The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

January 15th - January 21st 2016


National NCD Commissioners in Barbados Receive Instruments of Appointment for Another 2 Years

On January 13th 2016, the members of the newly appointed Barbados National NCD Commission (NNCDC) received their instruments of appointment from Minister of Health, the Honourable Dr. John D. Boyce for a further two years.
National NCD Commissioners in Barbados
The term of office of the previous Commission recently expired and the Government of Barbados swiftly moved to officially re-appoint the members of a new Commission.   The National NCD Commission, Barbados was established by the Minister of Health in January 2007 and is seen by many in the Region as a good example  of an effectively functioning high-level multi-sectoral government led national instrument for the prevention and control of NCDs. 
Barbados, together with Grenada and Bermuda are among the first countries known to have established NCD Commissions in the Caribbean; all of which predated the 2007 CARICOM Heads of Government NCD Summit and indeed, these three commissions remain the most active in the region.  The mission of the Barbados NNCDC is to advise on, advocate for, facilitate and promote evidence based best practices throughout Barbados in the prevention, control and management of chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

For more on NNCDCs, see our report launched in September 2015 'A Civil Society Rrport on - National NCD Commissions in the Caribbean - Towards a more Effective Multisectoral Response to NCDs' click here

Faculty of Medical Sciences Monthly Lecture Series

Hypertensive at 50 - Blood, Salt and Tears?
UWI Cave Hill Campus Faculty of Medical Sciences. Dr. Kenneth Connell will be delivering the Decanal Lecture, on behalf of the Office of the Dean, entitled "Hypertensive at 50 - Blood, Salt and Tears?" in the Henry Fraser Lecture theatre at the Cave Hill campus on Thursday 25th February at 7pm.

The lecture will examine the trilogy of slavery, urbanization and health economics as they relate to the origins and management of hypertension in post independent Barbados. Contact Faculty of Medical Sciences, UWI Cave Hill Campus St. Michael Barbados for more information.
Cancer Support Services PSA Testing
Mens Health Forum
Epilepsy Society of the Caribbean
Accommodation booking is now available read more.
NARCCE 2016 -  5th North American Regional Caribbean Congress on Epilepsy in Barbados March 3 - 5, 2016.  Read more

WHO GCM/NCD Virtual Global Discussion Forum Postponed until March 2016

The Virtual Global Discussion Forum is designed so that we can engage a broad spectrum of professionals working in this field in sharing and exchanging their knowledge and perspectives in and across countries on the issues and recommendations emerging from the Dialogue Meeting.  

The WHO apologize for this delay but we feel that this approach will ensure that the Discussion Forum will foster greater levels of engagement and more meaningful and productive outcomes.

If you registered you will have been automatically registered for this Global Discussion at this new url:

You do not need to take any further action and you will receive a reminder email before the discussion begins.
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Latest
You Could Live to Age 100...
More and more persons are living to the significant event of becoming a centenarian.

Just A Minute...
Is Sugar your drug? If you find yourself constantly craving sweets, you’re probably a sugar addict.

Read more from the Heart & Stroke Foundation newsletter here.
Watch the video here
100 Seconds of Silence
Where: Wherever you are at 12noon on February 4th! What do you do? All we ask is that you stop what you are doing and sit/stand in silence for 100 seconds in memory of the 100 people who were lost to cancer in 2014. 1 second for every person who was lost. read more.
4th Annual Symposium on Global Cancer Research
Deadline Extended: January 25, 2016

4th Annual Symposium on Global Cancer Research takes place April 8, 2016 in San Francisco. 

All accepted abstracts for the 4th Annual Symposium on Global Cancer Research will be published in the Journal of Global Oncology, a new open-access journal from the American Society for Clinical Oncology. Please remember that the abstract submission deadline for the Symposium is fast approaching.
Abstracts in three categories:
(1) original research conducted in LMICs
(2) program development in LMICs
(3) development of novel devices or technologies used in low-cost cancer control
Abstract Submission Portal:
The Symposium is to be held at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel on April 8, 2016. To register, please visit: If you have any questions, email

Sweet Nightmares: A Guide to Cutting Down on Sugar

Sweet Nightmares
The shocking truth about our sugar habits comes out of the mouth of babes. “It is not unheard of for me to remove all 20 baby teeth from a two-year-old child,” says Claire Stevens, a consultant in paediatric dentistry. This is an extreme case – but even on a “normal” day she can easily find she has extracted more than 100 teeth after seeing her roster of young patients. What frustrates her most is that dental decay is almost always preventable. Food industry giants peddling sugary treats may try to blame fat when it comes to obesity, but it is not fat that is rotting their teeth. Read more

Is it finally time to tax sugary drinks?

Ask anyone who has come up against the power of the food and drinks industry – particularly if they have proposed regulations or taxes – and they will speak of the combination of charm and menace deployed against them and the ruthless determination to protect the interests of the business. Read more
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NCD Alliance e-Alert
  • WHO 138th Executive Board
  • Early bird registration deadlines: ADI Budapest and WCC Mexico
  • IAEG-SDGs releases metadata for global indicators for the SDGs
  • UN Secretary-General releases report on follow-up and review of the SDGs
Read more

From the NCD Alliance Weekly Digest

NCDs News
  • Lancet: Stillbirths: ending preventable deaths by 2030 |Stillbirths: rates, risk factors, and acceleration towards 2030 (on links with diabetes, hypertension, and NCDs more generally) read more
  • Lancet: Increasing research capacity and awareness of chronic lung diseases in East Africa read more
  • Lancet: Reducing treatment-related mortality in childhood cancers read more
  • Lancet: Innovation in capacity building of primary-care physicians in diabetes management in India: a new slant in medical education read more
  • BMJ: BMA research into end of life care: Consulting patients is a step in the right direction | John Hughes: Why dying should be everyone’s business read more
  • BMJ: Chronic kidney disease in elderly people: disease or disease label? read more
  • BioMed Central: Dementia risk – to know or not to know? read more
  • BioMed Central: How do you tell the lethal cancers from the non-lethal ones? read more
  • WEF: Your smartphone, your therapist? read more
Risk Factor News
  • Lancet: Obesity: we need to move beyond sugar read more
  • PLoS: It is way too difficult to be physically active read more
  • PLoS: The Foie Gras faux pas: Why Fatty Liver No Longer Just Affects Ducks read more
  • Bloomberg Business: New $70 million installment of the CDC's anti-smoking ad campaign read more
  • WCRF: Slim by design (on food environment) read more
  • Matangi Tonga: Tonga's big eaters, dying younger read more
  • Lancet: Time to take tobacco dependence treatment seriously read more
  • BMJ: NHS plans sugar tax on food and drink sold in hospitals by 2020 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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