The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

April 22nd - April 28th 2017


HCC Pays Courtesy Visit to Jamaica Minister of Health

HCC President pays courtesy visit to Jamaica Minister of Health,  Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton

Bermuda, Pioneers in the Caribbean with Policy Banning SSBs in Schools

Healthy Schools Bermuda
Highlights from Healthy Schools Bermuda
  • Healthy school programmes in all schools
  • Cafeteria and Vending Machine policy introduced in 2006
  • Water-only policies introduced by the schools
  • All government schools have filtered water fountains
With Bermuda’s rate of overweight or obese adults at 74%, early intervention and the promotion of healthier habits in schools and young children is a priority for the Ministry of Health and Seniors. In 2006, the Vending Machine and Cafeteria Policy that was introduced by the Ministry of Health and Seniors’, Healthy Schools Coordinator, Mrs. Marie Beach Johnson.

The Cafeteria and Vending Machine Policy required that Government schools only supply water and/or 100% juice in vending machines and during meals. As Healthy Schools represents the link between health and education, the policy was approved by both the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health and Seniors, after consultation with government school principals and companies that supplied school vending machines. Through consistent encouragement from Mrs. Beach Johnson, all government schools made their beverage vending machines compliant with the policy within one school year and continue to do so. Mrs. Beach Johnson also introduced the policy to the private schools in 2006, which have all made their beverage machines compliant within 1 - 2 years too.
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Bermuda Ministry of Education & Department of Health Partnership: Healthy Schools: Vending Machines and Cafeteria Policy in Schools Policy: Vending machines and cafeterias on the school premises will provide plain, unsweetened water, milk, and/or 100% juice; and healthy foods and snacks. Read the full policy document here.
volunteer networking webpage – ICANCaribbean
Sneak preview of the website
HCC is excited to share this sneak preview of the soon-to-be launched volunteer networking webpage – ICANCaribbean

Caribbean not-for-profit organisations are applauded for their overwhelming efforts in the fight against chronic non communicable diseases (NCDs). However, NGOs generally lack sufficient human resources to maximise NCD-focused efforts - a significant challenge highlighted in the HCC 2016 member CSO capacity assessment. In recognising this, the HCC has created ICANCaribbean (ICAN standing for initiating change against NCDs). ICANCaribbean aims to strengthen the civil society movement for the prevention and control of NCDs in the Caribbean through volunteer participation. We encourage all members of the HCC to get on board. If you haven't already responded to the emailed form to register your organisation, please do so as soon as possible. The form can be accessed below.
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Healthy Workplaces - Healthy Spaces - Healthy Workers

Healthy Workplaces - Healthy Spaces - Healthy Workers
This week in Jamaica (27 - 28 April 2017) the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Labour and Social Security in partnership with WHO headquarters through the Secretariat of the Global Coordination Mechanism on NCDs (GCM/NCD)and PAHO, hosted a National Workshop on Workers’ Health: “Business working together to scale up impact of Non-communicable disease workplace solutions”.  The aim of the workshop was to bring together a wide cross section of stakeholders to build consensus for a National Plan of Action for Workers Health with joint actions on NCD prevention and control in Jamaica and identification of 2 flagship projects to apply the recommendations.  This forms part of a larger national project: National Outlook of Workers’ Health of Jamaica 2017 which is supported by the Japanese Government. 
The Opening session was Chaired by Dr. Beverley Wright, Director Health Promotion & Protection Branch. Opening remarks were provided by: H.E Masanori Nakano Ambassador, Embassy of Japan; Dr. Noreen Jack, PAHO/WHO Country Representative Jamaica; Mrs. Helene Davis-Whyte, Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU); Mr. Howard Lynch, Director Policy, Planning and Development Branch, MOH; Mrs. Colette Roberts Risden, Minister of Labour and Social Security.
Key presentations were made by Dr. Julietta Rodriguez Guzman - Regional Advisor on Workers’ and Consumer’s Health Special Program on Sustainable Development and Health Equity, SDE /PAHO/WHO; Dr. James Hospedales, Executive Director CARPHA; Dr. Davidson; Ms. Nasolo Thompson; and Sir Trevor Hassell who presented on HCC’s regional experience in the area of workplace wellness.  Civil society participants included Mrs. Debbie Chen, Executive Director of the Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ) and  Mrs. Lurline Less of the Diabetes Association of Jamaica. 
The next steps will be to develop a national action plan on Workers Health and to implement a pilot local workplace initiatives in 2 companies with a focus on NCD prevention and Control. 
Today April 28 is World Day for Safety and Health at Work
Today April 28 is World Day for Safety and Health at Work
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Report Highlights How Alcohol Industry Bent the Rules on Advertising During UEFA Euro 2016

Report highlights how alcohol industry bent the rules on advertising during UEFA Euro 2016
A new report highlights how alcohol producers worked to circumvent legislation designed to protect children during the UEFA Euro 2016 football tournament.
Report Highlights How Alcohol Industry Bent the Rules on Advertising During UEFA Euro 2016
Researchers at the Institute for Social Marketing, University of Stirling, found over 100 alcohol marketing references per televised match programme in three countries – France, the UK and Ireland.

Most marketing appeared in highly visible places, such as pitch-side advertising during the matches.

This was the case, despite the fact that the tournament was held in France, where alcohol TV advertising and sports sponsorship is banned under the ‘Loi Évin’.
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Seprod Looking to Cut Sugar Content in Products

Managing director of Seprod, Richard Pandohie
At least one company in Jamaica is moving to reduce the sugar content in its products in light of the burgeoning issue of obesity being the main underlying cause of death in Jamaica, due to fat consumption and daily intake of large quantities of sugar.

Managing director of Seprod, Richard Pandohie, on Tuesday told close to 200 people at the Jamaica Observer Your Health, Your Wealth Symposium that the company has cut its sugar content in beverages by 30 per cent. He said, too, that Seprod is looking at ways to reduce the sugar content of its biscuits and other snacks.

Pandohie's announcement comes less than a month after the Ministry of Health launched the National Food Industry Task Force (NFITF), which is tasked with formulating strategies to improve Jamaicans' diet and lessen the economic burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), for which the Government currently spends more than $170 million per year to treat.
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Jamaica Observer Your Health, Your Wealth Symposium - Click to play video

Social Determinants of Breast Cancer in the Caribbean: a Systematic Review

Breast Cancer in the Caribbean
Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the Caribbean and accounts for >1 million disability adjusted life years. Little is known about the social inequalities of this disease in the Caribbean. In support of the Rio Political Declaration on addressing health inequities, this article presents a systematic review of evidence on the distribution, by social determinants, of breast cancer risk factors, frequency, and adverse outcomes in Caribbean women.
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CARPHA and Guyana Launch Novel Public-Private Partnership Program to Boost Tourism and Health

CARPHA and Guyana Launch Novel Public-Private Partnership Program to Boost Tourism and Health
Georgetown, Guyana, 26 April 2017.  Tourism growth and sustainability in the Caribbean face serious health, safety and environmental (HSE) threats. These include disease outbreaks and deficiencies in food safety and environmental sanitation.  This contributes to reduced tourism arrivals which in turn impacts those whose livelihoods depend on the sector, and possibly lead to adverse economic and social burdens.
Public-Private Partnership Program to Boost Tourism and Health
Recognising the critical need for public-private cross sectoral partnership to address these HSE threats, and to ensure the health and safety of its visitors and residents, the Ministry of Public Health Guyana, and the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) in collaboration with the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) launched the Tourism and Health Programme, under the theme “Your Experience, Your Health, Your Safety Matters”.
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HPV Vaccination Programme to be Implemented by Year’s End

HPV vaccination programme to be implemented by year’s end
The Ministry of Health in Antigua has promised that a strong education campaign will be launched ahead of the planned implementation of a controversial immunisation programme to prevent the Human Papilomarivus (HPV) from affecting students in secondary schools.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Rhonda Sealey Thomas announced, yesterday, that the programme will be rolled out before the close of 2017.  “By the end of the year, Antigua would have joined the other countries that would have introduced the cervical cancer vaccine; we already have the vaccines on island and we will be introducing it shortly,”  Dr Sealey Thomas said during a ceremony to mark the opening of Vaccination Week in the Americas, which runs from April 22-29.
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Governing Multisectoral Action for Health in Low- and Middle-income Countries

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by countries at the United Nations in 2015 sets forth a comprehensive vision of development with 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets across all aspects of society. The 2030 Agenda document is ambitious and explicit about the need for integrated and sustained action across society to address complex challenges such as ending extreme poverty, reducing widening economic inequality, tackling climate change, and reducing and preventing conflict.
These issues are beyond the remit and resources of a single thematic sector (such as health, finance, agriculture, or education) and instead require coordinated multisectoral action

One of the authors of this recent policy forum article featured in PLOS Medicine Journal is Vincent Atkins HCC’s Trade Policy Advisor.
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The Lancet Publications

NCD Related Lancet Publications

Global economic burden of diabetes and its implications
Published online: April 26, 2017 Ping Zhang, Edward Gregg. Read here

The global economic burden of diabetes in adults aged 20–79 years: a cost-of-illness study
Published online: April 26, 2017, Christian Bommer, Esther Heesemann, Vera Sagalova, Jennifer Manne-Goehler, Rifat Atun, Till Bärnighausen, Sebastian Vollmer. Read here

Exercise 'Keeps the Mind Sharp' in over-50s, Study Finds

Exercise 'Keeps the Mind Sharp' in over-50s, Study Finds
Doing moderate exercise several times a week is the best way to keep the mind sharp if you're over 50, research suggests.Thinking and memory skills were most improved when people exercised the heart and muscles on a regular basis, a review of 39 studies found.

This remained true in those who already showed signs of cognitive decline. Taking up exercise at any age was worthwhile for the mind and body, the Australian researchers said.
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NCD Alliance Webinar - Wednesday 10 May

NCD Alliance Webinar
The NCD Alliance will be holding their next webinar on Wednesday 10th May from 10:00–11:30 EDT // 16:00 – 17:30 CET. The webinar will focus on preparations for the 70th World Health Assembly, together with other current topics. A more detailed agenda will be available in the coming weeks.
In addition, we invite our participants to submit questions prior to the webinar by emailing in advance. Participants will also be able to send questions and feedback during the webinar.
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Recent HCC Publications

The HCC Strategic Plan 2017 – 2021
The HCC Strategic Plan
2017 - 2021
Getting National NCD Commissions UP AND RUNNING
Getting National NCD Commissions UP AND RUNNING 
See All HCC Publications

5th Latin American and Caribbean Conference Tobacco or Health

5th Latin American and Caribbean Conference Tobacco or Health
Register online before June 2, 2017 to take advantage of discounted rates to attend the 5th Latin American and Caribbean Conference Tobacco or Health, which will take place on June 13-16, 2017 at the Radisson Hotel in Montevideo, Uruguay. Registration and hotel information can be found at . The conference will have simultaneous English-Spanish translation.
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Cancer Support Services 6th Annual Conference

Registration is now open
CSS 6th Annual Conference
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CMPPA 4th Annual Medical Conference & Community Outreach Program

CMPPA 4th Annual Medical Conference & Community Outreach Program
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Caribbean Cardiac Society - 32nd Caribbean Cardiology Conference - Early-Bird Registration Open

Caribbean Cardiac Society
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AC3 Conference 2017

AC3 Conference 2017
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NCD Alliance Newsletter
  • Supporting people living with dementia - a basic human right  
  • Our May webinar will focus on preparations for WHA 2017 
  • WHA 2017: Success Factors for NCDs side event
  • NCD Advocacy Institute Partners Announced
  • Diabetes and kidney disease take centre stage in Mexico
  • NCD Child calls for Governing Council nominations 
  • Webinar for Spanish-speaking advocates on UN HLM/NCDs
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