Copy
Share Share
Tweet Tweet
Please share the HCC News Roundup with your colleagues, friends and wider network

August 8th

Featured

HCC Renews its MOU With CIBC FirstCaribbean to Promote Workplace Wellness

Workplace Wellness
Sir Trevor Hassell, HCC President (second from right) accepts a copy of the MOU from Colette Delaney, CEO CIBC FirstCaribbean, looking on are Maisha Hutton Executive Director HCC (right) and Mark St. Hill, Managing Director Retail and Business Banking (left).
Photo: Barbados Advocate
Barbados Advocate: Webinars to help improve awareness of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) is one of three pillars in an overall wellness programme being designed for employees of CIBC FirstCaribbean Bank by the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC).

This was revealed as the HCC and CIBC FirstCaribbean signed another three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) recently. The renewal which will run until 2023, includes other pillars that will encompass a strengthening of the bank’s workplace wellness programme and a community volunteer initiative.

The HCC has identified workplace wellness as a priority area and has taken steps to sensitise the Caribbean private sector about the importance of implementing cost-effective workplace wellness programmes in collaboration with civil society and the public sector.
"We are delighted to work with the Healthy Caribbean Coalition again as we seek to get further participation and more benefits for our employees"
 
Ms. Colette Delaney, Chief Executive Officer of CIBC FirstCaribbean and Chair of the bank’s charitable arm the FirstCaribbean Comtrust Foundation
The Wellness programme does not only involve things like regulating the nutrition environment and encouraging a reduction in the use of the snack machine and regularising blood pressure and blood sugar checks, but it also includes ensuring good mental health for employees.

Employees, who are able to, will be invited to volunteer their services to assist HCC member businesses with skills like updating their strategic plans and assisting with accounting services.

In explaining elements of the upcoming programme Executive Director of the HCC, Maisha Hutton said that they would be using webinars and other virtual methods to reach staff regionally.
"The worksite presents an opportunity to contribute to the health of the employees and especially so now with Covid-19. I want to emphasise the importance of this relationship and this effort to improve the wellness of people in the Caribbean and would urge more companies to get involved in a workplace wellness programme"

President of the HCC, Sir Trevor Hassell
Read more
Investing in Healthy Workplaces through the implementation of effective workplace wellness programmes can increase overall productivity and profits by reducing absenteeism, presenteeism, and worker turnover.

Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) account for 7 out of every 10 deaths in the Caribbean; 40% of which occur prematurely within the most productive years.
Read more

Food Warning Labels Good for Your Health, Says Healthy Caribbean Coalition

Front of Package Nutrition Warning Labels
Belize Breaking News: Тhе Неаlthу Саrіbbеаn Соаlіtіоn (НСС) роіntѕ tо twо rесеnt ѕtudіеѕ ѕuggеѕtіng thаt frоnt оf расkаgе nutrіtіоn wаrnіng lаbеlѕ (FОРL) аrе gооd fоr уоur hеаlth, rеduсіng thе numbеr оf unhеаlthу fооd сhоісеѕ оn thе mаrkеt.

Аnd іt mау аlѕо hеlр tо ѕlоw thе ѕрrеаd оf СОVІD-19, wіth thоѕе саrrуіng nоn-соmmunісаblе dіѕеаѕеѕ (NСDѕ) (hуреrtеnѕіоn, ѕtrоkе, hеаrt dіѕеаѕе, dіаbеtеѕ, аnd саnсеr) hаvіng bоth а hіghеr rіѕk оf ѕеvеrе іnfесtіоn аnd dеаth frоm СОVІD-19.
Read more
Related Media:
Image: etiquetadosclaros.org
HCC Press Release: Stunning Outcome Admidst COVID-19 As Mexico and Chile Deliver Healthy Results on Policies for Front of Package Labelling on Packaged Foods and Beverages.
Read more

COVID-19 Coronavirus

PAHO Director Warns of Disruptions in Regular Health Services due to COVID-19

PAHO Director Warns of Disruptions in Regular Health Services due to COVID-19
Photo: PAHO
PAHO: Routine vaccination, care for diabetes, hypertension and HIV, and maternal health have all been impacted. Countries must adapt and ensure continuation of primary health services alongside pandemic response. 

Health services are being disrupted in countries of the Americas as health workers are redirected to care for COVID-19 patients, people hesitate to seek routine care due to fears of infection, and global supply chains of medicines and equipment are strained said Carissa F. Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) today.

“Without doctors and nurses available to offer other essential services at the first level of  care  – including pregnancy-related care, and management of chronic conditions like diabetes or infectious diseases such as HIV, TB and malaria – these services are severely disrupted or worse yet, halted entirely.” 

The region “remains under the tight grip of this pandemic.  As of August 3, the Americas had over 9.7 million cases and over 365,000 deaths – and these numbers continue to rise,” the PAHO director said.
Read more

Storms, Coronavirus Pose ‘Double Threat’ for Children in Central America and Caribbean - UNICEF

Storms, Coronavirus Pose ‘Double Threat’ for Children in Central America and Caribbean - UNICEF
Photo: WFP/David Fernandez
United Nations: “In the coming days and weeks, children and families will be at risk of being hit simultaneously by two disasters, COVID-19 and hurricanes,” cautioned Bernt Aasen, UNICEF Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean.

While acknowledging that displacement, infrastructure damage and service interruptions caused by storms – particularly in coastal areas – could render individuals more vulnerable to the disease and its impacts, the UN children’s agency expressed special concern that a powerful storm could severely undermine ongoing efforts to stem COVID-19. 
Read more

A Shift to Plant-Based Diets Would Create 19 Million Jobs in Latin America & the Caribbean

A Shift to Plant-Based Diets Would Create 19 Million Jobs in Latin America & the Caribbean
Photo: AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES
Forbes: A joint study by the International Labour Organisation and the Inter-American Development Bank has revealed that decarbonisation, or a transition to a net-zero emission economy, would create 22.5 million jobs in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) by 2030 - 19 million of which would be in plant-based food production.
Read more
COVID-19 Comms Resources
HCC COVID-19 Webpage

Caribbean Food Security in Times of Pandemic

Podcast interview with Regis Chapman, head of the World Food Programme in the Caribbean
Caribbean Food Security in Times of Pandemic
Photo: Cayman Compass
Cayman Compass: The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken Caribbean economies, largely reliant on tourism and hospitality, and vulnerable people are already feeling the effects of unemployment and hunger, according to the United Nations World Food Programme.

Regis Chapman, head of the programme’s Caribbean office in Barbados, explains what the economic impact of the crisis means for regional food security and ways governments can immediately provide relief. He also explores the role of disaster management in maintaining supply chains and access to essential items.
Listen here

Specialized Course on Food Security at the Time of COVID-19

(26 - 30 October 2020)
Specialized Course on Food Security at the Time of COVID-19
Photo: UNICRI
The United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), in cooperation with John Cabot University (JCU), is organizing the second edition of the Specialized Course on Food and Nutrition Security at the time of COVID-19, which will be delivered online, from 26 to 30 October 2020.

The Specialized Course will provide participants with a fundamental understanding of main determinants and issues connected to food security, among which:
  • Towards the multidimensional definition of food security
  • The UN strategy for Goal 2 “Zero Hunger” (SDGs)
  • Legal tools on right to food, food safety and security
  • Pandemic outbreaks and impact on food safety and security 
  • COVID-19, conflicts, migration and food insecurity
  • Food industry and food fraud: counterfeiting and adulteration 
  • Migration and food insecurity
  • Innovation for the future: blockchain for Zero Hunger
Read more

How to Build Healthy Cities and Communities in the Post-COVID World

How to Build Healthy Cities and Communities in the Post-COVID World
Photo: REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas
World Economic Forum: The COVID-19 crisis has unveiled the structural weaknesses of not only our economic systems, but also, more critically, our health systems. The world is currently confronting the ineptitude of existing health and well-being infrastructure and the consequences of inadequate preventative health mechanisms, particularly for the most vulnerable in society.

Two key variables stand out in this crisis: urbanisation and inequality.
Read more
Stay Active

My #COVIDSTORY - Voices of PLWNCDs in the COVID-19 Era: We Want to Hear From You! 

Please send a short story (no more than 300 words), video (no more than 1-2 minutes) OR an audio clip and picture of yourself (no more than 1-2 minutes) via email to hcc@healthycaribbean.org. The HCC will be compiling and using these personal accounts to inform our advocacy work. Stories will be shared publicly with consent or limited to internal use to highlight individual challenges and successes.

We applaud the courage of the individuals who have shared their stories and look forward to hearing your #COVIDStory
Read more

PAHO Helped Procure 10 Million PCR Diagnostic Tests for COVID-19 for Countries in Latin America and the Caribbean

PAHO Helped Procure 10 Million PCR Diagnostic Tests
Photo: PAHO
PAHO: The Pan American Health Organization has leveraged the Strategic Fund for Public Health Supplies to procure and distribute millions of COVID-19 diagnostic kits, Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), and other essential health supplies to countries throughout the Americas, a new report shows.
Read more

UK Accelerating Access to COVID-19 Vaccines in the Caribbean

UK Accelerating Access to COVID-19 Vaccines in the Caribbean
Photo: Jamaica Observer website
Jamaica Observer: The United Kingdom has come to the aid of countries in the region by providing access to vaccinations for COVID-19.

The Foreign Secretaries of the UK and Mexico, Dominic Raab and Marcelo Ebrard, have stated that ensuring equitable access to vaccines, treatments and tests to all in the Caribbean and Latin America through international and regional collaboration, is the only solution to ending the COVID-19 pandemic.
Read more

Backyard Gardening Initiative

Backyard Gardening Initiative
Backyard Gardening Initiative
Backyard Gardening Initiative
Backyard Gardening Initiative
Read more
Follow HCC’s social media platforms for some helpful tips to get your backyard garden started and let us know what you are doing in your communities!

#HomeGardeningTips #Beatchildhoodobesity #Boostimmunesystem
Facebook
Twitter
YouTube
Instagram
Thank the COVID-19 Frontline workers

News

SKN Moves Anniversary

Image:  SKN Moves
Lake Health and Wellbeing: On August 9th 2019, the Ministry of Health in St. Kitts and Nevis, in collaboration with the Office of the Prime Minister, officially launched St. Kitts & Nevis (SKN) Moves.

This initiative is part of the Caribbean Moves program which seeks to tackle non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by focusing on healthy eating, physical activity, and age-appropriate health checks.

August 9th 2020, marks the first anniversary of the launch and the Ministry of Health’s Health Promotion Team is engaging in a week of activities from Saturday 8th to Friday 14th August 2020.
Read more

Lake Health and Wellbeing Newsletter

Lake Health and Wellbeing Newsletter
  • We Publish Our My Healthy Heroes Pilot Report
  • Our New 3D Animation Physical Activity Project
  • Recording of the GFA's Fibroids and COVID-19 Webinar
  • Make A Donation
  • SKN Moves Anniversary Celebrations
Read more

Bovell Cancer Diabetes Foundation Virtual Tea-Party

Bovell Cancer Diabetes Foundation Virtual Tea-Party
Read more

Cannabis Use Shows Substantial Risks, No Benefits for Cardiovascular Health; More Research Is Critical

Cannabis Use Shows Substantial Risks, No Benefits for Cardiovascular Health; More Research Is Critical
Image: American Heart Association
American Heart Association: The chemicals in cannabis have been linked to an increased risk of heart attacks, heart failure and atrial fibrillation in observational studies; however, a full understanding of how use of cannabis affects the heart and blood vessels is limited by a lack of adequate research, according to a new Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association (AHA) published in its flagship journal Circulation.
Read more

Mexico Obesity: Oaxaca Bans Sale of Junk Food to Children

Oaxaca Bans Sale of Junk Food to Children
Image: GETTY IMAGES
BBC News: The Mexican state of Oaxaca has banned the sale of junk food and sugary drinks to children in an attempt to reduce high obesity and diabetes levels.

Oaxaca is the first state to take the measure in Mexico, which has one of the world's highest rates of childhood obesity.
Read more

Obesity Linked to Social Ties in Older Women, More So Than in Men

Obesity Linked to Social Ties in Older Women, More So Than in Men
Image: Bennett on Unsplash
University of British Columbia: Women who lack social ties have a greater likelihood of being obese, according to new UBC research published today in PLOS One. Men, on the other hand, were less likely to be obese if they lived alone and had a smaller social network.

Using data from the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging, researchers analyzed the social ties of 28,238 adults aged 45 to 85 and how these link to waist circumference, body mass index and general obesity.
Read more

Women in Global Health and Find Consultation on Testing, Women’s Empowerment and Universal Health Coverage

We need your views – please complete our survey
Women in Global Health
Image: WGH
All countries have committed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to deliver Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2030.  The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a critical spotlight on the role of testing in health. Containing the spread of COVID-19 will depend on effective diagnostics being accessible to all, including women and girls, who are often the most marginalised in health systems.
Complete the Survey

Regional Call for Proposals in Latin America and the Caribbean: Generating and Mobilizing Innovative Knowledge for Regional Education Challenges

Regional Call for Proposals in Latin America and the Caribbean
Image: IDRC/CRDI
IDRC/CRDI: This call is open to individual Southern organizations or consortia of up to three organizations based in the region. The applicant organization/lead institution must have legal corporate registration and the capacity to administer foreign funds.
Read more

NCD Alliance Newsletter

NCD Alliance
  • Logo in multiple languages for the 2020 Global Week for Action on NCDs
  • Caring for eye health within the NCD and UHC responses
  • The challenges of addressing NCDs in humanitarian settings
  • This week we're joining #WBW2020
  • Read NCDA's newly published Conflict of Interest Policy
  • Let's talk about health financing for NCDs
  • The impacts of COVID-19 on PLWNCDs in Ghana
Read more

Our Work

MHCS

Childhood Obesity Prevention Visuals

A set of infographics, highlighting childhood obesity, the risks and the HCC policy asks.
Childhood Obesity Prevention Visuals
Childhood Obesity Prevention
Childhood Obesity Prevention
Read more
Childhood Obesity Prevention policies
Childhood Obesity Prevention policies
Read more
Childhood Obesity Prevention Scorecard

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.
Read download
HCC Advocacy Priorities
HCC Advocacy Priorities for the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage.
Read/download

Sweet Beverages in the Caribbean

Sweet Beverages in the Caribbean
Social media graphics to campaign for the implementation of our Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies
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.
Read more
Our Publications
CARD 2019: Women and Alcohol
CARD 2019: Women and Alcohol
A set of infographics
Read more
Call to Urgent Action
Call to Urgent Action - Infographics and Social Media Visuals
Read more
See All HCC Publications

Key Messages From Our Publications

Call to Urgent Action
Read more
HCC Facebook Group
Join the Group
Be HCC Social
Please Follow Us and Our Members on Social Media
Facebook
Twitter
YouTube
Instagram
If you want to share your organisations social media details in our roundup please let us know hcc@healthycaribbean.org.
We value the protection and confidentiality of your personal data and we are committed to respecting your privacy. We therefore comply with the applicable data privacy legislation in relation to processing personal data. Our Privacy Policy.

You are receiving this email because you have previously expressed an interest in our work. If you no longer wish to receive information from us, please unsubscribe or you can always update your preferences at any time.
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.
Share Share
Tweet Tweet
Forward Forward
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 65 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.

To join the HCC email us at hcc@healthycaribbean.org
The work of HCC would not be possible without core funding from Sagicor Life Inc
Sagicor Life Inc.
The HCC promote the work of civil society throughout the Caribbean in a variety of ways including sharing of their materials, this is not an endorsement of their materials or messages. The information contained in this newsletter is for general information purposes only, we endeavour to keep the information up to date and correct but any reliance you place on such information is strictly at your own risk. Through this newsletter you are able to link to other websites which are not under the control of the HCC. We have no control over the nature, content and availability of those sites. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorse the views expressed within them.
Copyright © 2020 Healthy Caribbean Coalition, All rights reserved.


unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences 

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp