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The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

September 10th - September 15th 2017


Invitation to Side Event at the 72nd UN General Assembly
Childhood Obesity - A Development Time-bomb:

Learning from SIDS to accelerate multi-sectoral action in support of the 2025 NCDs targets and the SDGs
If you will be attending attend this side event in NYC at the upcoming 72nd United Nations General Assembly kindly RSVP asap to Lynda Waithe, Permanent Mission of Barbados to the United Nations at or 212 551 4305, no later than Monday September 18th to facilitate the acquisition of passes to enter the UN Grounds. 

In the event that there are persons who have NGO passes for the UN, these individuals do not need to send their names - simply enter at the 3rd floor entrance.  It is only those who are in NYC who wish to attend the side event and do not have a pass to the UN.
Friday 22 September, 2017, 1.15 to 2.30 p.m. Trusteeship Council Chamber.

On the occasion of the Seventy-Second Regular Session of the United Nations General Assembly, The Permanent Mission of Barbados to the UN, The Permanent Mission of Canada to the UN, The Caribbean Community (CARICOM), The Pacific Island States (PSIDS), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC), invite Heads of Delegations, Permanent Representatives and Experts to attend Childhood Obesity – A Development Time-bomb: Learning from SIDS to accelerate multi-sectoral action in support of the 2025 NCDs targets and the SDGs

The Caribbean and Pacific small island developing States (SIDS) are sub-regions of the world with particularly high burdens of obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which threaten the achievement of sustainable development in these already vulnerable countries. Obesity is a disease in its own right, but it is also a major risk factor for many of the NCDs, and there is growing concern, specifically, about the alarming rate at which childhood obesity is increasing. Caribbean and Pacific SIDS have been focusing on this issue at the highest level. This Side Event will provide an opportunity to share the experiences of these regions, and others, in providing an enabling and less obesogenic environment for their people, especially the children.
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Breaking Down Siloes, Building Synergies: Implementing NCDs in the SDG Era 

Breaking Down Siloes, Building Synergies: Implementing NCDs in the SDG Era 
Monday 18 September, 18:00 - 19:30 | preceded by a reception from 17:00 - 18:00. Madison Ballroom, The Westin Grand Central, 212 East 42nd Street, New York
This side event, held on the margins of the 72nd UN General Assembly, will explore the opportunities available for implementing actions that will support the achievement of the NCD target in the SDGs, the overarching health goal, and other relevant health-related targets.

Panelists will specifically focus on the interlinkages between health and NCDs with other sustainable development priorities (e.g. poverty, nutrition, environment, gender, and trade and economic growth), the necessary approaches and responses to ensure “win-win” solutions for health and other sectors, and the investment needed to drive these actions forward. 
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Jamaica, Guyana and Dominica to Take Part in Three-Year Project to Reduce NCDs

Jamaica, Guyana and Dominica to Take Part in Three-Year Project to Reduce NCDs
Three Caribbean countries are to take part in a three-year project titled Congregation Taking Action Against NCDs (CONTACT), to significantly reduce lifestyle illnesses. 

Being implemented under the Caribbean Institute for Health Research (CAIHR) in Jamaica, Guyana and Dominica, the project will see partnerships being developed with places of worship (PoWs), for the dissemination of crucial health messages to tackle diabetes, high blood pressure and other related diseases.

The Caribbean has the worst epidemic of NCDs in the Americas, which cause more than 60 per cent of deaths in the region. In Jamaica, the diseases are responsible for most premature deaths, with high blood pressure affecting 25 per cent of the population.
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St. Kitts & Nevis Health Info Unit finds NCDs Leading Cause of Death

Data from the Health Information Unit in St. Kitts and Nevis show that non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is the leading cause of death in the federation, accounting for 83 percent of mortality among the population. The information was shared by the chief medical officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Hazel Laws, who was a guest on the “Working for You” programme Sept. 13.

“When we looked at the figures between the five-year period [2009] and 2013, we found that…the major causes of death in this federation [are] cancer, strokes, complications of diabetes and heart attacks, and these all fall under the list of non-communicable diseases,” she said.
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NCD's Remain a Challenge - Barbados Minister of Health

Barbados MOH John Boyce
The incidence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like diabetes and hypertension remain a concern in this country, and Minister of Health, John Boyce says he wants to see Barbadians doing more to change their diets and engage in physical activity.

Moreover, Minister Boyce said it is imperative that Barbadians eat a significant share of fruits and vegetables. He alluded that this would go a long way in helping persons to live longer and healthier lives. Speaking during a recent press conference at the Democratic Labour Party’s headquarters, Boyce also noted that there is concern about the quantities of food locals are consuming as single meals, and he suggested that is also an area that persons should look to address.

He made the comments as he noted that as 80 per cent of persons have some form of NCD and some 30 per cent of those are critical. That, he said, is made worse by the fact that 30 per cent of persons are obese, a leading risk factor for developing NCDs.
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WHO GCM/NCD Webinar Series Gender & NCDs

WHO GCM/NCD Webinar Series Gender & NCDs
Wednesday 27th September, Large Library Meeting Room, WHO HQ, 15.00 - 1700 (CET)

Speakers inclue the Healthy Caribbean Coalition, VicHealth, the WORTH project & the Ministry of Health Albania.
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72.3% (39.5 million) of ALL Deaths in 2016 Were from Non-communicable Diseases

The Lancet
A recently published Editorial in the Lancet entitled Life, death, and disability in 2016 reported that an estimated 72·3% (39·5 million) of all deaths in 2016 were from non-communicable diseases. Since 2006, deaths from ischaemic heart disease (IHD) have increased by 19% globally. The Socio-Demographic Index (SDI) is a metric that measures a country's development. IHD is the leading cause of premature mortality in all SDI categories apart from the low SDI grouping. Diabetes caused 1·43 million deaths in 2016, an increase of 31·1% since 2006. Levels of obesity continue to rise worldwide. Smoking and poor diet remain leading risk factors of ill health. Regrettably, the largest increase in deaths from injuries was from conflict and terrorism. Deaths from firearms were the largest proportion of overall interpersonal violence. Sadly, the prevalence of mental health conditions globally also shows little improvement since 1990. Indeed, major depressive disorders ranked in the top ten causes of ill health in all but four countries worldwide in 2016
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Online Consultation - Safeguarding Against Possible Conflicts of Interest in Nutrition Programmes

Conflicts of Interest in Nutrition Programmes
Approach for the prevention and management of conflicts of interest in the policy development and implementation of nutrition programmes at country level.

11-24 September 2017

WHO has launched an online consultation on the WHO Discussion Paper (version dated 11 September 2017) entitled “Draft approach on the prevention and management of conflicts of interest in the policy development and implementation of nutrition programmes at country level”. Member States, organizations of the UN system, and non-State actors are invited to provide feedback in response to the WHO Discussion Paper.

Following this consultation, the Secretariat will finalize the report containing the “Approach for the prevention and management of conflicts of interest in the policy development and implementation of nutrition programmes at country level” (similar in scope and purpose to this discussion paper) to be presented to the Executive Board at its 142nd session in January 2018. The Secretariat will also update the introductory paper and the tool and invite the Executive Board to note the approach and the tool. 

Relevant parties may send their feedback by email to, by 24 of September.
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RESOLVE, an Initiative to Save 100 Million Lives

Vital Strategies is launching an unprecedented new US $225 million initiative to address two of the largest needs in global public health – cardiovascular disease and epidemic prevention.

Called Resolve, this initiative will save more than 100 million lives by preventing heart attacks and strokes and will help countries close life-threatening gaps in epidemic preparedness and response. 
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Related Press coverage:
Former CDC Chief Leads Global Initiative to Save 100M Lives
Former CDC chief launches $225 million global health initiative
Obama's former CDC chief launches global health initiative

Prevent20 to Call for High Tobacco Taxes at UNGA72

Prevent20 is a global coalition of cancer groups calling on governments to raise tobacco taxes, the single most effective tobacco control intervention. The movement’s name is in recognition of the more than 20% of all cancer deaths that are attributable to tobacco use – and completely avoidable.

On Tuesday 19th September, Prevent20 will call for high tobacco taxes in every country, delivering an open letter to WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros while he is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly. The letter acknowledges and supports his existing commitment to fighting the tobacco epidemic and urges him to redouble World Health Organization efforts to support member states in increasing tobacco taxes to make tobacco less affordable.
To amplify the message a new Thunderclap campaign has been launched to simultaneously share the open letter at 10:00 am EST on Tuesday, September 19 - just as the General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly meeting gets underway.
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Support World Heart Day, September 29th 2017

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Hearts Technical Package - Social Media Pack

Hearts Technical Package
With World Heart Day rapidly approaching, spread the word about the importance of cardiovascular health and how HEARTS can play a role in reducing cardiovascular disease
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Let’s Share the Power for World Heart Day 2017! 

Paint and Groove
Join Temple Fitness & Wellness and Paint & Groove for Paint from the Heart at the Barn Art Centre, Christ Church, Barbados, September 29th, 5:30pm - 8:30pm A fun evening of painting and heart healthy lifestyle empowerment to highlight World Heart Day and raise awareness about cardiovascular disease.
Paint and Groove with Yasmin Vizcarrondo.
  • all art materials and instruction provided. No experience required
  • heart healthy hors d’oeuvres
  • blood pressure checks
  • heart healthy lifestyle empowerment
To join this painting party, sign up today using one of the options: sign up here, email or contact Yasmin Vizcarrondo 262-5600
Did you know that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death and disability in the world today?

NCD & Me - NCD Stories

NCDs & Me
Everyone is affected by the rapid rise in noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and exposure to their risk factors in a WHO initiative people are encouraged to share how NCDs have affected them.

You are not alone, read how others are affected and share your own story on the website by clicking the button below.
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UN Global Compact Ban Recognises the Tobacco Industry’s Incompatibility with Responsible, Sustainable Business

Tobacco Industry’s Incompatibility with Responsible, Sustainable Business
Joint Statement by NCD Alliance, Framework Convention Alliance, Union for International Cancer Control, The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases, Vital Strategies, World Heart Federation and Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

12 September 2017, New York/Geneva.- The global noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) community has welcomed today’s announcement by the UN Global Compact (UNGC) to exclude the tobacco industry from participating in the initiative. UNGC(link is external) is the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative based on CEO commitments to implement universal sustainability principles and to take steps to support UN goals.
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Global Health Equity Scholars Program

Global Health Equity Scholars Program
The 2018-2019 application cycle for the Global Health Equity Scholars (GHES) fellowship has officially opened. Application materials should be submitted online by November 1, 2017.

Details about the program, eligibility information and the application can be found on the website here and here.
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HCC Publications

Civil Society Led Tobacco Control Advocacy in the Caribbean – The experiences of the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC)
Civil Society Led Tobacco Control Advocacy in the Caribbean
The HCC Caribbean Cancer Alliance Advocacy Agenda
The HCC Caribbean Cancer Alliance Advocacy Agenda  
See All HCC Publications

It’s World Alzheimer’s Month!

10 Warning Signs of Dementia
Every September Alzheimer’s Association of Trinidad and Tobago along with international and regional Alzheimer’s Associations take part to raise awareness of dementia and challenge the stigma. This year the theme Remember Me highlights the importance of early detection and diagnosis of dementia. While the campaign takes place for the entire month, World Alzheimer’s Day is observed on the 21st of September. 
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Caribbean Cardiology Conference 2018 - Abstract Submissions Open Oct 1

Caribbean Cardiology Conference 2018
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AC3 Conference 2017

AC3 Conference 2017
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World Obesity Day 2017 - 11th October 2017

World Obesity Day
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World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, October 14th 2017

Palliative Care Day 2017
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WHO Global Conference on Noncommunicable Diseases

Enhancing policy coherence between different spheres of policy making that have a bearing on attaining SDG target 3.4 on NCDs by 2030. Montevideo, Uruguay, 18-20 October 2017
WHO Global Conference on Noncommunicable Diseases
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IDF Congress 2017
The global diabetes community will again unite at the IDF 2017 Congress in Abu Dhabi, UAE, on 4-8 December 2017. The event will include more than 200 speakers, both world-renowned and newcomers, 230 national diabetes associations from 170 countries and high level participation from the Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD) and other health organisations.
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World Cancer Conference 2018

World Cancer Conference 2018
  • Launch of the call for sessions 28 August - 31 October 2017
  • Patient Group Pavilion Programme – call for best practice sharing
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The NCD Alliance
  • Event at UNGA will focus on cross-collaboration in the SDGs
  • Tobacco and sustainable business are incompatible 
  • Health groups to PMI: stop selling cigarettes - #QuitPMI
  • "Resolve" seeks to save 100 million lives worldwide
  • WHO DG urges world leaders to take action on NCDs
  • Call for a more human response from health systems4"Remember Me" - 2017 #WorldAlzMonth theme
  • Cutting-edge report on colorectal cancer
  • WHO Global Action Plan on Physical Activity
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