SDG Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

July 31st - August 6th 2015


Who in the World Drinks the Most Sugary Beverages?

Who Drinks the Most Sugary Beverages?
Across 187 countries, Trinidad and Tobago had the highest average consumption of Sugar Sweetened Beverages (SSBs), at 2.5 servings/day, and adults in Barbados, Suriname, Cuba, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the Dominican Republic, and Grenada drank over 2 servings/day of SSBs according to a study released this week in PLOS One. The study looks at global consumption patterns of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages, Fruit Juices, and Milk. The results look into preferences by geography, demographic, income and even gender. Read more


Member States in New York Agree Post-2015 Development Agenda, Including a Standalone Target on NCDs

Member States in New York Agree Post-2015 Development Agenda
After over three years of intensive work Member States in New York agreed the post-2015 development agenda, including a standalone target on NCDs and a number of NCD-related targets within SDG3 on health. Read more

Jamaica Cancer Society A Charity Tea & Art Affair

Jamaica Cancer Society A Charity Tea & Art Affair
The Jamaica Cancer Society in association with the Jamaica National Building Society present a Charity Tea & Art Affair, Thursday August 27th 2015, 3.30pm at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel, Waterloo Road, Kingston, contribution $5,000. Call 927-4265 or email:
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Latest
Paw Paw
If you start eating Paw Paw (Papaya) you could be doing your heart a favour. Paw paw, is jam packed with fiber, potassium and vitamins that all help to ward off heart disease.

Read more from the Heart & Stroke Foundation newsletter here

Jamaica: Tackling Obesity

As Jamaicans show their patriotic side during these Emancipation/ Independence celebrations, it is a given that appetising delicacies and rich ethnic foods will take centre stage right up there with the entertainment of all genres. The fact that many members of the adult population are overweight will not have the slightest effect on the gastronomical excesses that holidays tend to encourage.

At the risk of stealing everyone's joy, we urge caution and advise moderation in the face of some sobering statistics which point to the fact that one in five children in Jamaica carries an unhealthy weight which puts that child at risk of developing cardiovascular diseases such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Being overweight is also associated with several types of cancers and musculoskeletal conditions. The obese child is also at greater risk of bone and joint problems and sleep apnea, as well as social problems such as stigmatisation and bullying. Read more

A Quarterly Update of American Cancer Society Global Health Programs and Activities

A Quarterly Update of American Cancer Society Global Health Programs and Activities
  • Society Launches Pain-Free Hospital Initiative in Nigeria
  • Society Hosts Advocacy and Fundraising Workshop in Central America
  • Australian Student Alliance Focuses on Saving Lives 2015
  • Successful One-year Patient Navigation Grant in Brazil
  • Society Helps South Africa Celebrate 10th Year with Relay For Life®
  • Creating a Lower Cost Way to Tackle HPV Infection Worldwide
Read more
Time for Global Action 2015

Transforming Our World by 2030: A New Agenda For Global Action

On 25 to 27 September 2015 Heads of State will come together in New York for a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly of the United Nations to adopt the post-2015 development agenda.  The elements of post-2015 will include a Declaration; Sustainable Development Goals and targets; Means of Implementation and Global Partnership for Sustainable Development; and follow-up and review. These can be found in the Final draft of the outcome document for the UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda currently under review through a series of Intergovernmental negotiations (IGN).

As we lead up to the UN Summit in September, the HCC will be seeking to build regional awareness, buy-in and commitment to supporting the post 2015 development agenda at all levels, from individuals to organisations including civil society, private sector and governments. Every week will be sharing elements of the outcome document (currently final draft under review through IGN) during our weekly roundup. See this week’s excerpt below.

Our world today

We are meeting at a time of immense challenges to sustainable development. There are rising inequalities within and between states. There are enormous disparities of opportunity, wealth and power. Unemployment, particularly youth unemployment, is growing. Spiraling conflict, violence and extremism, humanitarian crises and a growing migration challenge threaten to reverse much of the development progress made in recent decades. Natural resource depletion and adverse impacts of environmental degradation, including drought and the prospect of irreversible climate change, add to the list of challenges which humanity faces. The survival of many societies, and of the planet itself, is at risk.

13. These challenges are interrelated and call for integrated solutions. To address them effectively, a new approach is needed. Sustainable development recognizes that eradicating poverty and inequality, preserving the planet and creating inclusive economic growth are linked to each other and interdependent.

13. It is for this reason that we have decided on a set of integrated and indivisible goals which balance three crucial dimensions: the economic, the social and the environmental. Furthermore, these are universal goals which transcend the traditional North/South divide and involve the entire world, rich and poor countries alike, in a new global compact for the betterment of humanity. 
For more on the post 2015 development process click here
To see the full Final draft of the outcome document for the UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda click here
For more information on the post 2015 development agenda visit the NCD Alliance here
For more information on Advocacy on NCDs and the post 2015 development agenda check out the NCD Alliance Toolkit here
For more information on the UN Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda click here

World Heart Day 2015 Toolkit now Available

World Heart Day 2015 Toolkit now Available
The World Heart Day 2015 toolkit is now available for World Heart Federation members to download on our website. The toolkit provides you with a range of documents to support your activities, from organizing your World Heart Day events and liasing with the media, to guidance on how you can use World Heart Day in your advocacy efforts. Read more
World Congress of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Health 2016
Watch the video here
2016 World Cancer Congress
There is still time for you to share your session proposals for the 2016 World Cancer Congress.The 2016 World Cancer Congress has started gaining traction as we receive more and more session proposals from the international cancer and non-communicable diseases community. Read more
The 46th Union World Conference on Lung Health 2015
NCD Alliance e-Alert
  • Post-2015 Development Agenda Agreed
  • GCM Working Group Interim Report on Private Sector Engagement for NCDs
  • WHO Discussion Paper on Access to Essential Medicines
Read more

From the NCD Alliance Weekly Digest

NCDs News
  • Devex: Sustainable development needs sustainable financing — tackling NCDs is no exception read more
  • Global Health Hub: The Rise of Violence Against Women up the Global Health Agenda read more
  • Guardian: Ask a North Korean: how do you treat mental illness? read more
  • Guardian: A letter to my patient, whose terminal cancer is the least of her worries read more
  • BBC: Cancer survival 'lagging in England' read more
  • MobiHealthNews: Stanford expands iPhone-based heart health trial to Hong Kong, UK read more
  • CDC Global Health: Accelerating an Integrated Approach to NCD Prevention and Control Globally read more
Risk Factor News
  • BMJ: Point of Sale Display: A Call to Action on Prohibition of Tobacco Products in Nepal read more
  • BMJ: Zosia Kmietowicz: One policy to reduce sugar intake—what would you do? read more
  • World Cancer Research Fund: Using our Cancer Prevention Recommendations for dietary patterns research read more
  • Guardian: Obesity awareness may be causing overeating, finds international study read more
  • Guardian: Malawi's forests going up in smoke as tobacco industry takes heavy toll read more
  • Independent: Stressful situations really do make us more likely to eat unhealthy food, research finds read more
  • Independent: Spicy food 'can lower the risks of early death' read more
  • Telegraph: Over 60s exercise targets should be cut to 15 minutes a day, say health experts read more
  • Health Policy and Planning: Whole-of-government approaches to NCDs: the case of the Philippines Interagency Committee - Tobacco read more
  • Health Policy and Planning: African stakeholders’ views of research options to improve nutritional status in sub-Saharan Africa 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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