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November 12th - November 20th 2018


BEYOND THE CALL TO ACTION EVENT: Towards School Policies in Support of Childhood Obesity Prevention

Beyond the Call to Action Event: Towards School Policies in Support of Childhood Obesity Prevention, took place on November 20th, 2018, United Nations Universal Children’s Day, at the Hilton Hotel, Barbados.

The event was supported through a grant from the Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI) with the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC), the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados (HSFB) and HCC's ongoing support from Sagicor Life Inc.. The event took place in partnership with Barbados Ministry of Health and Wellness, Barbados Ministry of Education, Technological and Vocational Training, Barbados National NCD Commission, Barbados Wellness Task Force, Barbados Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition, PAHO, CARPHA, UWI Open Campus, Jamaica Moves and Caribbean Moves.
The event provided a unique opportunity for CSOs to take stock of progress made over the course of the implementation of the Call to Action and share national and regional successes and lessons learned in childhood obesity prevention advocacy platforms.  The one-day forum also served to leverage the energy and momentum of the past seven months and redirect it towards focused evidence informed advocacy in support of creating healthy school environments in Barbados and across the region.

During the event a Youth Moderated Session took place capturing youth perspectives from 25 young people with ages raging from 12 to 25 years old. Young people were engaged to ensure their voices are heard and integrated into all aspects of the planning, implementation, dialogue, outcomes and next steps.

Details of the event will be published in the next roundup.

United Nations Universal Children’s Day

United Nations Universal Children’s Day
United Nations Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 and is celebrated on November 20th each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare.

November 20th is an important date as it is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. It is also the date in 1989 when the UN General assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
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World Children's Day, November 20th

World Children's Day, November 20th
Children have their rights denied every single day. UNICEF want to build a world where every child is in school and learning, safe from harm and able to fulfill their potential.

It's time to put children back on the agenda.

Sign the petition and #GoBlue to call on world leaders to commit to fulfilling the rights of every child and acknowledge that these rights are non-negotiable.
Go Blue on World Children’s Day | UNICEF
Go Blue on World Children’s Day | UNICEF
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3rd Caribbean Alcohol Reduction Day (CARD) 2018

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, will host the 3rd Annual Caribbean Alcohol Reduction Day (CARD).
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Youth: Let’s Talk About Alcohol

Date: Thursday November 29th, 2018
Time: 12.30pm – 1.30pm Washington DC Time/ 1.30pm – 2.30pm AST


  • Youth drinking in the Americas: where we are and what can we do?
    Dr. Maristela MonteiroSenior Advisor Alcohol and Substance Abuse, PAHO
    The presentation will share the findings from the 2018 Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health and share the new WHO Package of Interventions (SAFER) – with a focus on young people.
  • Youth and Alcohol Advertising – A brief review
    Dr. Rohan MaharajHCC Alcohol Policy Advisor; Senior Lecturer, UWI
    The marketing of alcohol beverages to young people in the Caribbean is particularly pervasive and warrants urgent attention as the restriction of advertising is one of the WHO Best Buys for the reduction of the harmful use of alcohol. This presentation will draw from the situation in one Caribbean island to highlight the extent of alcohol industry advertising targeting young people.
  • Let’s Talk About Alcohol – Perspectives from Young People
    Krystal BoyeaNCD Youth Advocate
    This presentation will provide a youth perspective on why young people consume alcohol and what strategies can be adopted to reduce levels of consumption.
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Youth & NCDs Art Contest 2018

Entry submission deadline extended to November 30th
Art Contest 2018
The Healthy Caribbean Coalition and Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados, are pleased to announce their Universal Children’s Day Art Contest, the theme for the contest is ‘What NCDs mean to me’.

The contest is open to children and young people 10-21 years of age and age groups will be split into 10-13 years old, 14-17 years old and 18-21 years old.

The winner in each age group will win a Fitbit fitness tracker.

Entries can be drawings/paintings or videos and multiple entries are allowed.

The deadline for submission is November 30, 2018.
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Grenada PM Planning to Cut Back on Sale of Alcohol to Teenagers

Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr Keith Mitchell
Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr Keith Mitchell
(Photo: Caribbean News Now)

The government of Grenada is planning to cut back on the sale of alcohol to teenagers in Grenada before he leaves political office. The prime minister wants to ban the sale of alcohol to young people, especially young people of school age.

Mitchell has said there is an alarming increase in alcohol consumption among the country’s youths, and more has to be done to protect them from a lifetime of addiction and early death.

“The growing recognition that alcohol consumption is a significant contributor to the global burden of disease means that alcohol requires greater attention by the public health community that it is receiving at present. We know that doing nothing doesn’t work,” Mitchell said.

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Government of Antigua Declares War on Non-communicable Diseases

War on Non-communicable Diseases
Line Dancers during a dance presentation, they are also joined by Primary School children
(Photo by Theresa Goodwin)
The government is moving to legislate a tax on sugary beverages, which health authorities hope will influence a substantial reduction of sweetened drinks and increase intake of water by the population.

This is one of the primary measures which will be adopted in the country to address the ‘increase’ in Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases, in particular, Diabetes and Hypertension. 

Health Minister Molwyn Joseph told a gathering on Wednesday that the necessary legislation will be tabled in Parliament before the end of 2018 or very early in the New Year.
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IDB Provides US$100m to Strengthen Jamaica's Health Care System

The Inter-American Development Bank
The Inter-American Development Bank headquarters in Washington D.C. 
(Photo by: Wally Gobetz / CC BY-NC-SA)
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says it is providing US$100 million in loans to Jamaica to help strength its national health care system.

The Washington-based financial institution said that the funds will aid Jamaica's fight against non-communicable diseases (NCD).

The strengthening of Jamaica's health policies that target NCD risk factors and treatment, includes “providing higher quality care and improving access to public health networks, with an emphasis on chronic disease management,” the IDB said.

It said Jamaica's NCD prevention policy seeks to address two main challenges. The first is prevention of NCDs by addressing four preventable risk factors: tobacco use, excessive alcohol consumption, a sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy dietary habits.
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The Belize Cancer Society and Smart Team Up to Create a Cancer App

The Belize Cancer Society officially launched a cancer app today at its offices in Belize City. Working in conjunction with Smart, the application is available for download, in the first instance, from the Google playstore for all android devices.

For Apple products that carry iOS platforms, it is still being worked out. But the app, once downloaded to mobile devices, provides data on the various cancers as well as other non-communicable diseases. It links the user with other health institutions and the services available in their particular area and includes a Body Mass Index calculator. It is a preventative strategy to prevent NCDs as well as social-psychological problems in an interactive way. 
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Google Play
The Belize Cancer Society App is currently only available for Android, click on the Google play link to get the app.
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Too Much Junk
The number of signatures supporting the Childhood Obesity Prevention Call to Action has surpassed 25,000.
Look who has had enough of unhealthy food environments for children and supports the call for urgent policies to prevent childhood obesity.
Visitors to an open day at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Barbados
Visitors to an open day at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Barbados
Visitors to an open day at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Barbados
Visitors to an open day at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Barbados
Join the Call to Action NOW!
See a gallery of Who's Signed here.
The NCD Alliance


  • Yet another study finds most nations won't reach SDG 3.4
  • Harmful marketing: protecting children is about their rights
  • World Diabetes Day 2018 - Start with the family
  • Oral health & NCDs: Register now for the 27 Nov. webinar
  • Series focuses on NCDs' huge impact in developing states
  • 'Never too early, never too late': World COPD Day
  • Grants to support, strengthen civic voices are launched
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Diabetes Discourse
  • November is Diabetes Awareness Month
  • About Diabetes
  • In Loving Memory - Mildred 'Miss' Bovell
  • Let's Talk Cancer with… Dr. Liselle Bovell
  • Focus on Children – Physical Activity & Your Child
  • 10th Annual Diabetes in the Limelight, Jamboree; Poster Competition, Calendar of Events
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Childhood Obesity Prevention Scorecard
Key Messages From Our Publications
Key Messages from the Second Annual Caribbean Alcohol Reduction Day
Second Annual Caribbean Alcohol Reduction Day
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HCC Publications

Fruit and Veg Infographics
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HCC 10 Year Anniversary Report
HCC 10 Year Anniversary 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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Caribbean NCD Forum Report 
Caribbean NCD Forum Report 
A comprehensive and detailed account
of all three days of this special
event which took place in
April 2018 in Jamaica
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See All HCC Publications
Grants, Funding and Learning Opportunities

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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Apply Now – Online NGO Professional Management Certificate Course 

Application Deadline: Friday 07th December 2018 by 11:59 pm (UTC/GMT -4). 
Caribbean Policy Development Centre
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is funding a three-year Local Capacity for Local Solutions project geared at improving the managerial and operational capacity of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean (ESC). The project will utilize innovative methods that support organizations to be more efficient, effective and sustainable. Countries that the project targets include: 1) Antigua and Barbuda; 2) Barbados; 3) Dominica; 4) Grenada; 5) Guyana; 6) St. Kitts and Nevis; 7) St. Lucia; 8) St. Vincent and the Grenadines; 9) Suriname; and 10) Trinidad and Tobago.

The Local Capacity for Local Solutions project is offering 40 scholarships to NGO personnel to pursue an online NGO Management Certificate Course delivered by the University of the West Indies, Open Campus.
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Forthcoming Events
November 2019

Cancer Support Services Fundraising Tea Party

Cancer Support Services Fundraising Tea Party
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December 2018

NCD Alliance Webinar

NCDA Webinar
Healthcare for People, Not Siloes for Diseases: Exploring Relevant Solutions to Shape a Future of Integrated Care for NCDs
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World Congress of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Health

World Congress of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Health
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