The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

January 29th - February 4th 2016


Climate Change, NCDs & SIDS

Climate Change, NCDs & SIDS
In the first of a series of occasional papers on NCD prevention and control the HCC examines Climate Change, NCDs & SIDS.

Reducing Non-Communicable Disease in SIDS through Climate Preservation. Chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) including heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and chronic lung disease account for some 7 out of every 10 deaths in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) including those of the Caribbean. This results in the expenditure of approximately 60% of health budgets in nearly all Caribbean countries.

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HCC Request for Proposals for Small Grants for Civil Society to contribute to Health Systems Strengthening

HCC Request for Proposals for Small Grants for Civil Society to contribute to Health Systems Strengthening
In October 2014, with funding from the NCD Alliance and Medtronic Philanthropy, the HCC held a meeting in Dominica (CSO - Health Systems Strengthening Meeting 2014) which brought together stakeholders from civil society, the public health sector and the private sector to encourage a greater understanding of what health systems strengthening (HSS) means in the Caribbean and provide a platform for evidence-informed CSO-led NCD advocacy within the context of HSS. One of the key successes of the meeting was the production of a CSO Statement of Commitment on Health Systems Strengthening which was signed by thirty-one regional health NGOs.

To facilitate meaningful civil society led advocacy in the area of Health Systems Strengthening, the members of the HCC developed this framework for action.  This framework for action or ‘Statement of Commitment’ is based on the WHO 6 building blocks of HSS and was developed through a series of consultations with civil society.  The commitments of CSOs at the national and regional level seek to address gaps and weaknesses in health systems as identified in the RSR NCD Status Report and through consultations with key multisectoral stakeholders in the region.  To read the Statement of Commitment and see the signatories click here.

This RFP for two (2) small grants to support two (2) civil society organisations in the implementation of small projects supportive of action items identified in the HCC CSO Statement of Commitment on Health Systems Strengthening. Each grant is valued at $2,500.00 USD.

Detailed guidance is below:
  1. Applicants must use the application form found here.
  2. Applicants must be legally registered non governmental organisations.
  3. Preference will be given to applicants who are signatories to the CSO Statement of Commitment on Health Systems Strengthening.
  4. Strong preference will be given to applicants whose projects are supportive of actions outlined in the CSO Statement of Commitment on Health Systems Strengthening.
  5. The project must be no longer than 4 months and must begin on March 15, 2016 and end by July 15, 2016.
  6. The deadline for application is Friday February 19th, 2016.
  7. All queries can be sent to
World Cancer Day 2016
World Cancer Day 2016
A Message from the HCC and the Caribbean Cancer Alliance on World Cancer Day
Watch the video here
More from a cross the region and beyond in recognition of World Cancer Day
  • World Cancer Day website here.
  • CARPHA Observes World Cancer Day 2016 read more.
  • PAHO We Can I Can read more.
  • Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre 110 Seconds of Silence read more.
  • Cancer Support Services Message from the President read more.
  • Antigua and Barbuda A Message from Wellness Committee read more.
  • Jamaica Cancer Society February 4, 2016 World Cancer Day! read more.
  • NCDFREE Challenges and Solutions read more.
  • ACS CAN Blog read more.
  • ACS Rising Global Cancer Epidemic Infographic read more.
  • BBC Are We Fighting Cancer the Right Way? read more.
Grenada Cancer Society Spreading the Word on World Cancer Day
Grenada Cancer Society

Evaluating the Port of Spain Declaration on NCDs: Website Launched

Evaluating the Port of Spain Declaration on NCDs: Website Launched
The process of examining the land-mark Port of Spain Declaration on NCDs to highlight successes, gaps and challenges is gathering pace and results are due out soon. To help spread the word about the findings of the regional and international team of experts preparing the evaluation, a new and dynamic website has just been launched. 
Check out if you want to keep abreast of the major results; get to know about national and regional best practices; and read the forthright opinions of people trying to make a difference in the NCD response (and not always succeeding). You can also share the experiences of those living with non-communicable diseases expressed in an open and challenging way.  

Multistakeholder Forum Announced for First WHO Global Meeting of National NCD Programme Directors and Managers

WHO has announced a Multistakeholder Forum to be held at the First Global Meeting of National NCD Programme Directors and Managers from 15 to 17 February 2016 in Geneva (read more). The forum will explore how can national NCD Programme Directors and Managers enhance support for their efforts to realize the four time-bound national commitments included in the 2014 UN Outcome Document on NCDs  through the engagement with non-State actors, in line with the commitment by Heads of State and Governments to engage all sectors of society in generating effective responses for the prevention and control of NCDs and the commitment contained in the 2011 UN Political Declaration on NCDs to call on the private sector to strengthen its contribution to the prevention and control of NCDs.
First WHO Global Meeting of National NCD Programme Directors and Managers
The HCC strongly encourages Caribbean NCD focal points to attend the meeting and the forum and use this as a platform for learning, sharing and collective positioning around priority needs (technical and otherwise) to assist governments in implementing the four time-bound national commitments.
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Japan and UNDP Kick Start US$15 Million Caribbean Climate Change Project

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The government of Japan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched the US$15 million Japan-Caribbean climate change partnership (J-CCCP) on Thursday, in line with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius and to drive efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Read more

Study Finds Fish Stocks in Caribbean Declining Fast

As the HCC turn its attention to the impact of climate change on NCDs, we are sharing this article on the decline of fish stocks in the Caribbean and linkages to climate change. Declines in consumption of local products such as fish and simultaneous increases in consumption of imported highly processed foods is one of the major factors contributing to the obesity epidemic in the region and globally in SIDS.  

IPS – A major new study has revealed that the global seafood catch is much larger and declining much faster than previously known.
Study finds fish stocks in Caribbean declining fast
The study, by the University of British Columbia near Vancouver, reconstructed the global catch between 1950 and 2010 and found that it was 30 per cent higher than what countries have been reporting to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome since 1950.
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JCTC in Favour of Further Increase in Tobacco Tax

Following a recent article in the Jamaica Observer about the restructuring of Carreras (Carreras to restructure operations, cut some staff),  the the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC) notes that there is room for another tobacco tax increase, given the fact that the article states that. "For the six-month period ended September 30 2015, Carreras saw an eight per cent improvement in gross operating revenue. Net income climbed 19 per cent year over year”.  It appears that the 14.2% tobacco tax increase last March did not significantly affect product sales.

Red Dress Ball - Diamonds in the Sky

Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Red Dress Ball 2016
The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados presents a Red Dress Ball in support of Go Red for Women Saturday March 19th 2016.

Exclusive once in a lifetime VIP dining experience nestled in the historic Barbados Parliament building with 2 exclusive options - exclusive VIP dining & lounge experience upper east wing patio, 7 course dinner created by Chef Michael Harrison, dining with the Governor General or a dining room experience at a chefs table. Read more

Why Universal Health Coverage Indicators Must Go Green - DEADLINE MONDAY 8th FEBRUARY

The measurement framework for the Sustainable Development Goals is almost final. But the two indicators for universal health coverage are at risk of being eliminated. If governments aren’t asked to track coverage of health services and financial protection, it will be impossible to hold them accountable for achieving universal health coverage. We can’t afford to let this happen.
HCC has signed the letter and encourages our members to join us in signing this letter to urge the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators to turn the UHC indicators from “grey” to “green.” Add your name here NOW!.

HCC Welcomes The Cancer Society of the Bahamas New Programmes Coordinator

Caribbean CARICOM Countries Show Progress in Meeting Global Hunger Targets, According to FAO Report
The Cancer Society of the Bahamas recently announced the appointment of Melissa D. Major as its Programmes Coordinator.

Melissa's responsibilities 
includes managing and coordinating the educational and promotional programs at the Cancer Caring Center.
The position will interact with CSOB staff. Read more
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Latest is 379lbs
When Verona Cummins joined the Heart & Stroke Foundation she weighed around 379lbs.

Just A Minute...
Valentines To-Dos'
Quick Steps for the next few days. Particularly if you celebrate.

Read more from the Heart & Stroke Foundation newsletter here.
Cancer Society of the Bahamas
Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Month.
The Cancer Society of the Bahamas Monthly General Meeting Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 at 5:30pm.
Events for the YEAR 2016!
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Women Deliver Webinar
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NCD Alliance e-Alert
  • World Cancer Day: #WeCanICan
  • First WHO Global Meeting of National NCD Programme Directors and Managers
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From the NCD Alliance Weekly Digest

NCDs News
  • World Heart Federation: NCD Cafe to be held at World Congress of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Health 2016 read more
  • Alzheimer’s Disease International: NCD Dialogues to be held at 31st International Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International read more
  • UN News: With focus on cervical cancer, Ban says where people live should not determine chances of survival read more
  • WHO: The European code against cancer | SEARO Media Statement on World Cancer Day 2016 read more
  • Lancet: Climate change and non-communicable diseases read more
  • Lancet: Liberating data: the crucial weapon in the fight against NCDs read more
  • Lancet: Constraints and challenges in access to insulin: a global perspective read more
  • Lancet: Access to medicines for CVD—what's the trade-off? read more
  • Lancet: Framework for tackling paediatric chemotherapy drug shortages read more
  • Lancet: From epidemiological transition to modern cardiovascular epidemiology: hypertension in the 21st century read more
  • Lancet: Counting the cost of end-of-life cancer care read more
  • PLoS: The Enduring Need for Cancer Treatment read more
  • WEF: Are we winning the war on cancer? read more
  • BioMed Central: American Heart Month – tackling heart disease read more
  • BioMed Central: World Cancer Day: Fighting the good fight against cancer read more
  • Awoko: Sierra Leone News: Govt. to invest more in non-communicable diseases -Diabetes Ambassador read more

Risk Factor News
  • UN News: Governments must act to reverse alarming rise in childhood obesity, UN report warns read more
  • WHO: Movies hook young people on tobacco read more
  • WHO: Food marketing to children and other issues in the latest Public Health Panorama read more
  • Lancet: Ending childhood obesity: a time for action read more
  • WCRF: World Cancer Day 2016 – why cancer prevention is so important | #WeCanICan reduce your cancer risk this World Cancer Day read more
  • WCRF: We need a whole systems approach to tackle obesity read more
  • WCRF: A sugar tax can be part of the solution read more
  • BMJ: Lithuania: FCTC breaches undermine tobacco control progress read more
  • BMJ: Tim Lobstein: Community interventions for healthy bodyweight—can we make them work? read more
  • BMJ: Jeanelle de Gruchy: Should David Bowie have spoken out about the cause of his cancer? read more
  • BioMed Central: Will paying for greenhouse gas emissions and adding tax to sugary drinks lead to better public health? | Increasing tax on sugary drinks – what’s the benefit? read more
  • PLoS: The U.S. Needs a Lesson in Food Policy from Mexico by Daniel Taber, PhD, MPH read more
  • News Medical: Height affects risk of major non-communicable diseases read more
  • Taylor Francis Online: Mexico SimSmoke: how changes in tobacco control policies would impact smoking prevalence and smoking attributable deaths in Mexico 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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