The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

February 12th - February 18th 2016


WHO/NCD Focal Points Looking Ahead to 2018

Dr. Leslie Rollock and Dr. Tamu Davidson at the meeting - #beatNCDs…Great meeting of minds
At the First WHO Global Meeting of National NCD Programme Managers and Directors held in Geneva earlier this week the Caribbean was represented by Dr. Tamu Davidson (Director Non-communicable Diseases and Injuries Prevention, MOH Jamaica) and Dr. Leslie Rollock (Acting Senior Medical Officer (NCDs), MOH, Barbados) and NCD Focal points from Suriname and Guyana.
With the support of the NCD Alliance, the HCC was represented by Executive Director Maisha Hutton.

At the multi-stakeholder forum dinner and breakfast (co-organised by the NCD Alliance, World Economic Forum and the WHO), Mrs. Hutton shared the successes, challenges and lessons learned from HCC’s 2015 National NCD Commissions Report.
The HCC was joined by other non state actors including the World Cancer Research Fund International, Alzheimer’s Disease International, World Economic Forum, BUPA, IDF Young Leaders, YP-CDN, GAVD, The World Diabetes Foundation, The Tanzania Diabetes Association, and NCD Child. The multistakeholder forum was extremely well attended by civil society demonstrating a strong commitment to a multisectoral collaborative approach to supporting the implementation of the four time-bound national commitments for 2015 and 2016 included in the 2014 UN Outcome Document on NCDs.
WHO/NCD Focal Points
It is hoped that the networking space provided through the multistakeholder forum will be a catalyst for enhanced and expanded national partnerships critically necessary as countries aim to strengthen national responses in lead up to third High-level Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on NCDs in 2018 and in preparation for achieving 25*25 targets and the 2030 agenda.  The HCC is committed to working with National NCD Focal points in the Caribbean and has already initiated a platform aimed at supporting meaningful, action-oriented dialogue between focal points and CSO actors in the region.

To see more images from the WHO/Focal Points meeting click here.

Uniting to Stop the NCD Epidemic - Time to Accelerate Action - Regional Workshop - You Can Participate

Implementation Workshop: Uniting to Stop the NCD Epidemic – Time to Accelerate Action
A major regional workshop takes place in Port of Spain Trinidad on February 24 and 25 where the Caribbean’s top experts and activists will come together to tackle NCDs: one of the gravest health and development challenges of our time.

This is an important event for the NCD prevention and control community in the region including civil society and Caribbean people as a whole.  We urge you to join this meeting and contribute to this process.  You will be able to connect during the live streaming. The link to the live stream will be available on the website ( by the 23rd February.

The threat to Caribbean progress posed by non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as heart attacks, stroke, diabetes and cancer, is critical and one of the defining health and development challenges of our time.

Caribbean leaders have long recognised the threat and in 2007 the CARICOM Heads of Government endorsed the Port of Spain Declaration on NCDs. Now this ground-breaking Declaration, the first by Heads of Government in the world, is being evaluated by a team of experts led by the University of the West Indies, on behalf of CARICOM and the Pan American Health Organisation. Read more


HCC Request for Proposals for Small Grants for Civil Society to contribute to Health Systems Strengthening Deadline EXTENDED Friday February 26th

HCC Request for Proposals for Small Grants for Civil Society to contribute to Health Systems Strengthening
In October 2014, with funding from the NCD Alliance and Medtronic Philanthropy, the HCC held a meeting in Dominica (CSO - Health Systems Strengthening Meeting 2014). One of the key successes of the meeting was the production of a CSO Statement of Commitment on Health Systems Strengthening which was signed by thirty-one regional health NGOs. This framework for action or ‘Statement of Commitment’ is based on the WHO 6 building blocks of HSS and was developed through a series of consultations with civil society. 

This RFP for two (2) small grants to support two (2) civil society organisations in the implementation of small projects supportive of action items identified in the HCC CSO Statement of Commitment on Health Systems Strengthening. Each grant is valued at $2,500.00 USD.

More information and detailed guidance on how to apply can be found here.

Caribbean Cancer Alliance First Virtual Meeting of 2016

On Tuesday Feb 16th, the Caribbean Cancer Alliance held their first virtual meeting of 2016. 8 cancer societies and organisations, including Jamaica Cancer Society, Belize Cancer Society, Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre, Trinidad & Tobago Cancer Society, KeLaHa Projects - St Maarten, Positive Foundation - St Maarten, Dominica Cancer Society, Bahamas Cancer Society , attended to discuss priorities for civil society led cancer advocacy and programming in 2016. The meeting was led by the President of the Belize Cancer Society, Laura Tucker-Longsworth and Executive Director of the Jamaica Cancer Society, Yulit Gordon.

Key outcomes and next steps emerging from the meeting were:
  1. A review of the highlights of 2015 performance of each Cancer Society
  2. Shared common challenges that impedes mission delivery
  3. Shared commitment to promote cancer prevention and control in regional development efforts
  4. Prioritize the development and approval of National Cancer Control Plans by governments.  I believe Jamaica is the only country to have one approved by cabinet.
  5. Develop collective cancer advocacy priorities for 2016
For more information on the Caribbean Cancer Alliance please contact the HCC at

Lady Ganga - Nizla's Story

A short 18 minute film on cervical cancer that could be screened across the region as a means of stimulating conversation.

When Michele, a 45 year old Mother of three was diagnosed with late-stage cervical cancer, she took this as a call-to-action. She decided that she would travel to India to paddle board over 700 miles down the River Ganga, breaking a World Record and spreading awareness about this disease that was going to kill her. This is how she became known as Lady Ganga. Three years after her death, high in the Himalayas, a woman's life would be saved thanks to Lady Ganga and a world wide movement to eliminative cervical cancer was launched. Watch here.

The hope is that Globe-athon leaders will film the response and reaction of women who see the film to confirm how it changes their attitudes about seeking cervical cancer prevention and screening opportunities.  Segments of film that we collect from around the world may ultimately be aggregated into a complete full feature documentary of how Lady Ganga’s journey with her cancer has subsequently inspired women across the world. Any connection in promoting this film with the Ministry of Health would also be critically important.
Contact: for more information
Email: upload (at) to send your "Thank You Lady Ganga!" video.
Disability Rights Fund
BOSTON, MA – The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) – a grantmaking collaborative between donors and the global disability community which supports the human rights of persons with disabilities – today announced its first 2016 grants round.
“CRPD at 10: Accessing the Right to Development.” Grantmaking in this round will be targeted to disabled persons’ organizations (DPOs) in Ghana, Haiti, Indonesia, Malawi, and Myanmar. The deadline for applications is March 14, 2016. Read more

NCD FREE Bootcamp in Copenhagen

NCD FREE Bootcamp in Copenhagen
NCDFREE Bootcamps bring together young professionals and students from all backgrounds, to collaborate and address NCDs through a creative lens, watch the highlights here.

Cancer Researchers Claim 'Extraordinary Results' Using T-cell Therapy

This is unprecedented’ says researcher after more than half of terminally ill blood cancer patients experienced complete remission in early clinical trials
How modified T-cell cancer therapy works
The Guardian (UK) - Scientists are claiming “extraordinary” success with engineering immune cells to target a specific type of blood cancer in their first clinical trials.

Among several dozen patients who would typically have only had months to live, early experimental trials that used the immune system’s T-cells to target cancers had “extraordinary results”. Read more

More Press coverage:
BBC - Excitement at new cancer treatment
The Independent - T-cell therapy: Have we just discovered a cure for cancer?

Faculty of Medical Sciences Monthly Lecture Series
Hypertensive at 50 - Blood, Salt and Tears?

UWI Cave Hill Campus Faculty of Medical Sciences. Dr. Kenneth Connell will be delivering the Decanal Lecture, on behalf of the Office of the Dean, entitled "Hypertensive at 50 - Blood, Salt and Tears?" in the Henry Fraser Lecture theatre at the Cave Hill campus on Thursday 25th February at 7pm.

The lecture will examine the trilogy of slavery, urbanization and health economics as they relate to the origins and management of hypertension in post independent Barbados. Contact Faculty of Medical Sciences, UWI Cave Hill Campus St. Michael Barbados for more information. 

Antiguan Rowers Arrive Home After Their Race Across the Atlantic for Charity

Rowers Arrive Home After Their Race Across the Atlantic for Charity
Team Wadadli, a group of Antiguans have arrived back in Antigua after rowing across the Atlantic for charity. Rowing for the St. John Hospice, the journey started in La Gomera, Canary Islands and finished in the English Harbour, Antigua and Barbuda  a total of 2,600 nautical miles. See the Arrival video here.

United Nations Committee for Development Policy (UNCDP) - e-Vacancy Newsletter

Including the following vacancies: Senior Technical Advisor, Public Affairs Officer, Senior Programme Officer (Forest Affairs), Senior Economic Affairs Officer, Transport Planner, Chief Nurse, Associate Pharmacist, Chief Medical Officer, Senior Environmental Affairs Officer, Programme Officer, Finance Officer, Research Assistant, Emergency Programme Officer, Monitoring & Evaluation Expert, Senior Public Health Officer, Logistics/Administration Officer, Humanitarian Affairs Officer, Human Resources Officer, Legal Officer. Read more
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Latest
ONE In Every Home...
That is the target which we are setting out to achieve. One blood pressure machine in every household.

Just A Minute...
Prepping for Meals
Quick Tips... Or even in general as you prepare to have your own meal.

Read more from the Heart & Stroke Foundation newsletter here.
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NCD Alliance e-Alert
  • First global meeting of national NCD Directors in Geneva
  • WHO/PAHO Nutrient Profile Model launched today
  • UICC consultation open on WHO Model List of Essential Medicines
Read more

From the NCD Alliance Weekly Digest

NCDs News
  • Lancet: David Beran: the battle for 100% access to insulin read more
  • Lancet: Metabolic disorders: how can systems modelling help? read more
  • World Bank: Mental Health read more
  • Caribbean 360: Reducing non-communicable disease in SIDS through climate preservation read more
  • WEF: This is how much dementia will cost the world read more
  • PLoS: Is risk of Alzheimer’s Disease reduced by taking a more positive attitude toward aging? read more
  • NEJM: Falling Together — Empathetic Care for the Dying read more
  • Guardian: Houston's health crisis: by 2040, one in five residents will be diabetic read more
  • Independent: Cancer test which yields ‘near perfect’ results could be available by end of decade read more
  • EurActiv: The Commission needs to tackle non-communicable diseases read more
  • World Stage: The challenges of non-communicable diseases in Africa read more
  • Express: Health crisis that shames Britain: One person diagnosed with diabetes EVERY two minutes read more
Risk Factor News
  • WHO: PAHO urges governments to implement public policies that can prevent more than one-third of cancers read more
  • CSPI: Carbonating the World Report read more
  • World Bank: Economic slowdown and financial shocks: Can tobacco tax increases help? read more
  • BMJ: Big tobacco, child labour and the International Labour Organization read more
  • PLoS: What’s your excuse for being inactive? read more
  • WCRF: Sugary drink companies target low & middle-income countries read more
  • BioMed Central: New insights into the role of gender in breast cancer development read more
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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