The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

February 6th - February 12th 2015


Childhood Obesity - From Data to Action

From February 11-13th last week in Barbados, PAHO and the Ministry of Health held a workshop aimed at building the capacity of a national multisectoral team to prepare a draft action plan on childhood obesity and prevention.  Under the framework of the PAHO Plan of Action for the Prevention of Obesity in Children and Adolescents and on the heels of the launch of the Barbados Strategic Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs 2015-2019, the workshop was timely - ultimately resulting in the production of a draft Action Plan using the ‘From Data to Action Toolkit’ to draw on various data sources including the STEPS Survey, the Global School-Based Student Health Survey and other national studies.
Civil society was represented at the workshop through HCC member organisations: The Barbados Diabetes Foundation (BDF) and Best Beginnings and Beyond - a local organisation dedicated to the promotion of breastfeeding. BDF is a member of the action plan Drafting Committee and will work to strengthen civil society collaboration with the local ministries and other key stakeholders in the implementation of the action plan. As an NGO in Official Relations with PAHO, the HCC congratulates PAHO on the ongoing recognition of the pivotal role of civil society as a partner in the NCD response.
Globally, regionally and nationally there is an increased focus on childhood obesity as a result of startling data pointing to levels of overweight and obesity upwards of 30% in many populations. CARPHA has recently launched an action plan featured in a prior edition of the HCC News Roundup.
HCC wants to hear from our members who are working in the area of childhood obesity prevention and treatment. Please share your activities with us by contacting us at
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Ministry of Health Guyana - Dedicated NCD Website

Ministry of health Guyana
The Ministry of Health Guyana has a dedicated NCD website with the objective to create a life without fear of early deaths from Non-Communicable Diseases is a vision within reach that the Government of Guyana and the Health Ministry’s Wellness Warriors are working vigorously towards. Read more.

Jamaican Cancer Society 60th Anniversary

The Jamaica Cancer Society is a non-profit, non-governmental organization, which was formed in 1955. They are engaged in activities for the prevention and control of cancer in Jamaica. The head-office is located in Kingston with three branches in St. Ann/St. Mary, Manchester, and St. Elizabeth. Charged with the mandate to "Fight and defeat cancer in all its forms" the Society has initiated a number of initiatives in the years since its inception. The JCS Mission Statement: To eliminate cancer as a major health problem in Jamaica. Visit the JCS website here.

Webinar on Successful Global Strategies for Hypertension Prevention, Treatment and Control

February 23, 10:00am-11:30am PT. The webinar will outline the global case for improving hypertension awareness, treatment, and control, and discuss details of successful approaches to achieving high levels of population hypertension control, including work from the Global Standardized Hypertension Treatment Project.  The forum will feature  Dr. Tom Frieden from the US CDC, and presentations and roundtable discussion with Dr. Pragna Patel from the US CDC, Dr. Norm Campbell from the University of Calgary and the World Hypertension League, and Dr. Marc Jaffe from Kaiser Permanente, moderated by  Dr. Lynn Silver from the Public Health Institute.
Find out more here and register here

Nominate Now: SYDNEY Bootcamp

NCDFREE Bootcamp
Coming off the jam-packed Bootcamps in Melbourne and London, NCDFREE is offering their supporters early nomination to their first bootcamp of 2015 in sunny Sydney, Australia!. Based on their vision for local change through advocacy & innovation, they are themimg the Bootcamp around sustainable, healthy communities. Read more
Stop heart disease & stroke! By 2030 they will kill more than 200M people in the world #loveyourheart2015

Defeating Cancer, the 'Evil Genius'

Defeating Cancer, the 'Evil Genius'
"If you had to describe cancer I would say it's an evil genius."
It's a vivid metaphor from Dr Udai Banerji, of the Institute of Cancer Research and the Royal Marsden, for the challenge facing patients, scientists and clinicians.

Read more
Health Promotion Unit Ministry of Health Barbados

Abstract Submission Now Open

24th Caribbean Dermatology Conference 2015
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10th Anniversary of the FCTC; Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations; UN Interagency Task Force on NCDs; International Childhood Cancer Day

From the NCD Alliance Weekly Digest

NCDs News
  • WHO: New PAHO/WHO publication gives guidance on early diagnosis of childhood cancer. Read more
  • Lancet: Putting palliative care on the global health agenda. Read more
  • World Bank: Scaling Up Universal Health Coverage and Containing Non-Communicable Diseases in the Middle East and North Africa: Challenges, Linkages and Strategies. Read more
Risk Factor News
  • WHO: What everyone needs to know about e-cigarettes. Read more
  • Lancet: Treating obesity seriously: when recommendations for lifestyle change confront biological adaptations. Read more
  • BMJ: Three articles on tobacco – Sale of tobacco in supermarkets;  Consultation on tobacco law in India; and Enforcing tobacco pack warnings in Indonesia. Read more
  • BMJ: Five articles on sugar  - Sugar policy; Involvement of public health scientists with food companies; Biased science; England’s responsibility deal; and the Food industry’s motivation to downsize products. Read more
  • BMJ: Why there’s no point telling me to lose weight. Read more
  • FDF: FDF’s response to the BMJ’s sugar series. Read more

Many Women With Breast Cancer Lack Key Info

Lots of women who've been diagnosed lack basic knowledge about their disease, according to a new study. Read more

Incorrect Data

We are sorry but the article 'How Fat is YOUR Country - and Which Nations Have the Highest Obesity Rates?' which was taken from the UK Daily Mail website, contained incorrect data about the Caribbean.
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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