The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

December 11th - December 23rd 2015


COP21: Historic climate change agreement reached in Paris

COP21: Historic climate change agreement reached in Paris
The NCD Alliance reports that the COP21 climate conference in Paris concluded with the adoption of the Paris Agreement, as negotiated by the 195 Member States party to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. This agreement was an unprecedented success, with countries committing to actions that will limit global temperature rises to 'well-below' the anticipated target of 2°C, and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C.  The concept of health as an adverse effect of climate change is embedded in the agreement, with a reference to the human right to health included in the preamble, and health cited as an incentive for short term action between 2016 and 2020. Read more

The Power of International Cooperation to Tackle Noncommunicable Diseases

WHO GCM/NCD/SAS Becker/Sarah Bones
Ministries of Health throughout the Caribbean have committed to improve cervical cancer prevention and control. The Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) is an NCD alliance that works with national governments and cancer societies throughout the region. In Belize and Jamaica, where the Ministries of Health provide cervical cancer screening in primary care centres, the HCC initiated projects with local NGOs on cervical cancer prevention amongst vulnerable, disadvantaged women. These initiatives were initially financed by the American Cancer Society Meet the Targets Grant and the Australian Direct Aid Programme. But following their success they have also received funding from UNESCO. This strengthened the capacity of civil society organizations in both countries, thereby extending the reach of public health services and improving access for the earlier detection of cervical cancer.
These photos were taken in the context of the WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on NCDs (WHO GCM/NCD) Dialogue on mobilizing international cooperation on NCDs, held on Monday 30 November and Tuesday 1 December 2015. They are part of a series of photographs exhibit existing efforts to combat cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes and their risk factors through the framework of North-South, South-South, and triangular cooperation. The stories are drawn from across three of the WHO regions and demonstrate the diversity of possible tools and resources available to tackle NCDs.

The photos featured here showcase work of the Belize Cancer Society and the Jamaica Cancer Society. All photos relating to the Caribbean are copyright © WHO GCM/NCD/SAS Becker/Sarah Bones.

Special Report: Advancing Cancer Control Through Research and Cancer Registry Collaborations in the Caribbean

Background:  Few national registries exist in the Caribbean, resulting in limited cancer statistics being available for the region. Therefore, estimates are frequently based on the extrapolation of mortality data submitted to the World Health Organization. Thus, regional cancer surveillance and research need promoting, and their synergy must be strengthened. However, differences between countries outweigh similarities, hampering registration and availability of data. Read more

Heart Disease and Stroke in the Caribbean

Caribbean Heart & Stroke Statistics and Facts:
Video commissioned in association with the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados, British High Commission Bridgetown, Crucial Productions and Caribbean360
Watch it here

Dominica Diabetes Association Poster on Display at the WDC Global Village

Dominica Diabetes Association Poster on Display at the WDC Global Village
Dominica Diabetes Association, through the Blood Pressure Control through Community Action (BPCCA) has broadened its scope and profile to offer blood pressure checks and promote blood pressure control as part of the management regime for people living with Diabetes in Dominica. Aspects of the project were presented in poster format in the Global Village at the World Diabetes Congress held in Vancouver Canada from November 30 to December 4, 2015. Read more

NUPW Insurance Agent Inc. Sponsor the Stanford Self-Management Programme for NCDs

Stanford Self-Management Programme for Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases
NUPW Insurance Agent Inc., became the first community group in Barbados to sponsor the Stanford Self-Management Programme for Chronic Non Communicable Diseases. This programme is under license in the Caribbean by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). Read more

HCC and All of Civil Society Cheers Philip Morris Loss on Australia's Plain Packaging

HCC and All of Civil Society Cheers Philip Morris Loss on Australia's Plain Packaging
Civil society groups on Friday cheered news that Philip Morris had lost its latest challenge to Australia's laws requiring plain packaging of tobacco products. The company claimed the laws violated trademark provisions in an Australia-Hong Kong investment agreement, but a tribunal ruled that it had no jurisdiction to hear the case.

Help us choose a slogan!
Non-communicable diseases like diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancers, are the main causes of death in the Caribbean. The University of the West Indies and its partners are helping governments in the region review what they have achieved since they met to take action in Port of Spain in 2007 and to suggest ways to increase prevention efforts. We need a clear and catchy slogan for this very important work.

The following have been suggested.
Which do you like best?
Caribbean unity in health
Moving together to a better future

A stronger Caribbean: moving together

A better Caribbean: stronger together

Love that body
Caribbean people living healthy

If you have a favourite or an alternative suggestion please email
Diabetic Living Magazine

FHADIMAC Featured in Diabetic Living Magazine

The editorial team of Diabetic Living Magazine recently traveled to Haiti to cover the incredible work of Dr. Francine Kauffman, a pediatric endocrinologist who, along with her husband, runs a week long camp for kids with diabetes in Port-au-Prince.

Read more
In an article entitled 'HCC Launches New Partnership with IFRC' - we incorrectly spelt the name of Dr. Lorraine Mangwiro, HCC apologises for this mistake.
Non-Communicable Diseases of the Caribbean
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Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Latest
On the 1st Day of Christmas...
To help you make it through the proverbial 12 days of Christmas, here are  4 of our easy tips...

Just A Minute...
Jug Jug... Traditional dish in Barbados mostly consisting of pigeon peas.

Read more from the Heart & Stroke Foundation newsletter here.

Technical Officer – IARC Caribbean Cancer Registry Hub

(Closing Date January 8, 2016)
Technical Officer – IARC Caribbean Cancer Registry Hub (Closing Date January 8, 2016) Under the direct supervision of the Senior Technical Officer NCDs & Life Course, this position serves as the leader of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Caribbean Cancer Registry Hub operations with regional responsibilities for all management, training, networking, advocacy, and research activities.
The position involves close collaboration with CARPHA, IARC, US National Cancer Institute (NCI), Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR) to increase the capacity for cancer registration in the Caribbean region. Refer to terms of reference for required qualifications, experience and competencies. NOTE: Interviews for this post will be held during the week of January 18, 2016. Email:

Seasons Greetings

How Well Do You Know the Soda Industry?

The history of soda is full of Norman Rockwell paintings, nostalgic Americana, singers, athletes and other celebrities — so many familiar faces that soda companies seem like the industry next door. However, these are the very same companies that use municipal water supplies in drought-stricken areas, power their transportation vehicles with high-carbon emission fuels, and spend large amounts of money on lobbying. So how much do you actually know about the soda industry? Take the quiz and find out.
What alcohol does to your body after the age of 40

What alcohol does to your body after the age of 40

 ‘Alcohol affects just about every system because it’s a small molecule that goes everywhere in the body,’ says Paul Wallace, emeritus professor of public health at University College London and medical director of the charity Drinkaware.  ‘From the gut to the heart, the blood vessels to the skin, its effects are all pervasive.’  But why does it feel like the effects of drinking are so much worse post-40?  ‘The organs that metabolise alcohol such as the liver and the stomach shrink as you get older, so alcohol stays in your system longer,’ says Dr Tony Rao, consultant old age psychiatrist at the South london and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Read more

Boston Raises Age To Buy Tobacco Products To 21

Boston health officials voted Thursday to raise the minimum age for buying cigarettes and other tobacco products — including electronic cigarettes — from 18 to 21. Mayor Marty Walsh said the city now joins more than 85 other Massachusetts cities and towns — as well as New York City and Hawaii — in hiking the age for purchasing cigarettes. Read more

Race Across the Atlantic for Charity

Race Across the Atlantic for Charity
Meet team Wadadli, a group of Antiguans about to race across the Atlantic for charity- Dr. Nicholas Fuller, soon to be 67 years old, Peter Smith, 74 years old, Archie Bailey, 50 years old and John D. Hall, the youngest member at 29 years old. Follow the adventure on their website here. Also you can see more in this video.

CARPHA Health Research Conference Call for Papers NEW DEADLINE

There is a new deadline for submission of papers for presentation at the Conference: January 1st 2016. The 61st Annual CARPHA Health Research Conference will be held in the Turks and Caicos Islands from June 23rd to June 25th, 2016.

The theme for 2016 is Family Health. For more information contact the conference secretariat at: or click here.
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NCD Alliance e-Alert
  • COP21: Historic climate change agreement reached in Paris
  • WHO Executive Board Meeting
  • UN launches high-level panel on access to medicines
  • Webinar and recording posted online
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From the NCD Alliance Weekly Digest

NCDs News
  • Lancet: Offline: Chronic diseases—the social justice issue of our time read more
  • Lancet: Equal access to colorectal cancer screening read more
  • Lancet: Beyond the opportunities of SDG 3: the risk for the NCDs agenda read more
  • Lancet: HPV vaccines: so much learnt, so many more lessons to come read more
  • Lancet: The ageing of Africa | What can we expect of health in old age? read more
  • World Bank: Mental Health read more
  • Devex: Jumping the health care hurdles: UHC and noncommunicable diseases read more
  • BMJ: Richard Smith: Four reasons why we may not be responding in the right way to hypertension in low and middle income countries read more
  • BMJ: Yogesh Jain: A community based epilepsy programme in India read more
  • Cancer Research UK: Five out of six women at higher risk reject drugs to prevent breast cancer read more
  • BioMed Central: The burden of hypertension in sub-Saharan Africa: a four-country cross sectional study read more
  • BioMed Central: Can we develop a jab to prevent cancer? read more
  • Reuters: From curse to catfish – West Africa schools tackle stigma of disability read more
  • Humanosphere: Visualizing the neglected burden of mental health problems read more
Risk Factor News
  • WHO: Malaysia and WHO tackle the marketing of unhealthy food and beverages to children read more
  • Lancet: Aggressive tobacco marketing and allegations of corruption read more
  • Lancet: Sweetening of the global diet, particularly beverages: patterns, trends, and policy responses read more
  • WCRF: Marketing to children – why is further control needed? read more
  • NEJM: Defining Why Cancer Develops in Children read more
  • NEJM: South Korea’s Thyroid-Cancer “Epidemic” — Turning the Tide read more
  • PLoS: Festive fiscal measures read more
  • WEF: Which countries consume the most sugary drinks? read more
  • BBC: Obesity 'biggest threat to women's health' in England read more
  • NY Times: The challenges of cleaning up cooking read more
  • Wiley Online Library: How does the alcohol industry attempt to influence marketing regulations? A systematic review read more
  • Guardian: Affluent teens twice as likely to drink regularly, study finds read more
  • Guardian: Sugar tax still on the table as industry urged to change tactics on obesity | Welsh government backs plan for 'pop tax' on sugary drinks read more
  • Independent: Six things that could send you to an early grave - and it's not just drinking and smoking 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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