth engagement in all agriculture-focused conversations are critical. This level of engagement creates a sense of ownership by youth and allows policymakers an opportunity to understand the issues and potential solutions that this generation of farmers may experience and offer. In addition to creating spaces for youth to be involved in decision-making, he emphasized the need to support (financial and otherwise) youth-focused agricultural programs and prioritize agri-education, especially within secondary schools.
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The Healthy Caribbean Coalition commends Alpha and the work of WHYFARM for their continued work in shaping a generation of agripreneurs, making healthy foods accessible and addressing regional food insecurity.

Stronger Campaign 2020: Connecting to Feel, Safe, Calm and Hopeful

Stronger Campaign 2020: Connecting to Feel, Safe, Calm and Hopeful
Image: PAHO
PAHO: New revised edition of the illustrated booklet developed by the Pan American Health Organization and the Caribbean Development Bank. It is meant as a tool to help the general population of the Caribbean care for themselves and their communities during crisis situations.
Stronger Campaign 2020: Connecting to Feel, Safe, Calm and Hopeful
Image: PAHO
The booklet explains in a simple language with the help of graphics, the main elements of psychological first aid (PFA), a humane, supportive, and practical response to a fellow human being who is suffering and may need support. The revised edition includes special safety and disease prevention considerations due to the COVID-19 pandemic while providing PFA.
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WHO Sees ‘Green Shoots of Hope’ in Coronavirus Fight As Global Cases Near 20 Million

Photo: Maja Hitij | Getty Images
CNBC: The World Health Organization said Monday there are glimmers of hope in the fight against the coronavirus, even as global cases from the virus near 20 million and deaths approach 750,000.

“I know many of you are grieving and that this is a difficult moment for the world,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a press conference from the agency’s Geneva headquarters. “But I want to be clear, there are green shoots of hope, and no matter where a country, a region, a city or a town is, it’s never too late to turn the Covid-19 outbreak around.”

Tedros said some countries in Southeast Asia, New Zealand, Rwanda and islands across the Caribbean and the Pacific were able to suppress the virus early on.
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COVID-19 Threatens Plans to Eliminate and Control Infectious Diseases, PAHO Director Says

COVID-19 Threatens Plans to Eliminate and Control Infectious Diseases, PAHO Director Says
Photo: PAHO website
PAHO: The pandemic of COVID-19, which has killed over 390,000 people in the Americas, is threatening regional plans to eliminate and control infectious diseases including tuberculosis, HIV, hepatitis and others, PAHO Director Carissa F. Etienne said today.

With more than 10.5 million cases of COVID-19 in the Americas and 100,000 new cases being reported every day, “countries can’t delay the fight against COVID-19, but we must not let COVID-19 delay us in completing our unfinished agenda of eliminating and controlling infectious diseases from our region,” she told a press briefing.
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Young People’s Mental Health Deteriorated the Most During the Pandemic, Study Finds

Young People’s Mental Health Deteriorated the Most During the Pandemic, Study Finds
Photo: Fizkes/Shutterstock
The Conversation: Public health responses to the pandemic have focused on preventing the spread of the virus, limiting the number of deaths and easing the burden on healthcare systems. But there’s also potentially another, less visible epidemic we should be focusing on: mental illness.

Our recent study found that people’s mental health worsened following the onset of the pandemic. We discovered this by analysing data provided by 17,452 UK adults, who were surveyed in April 2020 as part of the UK Household Longitudinal Study. This is a large ongoing study of people who contribute data every year, some from as far back as 1992.

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My #COVIDSTORY - Voices of PLWNCDs in the COVID-19 Era: We Want to Hear From You! 

Please send a short story (no more than 300 words), video (no more than 1-2 minutes) OR an audio clip and picture of yourself (no more than 1-2 minutes) via email to hcc@healthycaribbean.org. The HCC will be compiling and using these personal accounts to inform our advocacy work. Stories will be shared publicly with consent or limited to internal use to highlight individual challenges and successes.

We applaud the courage of the individuals who have shared their stories and look forward to hearing your #COVIDStory
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CARPHA Turnaround Time for COVID Tests Consistent With No Results Pending

Photo: Jamaica Observer website
Jamaica Observer: The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) Medical Microbiology Laboratory (CMML), the regional reference laboratory, says that to date, the number of samples with more than a 48-hour turnaround time as well as pending samples remain at zero.

The agency commenced testing for suspected COVID-19 cases in February and pledged to deliver results within 24-48 hours of receipt. It has so far tested 13,815 samples and continues to conduct tests for 18 of its 26 member states.
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PAHO Warns Against Use of Chlorine Products as Treatments for COVID-19

Photo: PAHO website
PAHO: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has issued a warning against the use of chlorine products as treatments for COVID-19.

“PAHO does not recommend oral or parenteral use of chlorine dioxide or sodium chlorite-based products for patients with suspected or diagnosed COVID-19 or for anyone else. There is no evidence of their effectiveness and the ingestion or inhalation of such products could cause serious adverse effects,” the document said.
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Specialized Course on Food Security at the Time of COVID-19

(26 - 30 October 2020)
Specialized Course on Food Security at the Time of COVID-19
Photo: UNICRI
The United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), in cooperation with John Cabot University (JCU), is organizing the second edition of the Specialized Course on Food and Nutrition Security at the time of COVID-19, which will be delivered online, from 26 to 30 October 2020.

The Specialized Course will provide participants with a fundamental understanding of main determinants and issues connected to food security, among which:
  • Towards the multidimensional definition of food security
  • The UN strategy for Goal 2 “Zero Hunger” (SDGs)
  • Legal tools on right to food, food safety and security
  • Pandemic outbreaks and impact on food safety and security 
  • COVID-19, conflicts, migration and food insecurity
  • Food industry and food fraud: counterfeiting and adulteration 
  • Migration and food insecurity
  • Innovation for the future: blockchain for Zero Hunger
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Backyard Gardening Initiative

Backyard Gardening
Backyard Gardening
Backyard Gardening
Backyard Gardening
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#whatsinmyfood Mass Media Campaign

 “We need to know what is hidden in our food”
#whatsinmyfood Mass Media Campaign
Photo: HEALA website
South Africa Healthy Living Alliance (HEALA) and partners have launched a new #whatsinmyfood campaign which is part of a response mounted by civil society groups to address the country’s high rates of obesity and nutrition-related diseases. In South Africa almost 70% of women and 40% of men either overweight or obese which lead to type 2 diabetes, heart disease and strokes. By 2016 these were among a list of diseases responsible for 43% of total deaths in the country.
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The hidden dangers in unhealthy food:
The hidden dangers in unhealthy food
Photo: HEALA website
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Digital Health: A Strategy to Maintain Health Care for People Living with Noncommunicable Diseases during COVID-19

A Strategy to Maintain Health Care for People Living with Noncommunicable Diseases during COVID-19
PAHO: Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are the main cause of death and disability worldwide. Effective management of these chronic conditions depends largely on continuous, responsive, accessible, and quality services and successful patient engagement and self-management. Digital health, and in particular telemedicine visits, electronic records, and electronic prescriptions, have already demonstrated having advantages in successfully ensuring continuity of care, especially when services are disrupted, as well as monitoring and evaluating interventions for NCDs.
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Taxes on Tobacco, Alcohol, and Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Reduce Health Risks and Expand Fiscal Space for Universal Health Coverage Post-COVID 19

Photo: Danny, Istock
World Bank Blogs: Seven months after the first cases of a new coronavirus (COVID-19) were reported in China, the pandemic’s toll continues to increase, despite global containment and mitigation efforts. People of any age with certain underlying medical conditions, such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, obstructive pulmonary diseases, and obesity and diabetes, are at increased risk for severe illness and death from COVID-19.  Tobacco use, alcohol abuse, and consumption of unhealthy foods (such as sugar sweetened beverages) are three leading risk factors for the development of these chronic health conditions.
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To Fight Obesity, We Must First Raise Incomes

To Fight Obesity, We Must First Raise Incomes
Photo: Danny, Istock
The Guardian: The food required for a healthy diet is often unaffordable or inaccessible for Britain’s poorest families (Poverty causes obesity. Low-income families need to be better off to eat well, 9 August). As Larry Elliott concludes, a strategy for raising incomes among this group is a necessary starting point for any attempt to improve our nation’s diet.
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Bovell Cancer Diabetes Foundation Virtual Tea-Party

Bovell Cancer Diabetes Foundation Virtual Tea-Party
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Death Toll from Excessive Alcohol Consumption

Death Toll from Excessive Alcohol Consumption
Image: Getty Images
Healthline: Excessive alcohol use is responsible for 93,000 deaths and 2.7 million years of potential life lost every year in the United States.

This means an average of 255 Americans die every day from excessive drinking, shortening their lives by an average of 29 years.

That’s according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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Heart Attack: Eating Too Much of a Certain Food Could Raise Your Risk of the Condition

Heart Attack: Eating Too Much of a Certain Food Could Raise Your Risk of the Condition
Image: GETTY IMAGES
Daily Express: Heart attacks can prove life-threatening, so doing what you can to prevent the condition is very important. A new study has warned eating too much of a certain food could raise your risk of one happening.
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Stress and Anger May Exacerbate Heart Failure

Stress and Anger May Exacerbate Heart Failure
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Yale News: Mental stress and anger may have clinical implications for patients with heart failure according to a new report published in the Journal of Cardiac Failure.

Heart failure is a life-threatening cardiovascular disease in which the heart is damaged or weakened. This can lead to a reduced ejection fraction, in which the heart muscle pumps out a lower amount of blood than is typical with each contraction.

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Women in Global Health and Find Consultation on Testing, Women’s Empowerment and Universal Health Coverage

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Women in Global Health
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All countries have committed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to deliver Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2030.  The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a critical spotlight on the role of testing in health. Containing the spread of COVID-19 will depend on effective diagnostics being accessible to all, including women and girls, who are often the most marginalised in health systems.
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Regional Call for Proposals in Latin America and the Caribbean: Generating and Mobilizing Innovative Knowledge for Regional Education Challenges

Regional Call for Proposals in Latin America and the Caribbean
Image: IDRC/CRDI
IDRC/CRDI: This call is open to individual Southern organizations or consortia of up to three organizations based in the region. The applicant organization/lead institution must have legal corporate registration and the capacity to administer foreign funds.
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NCD Alliance Newsletter

NCD Alliance
  • Global Week for Action on NCDs
  • We’ve said ENOUGH. Now it’s time to ACT on NCDs. 
  • Be a Voice of Change
  • Map of Impact
  • Instant Actions
  • General Momentum
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Our Work

HCC Technical Brief and Eight Advocacy Priorities

HCC Technical Brief:
HCC Technical Brief: First United Nations High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage: Technical Brief for CARICOM Countries - A Contribution from Civil Society.
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HCC Advocacy Priorities
HCC Advocacy Priorities for the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage.
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Childhood Obesity Prevention Scorecard

Childhood Obesity Prevention Visuals

A set of infographics, highlighting childhood obesity, the risks and the HCC policy asks.
Childhood Obesity Prevention
Childhood Obesity Prevention
Childhood Obesity Prevention Visuals
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Childhood Obesity Prevention policies
Childhood Obesity Prevention policies
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Sweet Beverages in the Caribbean

Sweet Beverages in the Caribbean
Social media graphics to campaign for the implementation of our Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies
Our 'Sweet Beverages in the Caribbean' infographics are now available as a package, the package includes the full size infographic, a web-booklet version, a full colour printable version, reduced colour version for in house printing and three social media visuals which are shown below.
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Our Publications
CARD 2019: Women and Alcohol
CARD 2019: Women and Alcohol
A set of infographics
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Call to Urgent Action
Call to Urgent Action - Infographics and Social Media Visuals
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