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Former Prime Minister of Barbados, the Right Honourable Owen Seymour Arthur

Former Prime Minister of Barbados, the Right Honourable Owen Seymour Arthur
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The Directors and member organisations of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC), acknowledge the sad news of the passing of the former Prime Minister of Barbados, the Right Honourable Owen Seymour Arthur.

Much has been written and said about Prime Minister Arthur’s scholarship, political skills, and visionary leadership. 

At this time HCC pauses to reflect on, and take note of, Professor Arthur’s significant contribution to the socio-economic development of people of the Caribbean Region, including through his efforts to advance the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Deliberations arising at, and out of, the CARICOM Heads of State and Government Regional Summit on Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases in 2007, under Prime Minister Arthur’s chairmanship, led to global recognition of NCDs as a major threat to health, and the first United Nations High-level Meeting on NCDs. At regional level, the discussions galvanised the civil society NCD movement in the Caribbean and led to the formation of the HCC, an alliance of civil society organisations working for NCD reduction. At national level, the multisectoral Barbados National NCD Commission was established to fight NCDs.

Professor Arthur’s astute and far-sighted observations in 2007 included the need to control the factors which engender NCDs and imperil the lives of the people of the Caribbean and the future of the CARICOM. He recognised the need for, and encouraged, coordinated regional partnership and action to influence factors such as equitable access to healthy foods and quality health care. These observations are as relevant today as when Professor Arthur first expressed them 13 years ago.

We in the HCC express sincere appreciation for Professor Arthur’s work and his contribution to the political and socio-economic development of Caribbean people. We are confident that his legacy will include a continued focus on health and its social and other determinants, for the betterment of the quality of life of all people in the Region.

The Directors and member organisations of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition extend sincerest condolences to Professor Arthur’s wife, daughters, family members, and close associates.
Read the comments on NCDs made by former Prime Minister of Barbados the Right Hon. Owen Arthur on the occasion of the Declaration of Port-of-Spain in 2007 here.

Stunning Outcome Admidst COVID-19 As Mexico and Chile Deliver Healthy Results on Policies for Front of Package Labelling on Packaged Foods and Beverages

Mexico and Chile Deliver Healthy Results on Policies for Front of Package Labelling
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HCC Press Release: The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the impact of the Caribbean’s high burden of diet-related conditions such as diabetes and obesity. People with non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like cardiovascular diseases (hypertension, stroke and heart disease), diabetes and cancer, have a higher risk of severe COVID-19 disease and are more likely to die from COVID-19.

In the Caribbean NCDs are responsible for 8 out every 10 deaths and 40% of premature adult deaths.  Unhealthy diets are a major risk factor for NCDs and contribute to high rates of overweight and obesity in this region where 1 in every 3 children is overweight or obese. This number is projected to rise to 50% by 2030. In some countries, in excess of two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese.  Half of CARICOM countries import more than 80% of what they consume and almost one-third of this imported food is energy dense and high in fat, sugar and sodium.

The Caribbean region is currently engaged in an extensive consultative process aimed at ensuring that consumers have the information they need to make healthy food choices through the adoption of ‘high in’ front of package nutrition warning labels (FOPL) as a key evidence-based, World Health Organization (WHO)-recommended, public health policy measure. This process is being led by the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality or CROSQ, the intended outcome of which is to approve the revised CARICOM REGIONAL STANDARD: Labelling of Foods – Pre-Packaged Foods – Specification CRS 5. Mandatory front of package labels were among a number of NCD priorities endorsed at the 39th Summit, CARICOM Heads of Government and State in 2018 in preparation for the 3rd UN High Level Meeting on NCDs.  
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HCC has created a series of  visuals to advocate for front of package nutrition warning labels and to also to campaign against the marketing of unhealthy foods to children. Find out more information here.
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World Breastfeeding Week August 1 - 7, 2020

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World Breast Feeding Week 2020
#WBW2020 will focus on the impact of infant feeding on the environment/climate change and the imperative to protect, promote and support breastfeeding for the health of the planet and its people. The theme is aligned with thematic area 3 in the WBW-SDG 2030 campaign which highlights the links between breastfeeding and the environment/climate change.

 The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) applies the warm chain approach of working together across sectors and levels to make common cause with groups working on environmental issues. Together, we need to emphasise the link between breastfeeding and the environment.
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The Healthy Caribbean Coalition’s (HCC’s) Civil Society Action Plan 2017-2021: Preventing Childhood Obesity in the Caribbean was developed to guide the response of Caribbean civil society to global, regional, and national recognition of the increasingly heavy burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and upward trends in the prevalence of overweight and obesity among children. One key policy asks in the plan is related to breastfeeding.
Civil Society Action Plan 2017-2021: Preventing Childhood Obesity in the Caribbean

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Aquaculture Project Coming

Aquaculture Project Coming
Photo: Nation News
Nation News: A number of Barbadians stand to benefit from a major aquaculture programme facilitated by the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, Adams Aquafarm and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations. The project entails a five-day training exercise for 30 entrepreneurs interested in developing an aquaponics business. Training will also be provided for ten school teachers, who can use the principles of growing food by this method to teach STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.
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Self-Screening for COVID-19 Could Soon Become a Thing

Self-Screening for COVID-19
Image: Jamaica Observer
Jamaica Observer: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has announced that a technical cooperation agreement between its IDB Lab and telemedicine platform MDLink is paving the way for vulnerable groups such as those with pre-existing conditions and the elderly to self-screen for COVID-19.
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Temporary Shutdown of Airports Hits Guyana’s Non-Traditional Agricultural Exports

Temporary Shutdown of Airports
Photo: Ourmilla Sharma/Flickr
Demerara Waves: Guyana’s decision to ban incoming international flights, combined with the move by many airlines to reduce passenger flights, has dealt a blow to non-traditional agricultural exports, officials said.

Because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Guyana closed all its airports to international passenger aircraft on March 19, a closure that could remain in place until August 28 at the earliest. Meanwhile, airlines across the world are “fighting for survival,” according to the International Air Transport Association.
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How COVID-19 Coronavirus May Affect Your Heart, Here Are Two New Studies

How COVID-19 Coronavirus May Affect Your Heart, Here Are Two New Studies
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Groove may not be the only thing in the heart when one has a Covid-19 coronavirus infection. Two studies just published in JAMA Cardiology found evidence that the Covid-19 coronavirus can make it to your heart. And not in a good rom-com or BTS type of way.

Both studies were from Germany. One of them was a series of autopsies performed on 39 people who had passed away after having Covid-19. 
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World Obesity Federation: Obesity, Wellbeing, and COVID-19

World Obesity Federation: Obesity, Wellbeing, and COVID-19
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World Obesity Federation President Professor John Wilding explores the mental and physical issues surrounding obesity and weight management and the links to COVID-19.

Obesity is considered a significant risk for COVID-19. Medically speaking, patients are considered to be affected by obesity if they have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher. World Health Organization figures report around two billion people around the world are overweight, with around 650 million of those living with obesity; between 1975 and 2016, the proportion of the world’s population affected by obesity nearly tripled. By 2025, projections indicate, more than a billion people will be living with obesity.
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My #COVIDSTORY - Voices of PLWNCDs in the COVID-19 Era: We Want to Hear From You! 

My #COVIDSTORY
We applaud the courage of the individuals who have shared their stories and look forward to hearing your #COVIDStory

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.
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Seattle’s Sugary Drink Tax Helps Feed Local Families Hit Hardest by COVID-19

Seattle’s Sugary Drink Tax
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American Heart Association: Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Seattle’s sugary drink tax has put $5 million worth of grocery vouchers into the hands of those who need them most.

Starting in March 2020, 6,250 food-insecure Seattle households each received $800 worth of grocery vouchers funded by the city’s sugary drink tax revenue. Vouchers were delivered by mail in two $400 installments over two months. Subsequent rounds of grocery vouchers supported by additional city, federal and private funding went out to more families in May and June; another round is planned for July.
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COVID-19 Response Centre for Healthy Cities

COVID-19 Response Centre for Healthy Cities
Cities are at the forefront of the COVID-19 crisis. The Partnership for Healthy Cities COVID-19 Response Center is home to practical guidance and tools to support cities.
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Backyard Gardening Initiative

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Jamaica Education Ministry to Enforce Policy to Restrict Sugary Drinks in Schools

Jamaica Education Ministry to Enforce Policy to Restrict Sugary Drinks in Schools
Radio Jamaica News: With preparations in high gear for the start of  the new academic year on September 7, the Ministry of  Education is taking steps to ensure compliance with its policy to restrict certain types of  sugary drinks in schools.
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BARP and Barbados Diabetes Foundation Sign MOU

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Clinical Director at the Barbados Diabetes Foundation, Dr. Diane Brathwaite, as she spoke during the MOU signing Image: Barbados Advocate
A stark look into the reality of diabetes was afforded to members of the media and through them, and the wider public recently as the Barbados Diabetes Foundation and the Barbados Association of Retired Persons (BARP) signed a memorandum of understanding towards the deepening of their relations. Taking place at the Maria Holder Diabetes Centre for the Caribbean recently and signed by BARP President Marilyn Rice-Bowen and Barbados Diabetes Foundation Chairman Justice Christopher Blackman, a suite of incentives for BARP members, including discounts on services and treatment, were activated by the agreement.
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Jamaica Becomes First Caribbean Nation to Submit Tougher Climate Plan to UN

Jamaica Becomes First Caribbean Nation to Submit Tougher Climate Plan to UN
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Climate Home News: Jamaica has become the first Caribbean nation to submit a tougher climate action plan under the Paris Agreement by adding targets for forestry and stepping up curbs on greenhouse gas emissions from energy.

The UK, which will host the next UN climate summit in November 2021, delayed from 2020 because of Covid-19, praised the move and urged other nations to follow suit as quickly as possible.
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“Stronger Together” Campaign to Highlight Importance of Psychosocial Support During Times of Stress and Crisis

Stronger Together
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NCD Alliance: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) this week launched the “Stronger Together” campaign to assist communities in promoting mental wellbeing and positive coping strategies during times of stress and crisis.

The campaign, which is launched as countries of the Caribbean navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing hurricane season, aims to raise awareness of mental health and provide tools and information to promote psychosocial support.
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Cancer Support Services Newsletter

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

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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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Obesity: Unhealthy ‘Buy One Get One Free’ Deals Targeted

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BBC News: "Buy one get one free" deals on unhealthy food will be banned as part of the government's bid to tackle obesity in England.

The plan also includes restrictions on where foods high in fat and sugar can be promoted in-store, and new rules for displaying calories on menus.

A ban on junk food adverts before 21:00 has been confirmed - for the whole UK.

Boris Johnson said the plans would help "reduce our health risks and protect ourselves against coronavirus".
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Cutting Screen Time Lowers Risk of Death, Study Finds

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BBC: Restricting television viewing to two hours a day could prevent or delay poor health, according to a new study.

Health risks associated with screen time, such as cancer and cardiovascular disease, were at their lowest when daily TV time was two hours or less.

The study from the University of Glasgow, followed almost 500,000 participants aged 37-73 over a 12 year period between 2006 and 2018.
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Flu Vaccine Significantly Lowers Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke Among High-Risk Groups, Researchers Find

Flu Vaccine Significantly Lowers Risk of Heart Attack
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The flu vaccine significantly lowered the risk of heart attacks, strokes and some other cardiovascular conditions for people at high risk, researchers reported Monday.

Yet these high-risk adults are less likely to get the vaccine than others, the researchers told an American Heart Association meeting.
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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
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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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  • The mental health impact of COVID-19 on health workers 
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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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Childhood Obesity Prevention Visuals

A set of infographics, highlighting childhood obesity, the risks and the HCC policy asks.
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