The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

October 14th - October 20th 2016


Global Dialogue Meeting on the Role of Non-State Actors in Supporting Member States in their National Efforts to Tackle Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) as Part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development 

Global Dialogue Meeting on the role of non-State actors in supporting Member States
Over the past week from 19-21 October, the WHO held a Global Dialogue on the role of non–state actors in supporting Member States in their national efforts to tackle noncommunicable diseases as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This third GCM Dialogue was held in Balaclava, Mauritius.

The Dialogue, which was preceded by a WHO AFRO Regional Dialogue Meeting on 17-18 October, 2016 in Balaclava, Mauritius, brought together participants from Member States, United Nations organizations, other intergovernmental organisations, non-state actors such as NGOs, philanthropic foundations, business associations and academic institutions.
GRD NNCDC Strengthening Mission October 2016
President of the HCC, Sir Trevor Hassell, attended the Dialogue, by invitation and shared in plenary debate sessions and workshop style sessions, the experience of national multisector NCD mechanisms in the Caribbean as instruments for NCD prevention and control. Sir Trevor on reflecting on the unique and highly outcomes oriented meeting expressed the view that “the Dialogue in a well-structured but informal way allowed the different sectors of society to come together to determine how they might more effectively discharge the mandate of WHO Member States to adopt a multisector approach to NCD prevention and control globally, and resulted in many concrete and specific proposals and recommendations”.

Katie Dain, Executive Director of NCD Alliance also present, commented "The Global Dialogue has been an important opportunity to explore the roles of non-state actors in NCDs and the SDGs. It is clear that all sectors have to work together to tackle this global challenge, but there must be clear rules of engagement which are understood and respected by all. Civil society in particular has a unique role in raising awareness, coordinating advocacy, improving access to services, and holding governments to account”.
Have a look at the videos here for perspectives on the Dialogue from participants:Dr Bente Mikkelsen - Head a.i.Secretariat of the WHO GCM/NCD; Professor Mary L'Abbe - Chair Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto; Dr Nick Banatvala - Senior Adviser to the Assistant Director General, Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health, WHO, Geneva; Dr Gerald Yonga - Head of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Research to Policy Unit at Aga Khan University and member of the East African NCD Alliance; Ms. Maria Lopatina from the Russian National Research Center for Preventive Medicine.
Mauritius Videos
For more information on the Dialogue click here.

HCC Presenting at the World Cancer Congress 2016

The HCC will be represented at the upcoming World Cancer Congress 2016 in Paris France. President Sir Trevor Hassell and Executive Director, Maisha Hutton are at the WCC to present on civil society experiences in addressing cancer in the Caribbean.  
Presentations are listed below:
  1. Sir Trevor Hassell
    • Harnessing the media landscape for advocacy and effective health communications.  Using the media to generate public demand in the Caribbean. Speaker.
    • Complex realities – Innovative solutions: identifying priorities and mobilising action in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, alcohol and overweight and obesity.  Session Chair.
    • Advancing cancer prevention and early detection in Latin America and the Caribbean through regional collaboration.  Raising awareness and mobilizing communities for cancer prevention in the Caribbean. Speaker.   
  2. Mrs. Maisha Hutton
    • Mobilising NCD civil society in the Post-2015 era: Caribbean experiences in building capacity among CSOs in SIDS/LMICs to support cancer and NCD Programmes in Post-2015. Speaker.
    • NCD Alliance NCD Café. Leave No-one Behind: Strategies to Reduce the Burden of Cancer and NCDs in Vulnerable Populations. Session Moderator. 
Read more about the World Cancer Conference here.
Articles from the Port of Spain Declaration Evaluation Website

PAHO Director receives UWI-led landmark report on NCDs

PAHO Director receives UWI-led landmark report on NCDs
Bridgetown, Barbados, 17 October, 2016: A landmark report on trends in non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the Caribbean since the Port of Spain Declaration in 2007 was formally presented to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director, Dr Carissa Etienne, at an event hosted by the University of the West Indies on the evening of 14 October.
Accelerating Action on NCDs
The report presents alarming statistics on the extent of the region’s epidemic of chronic diseases, such as heart attacks, stroke, diabetes and cancers.

It shows that the Caribbean has the highest NCD mortality in the Americas and that 40% of NCD deaths in the region occur prematurely (in people under 70) and are potentially preventable. Diabetes prevalence is double global rates, and in some countries, up to 50% of the population has high blood pressure, the leading risk factor for mortality in the region.
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World Food Day - A Caribbean Farmer Speaks

World Food Day – A Caribbean farmer speaks
October 16 is World Food Day and the theme is ‘Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too’. It is well known that climate change is having an impact on food security around the world and the Caribbean is no exception. How are our farmers adapting to the new circumstances? Jethro Greene, Chief Coordinator of the Caribbean Farmers’ Network CaFAN, has some answers.

“I think farmers have already been adapting a lot all over the Caribbean. We know that climate change is upon us, with either excessive rain or very dry spells. The fact of the matter is you must look at production. One of the things that we’re doing is to work with the Caribbean Meteorological Institute in Barbados to look at weather data and projection data in order to plan production. Then we can adapt". Read more

Sharing Healthy Recipes - Healthy Eats, Tasty Treats 

Rancher’s eggs
We’re starting a new series, sharing healthy recipes that are also tasty and easy to prepare. This week we have a simple dish: rancher’s eggs (huevos rancheros). The eggs are baked in a spicy tomato sauce, made using a similar method to a Trinidadian tomato choka. The tomatoes are roasted and allowed to char slightly to give the sauce a smoky flavour.
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HCC Welcomes New Physical Activity Advisor

Christina Howitt
Christina Howitt earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacology from the University of Bristol in 2003, and then her Master of Science degree in Control of Infectious Disease from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2005.

She worked as a Clinical Trial Manager with the MRC Clinical Trials Unit in London, before returning to Barbados in 2009 to join the CDRC as a Lecturer in Data Science and PhD student.
She managed the Health of the Nation Survey, which investigated non-communicable diseases and their risk factors in the Barbadian population. Her PhD work focuses on physical activity and metabolic health.

African CSOs Form New Regional Network to Address NCDs

African NCD Alliance
On the 17th -18th October 2016, NCD Alliance, in collaboration with WHO AFRO, held a regional consultation in Balaclava, Mauritius, on the roles and responsibilities of WHO and civil society organisations in the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases in the African region. 

The meeting resulted in the formation of an Africa-region NCD civil society network, which will allow for increased information exchange amongst members, as well as capacity building of CSOs and coordinated regional advocacy. Read more

Trade, Health, And Tobacco Exceptionalism: The TPP Tobacco Carve-Out

Trade, Health, And Tobacco Exceptionalism: The TPP Tobacco Carve-Out
Last Thursday the White House notified Congress of its intent to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership(TPP), the trade agreement reached in October between the U.S. and 11 other Pacific Rim countries, not including China. The notification and release of the agreement’s text commences a lengthy period of Congressional and public review. Among the issues that will receive close attention is the so-called tobacco carve-out.

The tension between free trade and public health is both ancient and enduring. From a free-trade perspective, public health regulations often appear as barriers to trade, sometimes with good reason. Nations have long tried to justify protectionist policies as necessary for the protection of health. Conversely, from a public health perspective, trade pacts frequently seem to favor trade over health by limiting access to vital medicines and erecting formidable barriers to public health regulations. Read more

Yet Another Tobacco Carve-out

On October 13, 2016 the governments of Singapore and Australia reached agreement on amendment of their existing Free Trade Agreement (‘FTA’) to include a ‘tobacco carve-out’. This action follows on the heels of last year’s carve-out in the TransPacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) in respect of tobacco control measures. The Singapore/Australia tobacco carve-out would insulate tobacco control measures from legal challenge by investors under the FTA. This a clear victory for tobacco control advocates and an important example of consistency in policy-making at the national and international levels by Australia, one of the global leaders on tobacco control. The ultimate goal is to build on these tobacco carve-outs to have a broader carve-out or exception within trade agreement for other goods such as obesegenic foods and alcohol, which also pose significant threats to public health. Read more

UWI Cave Hill Campus Faculty of Medical Services Lecture

UWI Cave Hill Campus Faculty of Medical Services Lecture
The University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus Faculty of Medical Sciences presents a Public Lecture Series in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of Independence.

Health Care in Barbados: The Pestilential Past, Problematic Present and Future Prospects.

Professor Sir Henry Fraser (K.A) Professor Emeritus, The University of the West Indies.

Tuesday November 8th, 2016 7.30pm Henry Fraser Lecture Theatre, The UWI, Cave Hill Campus.

Symposium for World Town Planning Day - Planning for Health And Wellness In Barbados

The Barbados Town Planning Society In collaboration with the Town and Country Planning Development Office is hosting a symposium to mark Word Town Planning Day (Tuesday 8th November 2016).

The topic for discussion is the impact of spatial planning on the health and wellness of Barbadians. Barbados has worrying levels of health issues associated with non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity. There is a growing body of evidence which suggest that diet and exercise play a critical role in combating these diseases. Planners and other land-use, transport and built form professionals can play an important role in altering the built form to encourage more active lifestyles. Barbados also has an aging population who suffer disproportionately from health problems. Keeping this age group well and active in old age requires appropriate options for independent living and continued mobility. Read more and Register online

Tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure in young adolescents aged 12-15 years: data from 68 low-income and middle-income countries

Tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure in young adolescents aged 12-15 years
Tobacco use is an important risk factor for non-communicable diseases worldwide. However, the global extent and prevalence of tobacco use in adolescents is poorly described. Using previously collected survey data, we aimed to assess tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure in young adolescents aged 12-15 years in 68 low-income and middle-income countries.

Tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure were frequent among young adolescents aged 12-15 years in low-income and middle-income countries.

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Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados
From Fat - to - Finish...
On the heals of the recent survey of Barbadian women, which shows that only 1 in 10 women are physically active

Imagine...We all know someone...
 We all know that someone who has had a Stroke

Read more here.

More than Two Sugary Drinks a Day Greatly Increases Diabetes Risk, Study Shows

Two Sugary Drinks a Day Greatly Increases Diabetes Risk
Drinking more than two sugary or artificially sweetened soft drinks a day greatly increases the risk of diabetes, research has shown. The Swedish study found that consuming more than two 200ml drinks more than doubled the chances of developing type 2 diabetes. A serious soft drink habit consisting of at least five drinks daily boosted the likelihood of having the disease more than 10 times. Soft drinks also increased the risk of a less common condition called latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (Lada), which shares characteristics of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
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Coke and Pepsi Give Millions to Public Health, Then Lobby Against It

Coke and Pepsi Give Millions to Public Health, Then Lobby Against It
The beverage giants Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have given millions of dollars to nearly 100 prominent health groups in recent years, while simultaneously spending millions to defeat public health legislation that would reduce Americans’ soda intake, according to public health researchers.

The findings, published on Monday in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, document the beverage industry’s deep financial ties to the health community over the past five years, as part of a strategy to silence health critics and gain unlikely allies against soda regulations. Read more

   Talking Disputes - Philip Morris v. Uruguay

This event is being hosted by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and is a panel discussion on the recent Philip Morris v Uruguay arbitration.

In this dispute, Philip Morris took issue with Uruguay’s tobacco control measures including a single presentation requirement that allows only one variant of cigarettes per brand family and also the requirement of increasing the size of graphic health warnings from 50% to 80% appearing on cigarette packages.

The discussion takes place at 5:30 p.m. Geneva time (11:30 a.m. Barbados time) on October 27 and it will be live streamed from the ICTSD website. Online viewers will also have an opportunity to send questions in to the panellists. Read more

Nutrition and Dementia

Nutrition and Dementia
The 'Nutrition and dementia' report investigates how the right nutrition can help make life better for people affected by dementia.

The report reviews dietary factors across the life course that might increase or decrease the risk of onset of dementia in later life. It also details what actions could be taken to improve the nutrition of people with dementia, through diet and external factors such as modifying the mealtime environment and supporting and training carers.
Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), supported by a grant from Compass Group, commissioned researchers Prof Martin Prince, Prof Emiliano Albanese, Dr Maëlenn Guerchet and Dr Matthew Prina from the Global Observatory for Ageing and Dementia Care at King’s College London to produce the report. Read more
Silent Auction

Caribbean Cardiac Society 32nd Caribbean Cardiology Conference - Call for Papers

Caribbean Cardiology Conference 2017
The Planning Committee of the 2017 Caribbean Cardiology Conference is pleased to announce that abstracts are now being accepted for the 2017 annual meeting. We hope you will take the opportunity to participate in and contribute to what we know will be an educational and engaging learning experience. We encourage you to participate by submitting one or more abstracts before January 31, 2017. Read more

World Diabetes Day 14th November 2016

Please let us know your planned events for World Diabetes Day
Cervical Cancer Action News Brief -  October 2016
Cervical Cancer Action News Brief - October 2016 - Launch of The Lancet series on health, equity, and women’s cancers at the World Cancer Congress

Breast and cervical cancer receive far less funding, advocacy, and public and political attention in low-income and middle-income countries than in high-income countries. This situation exists despite the fact that women in these settings have higher burdens of these diseases, less access to care, present with more advanced stages of disease, and have a higher chance of dying from their disease than women in resource-rich settings. Why the discrepancy? A new Lancet series on health, equity, and women's cancers explores this neglected issue in global health. Read more

The 62nd Annual CARPHA Health Research Conference Guyana 2017 - Call for Papers

62nd CARPHA Annual Conference
The theme for 2017 is ‘Climate Change, the Environment and Human Health”, however, CARPHA will also accept quality research papers in all priority health areas (e.g. NCD, HIV, Health Systems, etc.). Climate change, the environment and human health comprises topics such as food and vector borne disease, food and waste security, transportation, natural and environmental disasters, global threats, waste management, air quality, noise pollution, structural hazards etc. The Call for Papers Deadline is November 1st 2016Read more
NCD Alliance Newsletter
  • African CSOs form new regional network to address NCDs
  • #Habitat3: Fostering multisectoral action to improve urban health
  • NCDA's response to the Draft Shanghai Declaration on Health Promotion 
  • NCD Dialogues at 47th World Conference on Lung Health
  • WHO urges for taxes on sugary drinks to prevent NCDs
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Job Vacancies

Career Opportunity – Chief Executive Officer for an NGO
The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados (HSFB), is seeking to recruit a dynamic individual with strong principles, business acumen and commitment to national/community development to join their team as Chief Executive Officer.
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Career Opportunity – Advisor, Tobacco Control (Grade: P4) Pan-American Health Organization/World Health Organization
Type and duration of contract: Short term professional - 6 months. Duty station: Washington, DC (availability to report to duty station within 4 weeks of being selected). Application deadline: October 26 at 11:59pm (US Eastern time). How to apply: submit your CV and short bio to Ms. Rosa Sandoval at cc Mr. Luis Galicia at Read more
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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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