The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

June 17th - June 23rd 2017


The HCC Secures 4th Straight Year of DAP Funding

The HCC has just been awarded its fourth consecutive grant from the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Direct Aid Program (DAP). The funds will support a third round of Caribbean Civil Society Cervical Cancer Prevention Initiative (C4PI) across three DAP-eligible countries. Sub grantees this year are all previous recipients:
  1. The Belize Cancer Society
  2. The Cancer Institute of Guyana
  3. The Dominica Cancer Society
The subgrantees will work with women in indigenous communities - empowering them to take steps to prevent and control cervical cancer through training, education, screening and referral. The HCC is grateful to the Australian government for their ongoing support which has facilitated the education and screening of over 7,500 poor and indigenous women. 
The Belize Cancer Society is honored to be the recipient of funds from the Healthy Caribbean Coalition and Australian Direct Aid. We extend sincere gratitude, for the opportunity to advance the ‘End Cervical Cancer Initiative’ which began in 2014. Indigenous and other vulnerable women will now have access to, counselling, screen and treat services, pap testing, syndromic management and education on cervical cancer prevention and control methods. The BCS will continue to work with local partners to optimize the benefit of this grant.
Laura Tucker Longsworth, President of the Belize Cancer Society
The Dominica Cancer Society is grateful for the opportunity provided by the Healthy Caribbean Coalition to strengthen its cervical cancer program through funding from the Australian Direct Aid Program. This grant allows the Society to strengthen its community outreach program through building cervical cancer awareness, strengthening community advocacy and facilitating access to cervical cancer screening and treatment for Kalinago women. Funding received in 2014 under this C4PI enabled us to have a tremendous impact on cervical cancer education and access to care across Dominica. Over 50 volunteers were trained in cervical cancer psychosocial support training and 32 uninsured women were provided with access cervical cancer treatment. We anticipate a successful collaboration.
Yvonne Alexander, President of the Dominica Cancer Society
Australian Direct Aid Program (DAP) and the HCC has been a blessing for the women in Guyana, especially the Indigenous women population. It is helping Cancer Institute of Guyana to screen these women for Cervical cancer by Pap Smear, detect early and save lives. Since 2014 these campaigns have also enriched the professional and non professional staff in their experience and knowledge of conducting screenings in the most remote places in Guyana. 
Fiona Legall General Manager, Cancer Institute of Guyana

Successes From the 3rd DAP Grant in Belize, Guyana and Haiti

Cervical Cancer Prevention Initiative
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The DAP 3 sub grantees produced excellent audiovisual materials showcasing the achievements of their respective projects. The Cancer Institute of Guyana documented their journey into the Guyanese interior where they screened women who in some instances had to travel in excess of 100km to access cervical cancer screening. In Belize, the Cancer Society and partners developed a national PSA which was used to inform and educate the general public about the national HPV vaccination programme in an effort to increase vaccination uptake. The GSCC, filmed their annual cancer walk to raise awareness of the burden of cancer in Haiti.
Cancer Institute of Guyana Cervical Cancer Screening
Cancer Institute of Guyana watch here
Belize Cancer Society watch here
Haiti GSCC
Groupe de Support Contre le Cancer watch here

Caribbean Heads to Recognise 10th Anniversary of Port of Spain Declaration 

Landmark CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting
CARICOM leaders will be meeting in St. Georges Greneda from July 4-6, 2017 for the 38th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).  NCDs will be a priority area for discussion as Heads celebrate the 10th anniversary of the landmark 2007 Port of Spain declaration to stop the epidemic of Non-Communicable Diseases (NDCs) and look back on the progress made in the implementation of the actions specified in the POSD.  The findings of the Port of Spain Evaluation will be used to inform Heads of successes, challenges and gaps in regional NCD prevention and control efforts and reaffirm political leadership and action at the highest levels in support of accelerated action in lead up to the 2018 UNHLM and the achievement of the 25*25 global NCD targets and Goal 3 of the 2030 Agenda. 
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Jamaica Receives Award for Remarkable Achievements in Tobacco Control

Jamaica Award
At the recently held 5th Latin American and Caribbean Conference Tobacco or Health, the InterAmerican Heart Foundation presented awards to countries with remarkable achievements or improvements in tobacco control. This is in a bid to commend countries for gains made in tobacco control and in advancing the FCTC agenda and to urge other countries to learn from the experiences of the ‘achievers’.
Jamaica was recognized "for steady increases to tobacco taxes over several years to protect the health of all Jamaicans". A total of six countries in the region were recognized/awarded in this category. Jamaica was however the only country in the English-speaking Caribbean region to have received an award; and was lauded for its  tax increases over several years, i.e. in special consumption tax per stick of cigarettes. This is in keeping with Jamaica’s obligations under Article 6 of the WHO FCTC (Price and Tax measures to reduce the demand for tobacco).  The Finance Ministry is to be commended for its commitment to the process and for facilitating the whole of government collaboration that is required for upholding Jamaica's treaty obligations under the FCTC. The recent tax increases we done with the support of civil society and the international tobacco control partners.  

Barbados Schools Against Non-Communicable Diseases 

Co-ordinator of the Schools Against Non-Communicable Diseases initiative, Ashley Lashley, of the Lodge School
Speaking at the launch of the 'Schools Against Non-Communicable Diseases Charity Fun Walk and Health Fair', Co-ordinator of the Schools Against Non-Communicable Diseases initiative, 18-year-old Ashley Lashley of Lodge School, called upon regional Governments to reduce the amount of sugar in beverages and to introduce 'healthy lifestyle living' to the school curriculum.
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The American University of Barbados (AUB), to play it's part in reducing NCDs
American University of Barbados (AUB)
The American University of Barbados (AUB), School of Medicine is committed to playing its part in reducing the prevalence and complications of Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases (CNCDs) in Barbados.

AUB representative Dr. Angela Carrington-Dyall acknowledged the above, as she spoke at the launch of the Schools Against Non-Communicable Diseases Charity Fun Walk and Health Fair, which was held this week at the new campus of the American University of Barbados, located at the former BET Building in Wildey, St. Michael.

While stressing that CNCDs like obesity, Type II diabetes mellitus, hypertension and certain forms of cancer do hold a genetic predisposition, she however maintained that they also carry an increased risk that is closely associated with lifestyle choices.
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Prevention is the Key in the Fight Against NCDs
Delivering an address during the launch of the Schools Against Non-Communicable Diseases Charity Fun Walk and Health Fair, Barbados Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Richard Sealy said "to better tackle non-communicable diseases (NCDs), the process of prevention must commence in the formative years".
Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Richard Sealy
Issuing a reminder that chronic non-communicable diseases are preventable in large measure, Minister Sealy stated, “That process of prevention of necessity has to start during your formative years. You can’t talk about starting prevention when you are turning fifty. You have to start when you are young".
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Heart Foundation of Jamaica Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Workshop for Athletes and Sporting Groups

Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says he is in full support of efforts to encourage the prescreening of student athletes in sports.

Addressing a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Workshop, hosted by the Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ), at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on June 21, Dr. Tufton indicated that the involvement of critical stakeholders would play an integral role in the process. These stakeholders include the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport and the HFJ, among others.

Executive Director of the Foundation, Deborah Chen said, “We are using the occasion to give information to coaches, sporting groups and athletes themselves about what can cause sudden cardiac arrest and what they can do about it if it should happen in their presence,”.

The event was attended by sports administrators, umpires, referees, officials, and athletes, among others, and that topics included cause of sudden cardiac arrest and ways to prevent it; sudden cardiac arrest in sports globally; the effects of energy drinks and supplements on the heart; and the pressure faced by adolescents to compete in sports.

Press coverage:
JIS: Health Minister Supports Prescreening of Student Athletes
Jamaica Observer: Let's proactively protect the health of teenage athletes

Expert Group Meeting on Integrated Approaches to Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 3

Ensure healthy lifestyles and promote well-being for all ages
The Expert Group Meeting on Integrated Approaches to Implementation of  Sustainable Development Goal 3 – Ensure healthy lifestyles and promote well-being for all ages, was held at the United Nations Population Fund Headquarters in New York on 15th June 2017 and was followed with an exchange with UN Member States on 16th June 2017 at the UN headquarters.

The meeting which was organised by WHO,UNFPA,UN-DESA,UNICEF, UNAIDS and UN Foundation provided a platform for experts from a range of sectors to discuss challenges, opportunities and emerging issues that could have an impact on the implementation of SDG3. Among the issues discussed were equity in health, inter-linkages between progress in health and other sectoral issues, achieving SDG3 in high risk settings and the importance of addressing data challenges. The exchange with Member States provided an opportunity for the experts to share their observations and key conclusions with a wide constituency of government officials and other stakeholders.
The Caribbean was represented at the meeting by Mr Vincent Atkins, LDC Trade Policy Advisor at the CARICOM Secretariat Office of Trade Negotiations and Trade Policy Advisor to the Healthy Caribbean Coalition, who was invited to share perspectives on the implications of trade and investment liberalisation policies for the achievement of the SDG3 objectives  and by Professor Maureen Samms-Vaughan, of the University of the West Indies, Mona,  Jamaica and former Chairman of the Jamaica Early Childhood Commission,  who shared perspectives on the implications of early childhood development for achievement of SDG3.

Commonwealth Civil Society Forum Video Report

The Commonwealth Civil Society Forum takes place annually in Geneva and develops a Commonwealth civil society position on issues discussed at the Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting and produces a policy statement that is presented to Health Ministers. The Forum gives civil society the opportunity to debate policy issues. This year, in 2017, Civil society discussed the politics of well being, universal health coverage and structural violence in healthcare.

Featured in this video are Hon. John Boyce, Minister of Health, Barbados, Maisha Hutton, Executive Director, Health Caribbean Coalition and Prof. Tony Nelson, Commonwealth Health Professions Alliance
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Dominica Examining Legislation to Ban Smoking in Public Places

Dominica Examining Legislation to Ban Smoking in Public Places
Dominica is reviewing draft legislation which could lead to the island restricting smoking in public places, Health Minister Dr. Kenneth Darroux has said.

He said that a consultant from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) was here assisting the Roosevelt Skerrit government in the revision of draft legislation for this tobacco legislation. Darroux told the Dominica online publication “DaVibes” that the island has received draft legislation regarding tobacco legislation from other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries and “the hope is that we’re going to revise all of this draft legislation and see which of these are pertinent to Dominica”.
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Should NCDs be re-branded
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?
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.

Dr Margaret Chan - My Decade Leading the WHO

Dirty fights and steps toward universal coverage
Dr Margaret Chan
As a young doctor working in Hong Kong’s department of maternal and child health, I learned some lessons that would last me a lifetime. Trained by the British civil service, I absorbed the importance of discipline and a methodical approach to every task. But I always ran behind schedule in my appointments with patients because I spent time trying to find the root causes of illnesses that came as much from social circumstances as from microbes. I could cure a child with a severe respiratory illness, but when that child went home to a damp and moldy house, I knew I would see her again with the same illness.
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Ten years in public health 2007-2017
Ten years in public health 2007-2017 - Report by Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General, WHO.

"Ten years in public health 2007-2017" chronicles the evolution of global public health during the tenure of Dr Chan, WHO Director-General.

This series of chapters evaluates successes, setbacks, and enduring challenges during her administration.
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Diabetes Association of Barbados Market Day

The Diabetes Association of Barbados will be having its Market Day at it's Headquarters, Cnr. Jessamine Ave, Beckles Rd, St. Michael, on Thursday June 29, 2017, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. On sale will be a variety of fruits, vegetables and hand-made jewellery.

Six Reasons why Food is a Really Big Deal

Wealth, Wisdom, Weight, Waste, Weather and We’re all in this

It’s easy to forget the power of what is on our dinner plate.

Between the Instagram post, or the quick fix meal, the snack at our desk or the breakfast on the run - it’s not a surprise we might overlook the incredible potential in our food. What and how we eat, and the systems that produce it.

Our food is more than simply a source of calories - or even a labour of love. As our global community faces some serious and time-bound health challenges, what’s being served is a world of opportunities.
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The Lancet - Should We Officially Recognise Obesity as a Disease

The Lancet
The prevalence of obesity among adolescents in Europe continues to increase, according to a report from WHO published in May, 2017. The report showed that prevalence of obesity was generally higher in younger adolescents than in older adolescents, presumably as a result of the ever-increasing prevalence of obesity in childhood. Childhood obesity has continued to increase worldwide, a gravely worrying trend that led to a reversal of this increase being among the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In a position paper published on May 10, 2017, the World Obesity Federation argue that “early diagnosis and treatment of childhood obesity could be considered similar to vaccination” - preventing a disease through proactive policy. But for effective prevention strategies such as these to be realised, obesity must be recognised as a disease.
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Updated NOURISHING Policy Database

World Cancer Research Fund Interenational has updated its NOURISHING policy database – it now holds 400 policy actions from 127 countries, and more than 80 evaluations!

The NOURISHING framework has been developed to highlight where governments need to take action to promote healthy diets and reduce overweight and obesity.
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Cholesterol-lowering Jab to Help Prevent Heart Disease

Human trials of a cholesterol-lowering vaccine to help prevent heart disease are under way after successful studies in mice.

Researchers at the Medical University of Vienna are testing the safety of their experimental treatment in 72 volunteers. The jab is designed to stop fatty deposits from clogging the arteries. It would offer patients an alternative to taking daily pills to cut their risk of stroke, angina and heart attacks.
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Apologies to Dr. Rosmond Adams, in last weeks roundup we stated his position as 'National Epidemiologist, Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment, St. Vincent and the Grenadines'  Dr. Rosmond Adams is in fact the 'Head of Health Information, Communicable Disease and Emergency Response at CARPHA'.

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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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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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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World Cancer Conference 2018

World Cancer Conference
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NCD Alliance Newsletter
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  • 2017 UN High-level Political Forum Advocacy Briefing 
  • NCD Alliance Kenya set to launch county chapters 
  • Stronger action against NCDs
  • World Conf. Tobacco or Health 
  • NCD Training Modules 
  • Strengthening health systems 
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