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Healthy Caribbean Coalition

April 1st - April 6th 2019

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World Health Day Sunday April 7, 2019

Universal Health Coverage Everyone, Everywhere #HealthForAll
Photo: WHO/Yoshi Shimizu
Universal health coverage is WHO’s number one goal. Key to achieving it is ensuring that everyone can obtain the care they need, when they need it, right in the heart of the community.

Progress is being made in countries in all regions of the world.

But millions of people still have no access at all to health care. Millions more are forced to choose between health care and other daily expenses such as food, clothing and even a home.  This is why WHO is focusing on universal health coverage for this year’s World Health Day, on 7 April.
Universal Health Coverage Everyone, Everywhere #HealthForAll
Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere (click/tap to play)
Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere (click/tap to play)
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News

HPV Vaccine Linked to ‘Dramatic’ Drop in Cervical Disease

HPV Vaccine Linked to ‘Dramatic’ Drop in Cervical Disease
Photo: Media for Medical
BBC News: The routine vaccination of girls with the HPV vaccine in Scotland has led to a "dramatic" drop in cervical disease in later life, new research suggests.

Human papilomavirus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted infection and some types are linked to cervical cancer. Researchers said the vaccine has nearly wiped out cases of cervical pre-cancer in young women since an immunisation programme was introduced 10 years ago. They found the vaccine had led to a 90% cut in pre-cancerous cells.
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See the work of the HCC in the area of Cervical Cancer here.

Jamaica Secures US$100 Million From IDB to Fight NCDs

Jamaica Secures US$100 Million From IDB to Fight NCDs
Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton (foreground), displays the signed US$100-million loan agreement with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Looking on (from left) are Chief of Operations, IDB, Jamaica, Adriana La Valley; Chief Medical Officer, Ministry of Health, Dr. Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie; Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dunston Bryan; and Senior Health Specialist, IDB, Dr. Ricardo Pérez-Cuevas (Photo: Michael Sloley)
JIS: The Ministry of Health has secured US$100 million in loans from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for execution of a programme aimed at boosting the country’s fight against non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Dubbed the ‘Health Systems Strengthening for the Prevention and Care Management of NCDs Programme’, the initiative aims to improve the health of Jamaica’s population by bolstering policies for the prevention of NCD risk factors, and implementation of a chronic care model with enhanced access to integrated primary and hospital service networks.
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Health Ministry Gears Up for Salt, Fats, Alcohol Fight

Jamaica Gleaner: Health Minister Christopher Tufton has sounded the warning that stricter regulations on foods high in trans and saturated fats and sodium, as well as for tobacco and alcohol products, are on the horizon.

“When we talk about lifestyle issues, I want the sugar people to understand that we might be beating up on them now, but stay tuned. I want the saturated, trans fats people and the sodium people [to know] that we are coming to a town near you,” Tufton said during the signing ceremony for a US$100-million Inter-American Development Bank loan to upgrade the public health sector and tackle non-communicable diseases.

“That goes also for the alcohol and tobacco people, and it doesn’t matter if we become public enemy number one.”
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HCC Civil Society Action Plan 2017-2021: Preventing Childhood Obesity in the Caribbean - Webinar Series

Building Advocacy Capacity for Childhood Obesity Prevention in CARICOM
Childhood Obesity: Time for a New Narrative
The HCC is pleased to announce the first webinar series in support of the Civil Society Action Plan 2017-2021: Preventing Childhood Obesity in the Caribbean titled “Building Advocacy Capacity for Childhood Obesity Prevention in CARICOM”.

This series consists of webinars intended to build the capacity of Civil Society Organisations (CSO’s) and other key stakeholders advocating for and implementing childhood obesity prevention (COP) policies in the region. Set within the wider COP policy context, the series highlights policies that encourage the creation of healthier food environments including healthy school policies, front-of-package warning labels and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes of at least 20%. The series also aims to build advocacy capacity for the promotion of physical activity among children and adolescents through the creation of active communities and countries.
 
This webinar series begins on April 25th ,2019 with a webinar titled “Childhood Obesity: Time for a New Narrative”.  
Childhood Obesity: Time for a New Narrative
Register here
Other webinars in this series include:
  • Building Nutritional Literacy: The PAHO Nutrient Profile and Front-Of-Package Nutrition Labels
  • Healthy School Policies
  • Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Taxation
  • Physically Active Individuals, Communities and Countries
Individual webinar details will be released as the series progresses.

All webinars are facilitated by UWI Open Campus using Blackboard Collaborate.
If you have any questions or for more information, contact jenna.thompson@healthycaribbean.org

Caribbean Nurses Certified in Paediatric Cancer Care

Caribbean Nurses Certified in Paediatric Cancer Care
A nursing student facilitates a training session as part of leadership development
(Photo: TT Newsday)
TT Newsday: Twenty-seven nurses from five Caribbean countries have successfully completed specialised training in the care of children with cancer and blood disorders.

The nurses completed the Paediatric Haematology/Oncology Nursing Diploma programme at the University of the West Indies School of Nursing in Trinidad, with the last cohort finishing in April. The nurses, who are from Barbados, The Bahamas, Jamaica, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines, and who completed the specialised one-year programme, were part of SickKids-Caribbean Initiative. Twenty-six of the 27 nurses participated in this initiative.
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Call for Higher Sweet Drink Tax

Call for Higher Sweet Drink Tax
Nation News: Barbados’ sweet drink tax should be upgraded. Chief Medical Officer, Dr Kenneth George, said the current ten per cent sugar sweetened beverage (SSB) tax has had a positive impact over the last four years, but it should be bumped up again so Barbadians can better fight non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and childhood obesity.

In an exclusive interview with the Nation, George suggested the tax be increased to around 30 per cent - a 200 per cent increase. He, however, noted that an increase to 20 per cent seemed more realistic and viable at this stage. With this proposed 20 per cent tax, a soft drink costing $2.75 would retail at $3.30.
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CIBC FirstCaribbean Increases Annual Donation to Cancer Organizations Across Bahamas

CIBC FirstCaribbean Increases Annual Donation to Cancer Organizations Across Bahamas
L to R: Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group President Andrea Sweeting, CIBC FirstCaribbean Chief Executive Officer Colette Delaney, Cancer Society of The Bahamas President Dr. Williamson Chea, CIBC FirstCaribbean Managing Director (Bahamas & TCI) Marie Rodland-Allen, and Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group administrative representative Helen Rolle (Photo: BahamasWeekly.com)
Bahamas Weekly: Nassau, Bahamas - Seven cancer organizations across The Bahamas will be able to provide free services to even more patients thanks to a recent $90,000 donation from CIBC FirstCaribbean.

“This continued support has allowed us to touch so many lives, be it male, children, or women,” said Helen Rolle, Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group representative.

Rolle spoke alongside Sister Sister President Andrea Sweeting and Cancer Society of The Bahamas President Dr. Williamson Chea at a brief ceremony at the bank’s Airport Industrial Park location, where Chief Executive Officer, Colette Delaney, presented the New Providence funds from the 2018 “Walk for the Cure” cancer fundraising campaign. Smaller presentations were also conducted on Grand Bahama, Abaco, and Eleuthera to the Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group of Grand Bahama, the Cancer Association of Grand Bahama, and the Cancer Societies of Abaco, Eleuthera, and Grand Bahama.
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Unhealthy Diets Now Kill More People Than Tobacco and High Blood Pressure, Study Finds

Unhealthy Diets Now Kill More People Than Tobacco
Photo: Pixabay/skeeze
CBS News: Poor diet is associated with 1 in 5 deaths worldwide, according to a new, large study. That's equivalent to 11 million deaths a year, making unhealthy eating habits responsible for more deaths than tobacco and high blood pressure.

"Poor dietary habits, which is a combination of high intake of unhealthy foods, such as red meat, processed meat, and sugar-sweetened beverages and a low intake of healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, and seeds, overall causes more deaths than any other risk factors globally," study author Dr. Ashkan Afshin, an assistant professor of Health Metrics Sciences  at the University of Washington, told CBS News.

The study, published in the journal The Lancet, tracked trends in consumption of 15 dietary elements from 1990 to 2017 in 195 countries.
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Parents Being Misled Over Kids’ Snacks

Parents are at risk of being misled by "manipulative marketing campaigns" and "crafty messaging" on children's snacks, a child health expert has said.
Parents Being Misled Over Kids’ Snacks
Photo: Getty Images
BBC News: Dr Max Davie said that given levels of obesity, it was crucial for parents to know what their children were eating. It comes as University of Glasgow researchers examined seemingly healthy children's snacks sold in UK shops.

They found some snacks labelled as containing one portion of fruit or veg did not live up to the claim.

Scientists and doctors say more stringent regulation is needed.
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Original Article: García AL, Morillo-Santander G, Parrett A, et al
Confused health and nutrition claims in food marketing to children could adversely affect food choice and increase risk of obesity Archives of Disease in Childhood Published Online First: 04 April 2019. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2018-315870

Women Outlive Men: Where and Why

Women Outlive Men: Where and Why
Photo: WHO/F. Revilla
WHO: Women outlive men everywhere in the world - particularly in wealthy countries. The World Health Statistics 2019 - disaggregated by sex for the first time - explains why. Our task is to use these data to make evidence-based policy decisions that move us closer to a healthier, safer, fairer world for everyone.

“Breaking down data by age, sex and income group is vital for understanding who is being left behind and why. Behind every number in the World Health Statistics is a person, a family, a community or a nation,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.
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HCC Member Lake Health and Wellbeing Becomes a Member of St Kitts and Nevis Bureau of Standards Technical Committee for Labelling

St Kitts and Nevis Bureau of Standards Technical Committee for Labelling
Lake Health and Wellbeing: The St Kitts and Nevis Bureau of Standards has the responsibility of protecting the environment, health and safety of consumers. They focus on preparing, promoting and adopting standards on a national, regional and international basis with respect to the structures, commodities, materials, articles and other products and services offered to the public commercially. Through their work they promote standardization and quality assurance in industry and commerce.

One of the areas that the Bureau focuses on is ensuring the proper labelling of pre-packaged food items. Currently, the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality is updating the regional standard for the labelling of pre-packaged foods. The updated standard includes the introduction of front-of-pack labelling .
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Why is Hypertension Important?

Why is Hypertension Important?

Even One Drink a Day Increases Stroke Risk, Study Finds

Even One Drink a Day Increases Stroke Risk, Study Finds
Photo: Getty Images
BBC News: Even light-to-moderate drinking increases blood pressure and the chances of having a stroke, according to a large genetic study in The Lancet, countering previous claims that one or two drinks a day could be protective.

The researchers, from the University of Oxford, Peking University and the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, found that:
  • one to two drinks a day increased stroke risk by 10-15%
  • four drinks a day increased the risk of having a stroke by 35%
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Join the New HCC Facebook Group

HCC Facebook Group
We have now created a Healthy Caribbean Coalition Facebook group in order to make sure you are seeing more of our content, especially the content shared by other CSOs in the region. The group, which you can join here will allow you to control when you see our content, rather than relying on the Facebook feed which has become less reliable in terms of alerting people to new content.

The Group will help ensure you are seeing more HCC content and will give you the opportunity to share content directly with others who are interested in a heathy Caribbean. You will still be able to share content from the page and you can still go to our Facebook page, where we will still share more curated content.
 
To make it easier to be notified about our group content, you can set notifications on Facebook to see the page’s content via your Facebook notifications. To do this, join the page and be sure to highlight the notifications option just below the cover picture of the group. Be sure to set it to all posts so you will see everything. If that becomes too much, you can change to highlights.

For additional instructions click here.
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San Francisco Moves to Ban E-Cigarettes Until Health Effects Known

San Francisco Moves to Ban E-Cigarettes Until Health Effects Known
Photo: Getty Images
BBC News: Officials in San Francisco have proposed a new law to ban e-cigarette sales until their health effects are evaluated by the US government. The law appears to be the first of its kind in the US and seeks to curb a rising usage by young people.

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the national regulator, released its proposed guidelines, giving companies until 2021 to apply to have their e-cigarette products evaluated. A deadline had initially been set for August 2018, but the agency later said more preparation time was needed.
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Lake Health and Wellbeing Newsletter

Lake Health and Wellbeing Newsletter
  • Greta Solomon introduces her new book 
  • Invisible Not Imaginary: A Powerful Collection of Short Stories on Women’s Health
  • We Become a Member of the SKNBS Technical Committee for Labelling
  • WCRF Publishes a Report on Front-of-Pack Nutrition Labelling
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New Funding Opportunity from the LINKS Initiative

LINKS initiative
 Photo: Links Global Community
A New funding opportunity from the LINKS initiative is now available. Led by Resolve to Save Lives, for those interested and working on cardiovascular disease prevention. Grants awarded this year are focused on managing high blood pressure, reducing salt intake and eliminating trans fats.
 
In order to access the grant website you need to become members of LINKS, which you can be easily done here: www.linkscommunity.org 
 
The new call for applications ends in 15 June 2019.
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PAHO Alcohol and Health Webinar Series 2019

PAHO Alcohol and Health Webinar Series 2019
Credit: PAHO
PAHO: The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Unit is coordinating a series of monthly webinars on Alcohol and Health throughout 2019. The webinar series is aimed at disseminating up-to-date and accurate information about alcohol epidemiology, harms, policies and research in the Region of the Americas and globally, which in turn can be used for advocacy, policy development and implementation. 

Register to the series to receive the invitations and the recordings and presentations of the webinars. Register at: http://eepurl.com/gfTHYT 
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The American Heart Association Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine Data Grant Portfolio

Closing Date for Applications 30th July 2019
AHA Grants
Grants are open to applicants outside the U.S., Training Grant applicants must hold at least a bachelor’s degree, Clinical Training Grants are for recent medical school graduates. Fields of study using bioinformatics, code development, and scientific community development are welcome.
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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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Key Messages From Our Publications
Key Messages from the Third Annual Caribbean Alcohol Reduction Day
Sobering Myths & Misconceptions
Youth and Alcohol Don't Mix
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The NCD Alliance

Newsletter

In this edition:
  • Cambodian NCD Alliance launched 
  • NCDA’s General Assembly and candidates for next Board
  • Women and NCDs: a global health emergency
  • AMREF - Putting people first for UHC in Africa
  • Trans fat elimination: linking global advocacy to local action
  • UHC - The bigger picture
  • Global Kidney Policy Forum
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Childhood Obesity Prevention Scorecard
Forthcoming Events

April

Essence Of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation - April Health Walk

Essence Of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation - April Health Walk


Join the Essence Of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation on Saturday, April 6, 2019 for the first 10th Anniversary commemorative event - A Health Walk.

There is no cost! Just wear a past PINK WALK T-shirt or any pink shirt.

This will be the first of our health walks before our massive Annual PINK WALK in October.
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Cancer Support Services 23rd Anniversary Concert

23rd Anniversary Concert
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Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Polo Fundraiser

Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Polo Fundraiser
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June

The Trinidad and Tobago Heart Foundation Go Red for Women High Tea and Fashion Show

The Go Red campaign reminds women of the need to protect their heart health, inspiring them to make a change because 1 in 3 women, worldwide, will die from heart disease – unnecessarily. Join the TTHF for an inspiring evening to raise awareness for women's heart health! Sunday 9th June 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, tickets are available now! Cost: $350.00.
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CARPHA Health Research Conference - Primary Health Care : Current and Future Models for the Caribbean

CARPHA Conference
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Our Publications
Caribbean Fruit and Vegetable  Infographics
Caribbean Fruit and Vegetable
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An Insight into Depression in the Caribbean
An Insight into Depression in the Caribbean Infographic 

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