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March 24th

Covid-19 Coronavirus

COVID-19
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases, Covid-19 is a new strain of Coronavirus.

Most people recover from coronavirus quickly after a few days' rest. For some people, it can be more severe and, in rare cases, life-threatening.

The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu:
  • a cough
  • a high temperature
  • shortness of breath

Persons who may be especially vulnerable to Coronavirus are:

  • Older Adults.
  • Persons who have a serious underlying health condition, including non-comunicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease, diabetes or lung disease.
We all have a role to play in stopping its spread and protecting the health of our communities, the situation is evolving rapidly and it is important to separate fact from fiction, get your information from a reliable source and listen to the advice given by Governments and Ministries of Health.

Health Organisations* Regional Governments* NCDs and COVID-19* *These external links are provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only. Linking to a non-HCC website does not constitute an endorsement or an approval by HCC or any of its Directors or staff. The HCC bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of external websites or for that of subsequent links. You will be subject to the destination site’s privacy policy when you follow the link.
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COVID-19 and NCDs
COVID-19 and NCDs
COVID-19
COVID-19
Protocols for living with someone at risk
Protocols for living with someone at risk
Coronavirus and Chronic Diseases
Coronavirus and Chronic Diseases

99% of Those Who Died From Virus Had Other Illness, Italy Says

99% of Those Who Died From Virus Had Other Illness, Italy Says
More than 99% of Italy’s coronavirus fatalities were people who suffered from previous medical conditions, according to a study by the country’s national health authority.

After deaths from the virus reached more than 2,500, with a 150% increase in the past week, health authorities have been combing through data to provide clues to help combat the spread of the disease.
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The COVID-19 Crisis and Food Systems: Addressing Threats, Creating Opportunities

The COVID-19 Crisis and Food Systems: Addressing Threats, Creating Opportunities
Photo: Unsplash
Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition: With the spread of COVID-19 we find ourselves plunged into a global health crisis. By most accounts we are only at the early stages of the pandemic so it is going to reshape economy, society and politics, probably permanently.

Pre-COVID-19 crisis, many families the world over already spent a lot of time and energy thinking about getting access to food. During the crisis, the most vulnerable face the rapid loss of their income - spent mainly on food - and this is an immediate threat which should be prioritised. For many others, simple access to shops has also become very worrying and needs swift attention. Even the wealthy are increasingly thinking about food access at this time.

But are governments, businesses and civil society thinking enough about food access and the wider food system?
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Primary School Initiative/Programme - “Preparing Them for a Healthy Future”

Saint Lucia Cancer Society (SLCS)
Primary School Initiative/Programme - “Preparing Them for a Healthy Future”
Dr. Tamara Remy, President, SLCS: Saint Lucia Cancer Society has embarked on a Primary School Initiative aimed at taking self-empowerment and education to our youth – our most impressionable, and our future: the primary schoolers. We target students of Grades 4- 6 and depend solely on the voluntary participation of interested schools. The participating principals receive and review our proposal, and then schedule convenient times for our visit. There is an initial school visit. We aim for no more than 30 children per session. Depending on our staff, we can host more than one group (separately) at the same time. (We plan to re-visit each school within the school year and see how the kids are following through with what they have been taught.) We speak with the principals about potable water availability at the schools; and we use the opportunity to interact with the cooks at the schools where school-feeding programmes to get a sense of the menus.

For now, this is a project of SLCS, and does not include the involvement or participation of the Ministry of Health or Ministry of Education.

Our Education Committee’s tagline is “Healthy today….healthy tomorrow” and this embodies our belief that our most effective method of reducing the incidence of cancer in our country is by prevention and reducing risks. We advocate for healthy lifestyles, and push for individual change and modification of risks. Self-empowerment starting with the youth who are our future is our chosen pathway. We are aware of the epidemic of Childhood Obesity in the Caribbean and cannot ignore the contribution of obesity to non-communicable diseases, of which cancer is one.
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Related Publication:
Rapid Assessment of the School Nutrition Policy Environment in Selected Caribbean Countries
HCC's Rapid Assessment of the School Nutrition Policy Environment in Selected Caribbean Countries publication.

In 2019, the HCC conducted a rapid assessment of the school nutrition policy environment in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahamas, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago. 
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Hide and Seek! - Heart Foundation Wants Jamaicans to Lower Salt Intake

Hide and Seek! – Heart Foundation Wants Jamaicans to Lower Salt Intake
Photo: Jamaica Gleaner website
The Heart Foundation of Jamaica is urging Jamaicans to be mindful of their salt intake.

“The foundation takes this opportunity to urge Jamaicans to be mindful of their sodium intake, especially the hidden salts in their favourite products. Salt intake of less than five grams per day for adults helps to reduce blood pressure and risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and coronary heart attack. The principal benefit of lowering salt intake is a corresponding reduction in high blood pressure. We also encourage the public to add less salt to their foods while cooking or when at the table,” said the foundation.
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New Food Labelling Law Approved by Mexican Government, Opposed by Industry

New Food Labelling Law Approved by Mexican Government, Opposed by Industry
Photo: © Shutterstock/NCDA website
NCD Alliance: Mexico approved a new warning labelling regulation for food and beverages in January, but industry groups have appealed against it.

After a 2019 reform of the General Health Law and after an open consultation with all sectors, the Mexican regulatory agencies approved modifications to the Mexican Norm NOM-051, the relevant official mandatory standard, for an ambitious front of package (FOP) warning labelling of foods and beverages. This new regulation would replace the current Guideline Daily Amount (GDA) labels in the country, which civil society argue were developed with the support of industry groups back in 2014.
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Sweet Beverages in the Caribbean

How Much Sugar is in Your Beverage? Sweet Beverages in the Caribbean
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.
Sweet Beverages in the Caribbean
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Vital Strategies Healthy Food Policy Fellowship

Nominations are now open. Submit by April 1, 2020
Healthier Food
Photo: Pixabay
Vital Strategies: Vital Strategies’ Healthy Food Policy Fellowship has been launched to combat an important barrier to addressing global obesity - a dearth of research expertise to guide national policies. The Fellowship, funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, will support Ph.D. candidates in Barbados, Brazil, Colombia, Jamaica, Mexico and South Africa who are committed to pursuing a Ph.D. in a field that will allow them to contribute to healthier food environments in their country of origin or residence through public policy; such as health economics, nutrition epidemiology, health behavior and law. 
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Childhood Obesity Prevention Visuals

Childhood Obesity Prevention Infographics
HCC visuals for advocates of Childhood Obesity Prevention.
A set of infographics, highlighting childhood obesity, the risks and the HCC policy asks.
Childhood Obesity Prevention
Childhood Obesity Prevention
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Social media graphics to campaign for the implementation of our Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies
Childhood Obesity Prevention policies
Childhood Obesity Prevention policies
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Diabetes Discourse
In this edition:
  • Support our 8th Annual Eco-Friendly Breakfast…
  • Prize Giving, Appreciation & Poster Explosion…
  • How to Lower A1C Levels Naturally
  • TATIL & TATIL Life Corner
  • Results 2019; Our Prize Giving Gallery
  • Poster Explosion Gallery
  • BCDF Rainbow Calendar of Events
  • 8th Annual Eco-Friendly Breakfast & Diabetes Awareness Dialogue Morning Flyer
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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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NCD Alliance

Newsletter

In this edition:
  • NCD Alliance response to COVID-19
  • Statement by The Union calls for synergy in facing COVID-19
  • Webinar: Bridging the gap in financing for NCDs
  • Celebrate #WorldOralHealthDay this 20 March! 
  • Mexican Civil Society Report on Harmful Use of Alcohol
  • Webinar focuses on gender-sensitive data for NCD care
  • Stroke survivor shares experiences from NCDAF
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Please Help to Monitor the Health of Caribbean Schools

MHCS
My Healthy Caribbean School (MHCS) is an initiative of the HCC which provides students, teachers and parents with the opportunity to monitor the school environment with a focus on nutrition and physical activity.
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Childhood Obesity Prevention Scorecard

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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Faces of Cancer St. Lucia Calendar of Events 2020

Faces of Cancer St Lucia
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