The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

July 22nd - July 28th 2016


HCC Launches New Brief: The Implementation of Taxation on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages by the Government of Barbados

The Implementation of Taxation on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages by the Government of Barbados
This policy brief provides an overview of the approaches used by the Barbados Ministry of Finance in the adoption of sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) taxation. It is hoped that the target audiences will gain a greater understanding of the policy process leading to more strategic and effective advocacy for taxation on SSBs. This is one of a series of briefs aimed at building the case for non-communicable disease (NCD) policy action across non-health, health-influencing government sectors in the Caribbean. The brief forms part of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition’s (HCC) ongoing NCD advocacy agenda. Download here
Sugar levels in carbonated sugar sweetened beverages in Barbados

Social Determinants of Health: Inequality is a Mass Killer

Professor Sir Michael Marmot, President of the World Medical Association
Social determinants of health: inequality is a mass killer, says top academic.

Most of the burden of ill health is socially determined and “social injustice is killing on a grand scale,” Professor Sir Michael Marmot, President of the World Medical Association told a rapt audience in Port of Spain this weekend.

Speaking at the Trinidad and Tobago Medical Association (T&TMA) annual conference, Sir Michael repeatedly stressed the importance of concentrating on the social determinants of health, those underlying causes of health outcomes such as access to money and resources and education levels: the conditions in which we are “born, grow, live and age”. Read more
Watch a short interview with Professor Sir Michael Marmot, President of the World Medical Association here.

The Lancet Series - Physical Activity 2016: Progress and Challenges

The Lancet Series - Physical Activity 2016: Progress and Challenges
In 2012, The Lancet published its first Series on physical activity, which concluded that physical inactivity is as important a modifiable risk factor for chronic diseases as obesity and tobacco. Four years later, the second Series presents an update of the field, including progress in epidemiological research, global surveillance, intervention strategies, and policy actions.
The papers will also feature the largest harmonised meta-analysis on the joint health effects of sedentary behaviour and physical activity, and the first global estimate of the economic burden of physical inactivity.

The Series encourages policy makers to take physical activity more seriously and to provide sufficient capacity and funding to implement national policies. Without a rapid increase in action, the WHO target of a 10% reduction in physical inactivity by 2025 will not be reached. We must continue to strive towards the longer term goal: the integration of physical activity into our daily lives. Read more

National Policy on Non-communicable Diseases

T&T Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh
The Trinidad government says it will soon introduce a national policy on non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh, who did not disclose the details of the policy pending approval from cabinet, said it will be based on an examination of factors creating inequity throughout the health system.
Deyalsingh, speaking at the 22nd annual medical research conference of the Trinidad and Tobago Medical Association’s (TTMA) Sunday, said that it was unfortunate that the disadvantaged and vulnerable are often the ones who carry the heaviest burden.
Read more

Cancer Support Services PSA Screening

Cancer Support Services PSA Screening
Over 54 men participated in the PSA Screening held on Saturday July 16, 2016 at Cancer Support Services’ offices on Belmont Road, conducted by MediLab Services Inc.
Consultant Urologist Dr. Jeetu Nebhnani, MBBS, DM was on hand to have an open and interactive session with the men, which was very informative.
The next PSA Screening will be held on Saturday October 15, 2016. Visit Cancer Support Services Website here or their Facebook page here.

Congestive Heart Disease Affecting Younger Generation 

Health Minister John Boyce
According to medical experts, Barbadians as young as 29 years old are suffering heart attacks, & congestive heart disease is being experienced in higher proportions among the younger generation. News of this came yesterday from Health Minister John Boyce as he addressed the 31st annual conference of the Caribbean Cardiac Society at the Hilton Barbados Resort.
Read the original article here.

Mrs. Gina Pitts, CEO of the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados concluded that 'the effort to reduce cardiovascular disease in the Barbadian population is an enormous project and one which will require a multidimensional agency approach to be effective in order to reach all age groups,as younger victims are being seen daily'.

African Caribbean Cancer Consortium (AC3) Seeking Research Collaborators

African-Caribbean Cancer Consortium
The African Caribbean Cancer Consortium (AC3) is a broad-based resource for education, training and research on etiology, screening, prevention, treatment and survivor-ship related to cancer and other related NCDs in the Caribbean an Africa.
The AC3 is seeking to identify collaborators who are currently involved in research advocacy and/or community engagement. If you are interested please contact us at for additional information.
World Heart Day 2016
Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Latest
Foreday | Kadooment...
As the Crop Over festival climaxes this weekend, the Heart & Stroke Foundation is asking that persons be aware and act responsibly for their health even at this time.

How about an Expresso? filtered or unfiltered ........ Espresso-style coffee generally has a caffeine content of around 64mg per fluid ounce

Read more from the Heart & Stroke Foundation newsletter here.

The Global Fight against Cancer

The Global Fight against Cancer
July 2016 -  A Quarterly Review of American Cancer Society Global Cancer Control Programs and Activities.
  • African Anti-Tobacco Society African Tobacco Control Efforts Still seeing Successes!
  • Society Introduces New Women’s cancers Program
  • All of Me promotes positive actions women can take to reduce their cancer risk and detect it early. 
  • Global Relay For Life® Movement Heads to South America 
  • Ambassador Sally Cowal Sends Video Message to Rotary International Convention
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NCD Alliance Newsletter
  • High-level Political Forum summary
  • Public Spaces: Key to achieve sustainable development
  • CARICOM pledges stronger action on NCDs
  • World Breastfeeding Week
  • NextGen Leaders for NCDs
  • World Heart Federation
  • Global Health Council
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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The work of HCC would not be possible without core funding from Sagicor Life Inc
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