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CROSQ CARICOM Regional Labelling Standards National Consultations 

FOP warning symbols mandated in Chile
FOP warning symbols mandated in Chile
The CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) is currently undertaking a revision of CARICOM REGIONAL STANDARD: Labelling of Foods - Pre-Packaged Foods - Specification CRS 5: 201X. This revision is intended to update the current standard in line with the most recent CODEX Alimentarius guidelines as well as to include front of package (FOP) labelling. 

The proposed revised regional standard is designed to ensure that manufacturers of packaged foods provide consumers with clear, easily interpreted, nutritional information on the front of product packages. The proposed revised CARICOM Regional Standard is in essence recommending a front-of-package (FOP) nutrition warning label system similar to the Chilean model. This revision is necessary since currently in many CARICOM countries nutrition labelling is neither standardised or mandatory.  Research has demonstrated that FOP nutrition warning labels improve consumers' ability to identify unhealthful products therefore increasing the likelihood of making healthier food choices for themselves and their families.  
As part of the process of revision of the existing regional standard, national Bureaus of Standards across the region will be hosting national consultations and mirror committee meetings to solicit widest stakeholder feedback on the proposed revisions. The deadline for submission of comments to CROSQ by CARICOM Member States is January 11, 2019
HCC members are strongly encouraged to engage fully in their national processes to influence the final approved draft standard. If you would like more information please contact us at 

Pan American Journal of Public Health - Thematic Issue: Ten Years of the Port of Spain Declaration on NCDs

Pan American Journal of Public Health
The 2007 Declaration of Port of Spain, “Uniting to stop the epidemic of chronic NCDs,” resulted from a historic and unprecedented effort by heads of government of the Caribbean Community who recognized the devastating burden and consequences of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) on their citizens and the need to respond at the highest political level. The Port of Spain Declaration (POSD) comprises 15 mandates monitored by 26 indicators reflecting commitments to action in key areas including risk factor reduction and health promotion; improving quality of care; the development of appropriate legislative frameworks and the establishment of NCD commissions or similar entities to provide an “all of society” response to NCD prevention and control efforts.
Declaration of Port-Of-Spain, 15th September 2007
Declaration of Port-Of-Spain, 15th September 2007
This bold initiative by Caribbean leaders proved to be a critical catalyst, prompting countries in other regions to take stock and ultimately resulting in the 2011 United Nations High-level Meeting on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases. This process continues with the evaluation of progress towards agreed targets at the global level.

This thematic issue of the Pan American Journal of Public Health presents to health authorities, academics, policymakers, governments and health professionals in the Caribbean subregion and beyond valuable lessons learned to strengthen their own countries’ public health and fiscal policies, regulation, legislation, and the intersectoral and multisectoral approaches needed to ensure policy coherence in tackling NCDs and their risk factors.
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Jamaica Producers (JP) Group, in Support of the Government's Mandate of Providing Healthier Meals for Students Launches its St Mary's Heritage Project

St Mary's Heritage Project
Jamaica Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton (second left), hands over a bag with green bananas to Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw (second right), during the launch of Jamaica Producers Group’s St. Mary Heritage Project on Friday December 14, at the company’s farm in Annotto Bay, St. Mary. Sharing the moment are State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green (left) and Chief Executive Officer, Jamaica Producers Group, Jeffrey Hall.
In support of the Government’s mandate of providing healthier meals for students, the Jamaica Producers (JP) Group is now offering bananas to schools across the island at a highly reduced cost of $5 per pound.

This initiative forms part of JP St. Mary Heritage Project, which was launched on Friday (December 14) at the company’s farm in Annotto Bay, St. Mary.

In attendance to endorse the project were Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw; Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton; and State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green.
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Global Hearts Trinidad & Tobago

Global Hearts Trinidad & Tobago
At the beginning of December in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, two decades after the 2007 Port of Spain Declaration on NCDs, another historic event in public health occurred. The intention to implement the Global Hearts Initiative, a programme of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the United States Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), occurred with the official courtesy call to the Trinidad & Tobago Minister of Health, the Hon.Terrence Deyalsingh.
The Global Hearts Initiative consists of five technical packages aimed at improving the management of CVD, and their major risk factors, in the primary health care (PHC) system. HEARTS, the clinical based package for CVD risk assessment and treatment, will be implemented in Trinidad at five clinical sites, in the five health authority regionals of Trinidad and

Tobago. Members PAHO Washington Head Office, Dr. Pedro Ordunez, CDC Economist Dr. Deliana Kostova, and US CDC HEARTS Consultants Drs. DiPette and Connell, were present for the initial local HEARTS team meeting, lead by HEARTS Sub-Committee Chairman, Dr. Rohit Doon. Visits to two implementation sites in Oxford Street and Arima also occurred, as well as a full day of interactive training in a HEARTS masterclass delivered by the Consultants to health care provider leaders at the various sites.
For more information on the the HEARTS package, as well as the entire Global Hearts Programme, please visit the link below. 
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What is the Impact of Marketing of Unhealthy Food to Children?

Hear a perspective on the impact of marketing of unhealthy food to children from principal investigator with the Improving Household Nutrition Security and Public Health in CARICOM (FaN) project, Professor Alafia Samuels.
Marketing of Unhealthy Food to Children
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My Healthy Caribbean School

My Healthy Caribbean School (MHCS) is an initiative of the HCC which provides students, teachers and parents with the opportunity to monitor the school environment with a focus on nutrition and physical activity.
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HCC 10 Year Anniversary Report

HCC Ten Year Report
Celebrating 10 Years of a Civil Society Regional Response to the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases in the Caribbean.
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Thailand Becomes the First in Asia to Introduce Tobacco Plain Packaging

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Plain packaging examples
“Thailand’s bold steps against tobacco - the single most important cause of preventable deaths worldwide - is commendable and reflects the country’s earnest efforts in promoting health and well-being of its people,” said Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director World Health Organization South-East Asia, congratulating Thailand for the tobacco legislation on plain packaging adopted last week.

The new legislative announcement on plain packaging is the latest effort of Thai government and adds to the Tobacco Control Act 2017 which enforces 20 years as the minimum age for purchasing tobacco, bans single stick sale and bans tobacco advertisement, promotion and sponsorship.

Plain packaging of tobacco products restricts or prohibits the use of logos, colors, brand images or promotional information on packaging other than brand names and product names displayed in a standard color and font style. Plain packaging is an evidence-based policy being advocated by WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), a legal treaty that aims to protect present and future generation against the devastating health and socio-economic impact of tobacco use.
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The Barbados National Registry Newsletter

BNR Newsletter
  • Do male and female MI patients present with different symptoms?
  • Are male and female MI patients treated differently?
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3rd Caribbean Alcohol Reduction Day (CARD) 2018

On Thursday November 29th the HCC with the support of partners PAHO, CARPHA, CARICOM Secretariat and the UWI Open Campus, hosted the 3rd Annual Caribbean Alcohol Reduction Day (CARD).
CARD 2018 Webinar Recording
3rd Annual Caribbean Alcohol Reduction Day: Youth: Let's Talk About Alcohol, webinar recording


  • Youth drinking in the Americas: where we are and what can we do?
    Dr. Maristela MonteiroSenior Advisor Alcohol and Substance Abuse, PAHO
  • Youth and Alcohol Advertising - A brief review
    Dr. Rohan MaharajHCC Alcohol Policy Advisor; Senior Lecturer, UWI
  • Let’s Talk About Alcohol - Perspectives from Young People
    Krystal BoyeaNCD Youth Advocate
The presentations and more information about CARD 2018 can be found at the link below.
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The NCD Alliance


  • New policy brief highlights mutually reinforcing agenda of UHC and NCDs
  • It's time to prevent industry presence at climate talks
  • Making multisectoral collaboration work
  • Reflections on a whirlwind year
  • Webinar slides now online
  • Air pollution conference presentations available
  • Take WOF's Obesity Health Systems Survey
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NCD Digest

NCD News  Risk Factors News Blogs

Commonwealth Foundation’s Annual Grants

Commonwealth Foundation’s Annual Grants
The Commonwealth Foundation’s annual grants call will be launched on 1 November 2018.

The Foundation’s mission is to support civic voices to share their stories, learn and act together and influence the institutions that shape people’s lives.
They are interested in supporting projects that strengthen civic voice so that it:
  • Is more effective in holding governance institutions to account
  • Enhances involvement in policy processes
  • Shapes public discourse
Applicants must be registered not for profit civil society organisations, have an annual income of less than £3 million, and be applying for a maximum of £50,000 per annum over no more than four years. The deadline for preliminary applications is on 7 January 2019 at 5pm GMT.

Guidelines for applicants and a list of eligible countries is available on our website at the following link:
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Childhood Obesity Prevention Scorecard
Key Messages From Our Publications
Key Messages from the Third Annual Caribbean Alcohol Reduction Day
Key Messages from the Third Annual Caribbean Alcohol Reduction Day
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