The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

October 23rd - October 29th 2015


HCC Commends Mexican Congress as it Votes to Keep Sugar Sweetened Beverage (SSB) Tax

HCC Commends Mexican Congress as it Votes to Keep Sugar Sweetened Beverage Tax
Further to our midweek e-Alert - HCC supports the Nutritional Health Alliance ‘In defense of Mexican SSB tax’, we can confirm that on October 29, 2015, in a historic move, the Mexican Congress voted both in the Senate and the lower House to maintain a 10% excise tax on ALL sugar-sweetened beverages. Our colleagues at the Nutritional Health Alliance, have asked us to pass on their thanks for providing support at this important time for obesity prevention in Mexico.

Press coverage:
In This Edition
Movember - Changing the Face of Men's Health
30th Anniversary Lecture for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Barbados
Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre Fundraising Run
World Diabetes Day - The Barbados Diabetes Association
What's Poisoning Martinique's Men?
HSFB Latest News
NCD Alliance Advocacy Materials
Processed and Red Meat Warning 
Sustainable Financing: the Achilles Heel of the NCD Response
25 x 25 Non-communicable Disease Mortality Reduction Target
CARPHA Health Research Conference Call for Papers
Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity
9th WARFS Global Conference
NCD Alliance e-Alert

Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre
Movember - Changing the Face of Men's Health

Movember’s about bringing back the moustache, having fun and doing good, and changing the face of men’s health. Mo Bros take action by signing up and growing a sweet moustache for the 30 days of Movember. Mo Sistas sign up and commit to supporting the men in their lives while helping to promote men’s health at home, in the workplace and within their community. Read more

30th Anniversary Lecture for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Barbados

Strokes Can Affect Any Individual
Caused mainly by a blood clot in the brain or the rupture of a blood vessel, strokes are devastating. According to Stroke Neurologist, Dr. Douen, strokes along with heart disease is the number one cause of death in the world. In fact, the public gathered at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre were told that strokes were more catastrophic for females as more women than men die of strokes.
FAST know the warning signs of stroke
Giving the lecture for the 30th anniversary for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Dr. Douen continued to state that many lifestyle issues contributed to the cause of strokes. Read more

Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre Fundraising Run

Register here.

World Diabetes Day - The Barbados Diabetes Association

World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated annually on November 14 both locally and internationally. This year’s campaign marks the second of a three year (2014- 16) focus on Healthy Living and Diabetes. In Barbados the Diabetes Association and the Diabetes Foundation will again combine their resources to hold a number of events in recognition of World’s Diabetes Day.

The Diabetes Association is also celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year and will be taking the opportunity of World Diabetes Day to celebrate this momentous occasion.

Members of the public are invited to join the celebrations, outlines as follows:
  1. Sunday 8th Nov. 5k Fun walk/run and 15k Blue Circle Iron Challenge. Meet at Massy Complex Warrens for 3.00pm to walk at 4.00pm read more.
  2. Wednesday 11th - Lecture by Dr. Maureen E. Rose, R.D., Ph.D., the Clinical Coordinator of Professional Practice (Stage) in Dietetics at the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition of McGill University. Dr. Rose, also the Coordinator, Graduate Dietetics Programs International Dietetics Stages as well as the Undergraduate Academic Advisor, will speak on the topic “Keep the culture keep the fat”. This will be held at the Frank Collymore Hall at 7.00pm.
  3. Church Service on Saturday November 14th at the Jackson SDA church, Jackson, St. Michael at 11.00am
  4. The launch of the pilot project Healthy Lunchbox School Project.
  5. Ceremony for members of the Blue Circle Ambassadors who graduated from the certified education programme.
5K Fun/Walk
A number of restaurants and hotels have been approached requesting that their offer special meals in acknowledgment of the healthy eating campaign being promoted by the International Diabetes Foundation.

It is our hope that all Barbadian citizens both individual and corporate will become more aware of the increasing number of diabetics and, as the UN blue circle emblem encourages, “UNite For Diabetes” Read more

What's Poisoning Martinique's Men?

From the outside, the French Caribbean island of Martinique looks like a paradise: turquoise waters beneath colorful wooden homes that climb up lush green slopes of banana leaves. Life seems pretty laid-back — no one expects Martinique to lead the world in any rankings. But this Caribbean island does lead the world in one dark, tragic metric: prostate cancer rates. According to the World Cancer Research Fund International, in Martinique:

For every 100,000 men, 227 have prostate cancer.
That number is almost twice the rate of the second country on the list: Norway (129). The United States, by comparison, comes in at No. 14, with 98 incidents per 100,000. And Martinique’s is an outlier result that looks even more eyebrow-raising when you run comparisons to figure out why. Read more
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Latest
Know The Signs...
As we close Stroke Month 2015, it is important that the average person refreshs the signs of stroke.

Three Foods...
That can lower your cholesterol, helping your numbers.

Read more from the Heart & Stroke Foundation newsletter here.

2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development NCD Alliance Advocacy Materials

NCD Alliance 2 Pager
In follow-up to the successful adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development during the UN Sustainable Development Summit and General Assembly in September, the NCD Alliance have prepared some materials that will be of use in your advocacy efforts.

These include:
As we move into adapting the global 2030 Agenda to national and regional levels for implementation, it is important that NCDs in target 3.4 and the other relevant targets are included in national development plans and frameworks. We hope to continue the momentum from the Summit, where, for the first time, NCDs were included in the global development agenda to ensure progress on NCDs, by engaging national and regional stakeholders to deliver on their commitments made at the global level. To that end, the attached resources may be of use as you reach out to government officials and other stakeholders, including WHO, UNDP and other relevant UN agencies, to urge action on NCDs for sustainable development.

Processed Meat Like Bacon Linked to Cancer, Red Meat Deemed Risky Too: WHO  

Caribbean Oral Health Initiative
Pigging out on bacon, pastrami or hot dogs is even worse for you than you thought — a new study ranked processed meats as a cancer risk alongside cigarettes and asbestos.

A group of 22 scientists evaluated more than 800 studies from around the globe and found “sufficient evidence” that daily consumption of processed meat caused an uptick in risk for colon, stomach and other cancers, the World Health Organization reported Monday. Read more

Sustainable Financing: the Achilles Heel of the Non-Communicable Diseases Response

In the past few years, the UN and governments worldwide have increasingly recognised the growing burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) as one of the major health and development challenges of the 21st century.1 The inclusion of a target to reduce NCD premature mortality in the adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development2 is an unequivocal sign of this recognition: NCDs are now firmly on the agenda. However, unlike other health issues, political commitment has yet to translate into sustainable and adequate resources. Read more

Regional Contributions of Six Preventable Risk Factors to Achieving the 25 × 25 Non-communicable Disease Mortality Reduction Target: a Modelling Study

Countries have agreed to reduce premature mortality from the four main non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 25% from 2010 levels by 2025 (referred to as the 25 × 25 target). Countries also agreed on a set of global voluntary targets for selected NCD risk factors. Previous analyses have shown that achieving the risk factor targets can contribute substantially towards meeting the 25 × 25 mortality target at the global level. We estimated the contribution of achieving six of the globally agreed risk factor targets towards meeting the 25 × 25 mortality target by region. Read more

CARPHA Health Research Conference Call for Papers

Deadline for Receipt of Papers is December 1st, 2015. The 61st Annual CARPHA Health Research Conference will be held in the Turks and Caicos Islands from June 23rd to June 25th, 2016.

The theme for 2016 is Family Health. For more information contact the conference secretariat at: or click here.

Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity

Open for comment: 29 September – 13 November 2015
The Draft Final Report of the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity is now open for comment from relevant stakeholders. In addition, the Commission will hold regional consultations and hearings throughout this consultative period. Read more
9th World Alliance for Risk Factor Surveillance Conference 2015
The American University of Antigua will be hosting the 9th WARFS Global Conference in St. John’s, Antigua, November 18th-20th, 2015. This will be the first WARFS conference to be held in the Caribbean region. The WARFS 2015 conference follows a series of very interesting conferences held in countries around the world since 1999.  Read more
NCD Alliance e-Alert
  • PMNCH: Independent Accountability Panel - Applications Open
  • Open Consultation: UNDP's HIV and Health Strategy 2016 - 2021
  • Deadline Extended for World Congress of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Health
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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