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July 16th

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HCC One of Twenty Recipients of a New NCD Alliance Solidarity Fund Grant to Help Strengthen Civil Society’s Response to COVID-19

NCD Alliance Solidarity Fund
The NCD Alliance has launched the first Civil Society Solidarity Fund on NCDs and COVID-19, which will support 20 national and regional NCD alliances in Africa, Asia, Europe, Eastern Mediterranean and Latin America to accelerate the response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The fund will support NCD Alliances in addressing the critical needs of people living with NCDs during COVID-19 via advocacy and communication activities that will promote stronger organisational stability and resilience. Activities will include advocacy and communication efforts for the continuity of essential NCD health services and inclusion of NCDs in national COVID-19 response and recovery plans and community-led awareness-raising campaigns on the linkages between NCDs and COVID-19. 
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Webinar - "The Future Talks”: COVID and NCDs in the Caribbean - The Legacy

Webinar - "The Future Talks”: COVID and NCDs in the Caribbean - The Legacy
The objective of the third webinar: “The Future Talks”: COVID AND NCDs in the CARIBBEAN – THE LEGACY is to gain insight from youth experts who will present their professional and personal perspectives on how the region’s health systems can "build back better" from the COVID experience. 

Youth have a critical role in helping to shape a world where their generation and future generations thrive. The urgency to “build back better” effectively is intensified by two major global targets: the 25% reduction in premature death from the four major NCDs by 2025 and a one-third reduction in premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promotion of mental health and well-being by 2030 (target 3.4 of the Sustainable Development Goals). The way that the world rebuilds affects youth and their voice is instrumental, especially now as we explore the COVID-19 health legacy.

Friday July 24th, 2020
Time: 10:00am - 11:30am EST
Moderators:
Danielle Walwyn
Ms. Danielle Walwyn
Advocacy Officer
Healthy Caribbean Coalition
Pierre Cooke Jr.
Mr. Pierre Cooke Jr.
Youth Voices Technical Advisor
Healthy Caribbean Coalition
Agenda:

Introductions
Ms. Maisha Hutton, Executive Director HCC and Mr. Pierre Cooke Jr. Youth Voices Technical Advisor, HCC
Presentations/Speakers
The Legacy - Nutrition & Youth Advocacy
Ms. Edith Soria - Mexico
The Legacy - Tobacco Control & Youth Advocacy
Mr. Margianta Surahman Juhanda Dinata - Indonesia
Tara Armour
The Legacy - Mental Health
Ms. Tara Armour - Trinidad
Keddy Moïse
The Legacy - Health Systems
Dr. Keddy Moïse - Haiti
Eden Augustus
The Legacy - Research
Ms. Eden Augustus - Trinidad
Kimberley Benjamin
The Legacy - Policy Environment
Ms. Kimberley Benjamin - Barbados
Moderated Q & A with Webinar Speakers and closing remarks.
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COVID-19 Coronavirus

COVID-19 Comms Resources
HCC COVID-19 Webpage

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

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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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Caribbean Professor Makes Case For Efforts To Sustain COVID-19 Gains

Professor Leonard Nurse
Professor Leonard Nurse, lecturer at The University of the West Indies (UWI)
Photo: The Jamaica Gleaner
The Jamaica Gleaner: One Caribbean academic has made a push for efforts to sustain the environmental gains, however limited, from the global pandemic, COVID-19.
Professor Leonard Nurse, lecturer at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill, said those gains include improvements in air quality, recorded in locations such as Delhi, India; London, United Kingdom; and Seoul, Korea.
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Digital Divide - Budget Cuts Impairing Delivery Of Service To Young Caribbean People

Digital Divide
Image: Gerd Altmann/Pixabay
The Jamaica Gleaner: Challenges and solutions to delivering services during the COVID-19 crisis were key elements discussed during a recent virtual event of the Caribbean ministries of youth, with emphasis on how best to protect young people from the damaging impacts of the pandemic.

The event, which was co-hosted by the Commonwealth Secretariat, Caribbean Community and Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), saw officials from 12 ministries of youth participating.
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New £317,000 Project Launched on Sustainable Fisheries Management in the Virgin Islands

New £317,000 Project Launched on Sustainable Fisheries Management in the Virgin Islands
Photo: St. Lucia News Online
St. Lucia News Online: The UK Government-funded Darwin Initiative has announced the projects funded under this year’s Darwin Plus scheme which provides grants to projects working on environmental issues in the UK Overseas Territories. One of the successful projects in this latest funding round is a joint project being delivered by the UK Centre for Environment, Fisheries, and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), the Government of the Virgin Islands, and the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI). This project will build capacity in fisheries evidence, networks, and management to support ongoing sustainable fisheries management.
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WHO and Partners to Help More Than 1 Billion People Quit Tobacco to Reduce Risk of COVID-19

WHO and Partners to Help More Than 1 Billion People Quit Tobacco to Reduce Risk of COVID-19
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WHO: A new Access Initiative for Quitting Tobacco aims to help the world's 1.3 billion tobacco users quit. Stopping smoking is more important than ever as evidence reveals that smokers are more likely than non-smokers to have severe outcomes from COVID-19.

The project gives people free access to nicotine replacement therapy and to Florence, a digital health worker, based on artificial intelligence that dispels myths around COVID-19 and tobacco and helps people develop a personalized plan to quit tobacco. 
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World Obesity Live - COVID-19 and Obesity Webinar Series

World Obesity Federation
In response to the current COVID-19 Pandemic, the World Obesity Federation and colleagues launched a series of webinars on COVID-19 & Obesity.

To date, there have been seven World Obesity Live webinars. 
  1. The collision of two pandemics: COVID-19 and Obesity
  2. People at the Centre: Obesity, COVID-19, and the Patient Perspective
  3. Children, Obesity and COVID-19: Risk and recommendations for the most vulnerable populations
  4. COVID-19 and obesity: Emerging insights and policy implications
  5. Telemedicine for obesity management:  – a temporary or long-term solution?
  6. COVID-19, Obesity, and Inequity
  7. Obesity, COVID-19 and Food Systems: Collective action for a Healthy Recovery
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Recent Research

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ECHORN Hurricane Resilience Run

ECHORN Hurricane Resilience Run
Photo: PIRO4D/Pixabay
Join the ECHORN team for the virtual ECHORN Hurricane Resilience Run, a 5k run/1k walk benefitting the ECHORN Hurricane Relief Fund. When you #RuntoRespond you are supporting rebuilding efforts in the Caribbean after natural disasters. This work is especially important now as the region faces both hurricane season and the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Resilience Run can be completed any time from July 18-19. All ages and paces are welcome! 

The recommended donation amount is $25 per adult, $10 per student, and kids are free. The first 100 people to register receive a free gift and individuals who donate $50 or more receive a bonus gift (while supplies last). All proceeds will go towards the ECHORN Hurricane Relief Fund. 

Please post pictures under the event hashtag #RunToRespond 
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Transnational Corporations, Obesity and Planetary Health

Lancet Planetary Health
Image: Lancet Planetary Health
The Lancet Commission on obesity calls for a reframed understanding of obesity, undernutrition, and climate change as a global syndemic of interconnected crises with common societal drivers. Within low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs), research and advocacy on how transnational food and beverage corporations are impacting obesity and undernutrition is growing. These discussions should be expanded to include the industry's impacts on environment. Internal industry documents found in the University of California San Francisco's Food Industry Documents Library, in combination with publicly available ones, show that Coca-Cola is almost as concerned about its role in water scarcity as it is about obesity in LMICs, especially Colombia. Although keeping these two issues separate is in the company's interests, linking them is in the best interests of public health.
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PAHO Virtual Campus: Social Marketing Program for Public Health

Social Marketing Program for Public Health
Image: PAHO
The Program on Social Marketing for Public Health is a collaboration between the Pan American Health Organization and the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida. The Program is funded by the American Heart Association and the Universal Health Coverage Partnership.

The objective of the Program is to develop capacity of public health professionals in developing and managing social marketing campaigns applied to public health. 
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Online Program on Social Marketing for Public Health introductory video

UK Tobacco Sales Fell Faster After Plain Packaging Rules Came Into Force

UK Tobacco Sales Fell Faster After Plain Packaging Rules Came Into Force
 Photo: Alamy Stock Photo
The Guardian UK: Cigarette sales have decreased by about 20m a month after plain packaging rules and tougher taxes were introduced three years ago, researchers have found.

Prof Anna Gilmore, director of the Tobacco Control Research Group (TCRG), said: “The underlying rate of decline in tobacco sales almost doubled after these policies were implemented.”
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Is Air Pollution the Next Pandemic? How Air Quality Increases Deaths From Cardiovascular Disease

Is Air Pollution the Next Pandemic?
Photo: Gerd Altmann/Pixabay 
Science 2.0: Throughout the last few decades health concerns related to air pollution have been rising. Despite this focus there has been little research on the impact of air pollution on specific health conditions and mortality, even though there is a strong association between air pollution and overall life expectancy. A global study lead by researchers in Germany outlines the detrimental changes air pollution can have on human life expectancy. One surprising finding of the study was that cardiovascular disease, and not respiratory conditions, are the primary cause of early death from air pollution.
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Urgent Action Is Needed to Reduce Widening Inequalities in Childhood Obesity

Urgent Action Is Needed to Reduce Widening Inequalities in Childhood Obesity
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BMJ: A recent Public Health England (PHE) report on childhood obesity trends in England up to the 2018-2019 academic year makes for uncomfortable reading. The report draws on data from the annual National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) which started in 2006-07. The NCMP measures the height and weight of 4-5 year-olds (Reception school year) and 10-11 year-olds (school Year 6) across England, providing data on the prevalence of overweight and obesity in over a million children every year. The report highlights that the proportion of children with overweight or obesity remains extremely high, and is increasing over time in most groups. Furthermore, these increases disproportionately affect children from deprived areas, and those of Black or South Asian ethnicity.
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NCD Alliance Newsletter

NCD Alliance
  • Learning lessons for now and for the future: why NCDs must be central in the COVID-19 response
  • New Solidarity Fund will support civil society work on the ground
  • WHO Civil Society Working Group on NCDs statements
  • NCDA Advocacy Institute's virtual training on accountability
  • Explore a new style of learning for frontline health workers
  • The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World
  • Bridging the gap on NCDs through civil society action
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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

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.
Childhood Obesity Prevention Visuals
Childhood Obesity Prevention
Childhood Obesity Prevention
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Childhood Obesity Prevention policies
Childhood Obesity Prevention policies
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MHCS

Chilean Policies Effectively Tackling Obesity

Lessons for the Caribbean
Chilean Policies Effectively Tackling Obesity
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Key Messages From Our Publications

Call to Urgent Action
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Our Publications
No Marketing to Children
No marketing of unhealthy foods to children
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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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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