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August 12th, 2019


St. Kitts and Nevis Moves Launched!

St. Kitts and Nevis SKN Moves
Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris (right) and Minister of Health and Wellness of Jamaica, Dr. the Honourable Christopher Tufton (left) are excited to start the journey to a healthier St. Kitts and Nevis with SKN Moves (Photo: SKN Moves Twitter)
An official ceremony was held in Independence Square on Friday August 9th, 2019 to formally launch the St. Kitts and Nevis Moves (SKN Moves) Initiative.
Caribbean Moves
SKN Moves forms part of a regional initiative, Caribbean Moves - a re-energizing and intensification of the health promotion efforts through creative and innovative multi-sectoral collaboration. Caribbean Moves, was launched in September 2018 at the 3rd UN High Level Meeting on NCDs by several CARICOM Heads of Government. 
Jamaica Moves
The Caribbean Moves initiative builds on the experience of the Jamaica Moves, which through education and base level support, the Ministry of Health and key private and public sector partners aim to reduce Jamaicans' risk of developing NCDs, and in turn create a healthier, happier country.
Caribbean Moves will contribute to one of the goals of the CARICOM Heads of Government to change the Caribbean culture towards a lifestyle of regular physical activity and healthier diets. Other countries to join the Caribbean Moves initiative are Barbados Moves and TT Moves.
A recent health report revealed that Non-communicable diseases (NCD’s) such as diabetes, stroke, heart disease, hypertension and chronic kidney disease account for 83 percent of total deaths in St. Kitts and Nevis.
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Breastfeeding and Child Nutrition Foundation of Barbados (BCNF) Antenatal Educational Session Celebrating World Breast Feeding Week, 2019

The Breastfeeding & Child Nutrition Foundation of Barbados (BNCF)
Dr Alison Bernard President of the The Breastfeeding & Child Nutrition Foundation
of Barbados (BNCF) presenting to 30-40 Antenatal mothers and fathers at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Barbados (Photo: BCNF)
BCNF: On the 7th of August, 2019, the final day of World Breastfeeding Week, the Breastfeeding and Child Nutrition Foundation of Barbados (BCNF) were invited to teach an educational session at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital to 30-40 Antenatal mothers and fathers. The topic spoke to the WBW 2019 theme, to “empower parents, enable breastfeeding”. The BCNF Team, led by President Dr. Alison Bernard, focussed on empowering parents and especially mums to believe that  they were more than enough to provide for baby’s nutritional needs for as long as is internationally recommended. The session was wonderfully well received by parents and staff alike. 
Less than 20% of women in Barbados report exclusive breastfeeding (up to six months). Support and an enabling environment are essential for mothers to feel empowered to breastfeed and fulfill their reproductive and maternal imperative to breastfeed. Increasing their ability to breastfeed their babies will improve health for mothers and children, including as it relates to decreasing the prevalence of childhood obesity and the scourge of the NCDs into adulthood.

The BCNF will continue to fulfill their mandate and role as supporter, promoter and protector of breastfeeding and all childhood nutrition.

NCD Alliance Annual Report 2018 Published

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The NCD Alliance 2018 Annual Report
The NCD Alliance 2018 Annual Report reflects on a momentous year for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and the NCD Alliance. Against a challenging landscape of deepening inequities, political instability and a spiralling environmental crisis, NCDs were elevated into the political spotlight, largely thanks to momentum around the third UN High-level Meeting (HLM). 

The NCD Alliance annual report provides a snapshot of the activities and achievements of the NCDA and their extensive constituency. 
The HCC Caribbean NCD Forum: Supporting national and regional advocacy in the Caribbean in the lead up to the 3rd UN High-Level Meeting on NCDsthe June-September 2018 UN HLM advocacy campaign and the HCC presence at the UN interactive multi-stakeholder hearing on NCDs in New York, all feature in the NCD Alliance Annual Report for 2018.
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Everybody Eats - Obesity Prevention in Three Nations

Bloomberg Philanthropies - Follow the Data podcast
Executive Director of the Heart Foundation of Jamaica Deborah Chen
Executive Director of the Heart Foundation of Jamaica Deborah Chen (Photo: HCC Archive)
Executive Director of the Heart Foundation of Jamaica Deborah Chen was a guest on the latest Bloomberg Philanthropies - Follow the Data podcast. along with Neena and Paula Johns, Director of Act Health Promotion in Brazil and Professor Karen Hoffman, Director of Priceless South Africa.

The podcast was focused on obesity and overweight, and Deborah spoke about the issues in Jamaica including the changing environment, "Unfortunately we have been moving away from our traditional ways of eating.  Many years ago we used to eat ground provisions, vegetables, fruits" she said. She went on to say that the increase in convenient fast-food and the faster pace of life was also a contributing factor to the escalating problem of obesity in Jamaica. Other topics discussed were sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs), the restrictions on the sale of SSBs in schools and the Heart Foundation of Jamaica campaign for the introduction of a tax on SSBs and the factors obstructing it's introduction.

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PAHO Says The Bahamas Is a Country in Health Crisis

Dr. Ester De Gourville
A Country in health crisis. That's how the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) country representative for The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos, Dr. Ester De Gourville responded to recently released statistics that showed more than 70% of deaths in 2016 were caused by non-communicable diseases.

The Caribbean Association for Oncology and Haematology (CAOH) Launch New Website

The Caribbean Association for Oncology and Haematology (CAOH) New Website
CAOH was re-incorporated in July 2017 to address the developing needs of Trinidad and Tobago, as well as those of the Caribbean, in the field of Haematology and Oncology. 

The Association operates under the patronage of Mrs. Sharon Rowley

Through the support of our kind partners, CAOH has been able to make an impact on Cancer and Hematology care in the Caribbean and Latin America. We have undertaken a number of events on our quest to improve Cancer care while also encouraging healthy lifestyles generally.
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ECHORN/Yale-TCC Webinar: Climate Change Impacts as Determinants of Health in an NCD-Burdened Caribbean

Thursday, August 29th
Climate Change Impacts as Determinants of Health in an NCD-Burdened Caribbean.
A webinar entitled 'Climate Change Impacts as Determinants of Health in an NCD-Burdened Caribbean' wil take place on Thursday, August 29th, 1pm - 2pm EST / AST. it will be presented by Dr. LaVerne E. Ragster, President Emirata of the University of the Virgin Islands and Yale-TCC Consortium Governing Board Co-Chair. See flyer here.

Fast Food Availability Linked With More Heart Attacks

Fast Food Availability Linked With More Heart Attacks
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European Society of Cardiology: Areas with a higher number of fast food restaurants have more heart attacks, according to research presented at CSANZ 2019. The study also found that for every additional fast food outlet, there were four additional heart attacks per 100,000 people each year.

The 67th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ) takes place 8 to 11 August in Adelaide, Australia. The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and CSANZ are holding joint scientific sessions as part of the ESC Global Activities programme.
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Promising Blood Test Could Help to Predict Breast Cancer Recurrence

Promising Blood Test Could Help to Predict Breast Cancer Recurrence
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TIME: Doctors have gotten much better at detecting and treating breast cancer early. Drug and chemotherapy regimens to control tumors have gotten so effective, in fact, that in some cases, surgery is no longer necessary. In up to 30% of cases of early-stage breast cancer treated before surgery, doctors can’t find evidence of cancer cells in postoperative biopsies. The problem, however, is that there is currently no reliable way to tell which cancers have been pushed into remission and which ones have not.

That’s where an easy identifier, like a blood test, could transform the way early stage breast cancer is treated. In a paper published in Science Translational Medicine, researchers led by a team at the Translational Genomics Institute (TGen), an Arizona-based nonprofit, report encouraging results on just such a liquid biopsy. Its test, called Targeted Digital Sequencing (or TARDIS), was up to 100 times more sensitive than other similar liquid-biopsy tests in picking up DNA shed by breast cancer cells into the blood.
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Healthy Plant-Based Diet Tied to Lowered Heart Risk

Healthy Plant-Based Diet Tied to Lowered Heart Risk
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Reuters Health: People who eat a healthy, mostly plant-based diet may be less likely to develop heart disease and to die from it than those who consume lots of meat and refined carbohydrates, a U.S. study suggests.

Researchers followed 12,168 middle-aged adults over three decades, assessing their eating habits at several points. During the study, 5,436 participants died, including 1,565 who died from cardiovascular disease.
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The Economics of Obesity: How Cheap Processed Food Is Fuelling the Pandemic

The Economics of Obesity: How Cheap Processed Food Is Fuelling the Pandemic
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Food Navigator: Easy access to cheap unhealthy food is causing obesity in Europe and the West to spiral - and the phenomenon is spreading to developing countries. Another study suggesting that the relative cheapness of calorie-dense processed foods is a risk factor for obesity in upper- and middle-income countries has been published in the US.

The study, conducted by The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and published in the Journal of Nutrition is the first to examine a link between food prices and undernutrition. It concluded that the high cost of healthy food in developing countries was linked to child stunting. But it also noted that while healthier foods become cheaper over the course of development, so too do unhealthy processed foods, like soft drinks.

So you have, on one hand, the problem of too many people in the developed world without access to expensive healthy food such as milk. While “the relative cheapness of calorie-dense processed foods has been implicated in the high rates of obesity observed in upper-income countries, as well as the rapid increases in obesity observed in transition economies, such as China.” Because the relative cheapness of unhealthy calories is an important explanation of the obesity epidemic in higher-income countries, the research predicted significant increases in overweight prevalence among adult populations globally.
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HCC Eight UHC Advocacy Priorities - Social Media Graphics

HCC’s UHC advocacy priorities #1
HCC’s UHC advocacy priorities #2
HCC’s UHC advocacy priorities #3
HCC’s UHC advocacy priorities #4
In recognition of the HLM-UHC and the nexus between NCDs and UHC, HCC asked CARICOM Heads of Government and State to support HCC’s eight (8) UHC advocacy priorities as detailed in the First United Nations High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage – Technical Brief for CARICOM Countries: A Contribution from Civil Society for inclusion in the HLM-UHC outcome document. We have produced some social media graphics to support this campaign in the lead up to the UN High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage (HLM-UHC), on 23 September 2019. The graphics can be downloaded here.
HCC’s UHC advocacy priorities #5
HCC’s UHC advocacy priorities #6
HCC’s UHC advocacy priorities #7
HCC’s UHC advocacy priorities #8
We have also created social media graphics to campaign for the implementation of our Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies. The graphics can be downloaded here.
Childhood Obesity Prevention policies
Childhood Obesity Prevention policies
We encourage you to use these graphics to help raise awareness of both campaigns.
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In this edition:
  • Read NCD Alliance's 2018 Annual Report - now online!
  • New manifesto calls for action 
  • to secure a healthy planet for all
  • Leading progress on TFA elimination in Mexico & Pakistan
  • Global call for food labelling implementation in Latin America
  • Share your plans for the Global Week for Action on NCDs
  • World Cancer Research Fund calls for grant applications
  • Get ready for World Lung Day 2019: Healthy Lungs For All
  • Input into the Decade of Healthy Ageing
  • Open letter to UN Secretary General António Guterres
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