World  Cancer Day 2016
The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

January 22nd - January 28th 2016


The TT NCD Alliance Hosts the HCC

Trinidad and Tobago National NCD Alliance
The HCC President and Executive Director met with the newly formed Trinidad and Tobago National NCD Alliance this past week in Triniad & Tobago at a meeting hosted the Trinidad & Tobago Cancer Society (a member of the alliance). Under the leadership of Dr. Karen Sealey, former Senior Adviser of the PAHO/WHO, the Alliance formed in July 2015, with a group of NGOs working in the area non communicable diseases (NCDs).

Alliance member NGOs include:  Trinidad and Tobago Diabetes Association, Chest and Heart Association of Trinidad and Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago Heart Foundation, Heart Beat International of Trinidad and Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago Cancer Society, Tobacco Control Coalition, Caribbean Sport Development Agency, Family Planning Association of Trinidad and Tobago, and the TT Association of Nutritionists and Dieticians.
Trinidad and Tobago National NCD Alliance HCC Visit
Achievements to date include: development of a working strategic management framework; development of a Charter for the operations of the TT NCD Alliance; and agreement that objectives for the period 2016 -2018 should contribute to the acceleration of the achievement of the government’s commitments at the global, regional and national levels for addressing NCDs. The work plan for 2016 is being finalized and the first official chair is to be selected before the end February 2016. If you are interested in joining the TT National NCD Alliance please contact us at the

Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity Final Report

The Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity (ECHO) presented its final report to the WHO Director-General on 25th January 2016, culminating a two-year process to address the alarming levels of childhood obesity and overweight globally.
Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity Final Report
The ECHO report proposes a range of recommendations for governments aimed at reversing the rising trend of children aged under 5 years becoming overweight and obese. At least 41 million children in this age group are obese or overweight, with the greatest rise in the number of children being obese or overweight coming from low- and middle-income countries.

“Increased political commitment is needed to tackle the global challenge of childhood overweight and obesity,” says Sir Peter Gluckman, Commission co-chair. Read more

HCC Pays Courtesy Visit to IDB

The HCC recently paid a courtesy visit to the Inter-American Development Bank offices in Trinidad and Tobago, where President, Sir Trevor Hassell and Board Member, Dr. Victor Coombs, presented with Mr. Ian Ho-a-Shu Senior Health Specialist in the TT Country Office, with recent HCC publications.

First WHO Global Meeting of National NCD Programme Directors and Managers

First WHO Global Meeting of National NCD Programme Directors and Managers
WHO is organizing the First Global Meeting of National NCD Programme Directors and Managers from 15 to 17 February 2016 in Geneva, at the WHO Executive Board Room. The meeting will be devoted to supporting national NCD programme directors and managers in their efforts in identifying critical pathways and strategies to implement the four time-bound national commitments for 2015 and 2016 included in the 2014 UN Outcome Document on NCDs, taking into account the NCD-related targets included in the proposed Sustainable Development Goals and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development.
The HCC strongly encourages Caribbean NCD focal points to attend this meeting and use this as a platform for sharing and collective positioning around priority needs (technical and otherwise) to assist governments in implementing the four time-bound national commitments. Read more

HCC Bids Farewell to High Commissioner Ross Tysoe

HCC Bids Farewell to High Commissioner Ross Tysoe
The HCC has had a strong relationship with the Australian High Commission in Trinidad and Tobago since 2014 when we applied for our first grant under the Direct Aid Program (DAP) of the Government of Australia.  Since 2014, the HCC has been the recipient of two DAP grants allowing us to implement two multi country projects: the Caribbean Civil Society Cervical Cancer Prevention Initiative (C4PI) and the Blood Pressure Control Through Community Action (BPPCA)
Ambassador Ross Tysoe (High Commissioner, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) has been unwavering in his support of the HCC and its translating of grant funds into action at country level and ultimate capacity building of national NGOs. Additionally, on recommendation of the Australian High Commission in Trinidad and Tobago, the Australian Mission sponsored, together with the HCC, and others, a Side Event on cervical cancer at the 2014 UN High Level Meeting on NCDs. January 2016 is High Commissioner Tysoe’s final month of his tour of duty in the Caribbean and the HCC would like to take this opportunity to extend our heartfelt thanks to him on behalf of the HCC Board of Directors and HCC civil society membership across the Caribbean for his unswerving support during his tenure of office in the Caribbean. We wish him and his family the very best as he moves on.
A Message from Belize Cancer Society for World Cancer Day
A Message from Belize Cancer Society for World Cancer Day
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From the The Positive Foundation in Honour of World Cancer Day
From the The Positive Foundation in Honour of World Cancer Day
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Global Initiative to Stop Cervikcal Cancer
A Quarterly Review of American Cancer Society Global Cancer Control Programs and Activities.
  • Society’s Global Scholars Program Conducts Second Global Advocacy and Action Workshop
  • SOURCE Program Launched in Early 2016
  • Improving Access to Radiotherapy
  • Israel Cancer Association Joins Global Relay For Life®
  • Global Relay For Life® Global Heroes of Hope for 2016
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Caribbean CARICOM Countries Show Progress in Meeting Global Hunger Targets, According to FAO Report

Undernourishment in the Caribbean declined from 8.1 million in 1990-92 to 7.5 million in 2014-16.
Caribbean CARICOM Countries Show Progress in Meeting Global Hunger Targets, According to FAO Report
Three Caribbean Community countries - Barbados, Guyana and St Vincent and the Grenadines – met both the World Food Summit (WFS) hunger reduction goal set in 1996 and the hunger reduction target of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), agreed upon in 2000.

The State of Food Insecurity in the CARICOM Caribbean 2015 Report, published in December by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) , shows progress in the Caribbean region in reducing undernourishment and towards meeting global targets.
The number of undernourished persons in the Caribbean declined from 8.1 million in 1990-92, to 7.5 million in 2014-16. The proportion of undernourished persons declined from 27 percent to 19.8 percent during the same period. Read more

Doctor Warns Against Marijuana and Tobacco Mix

Consultant physician at Victoria Hospital St. Lucia, Dr. Martin Didier has added his voice to a recent health warning about a link in the rise in COPD cases and the use of marijuana and tobacco.
Watch the video here and read the related press article here.
World Cancer Day, join us to shed light on cervical cancer - Towards a Cervical Cancer Free World, Thursday 4 February, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, ECOSOC Chamber at the United Nations Headquarters, New York. Read more

Caribbean Research to Inform NCD Policy & Practice: Showcasing Emerging Public Health Leaders

The HCC is proud to present this series on emerging public health leaders in the Caribbean showcasing the excellent research coming out of our regional public health training institutions. The second feature in this series explores the reasons why Barbadian mothers consent, or do not consent for their preteen daughters to receive the HPV vaccine.

Aim: The aim of this qualitative study was to explore the reasons why Barbadian mothers consent or did not consent for their pre-teen daughters to receive the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine.

Design/Method: Four focus groups, totaling 25 Barbadian mothers whose pre-teen daughters were eligible for the HPV vaccine during the 2013-2014 school year were conducted. The groups were homogenous with two groups consisting of mothers who consented, and two groups of mothers who did not consent Each session was audio-recorded, and data was analyzed to examine emerging themes. Read more
Juleyette Serrano
Juleyette Serrano is a Senior Health Sister assigned to Branford Taitt Polyclinic in the Ministry of Health Barbados. She entered the nursing profession in 1986, after completing her formal training in general nursing at the Tercentenary School of Nursing. She further completed her training in midwifery, Community Health, and Public Health Administration at the Barbados Community College Community College. (BCC). Read full biography here.

HCC Welcomes New Chief Medical Officer of Health in Jamaica

HCC Welcomes New Chief Medical Officer of Health in Jamaica
Consultant psychiatrist and eminent University of the West Indies lecturer Dr Winston De La Haye is Jamaica’s new chief medical officer, highly placed Government sources confirmed yesterday.

Dr De La Haye, our sources said, is scheduled to take up his new post next Monday. He will replace Dr Marion Bullock-DuCasse, who is leaving the office, having reached retirement age. Read more

FIC Argentina's Report 2015

FIC Report
FIC Argentina's Report 2015 documents the main actions and results achieved in this period, the events in which we participated and shared our researches and collaborative work we did with other organizations and institutions throughout the year.

Read the report here.

Business Action on Health Awards

Business Action on Health Awards
Applications are now open for the first of the 2016 GBCHealth Business Action on Health Awards: Focus on Women and Girls.

Each year, GBCHealth’s Business Action on Health Awards shines a spotlight on exemplary corporate programs that address global health challenges in unique, high-impact and collaborative ways. Improving the health of women and girls around the world is a top priority for the international community, as evidenced by the inclusion of specific health targets in the new Global Goals for Sustainable Development. In 2016, GBCHealth is introducing a new award category to recognize a company that has demonstrated leadership and commitment to improving the health and well-being of women and girls, through the implementation of a high-impact, evidence-based health program with demonstrable results. Read more

Women Experience Heart Attacks Differently Than Men; Women Of Color Most Affected

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is no longer considered a man’s ailment — it is now the number one killer of American women (depending on where they live). Despite efforts to improve women's health care, a statement published in Circulation suggests CHD is still "understudied, underdiagnosed, and undertreated in women."

The current statement noted that black women compared to white women have a higher incidence of heart attacks in all age categories, with young black women in particular experiencing higher in-hospital death rates. Black and Hispanic women also tend to have more heart-related risk factors, such as diabetes and obesity at the time of their attack than non-Hispanic white women do. Read more
World Health Summit
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  • WHS Geneva Meeting 2016
  • World Health Summit 2016
  • Central Dates from our Network
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48th Ten-Day International Teaching Seminar on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention

June 19 – July 1, 2016, Grenada
The International Society of Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention announces the 48th Ten-Day International Teaching Seminar on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention to be held in June 19 – July 1, 2016 in Grenada, West Indies co hosted by St. George’s University, Grenada.  Approximately 36 Fellows can be accepted.  The final selection will be made by the Society’s Seminar Committee.  Nominees should normally be at the postgraduate level with residency training or its equivalent, and be interested in cardiovascular disease epidemiology.  Normally, preference will be given to younger candidates, with little or no formal training in epidemiology.  Tuition, board and accommodation are provided without cost to fellows.  Fellows and their sponsors are responsible for their own travel costs to the seminar.

There is no formal application form.  Applications, including (1) a signed letter of nomination by chief of department or institution, or other relevant sponsor (2) a personal letter of application from the nominee, and (3) the applicant’s curriculum vitae, should be received by March 1  2016  by the seminar coordinator at the address below.  Applications can be sent by email:
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Packed Lunches
When preparing packed lunches for children and adolescents, it is important to select a variety of foods.

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Breastfeeding: Achieving the New Normal (The Lancet)

With a substantial development of research and findings for breastfeeding over the past three decades, we are now able to expand on the health benefits for both women and children across the globe. The two papers in this Series will describe past and current global trends of breastfeeding, its short and long-term health consequences for the mother and child, the impact of investment in breastfeeding, and the determinants of breastfeeding and the effectiveness of promotion interventions. Read more
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NCD Alliance e-Alert
  • WHO 138th Executive Board
  • Early bird registration deadlines: ADI Budapest and WCC Mexico
  • IAEG-SDGs releases metadata for global indicators for the SDGs
  • UN Secretary-General releases report on follow-up and review of the SDGs
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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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