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August 28th

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Webinar Recording - Weighing the Impact of COVID-19: Nutrition, Overweight, Obesity and NCDs

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Weighing the Impact of COVID-19: Nutrition, Overweight, Obesity and NCDs the fourth webinar of HCC's special webinar series on COVID-19 and NCDs in the Caribbean, took place on August 27th 2020. The webinar focused on emerging trends in diet, overweight and obesity among adults and children and resulting short- and longer-term clinical outcomes. Through a roundtable format, a diverse panel of physicians, researchers and advocates from across the region shared personal experiences and discussed individual and population level strategies to encourage improved nutrition and management of diet-related NCDs during and after the pandemic. Interest was high with 432 persons registering for the webinar which utilised both Zoom and a parallel Facebook live stream.

The COVID-19 pandemic has raised fundamental food insecurity questions and concerns in the Caribbean. As communities adjusted to protracted periods of lockdown, resulting in widespread reduction and loss of incomes, it is likely that diets shifted to consumption of low cost processed, non-perishable foods. The food and beverage industry also took advantage of the critical shortages of food among the most vulnerable by intensifying and diversifying their marketing strategies under the guise of corporate social philanthropy. 

Through a combination of presentations and discussion, the panellists explored the following key themes:
  • COVID and Obesity
  • Trends in BMI among paediatric and adult patients during the pandemic.
  • Factors contributing to pandemic weight gain in children and adults.
  • The role of the food and beverage industry in the obesity epidemic – prior to and during COVID-19.
  • Implications of weight gain among children and adults on COVID and NCD risk.
  • Moving forward: the importance of nutrition equity and strategies to achieve this at the individual, community, institutional and national levels; strategies to maintain/ reduce BMI at the individual level; policies to tackle overweight and obesity at the national level.
Webinar Recording - Weighing the Impact of COVID-19: Nutrition, Overweight, Obesity and NCDs
Panellists during the webinar
Panellists/Presenters:
  • Ms. Zanique Edwards - Young person living with type 1 Diabetes
  • Dr. Suzanne Soares - Clinical Nutritionist, CAIHR
  • Professor Anne St. John - Consultant Paediatrician, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, UWI, Cave Hill, Barbados, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Barbados
  • Dr. Shivon Belle-Jarvis - Paediatrician, Head Paediatric Department, Mount St John’s Medical Centre, Antigua
  • Dr. Tanya Beaubrun - Family Physician
  • Dr. Elisa Prieto - Caribbean Subregional NCD and Mental Health Advisor, PAHO
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HCC Is Proud to Share This New Report Which Exposes Growing Influence of the Alcohol Industry in the Latin America and Caribbean Region

New Report Exposes Growing Influence of the Alcohol Industry in the Latin America and Caribbean Region
NCD Alliance: We're pleased to share with you all a new systematic review The Alcohol industry's Commercial and political Activities in Latin America and the Caribbean: Implications for Public Health  authored by Katherine Robaina, Thomas Babor, Ilana Pinsky and Paula Johns and published today by the NCD Alliance, the Global Alcohol Policy Alliance (GAPA), the Healthy Latin America Coalition (CLAS), and the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC).
New Report Exposes Growing Influence of the Alcohol Industry in the Latin America and Caribbean Region
The report describes the role of the alcohol industry in influencing regional policies that affect public health and social welfare, using tactics that resemble those of other unhealthy commodity industries such as ultra-processed food, sugar-sweetened beverage, and tobacco, which are far more frequently exposed and challenged in LAC.

The report is available in English, Spanish and soon to be Portuguese, and is an illuminating insight into the many obstacles these alcohol interests create for policy progress in the region. 
We thought this would be a good opportunity to spark some discussion on alcohol policy and advocacy among the group, as we know there are several members who have an interest in working on these issues. Please share with us whether the story sounds familiar in the country and/or region you are in - some questions to consider while you read and if you choose to engage in a discussion about the report. 
  • What do you find most striking and alarming from the report?
  • Are the same alcohol industry actors active where you are - and if not, are there similar ones?
  • Do you see common or shared tactics between unhealthy commodity industries in terms of their corporate and political behaviours?
  • Have you seen these kinds of tactics influence progress on alcohol policy in your country...?
  • What else can we do about it? Do you have success stories of countering these kinds of activities and influence?
I know we have Kristina Sperkova from Movendi International in this group, as well as a few other colleagues who work on alcohol policy advocacy in their countries or organisations; and several of our colleagues are also here from Latin America and the Caribbean, so it would be great to hear your perspectives on these issues and other similar work you are doing and ways you think the wider NCD movement can effectively engage to accelerate progress on alcohol.

With the WHO process underway preparing for a new action plan on the Global Alcohol Strategy, and preparation of a technical report on harmful use of alcohol related to cross-border alcohol marketing, advertising and promotional activities, this report and any related ones are important to inform advocacy.
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COVID-19 Coronavirus

Obesity ‘Increases Risks From COVID-19’

Obesity ‘Increases Risks From COVID-19’
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PAHO: Being obese doubles the risk of hospital treatment from Covid-19 and increases the risk of dying by nearly 50%, a global analysis suggests. Obesity makes other diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure more likely, the US researchers say. Along with a weakened immune system, this can make these individuals more vulnerable to severe Covid-19. They also warn a vaccine against coronavirus could be less effective in obese people.

Professor Barry Popkin, who led the study from the department of nutrition at the University of North Carolina, said the increased risks of being obese and having Covid-19 were "much higher than expected" He said "healthier eating had to be a priority in many countries, with fewer sugary drinks and much less junk and processed food in people's diets".
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ECLAC Proposes Ensuring Connectivity to Tackle Effects of COVID-19 in the Caribbean

ECLAC Proposes Ensuring Connectivity to Tackle Effects of COVID-19 in the Caribbean
ECLAC Executive Secretary Alicia Bárcena
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Jamaica Observer: The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) on Wednesday called on regional countries to ensure and universalise connectivity and the affordability of digital technologies in order to address the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

ECLAC has proposed five lines of action that include building an inclusive digital society, driving a productive transformation, fostering digital trust and security, strengthening regional digital cooperation and moving towards a new governance model.

This model would ensure a “digital welfare state” promotes “equality, protect the population's economic, social and labor rights, guarantee the secure use of data, and fuel progressive structural change”.
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COVID-19 Comms Resources
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PAHO: Regional Survey on Alcohol Use and COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean

PAHO: Regional Survey on Alcohol Use and COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean
PAHO: Webinar "Regional Survey on Alcohol Use and COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean", Wednesday 9 September, 2020, at 12.30 pm EDT, This session is part of the Alcohol and Health Webinar series. 

Drinking alcohol is primarily a social activity, often done in the public, in public venues, festivals, sporting events. The availability of alcohol in these places have decreased with the implementation of quarantine and other measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19. It is important to know what has changed in the drinking habits of the population so we can better respond with information, education, services and other strategies as needed and in a timely manner. Therefore, PAHO has elaborated an anonymous and confidential survey to be responded by people older than 18 years old living in Latin America and Caribbean countries. In this webinar, the results of the survey will be presented.

Presenter: Dr. Maristela Monteiro, Senior Advisor on Alcohol, Department of Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health, PAHO.
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Let’s Not Forget About Mental Health During COVID-19!

Let’s Not Forget About Mental Health During COVID-19!
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Patricio V. Marquez: Growing numbers of infected people, loss of life, and an economic free-fall not experienced since World War II, are some of the casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic.  IMF estimates show that 170 countries will see income per capita go down, and World Bank Group projections suggest that rising unemployment and loss of income, including in some countries a significant drop in remittances, could push between 71 and 100 million people into extreme poverty

Daily personal routines have been altered by social distancing measures adopted to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, impacting people in many different ways.  The lack of interpersonal contact with loved ones and peers is contributing to feelings of isolation and loneliness; detachment from our communities is depressing us; and fear of becoming infected or of loved ones falling ill worries and makes us anxious.  In large measure, a sense of being in “exile” has engulfed us as we drift through the sameness of days, feeling unmoored and uncertain about the repercussions of the pandemic.
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Special Grants Call: COVID-19

Opens 1pm BST on 1 September 2020
Commonwealth Foundation
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The Commonwealth Foundation’s Grants Programme supports innovative project ideas and approaches that seek to strengthen the ability of civic voices to engage with governments to improve governance and development outcomes through their active participation. In lieu of our annual grants call, we are launching a special grants call in response to the COVID–19 pandemic.

The purpose of the special grants call is to enable the Foundation to deliver support to Commonwealth civil society organisations in response to COVID-19 quickly, efficiently and in a way that both reflects and advances our broader mission. To that end, the focus will be on supporting national initiatives that aim to engage constructively with government in strengthening relevant institutions, policies and practices as communities and countries seek to recover and rebuild.
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Specialized Course on Food Security at the Time of COVID-19

(26 - 30 October 2020)
Specialized Course on Food Security at the Time of COVID-19
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The United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), in cooperation with John Cabot University (JCU), is organizing the second edition of the Specialized Course on Food and Nutrition Security at the time of COVID-19, which will be delivered online, from 26 to 30 October 2020.

The Specialized Course will provide participants with a fundamental understanding of main determinants and issues connected to food security, among which:
  • Towards the multidimensional definition of food security
  • The UN strategy for Goal 2 “Zero Hunger” (SDGs)
  • Legal tools on right to food, food safety and security
  • Pandemic outbreaks and impact on food safety and security 
  • COVID-19, conflicts, migration and food insecurity
  • Food industry and food fraud: counterfeiting and adulteration 
  • Migration and food insecurity
  • Innovation for the future: blockchain for Zero Hunger
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News

Doctors Spark Mass Flyposting of Petrol Pumps With Graphic Health Warning

Doctors Spark Mass Flyposting of Petrol Pumps With Graphic Health Warning
This week, over 20,000 warning labels were stuck to petrol pumps all over England, Scotland and Wales, as part of a national campaign led by Doctors for Extinction Rebellion. Graphic labels were designed by the doctors to resemble existing cigarette packet health warnings; the government’s “Stay Alert” coronavirus banners; and the wartime “Your country needs you” posters, with David Attenborough’s face replacing that of Lord Kitchener. They sent stickers out for free to over 300 Extinction Rebellion groups to raise awareness of the severe health impacts of fossil fuels. To make their point clearer the group stood on ambulances (hired from an events company) to protest at a petrol station this morning, with a banner saying “Harmful Products Need Health Warnings”. This builds on growing calls for health warning labels on petrol pumps from the medical profession. Public health experts Professor Sir Andy Haines, Professor Kristie Ebi and Mike Gill, wrote recently in a British Medical Journal article.
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World Mental Health Day: An Opportunity to Kick-Start a Massive Scale-Up in Investment in Mental Health

World Mental Health Day: An Opportunity to Kick-Start a Massive Scale-Up in Investment in Mental Health
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WHO: Mental health is one of the most neglected areas of public health. Close to 1 billion people are living with a mental disorder, 3 million people die every year from the harmful use of alcohol and one person dies every 40 seconds by suicide. And now, billions of people around the world have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, which is having a further impact on people’s mental health.

Yet, relatively few people around the world have access to quality mental health services. In low- and middle-income countries, more than 75% of people with mental, neurological and substance use disorders receive no treatment for their condition at all. Furthermore, stigma, discrimination, punitive legislation and human rights abuses are still widespread.
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A Historic Milestone in the Global Movement to Eliminate Cervical Cancer

A Historic Milestone in the Global Movement to Eliminate Cervical Cancer
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UICC: WHO’s Global Strategy for the elimination of cervical cancer marks an unprecedented move to mobilise the international health community and ensure that future generations of women do not die from a preventable cancer.

Every two minutes a woman’s life is lost to cervical cancer. It is the leading cause of cancer deaths in women in 42 countries and remains the fourth most common cause of cancer among women globally.

As most cases are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), however, cervical cancer can be successfully prevented through HPV vaccination of girls and as well as boys (aged generally 11-12 years). Cervical screening further allows for the early diagnosis and treatment of pre-cancerous lesions. These measures form the foundation of the Global Strategy’s approach to elimination, along with the prompt referral for treatment and palliative care in cases of invasive cervical cancer. 

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One in Three U.S. High School Students Vaped in 2019, CDC Says

One in Three U.S. High School Students Vaped in 2019, CDC Says
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UPI: Nearly one-third of all American high school students used e-cigarettes in 2019, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That figure is more than twice that of 2017, the last time the agency assessed vaping among teens, when 13% reported using these tobacco products, the data showed. Roughly 37% of high school students surveyed identified as "current users" of tobacco products in 2019, up from 20% in 2017, while 8.2% acknowledged using two or more tobacco products last year, the CDC said.

"These data show that e-cigarette companies, many of which are owned by major tobacco companies, have successfully used 'Big Tobacco's' playbook to hook another generation of America's kids," Harold Wimmer, president and CEO of the American Lung Association, said in a statement.
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State of UHC Commitment Survey 2020

State of UHC Commitment Survey 2020
International Health Partnership: UHC2030 is currently collecting stories and evidence on how people access and experience health care services in their communities.
 
Many countries are taking real and measurable steps forward to achieve UHC. To better understand these global and country commitments, we’re producing a multi-stakeholder review called the ‘State of UHC Commitment’ with hard data about how governments are delivering on their commitment to UHC.
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Hollow Threats: Transnational Food and Beverage Companies’ Use of International Agreements to Fight Front-of-Pack Nutrition Labeling in Mexico and Beyond

International Journal of Health Policy Management: In October 2019, the Mexican government reformed its General Health Law thus establishing the warning approach to front-of-pack nutrition labeling (FOPNL), and in March 2020, modified its national standard, revamping its ineffective FOPNL, one preemptively developed by industry actors. Implementation is scheduled for later in 2020.

However, the new regulation faces fierce opposition from transnational food and beverage companies (TFBCs), including Nestlé, Kellogg, Grupo Bimbo, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo through their trade associations, the National Manufacturers, American Bakers Associations, the Confederation of Industrial Chambers of Mexico and ConMéxico.

Mexico, as a regional leader, could tip momentum in favor of FOPNL diffusion across Latin America. But the fate of the Mexican FOPNL and the region currently lies in this government’s response to three threats of legal challenges by TFBCs, citing international laws and guidelines including the World Trade Organization (WTO), Codex Alimentarius, and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)/US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). In this perspective, we argue that these threats should not prevent Mexico or other countries from implementing evidence-informed policies, such as FOPNLs, that pursue legitimate public health objectives.
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Women in Global Health and Find Consultation on Testing, Women’s Empowerment and Universal Health Coverage

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Women in Global Health
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All countries have committed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to deliver Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2030.  The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a critical spotlight on the role of testing in health. Containing the spread of COVID-19 will depend on effective diagnostics being accessible to all, including women and girls, who are often the most marginalised in health systems.
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Regional Call for Proposals in Latin America and the Caribbean: Generating and Mobilizing Innovative Knowledge for Regional Education Challenges

Regional Call for Proposals in Latin America and the Caribbean
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IDRC/CRDI: This call is open to individual Southern organizations or consortia of up to three organizations based in the region. The applicant organization/lead institution must have legal corporate registration and the capacity to administer foreign funds.
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NCD Alliance Newsletter

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  • Our Views, Our Voices Global Consultation is now open!
  • Our Views, Our Voices Global Advisory Committee for 2020/21
  • New report exposes the growing influence of the alcohol industry
  • Building back better after COVID-19: The research agenda
  • Mark the launch of a new policy brief on eye health and NCDs
  • World Health Organization adopts global strategy to eliminate cervical cancer 
  • Landmark victory for Australia's tobacco plain packaging laws 
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HCC Technical Brief and Eight Advocacy Priorities

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HCC Technical Brief: First United Nations High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage: Technical Brief for CARICOM Countries - A Contribution from Civil Society.
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HCC Advocacy Priorities
HCC Advocacy Priorities for the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage.
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Sweet Beverages in the Caribbean

Sweet Beverages in the Caribbean
Social media graphics to campaign for the implementation of our Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies
Our 'Sweet Beverages in the Caribbean' infographics are now available as a package, the package includes the full size infographic, a web-booklet version, a full colour printable version, reduced colour version for in house printing and three social media visuals which are shown below.
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Childhood Obesity Prevention Scorecard

Childhood Obesity Prevention Visuals

A set of infographics, highlighting childhood obesity, the risks and the HCC policy asks.
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CARD 2019: Women and Alcohol
CARD 2019: Women and Alcohol
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