The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

February 5th - February 11th 2016


WHO Global Meeting of National NCD Programme Directors and Managers 15th-17th February 2016

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. Read more.
First WHO Global Meeting of National NCD Managers
WHO is organizing the First Global Meeting of National NCD Programme Directors and Managers from 15 to 17 February 2016 in Geneva, at the WHO Executive Board Room. The meeting will be devoted to supporting national NCD programme directors and managers in their efforts in identifying critical pathways and strategies to implement the four time-bound national commitments for 2015 and 2016 included in the 2014 UN Outcome Document on NCDs, taking into account the NCD-related targets included in the proposed Sustainable Development Goals and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development.

HCC Request for Proposals for Small Grants for Civil Society to contribute to Health Systems Strengthening Deadline Friday February 19th

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). 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. 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. 

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.

More information and detailed guidance on how to apply can be found here.

NCDs and the Law Discussed at the UN Headquarters

NCDs and the Law Discussed at the UN Headquarters
On February 9, 2016, the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the broader UN Inter-Agency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of NCDs (UNIATF), hosted a thematic session on NCDs and the law at the UN Headquarters in New York.
The meeting brought together a wide-range of NCDs stakeholders from the UN, government, academia and civil society more generally. HCC was represented at the meeting by Mrs. Nicole Foster, Attorney-at-Law and HCC Policy Advisor. The thematic session sought to identify existing initiatives, gaps, needs and opportunities to strengthen national legal capacity to respond to NCDs. The HCC’s presence at the session was a very valuable networking opportunity as well as providing a Caribbean voice and perspective on the some of the challenges and opportunities in this area. In addition, in the longer-term, the thematic session will form a platform from which further deeper engagement as well as technical work in the area will continue among participants. Two important outputs include a database created by IDLO reflecting the on-going legal work on NCDs prevention and control as well as a mapping exercise to match needs with existing expertise in the area.
Carbonating the World
Carbonating the World: Marketing and Health Impact of Sugar Drinks in Low and Middle-income Countries documents how the sugary drinks industries are expanding their reach and marketing strategies around the world, with disastrous health consequences globally.
The study was prepared by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), in collaboration with organizations and experts from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

You can access the press release here and the report in English here.

The executive summaries in English, Spanish & Portuguese,

Prioritize Universal Health Coverage at the G7 Summit


Japan is expected to prioritize universal health coverage at the G7 Summit this May, a commitment that could be transformative. However, as the Summit draws closer, we’re hearing that G7 health experts are focusing more on pandemics than everyday health security. This poses a problem. Ebola already taught us that prevention is better than response. If we ensure that everyone can access health services without financial hardship, we can enrich lives and livelihoods in times of calm and prevent outbreaks from turning into international disasters.

To this end, the G7 Civil Society Taskforce has written a letter to G7 health experts covering the key health issues that G7 leaders should prioritize, and UHC is front and center. HCC has signed the letter and encourages our members to join us. You can read the full letter here and add your organization’s support here.

Cancer Support Services Hosts its First PSA Screening for 2016

Cancer Support Services hosted its first PSA Screening for 2016
Cancer Support Services hosted its first PSA Screening for 2016 on Saturday February 6, 2016 at the Charity’s office on Belmont Road, St. Michael.

Special thanks to the over 150 men who were proactive and came out to be screened.
Thanks also to MediLab Services Inc. Nurse M. Noel Archer and Tech 9 Crime Prevention Security. All print and electronic media, Ian Bourne of the Bajan Reporter.

Cancer Support Services also were presented with two donations and carried out some home visit training in a busy January. Read more

Eating Levy - Tax the Fat

A concern that Barbadians are eating too many unhealthy foods is fuelling calls for them to pay for their overindulgence.
Dr Alafia Samuels
During last night’s town hall meeting on the financing of health care, Director of the Chronic Disease Research Centre at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Dr Alafia Samuels (shown above) was among those arguing strongly that Government should “tax the fat”.

Many participants also expressed the view that the combination of an aging population and rising obesity placed an added strain on the public health care system. Read more

CMPPA Welcomes 2016 Guest Speakers

CMPPA Welcomes 2016 Guest Speakers
Caribbean Medical Providers Practicing Abroad 3rd Annual Caribbean Medical Conference taking place on June 10, 11, & 12, 2016. This year’s conference will be hosted at the Radisson Grenada Beach Resort, Grenada, West Indies. The guest speakers have just been announced see the full list here.

Ministry's Statement On Diabetes Testing Strips

BGISMedia - Barbados - The Ministry of Health has considered all of the views surrounding the proposed change in distribution of diabetes testing strips and has reached a policy position.
Ministry's Statement On Diabetes Testing Strips
Effective March 1, 2016, the Ministry of Health, through the Barbados Drug Service, will be facilitating the distribution of one bottle of diabetes testing strips, monthly, to diabetics who are on Insulin treatment, at no charge.

Read more

An Honest Soda Commercial!

An Honest Soda Commercial!
The Cracked video above takes a stab at ads that are a little more truthful about the part "wet sugar with bubbles" plays in America's health struggles, including its role in obesity and some major dental issues. Watch the video here.

For Sugar Tax Supporters, 2016 May be the Sweet Spot

For sugar tax supporters, 2016 may be the sweet spot
LONDON, Feb 8 (Reuters) - 2016 could be the year of the sugar tax, as several large nations consider levies on sweetened food and drinks to battle obesity and fatten government coffers. For years, public health advocates have called for such measures as one prong of an attack against a growing obesity epidemic that has fuelled rates of heart disease, diabetes and other illnesses, in both the developed and developing worlds.

Supporters hope the taxes will raise the cost of high-calorie products and lead to a decline in consumption, in the same way that tobacco taxes have helped reduce smoking. Opponents say taxes provide no health benefits, unfairly target certain types of product, hurt jobs and burden the poor. Scandinavian countries have had such taxes, with varying degrees of success, for many years, and in 2012, France and Hungary joined the list, followed by Mexico in 2014. Read more

Global Burden of Mental Illness Underestimated

The disability and mortality that results from mental illness around the world is underestimated by more than a third, according to researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and King’s College London. In an article in the February 2016 issue of The Lancet Psychiatry, the authors estimate that, worldwide, mental illness accounts for 32.4% of years lived with disability (YLDs), and 13% of disability-adjusted life years (DALYs)—a measure of years of healthy life lost due to ill health, disability, or early death. Previous estimates put the global burden of mental illness at 21.2% of YLDs and 7.1% of DALYs, but authors of the new article argue that mental illness has been wrongly measured and categorized in the past. Read more

Trade and Investment Agreements: The Threat to People’s Health

This video session assesses the implications of trade and investment agreements for global health. It will be based largely on the report of the Independent Panel on Global Governance for Health to be published in The Lancet. The report critically analyses the impact of trade and investment agreements (TIAs) on how people live and work, what they consume, and their health and social protection systems.
Watch here
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Latest
Finally it took a Fat Tax...
It took the recent suggestion of introducing a "fat tax" for persons to sit up and take notice.

Dr. Ward - rides to & from work...
You may have passed him on the streets, somewhere between Mile &  A-Quarter, H/way 2A, Green Hill...

Read more from the Heart & Stroke Foundation newsletter here.
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