The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

March 6th - March 12th 2015

World Salt Awareness Week 2015


Australian Government and the HCC collaborate to Address Hypertension in the Caribbean

In an effort to tackle hypertension, one of the most important preventable causes of premature mortality worldwide and in the Caribbean, the HCC has been awarded a grant from the Australian Government’s Direct Aid Program (DAP) to fund the Blood Pressure Control through Community Action Phase I (BPCCA I) multi-country project
Australian Aid (DAP)
The HCC will manage and oversight BPCCA I, a health care delivery improvement programme, consisting of projects undertaken by civil society organisations, in five CARICOM countries.
The aim of the project is to assist civil society organisations in undertaking best practice screening of blood pressure and identification of hypertension, and provide further support to these organisations to allow them to contribute more effectively to strengthened health systems around the treatment of hypertension, resulting in better blood pressure control.
The project will be undertaken applying Global Standard Hypertension Treatment (GSHTP) approaches and principles together with other relevant international best practices. The beneficiary populations of the initiative of improved detection and improved management of hypertension are those that are undeserved and disadvantaged.
HCC President, Sir Trevor, in a recent meeting with His Excellency, High Commissioner Ross Tysoe, remarked that civil society have an important role to play in addressing hypertension control, especially in the Caribbean where hypertension occurs in 24.0% - 37.5% of adults age 25 - 64 years. The HCC is grateful for the continued support of the DAP which has made a significant impact on civil society led cervical cancer control efforts in the Caribbean under the previous grant (C4PI - 2014).  We look forward to even greater success in BPCCA I as we seek to strengthen the community-based contribution to hypertension control in the Caribbean.


Sir George Alleyne, HCC Patron, Talks Secondary Prevention and the role of Civil Society

Sir George Alleyne, HCC Patron, Talks Secondary Prevention and the role of Civil Society

Hear what George Alleyne has to say about the recent World Heart Federation launch of their Roadmap for Secondary Prevention, designed to help address the challenges of achieving 25x25 and reducing premature mortality by 25% by 2025. Watch here

HCC President meets Barbados Ambassador Designate to the UN

Earlier this week, President of the HCC, Sir Trevor Hassell, met with Mr “Tony “ Marshall,  Barbados Ambassador Designate to the United Nations. Sir Trevor in briefing the Ambassador Designate about NCDs and the role of civil society in contributing to the response to NCDs, shared the HCC/ NCDA Civil Society Regional NCD Status Report and other important publications of the HCC, including the Civil Society Strategic Plan of Action for Prevention & Control of NCDs for Countries of the Caribbean Community, 2012-2016.
HCC President meets Barbados Ambassador Designate to the UN
A regional Caribbean civil society brief produced by the HCC was provided to Ambassador Designate Marshall highlighting the programmes and initiatives undertaken by the HCC since its formation and detailing further plans and programmes. Sir Trevor also highlighted the importance of having a powerful, unified voice among Caribbean Permanent Representatives to the UN in support of policies aimed at reducing the impact of NCDs regionally and globally. Strengthening relationships with our regional UN Ambassadors is a priority for the HCC to facilitate high level NCD advocacy.   In wishing Ambassador Designate  Marshall well in his term of office as Barbados Ambassador to the UN, Sir Trevor gave his assurance that HCC would be available to assist in providing support for the civil society response to NCDs.  Ambassador Designate Marshall thanked the President of the HCC for sharing valuable information and looked forward to working closely with the HCC as he sought to make his contribution to the response to NCDs.  

The HCC Commends Hon Min Ferguson of Jamaica for his Bold Leadership in the face of the Tobacco Industry

HCC member, the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC) is pleased to announce that Jamaica will be moving soon to implement Article 5.3 of the World Health Organization's (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC): In setting and implementing their public health policies with respect to tobacco control, Parties shall act to protect these policies from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry in accordance with national law.
Dr Fenton Ferguson
The JCTC is a strong partner of the Ministry of Health and works closely with Hon. Minister Ferguson who recently commented that "The (tobacco) industry's interests and public health interests are just irreconcilable, and there are public officials, including politicians, who find it easy to be associated with the industry.
By so doing, it sometimes creates conflicts...We have a formidable opponent in the form of the tobacco industry. Its power and influence are wider reaching and its approach very subtle. As Minister of Health, I remain undaunted by the challenges that we continue to face and recommit myself yet again to advancing the FCTC agenda.”  
The HCC congratulates Minister Ferguson on his continued bold leadership which we are proud to showcase regionally and globally through our roundup.
For more on this please see article in the Jamaica Gleaner here.

14 Percent tax increase on cigarettes in Jamaica

The Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC) is please to report that Finance Minister, Dr Peter Phillips yesterday (March 12th) announced a 14.28% increase in the Special Consumption tax on cigarettes. The SCT per stick will move from $10.50 to $12.00. This is  the first adjustment since 2010!.
The Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC) is please to report that Finance Minister, Dr Peter Phillips yesterday (March 12th) announced a 14.28% increase in the Special Consumption tax on cigarettes. The SCT per stick will move from $10.50 to $12.00. This is  the first adjustment since 2010!.

JCTC related press release

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Excise shocks will only serve to increase illicit trade
Carreras says cigarette tax increase will fuel illicit trade
JCTCThe Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC) now has a Facebook page please visit and connect with the JCTC here

HCC welcomes it's latest member YES SHE CAN

Yes She Can aims to motivate, educate, support and celebrate the successes of women. The goal of this project is to promote wellness in women with three main focus areas.  It seeks to help women to appreciate that they have the power to make choices that will positively affect their lives and influence those around them. Read more
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Newsletter

Quick Ways to Cut your Sodium

3 Sure-fire ways to cut your salt intake
  1. Reduce fast food consumption.
  2. Salternatives.
  3. Watch the sauce

17 March 2015. Webinar Salt Smart Americas

The Department of Noncommunicable Diseases of the Pan American Health Organization and the American Heart Association organize this webinar as part of the activities of Salt Awareness Week 2015. There will be presented the work of AHA on salt reduction, the Regional Targets for sodium/salt reduction in food groups, recently agreed at the 3rd meeting of the Salt Smart Consortium. Country and NGO experiences in reducing salt will be also discussed. Read more

Promoting Healthy Weights in the Caribbean: Safeguarding our Future Development

Roseau, Dominica, March 12, 2015: The Caribbean is in the midst of a childhood obesity epidemic, despite the fact that the health status of the Region’s children and young people has dramatically improved over the past decades. Statistics show that at least 1 in every 5 of our children carry unhealthy weights and risk developing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) Read more
This year again, FHADIMAC will be hosting their annual "Camp de l'Amitié" for the youth living with diabetes. This will be the 4th consecutive year that FHADIMAC invites between 60-70 diabetics from all regions of Haiti; ranging between ages 6-30 years, to learn how to live a healthier and happier life with type 1 diabetes. FHADIMAC will also be inviting the parents for the better understanding and supervision on the management of diabetes for their child. Read more
Shaping the Future for Healthy Women, Children & Adolescents
Stakeholder briefing on Health Measurement in a Post-2015 Environment

Stakeholder briefing on Health Measurement in a Post-2015 Environment

Wednesday, 18 March, 2015, 8.15 - 10.00 ET / 13.15 - 15.00 CET
World Bank Main Complex Building, Room MC13-121, 700 18th Street NW, Washington, DC. Watch the live-stream here

CARICOM Hosting Side Event at UN HQ

NCDs are the leading cause of mortality worldwide, and the number one cause of death among women. On the margins of the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59), the Permanent Missions of the Caribbean Community to the United Nations (CARICOM), the NCD Alliance, and Arogya World will hold a panel discussion on realizing gender equality and improving health outcomes in the post-2015 era. The panel will be held on 16 March, 16:45-18:00, in Conference Room 11, UN Headquarters, New York. Read more

Major Victory for Public Health in the UK

MPs voted to introduce standardised cigarette packs on 20th May 2016. Action on Smoking & Health (ASH) congratulates the MPs who have today demonstrated overwhelming support for standardised tobacco packaging - a measure that will protect children and save lives. 367 MPs voted in favour of the measure against just 113 against, despite intense lobbying by the tobacco industry to sway politicians against the measure. ASH Smoking Statistics 2015
Related BBC News Report
NCDs front and centre at WCToH; CSW59: NCD Alliance side event; Global action against dementia

15 Facts About the Food You Eat

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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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