The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

June 10th - June 16th 2017


Second Meeting of the WHO GCM/NCD Working Group on Health Literacy for NCDs

Second Meeting of the WHO GCM/NCD Working Group
Dr. Rosmond Adams, National Epidemiologist, Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment, St. Vincent and the Grenadines co-chaired the recently held 'Second Meeting of the WHO GCM/NCD Working Group on Health Literacy for NCDs' which took place 12-13 June, 2017 at WHO HQ, Geneva, Switzerland.
Dr. Rosmond Adams
Improving health literacy in populations provides the foundation on which citizens are enabled to play an active role in improving their own health, engage successfully with community action for health, and push governments to meet their responsibilities in addressing health and health equity. High levels of health literacy among decision-makers and investors supports their commitment to enhanced health impacts, and the identification of the co-benefits and the effective actions across the determinants of health.
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Caribbean Well Represented at the 5th Latin American and Caribbean Conference Tobacco or Health Conference

Caribbean Representatives at 5th Latin American and Caribbean Conference Tobacco or Health
Caribbean Representatives at 5th Latin American and Caribbean Conference Tobacco or Health
The Caribbean Region has been well represented at the 5th Latin American and Caribbean Conference Tobacco or Health, Dr Alafia Samuels, Barbados, Sheryl Dennis, Jamaica and Samuel Gabriel, Trinidad and Tobago presented whilst Deborah Chen, Jamaica chaired a session of the conference.

Government of St. Kitts & Nevis Government Considering Increased Tax on Unhealthy Foods

Dr. Timothy Harris, Prime Minister of St. Kitts & Nevis
St. Kitts and Nevis officials are considering increasing taxes on food and drinks high in sugar, salt and trans fats as part of efforts to improve the health of individuals in the federation.

During his monthly press conference, the Prime Minister, Dr. Timothy Harris, indicated that the government has an overall interest in the security of the federation, including that of health security, which he said was of paramount importance.
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Barbados Minister of Health: Bajans Must Pay More Attention to NCDS

MOH John Boyce
By the year 2030, it is estimated that 86 per cent of all deaths in Barbados will be caused by non-communicable diseases (NCDs).  Minister of Health John Boyce, addressing the Fourth Annual Medical Conference and community outreach programme at the weekend, issued the projection, which he said was “cause for deep concern” not only in Barbados but globally.

Pointing out that risk factors for NCDs have become “part of the fabric of our modern society”, the minister noted that socio-economic progress has created conditions that were favourable to the rise of such diseases. Therefore, he said, persons were witnessing changes which required them to speak broadly and to act comprehensively.

“Understanding, preventing and treating NCDs is not only a matter for the individual but rather a national responsibility . . . . To reduce the burden of these difficult to treat conditions and to accelerate patient outcomes, a holistic approach that addresses prevention, diagnosis and treatment must be put in place,” Boyce maintained.
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Healthy Bahamas Coalition (HBC) 1st Annual Weight loss & Fitness Challenge

Healthy Bahamas Coalition First Annual Weight loss & Fitness Challenge
Registration and screening is underway. Don't miss out on this opportunity if a lifetime to get fit and healthy!
Registration for the Healthy Bahamas Coalition (HBC) 1st Annual Weight loss & Fitness Challenge continues this Sunday morning June 18, from 9am to 12 noon at the gymnasium of the old Bahamas Academy on Wulff Road.
The HBC 1st Annual Weightloss & Fitness Challenge will host its diet and nutrition nutrition segment for one hour from 2pm to 3pm.

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Healthy Bahamas Coalition (HBC) Appealing to MPs to Push for NCD Related Policy with a Focus on Tobacco, Alcohol and Healthy Diets

HBC appealing to MPs to push for NCD related policy with a focus on tobacco, alcohol and healthy diets watch here.

The Largest Data Study of Obesity and Related Diseases Globally

Prevalence of Obesity Caribbean
The Institute for Health Metrics’ systematic analysis of data from 195 countries between 1980 and 2015 reaffirms that the burden of obesity – and its related diseases – has been on the rise globally, and more so than most other health risk factors. The new study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine is the largest systematic data analyses of obesity and related disease burden on a global scale.

Commenting on the results of the study Mike Bloomberg, WHO Global Ambassador for noncommunicable diseases said:

“Today, for the first time in history, more people are dying from too much unhealthy food than they are from too little healthy food. This is a global epidemic that governments can no longer ignore, because there are many steps that they can take to tackle obesity and save lives. This study highlights the seriousness of the problem and the urgent need to act.”
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Should NCDs be 'Re-branded' ?

Should NCDs be re-branded
What’s in a name? A call to reframe Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs).

In a comment posted in The Lancet (February 2017) it was argued that action on the conditions currently referred to as non-communicable diseases (NCDs) may be hampered by the inadequacy of their label.

Here is the follow up report on the above call to reframe NCDs.
We would like your opinion on whether Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) should be 're-branded'
Please click on the link below to let us know your views.
Should NCDs be Re-branded?

ECHORN and the Yale-TCC Consortium of Stakeholders

In the last three editions of the HCC RoundUp, we described The Eastern Caribbean Health Outcomes Research Network (ECHORN) and its latest project: the Yale Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center for Health Disparities focused on Precision Medicine (Yale-TCC). This is a research collaboration between the Yale School of Medicine, University of the West Indies, University of the Virgin Islands, University of Puerto Rico and regional stakeholders focused on reducing the burden of non-communicable diseases among Caribbean-descent populations.

Integral to the success of ECHORN and the Yale-TCC is the consortium of stakeholders. These are a variety of influential organizations and individuals who span the spectrum of academia, public policy, public health, and community leadership. The expertise, experience and network of these individuals is vital to informing the research agenda of ECHORN and the Yale-TCC. We currently have 55 individuals in our Consortium representing 35 organizations throughout the Eastern Caribbean, New York and New Jersey. 
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A 2017 Cancer Resolution to Drive National Action

Can25 by 25
On Tuesday, 30 May, health leaders from across the world reaffirmed cancer control as a critical health and development priority as they adopted a new cancer resolution at the 70th World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva. We are delighted to see this resolution come to fruition one year after the call was raised, and could not have reached this milestone achievement without your support.
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Join the WHF #MatchFitWoman Challenge

Join the #MatchFitWoman challenge
Join the #MatchFitWoman Challenge from 19 June to 16 July 2017 on Facebook here to get active in the run up to UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 and help reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. Find out more on World Heart Federation’s Facebook page and take part for your chance to win great football prizes
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Tobacco Companies Are Marketing Flavored Cigarettes to Appeal to Children in Latin America

Countries Must Act to Protect Kids
Statement of Matthew L. Myers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

Multinational tobacco companies are marketing a new generation of highly flavored tobacco products, like menthol, mint and fruit, that appeal to kids throughout Latin America. In many cases they are selling them near schools, according to a new study released by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. While total cigarette sales are declining in Latin America, sales of flavored cigarettes are climbing. Most of the flavored cigarettes observed are sold by large, multinational tobacco companies such as Philip Morris International, British American Tobacco and Japan Tobacco International.
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Fish Fingers are Made of Chicken and Fruit Pastilles are One of Your Five-a-day, UK Young Children Believe!

Nutrition Survey
Nearly one in five young children in the UK believes fish fingers are made from chicken, a survey has revealed. Nearly a third (29 per cent) of five to seven-year-olds thought that cheese came from a plant, not an animal, while one in four older primary school pupils (aged eight to 11) thought the same. In addition, just over one in five (22 per cent) of the infants, and 13 per cent of the older primary group believed that animals provide us with pasta.

The children were questioned as part of the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) poll for its Healthy Eating Week.
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'Seductive Names' Make Vegetables More Appealing

Seductive Vegetables
How do you get more people to eat their greens? Give vegetables seductive names, say US researchers. A team at Stanford tried it out on students in the university cafeteria and found veggie sales went up by 25% when indulgent labels were used.

"Sizzlin' beans", "dynamite beets" and "twisted citrus-glazed carrots" tempted diners to fill their plates. Healthy labels, such as "wholesome", were a turn-off, even though the dishes were identical in every other way.
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Travel Awards for the Toronto Global Cancer Control Conference

Application Deadline:  June 30, 2017.
Travel Awards
As part of HCC’s ongoing effort to add value to its member organisations we are alerting you to the opportunity for travel awards for the Global Cancer Control Conference in Toronto, Canada taking place March 1-3, 2018.

Contact us at, if there are any suitable persons in your organisation that you would wish the HCC to support and submit for the awarding of a travel grant.

The Global Cancer Control Conference 2018 is offering travel funds for those from participants from LMIC and includes masters and doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, residents, fellows, medical students, and young leaders under the age of 40.

We encourage networking and exchange of ideas among emerging scholars working within all aspects cancer control.  In particular, we would like to encourage interdisciplinary dialogue and cross-disciplinary exposure of research in cancer care.
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HCC Publications

NCD prevention and control: Climate Change
NCD prevention and control:
Climate Change,

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infographic here 
Capacity and Information Needs Assessment
Capacity and Information Needs Assessment of Healthy Caribbean Coalition Civil Society Organisation Members Working in the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases 
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Cancer Support Services 6th Annual Conference

Registration closes Wednesday June 14.
CSS 6th Annual Conference
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Family Fun Day & Health Expo

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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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WHO Global Conference on Noncommunicable Diseases

Enhancing policy coherence between different spheres of policy making that have a bearing on attaining SDG target 3.4 on NCDs by 2030. 
Montevideo, Uruguay, 18-20 October 2017
WHO Global Conference on Noncommunicable Diseases
World Health Organization (WHO) is organizing the Global Conference on Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs): Enhancing policy coherence between different spheres of policy making that have a bearing on attaining SDG target 3.4 on NCDs to, by 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from NCDs through prevention and treatment. The Conference is hosted by the President of Uruguay from 18 to 20 October 2017 in Montevideo. 
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NCD Alliance Newsletter
  • Women & diabetes in the spotlight 
  • Children & NCDs: leadership advocacy workshop
  • Bakken Invitation Award
  • Alcohol Policy Conference
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