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The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

December 2nd - December 15th 2017


HCC to Host 'Caribbean NCD Forum'

The Healthy Caribbean Coalition has joined forces with the World Diabetes Foundation to support Caribbean civil society in its efforts to engage leaders in the region in the fight against NCDs.
HCC to Host 'Caribbean NCD Forum'
The Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) is pleased to announce that the World Diabetes Foundation (WDF) has agreed to sponsor and co-host a Caribbean NCD Forum: Supporting national and regional advocacy in the Caribbean in the lead up to the 3rd UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs in 2018.
World Diabetes Foundation
The Forum is being held with HCC partners, the Jamaica Ministry of Health, the Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ), the Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS), the Diabetes Association of Jamaica (DAJ), the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the University of the West Indies Open Campus (UWI OC), HCC member organisations, and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

The regional multi-stakeholder civil society led Caribbean NCD Forum will be held 23-25 April 2018, in Kingston, with the main objective to mobilise civil society organisations (CSOs) from across the Caribbean, and other key stakeholders, to ensure that Caribbean civil society is fully engaged in the 2018 UN High Level Meeting on NCDs (UNHLM).

The Caribbean NCD Forum will provide a unique opportunity for CSOs in the region to take stock of progress achieved in NCD prevention and control since the 1st UN High level Meeting on NCDs held in 2011, and share regional successes and lessons learned from NCD policies and programmes, all with a view to accelerating action leading up to and beyond the 2018 UNHLM.
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The Second Global NCD Alliance Forum in Sharjah, UAE

HCC President Sir Trevor Hassell called for a
'Grand NCD March of Indignation and Hope at the UNHLM 2018'
The Caribbean was well represented at the Forum.
Updates from the NCD Alliance:

HCC Wins Award for Excellence in Civil Society Action

The Sharjah Awards in Excellence in Non-communicable Diseases were presented to the NCD alliances with initiatives featured in the NCD Alliance NCD Atlas, which documents 38 case studies and programmes collected from national and regional NCD alliances around the world. The categories are awareness, accountability, advocacy and access.
NCD Atlas Report
HCC was the winner in the 'Access' category, for the Atlas submission ‘Building Civil Society Capacity to Improve Access to Cancer Services for Underserved Populations’, which documented work on The Caribbean Civil Society Cervical Cancer Prevention Initiative (C4PI).

The C4PI is an HCC initiative aimed at strengthening the capacity of CSOs to effectively contribute to national efforts around cervical cancer prevention, treatment and control with a focus on addressing service gaps in vulnerable communities.
Since 2014 over 7,000 women have been educated, screened and referred where indicated, and 479 individuals have been trained and are actively supporting community outreach. Each submission was reviewed by an independent review panel composed of four international experts. 

In addition the award comes with a USD $5000 grant, the grant will assist the HCC in supporting national and regional NCD accountability and policy action with a focus on: childhood obesity prevention; strengthening the regional multisectoral NCD response with a focus on National NCD Commissions; and supporting regional and international dissemination, sharing and networking in lead up to the 2018 HLM on NCDs.

Everyone at he HCC, the Directors, Executive Director, Technical Advisors and implementing partners are honoured and humbled for having been recognised for this valuable work which has directly and indirectly benefited women in underserved communities across the Caribbean.

HCC Technical Advisor to Work to Help Amplify Voices of People Living with NCDs in the Region

Tara Lisa Persaud
HCC is pleased to announce that Tara Lisa Persaud will act as their Our Views our Voices Technical Advisor, working to amplify the voices of people living with NCDs across all of the HCC workstreams leading up to the 2018 High Level Meeting on NCDs.

The Our Views Our Voices initiative is driven by the NCD Alliance and it seeks to put people first in the NCD response.
It aspires to break down stigma and discrimination, equipping people living with NCDs with the skills, knowledge and opportunities to be leaders and active players in the response to these diseases.

NCD Organisations Praised in Shajah

NCD Organisations Praised in Sharjah
Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, Patron of the Global Non-communicable Disease (NCD) Alliance, Founder and Patron of Friends of Cancer Patients (FoCP), International Ambassador for the World Cancer Declaration of the Union for International Cancer Control and International Ambassador for Childhood Cancer, has concluded the second edition of the Global NCDA Forum by acknowledging some of the NCD organisations that have contributed most to their causes.

The winner in the category of ‘Awareness’ was the Tanzanian NCD Alliance for its initiative “Creating a Journalists” Forum to Raise Awareness on NCDs’. Recipient of the ‘Accountability’ award was The East African NCD Alliance (EANCDA) for its initiative “Benchmarking to Track and Advance Regional NCD Action”. ‘Advocacy’ winner was the Healthy Latin American Coalition (CLAS) for their initiative “Rapid Regional Response to Strengthen and Defend National NCD Policies in Latin America” and the award winner in the category “Access” was the Healthy Caribbean Coalition for its initiative “Building Civil Society Capacity to Improve Access to Cancer Services for Underserved Populations”.
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Vital Strategies Fool Me Twice Report

Examples of Caribbean Industry interference are cited in the report.
Fool Me Twice
Over the past 50 years, the tobacco industry has perfected tactics to deter, delay and derail health policies designed to save millions of lives.
Now, those same tactics are being used by multinational food, soda and alcohol giants – whose products undermine health and wellbeing.
Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) like heart disease, cancer and diabetes now account for 70% of global deaths – many are caused by unhealthy food, beverage and alcohol consumption.
The industry playbook used by big tobacco to prioritize profit over health is now being used by these industries to avoid warning labels, taxes and marketing restrictions.

Vital Strategies has launched “Fool Me Twice,” a new report that warns – Shame on us if, after the lessons of big tobacco, we are fooled again.

The report makes four key recommendations to strengthen health policy without industry interference.
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Tackling Noncommunicable Diseases in Workplace Settings in Low- and Middle-income countries (LMICs)

ackling Noncommunicable Diseases in Workplace Settings
The Healthy Caribbean Coalition features as a case study in this report from the NCD Alliance and the Novartis Foundation, which provides an overview of the current realities of NCDs and progress made to date in workplace health, particularly in LMICs.

It sets out the challenges and opportunities to increase implementation in LMICs, offering recommendations for key stakeholders to create an environment within which workplace health can thrive, and a framework for action for employers.
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Jamaica Government to Introduce Law to Regulate Sugar Content in Food

The Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness says the next step in the Jamaica Moves campaign is to take legislation to Parliament to regulate the sugar content in food products.

Holness, who was addressing a crowd in the town of May Pen, Clarendon last week, however said before this step is made, Jamaicans would have to be educated about the ill effects of some of the foods they consume daily.

The Prime Minister was attending the final in the series of Jamaica Moves road tours hosted by the Ministry of Health.
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More Girls Drinking

More girls drinking
More schoolgirls in Barbados are hitting the bottle, but they and their male counterparts are taking their first sip at an older age.

This has been revealed by National Council on Substance Abuse (NCSA) officer attached to secondary schools, Brian Payne, who said the trend, which he called a reflection of society, was causing concern among those charged with formulating plans to tackle drug use and abuse.
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US$722k Capital Injection for Jamaica National Health Insurance Plan

National health insurance plan for Jamaica
The National Health Fund (NHF) on Wednesday signed a contract with Sanigest International aimed at advancing the establishment of a national health insurance plan for the country.

Sanigest International secured the US$722,000 contract, through a competitive tender process, to be a consultant to develop a proposal to establish the insurance scheme. The full roll-out of the undertaking is to commence in the new year.

The scope of the project includes the formulation of a policy proposal covering sustainable health financing, government regulations, services to be covered (in the plan), administrative capacity requirements, and investment requirements for the management and administration of the planned scheme.
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Lowering the Threshold for Blood Pressure Get Thumbs Up

Lowering blood pressure
Nine out of ten Barbadians over the age of 50 have high blood pressure and with the recent lowering of the threshold for hypertension by the American College of Cardiology that figure could rise to 94% according to cardiologist Dr Alfred Sparman.

On November 13, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association announced the high blood pressure limits would be reduced from 140/90 to 130/80. Optimum blood pressure was around 120/80, while for diabetics their blood pressure reading should be 110-115/70.

But, said Sparman and Sir Trevor Hassell, chairman of the Commission on Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases and President of the HCC, the new lower levels were the way to go as it would force salt-loving Barbadians to take better care of their health.

Sir Trevor welcomed the the lower levels saying "it is a good development" he also added "there is a clear relationship between blood pressure levels and disease occurring as a result of high blood pressure. In other words, the higher one's blood pressure, the more likely it is one will will get heart attacks and strokes, especially if that high blood pressure is not controlled"
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Preventing Childhood Obesity
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2017 World Cancer Leaders’ Summit Report

First Lady of Belize Kim Simplis-Barrow
The 2017 World Cancer Leaders’ Summit, hosted by the National Cancer Institute of Mexico (INCan), convened 350 global cancer and public health leaders over three days in Mexico City to discuss ways and solutions to transform cities commitments in cancer prevention and care into further national action by 2025.

The First Lady of Belize H.E. Mrs Kim Simplis-Barrow spoke at the conference saying "Proper, timely diagnosis and treatment of cancer is imperative, as it can greatly reduce the morbidity of treatment, lessen costs of care and increase the chances for successful treatment, resulting in a greater likelihood of survival."

See photos from the Summit here.
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Health is a Fundamental Human Right

Health is a Fundamental Human Right
Human Rights Day 2017 a Statement by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition”. Read more

PRESS RELEASE: World Bank and WHO: Half the world lacks access to essential health services, 100 million still pushed into extreme poverty because of health expenses.

13 December - At least half of the world’s population cannot obtain essential health services, according to a new report from the World Bank and WHO. And each year, large numbers of households are being pushed into poverty because they must pay for health care out of their own pockets. Read more
Tracking universal health coverage: 2017 Global Monitoring Report
Tracking universal health coverage: 2017 Global Monitoring Report.
Joint WHO/World Bank Group report, December 2017

Universal health coverage (UHC) means that all people can obtain the health services they need without suffering financial hardship. This report looks at how many people globally lack access to essential health services and how many are pushed into poverty or spending too much of their household budgets on health care expenses. It shows that, although they may have access to some health services, more than half of the world’s more than 7.3 billion people do not receive all of the essential services they need.
 In terms of financial protection, over 800 million people spend at least 10 percent of their household budgets to pay for health care, and about 100 million people are pushed into extreme poverty due to their health expenditures.
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ECHORN Hurricane Relief Fund

ECHORN Hurricane Relief Fund
Please donate to the ECHORN Hurricane Relief Fund to rebuild social services support for millions of affected Caribbean people.

Your gift to the ECHORN Hurricane Relief Fund supports nonprofit health organizations across the Caribbean region. Donate now.

Hurricanes Irma and Maria (2017) have devastated the Caribbean islands of Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, St. Martin/St. Maarten, Barbuda, Dominica, and many others. Beyond the immediate need for life sustaining supplies, the local health and well-being infrastructures will require long-term support to rebuild and resume the care of millions of Caribbean people.

To aid in the rebuilding effort, The ECHORN (Eastern Caribbean Health Outcomes Research Network) Hurricane Relief Fund and The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven are raising funds to help local, Caribbean nonprofit organizations meet the health and well-being needs of their communities. Organizations could use funds to replace destroyed or lost medical supplies, coordinate outreach to rebuild client databases, upgrade facilities to solar power or other renewable energy sources, physically relocate to a new space, or rebuild other vital resources that were lost after the storm. 
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WHO Commends South African Parliament Decision to Pass Tax Bill on Sugary Drinks

WHO Commends South African Parliament Decision to Pass Tax Bill on Sugary Drinks
The South African Parliament has taken a brave and powerful step towards promoting the health of the country’s citizens and reducing diet-related noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), such as diabetes, by passing a bill yesterday to implement a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, according to Dr Rufaro Chatora, WHO’s Representative to South Africa.

“I congratulate the Republic of South Africa’s parliament for passing the law to introduce a health promotion levy on sugary drinks in 2018,” says Dr Chatora. “South Africa’s lawmakers must be commended for their steadfastness in the face of immense industry pressure, as well as their foresight and determination to put the health of their citizens before the profits of corporate entities.”

Dr Chatora adds: “By passing this bill, South Africa’s parliament have shown that feasible measures exist to beat NCDs, and is leading the way for other countries in Africa, and around the world, to follow. The sugary drinks tax bill paves the way for South Africa to join the growing global movement of nations using fiscal policies to reduce consumption of unhealthy products while raising sorely needed revenues for social services like universal health coverage.”
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Diabetes Association Market Day
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Job Opportunity: Advocacy Coordinator, Jamaica and Barbados, Global Health Advocacy Incubator (Based in Kingston, Jamaica).

The Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI)
The Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI), a program of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK), provides strategic advocacy assistance on global public health issues in the area of obesity prevention, among others.

The Jamaica/Barbados Coordinator will have direct oversight of the project on-the ground in Jamaica and Barbados and will support in-country partners to carry out a coordinated advocacy campaign that ultimately leads to policy change. The Coordinator will report directly to the Director Obesity Prevention Programs at the GHAI in Washington, D.C. and will work closely with the GHAI obesity prevention team and partners on the ground.

This is a full-time coordinator position, will be based in Kingston, Jamaica and is a 12 month assignment with possible renewal. To apply for this position, please email a cover letter, including salary history and attach your resume to: and  The target date to hire is Feb. 1, 2018; however CVs will be accepted until the position is filled. 
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63rd ANNUAL CARPHA Health Research Conference June 14th - 16th, 2018: Call for Papers

DEADLINE For Receipt of Papers January 8th 2018.

63rd ANNUAL CARPHA Health Research Conference June 14th - 16th, 2018 Theme: ‘Sustainable Health Systems for Economic Growth, Development and Wealth’ 

For more information click/tap on the button below or Tel: (868) 622-4261-2 or (868) 299-0895 Ext 40270 or email:
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Edmundo Granda Ugalde Leaders in International Health Program (LIHP)

PAHO Virtual Campus Train course over 9 months

The LIHP collaborates with PAHO Member Countries in addressing this need by developing capacity in six key competency areas: situational analysis; policy design and decision-making; negotiation and advocacy; project management and cooperation; generation and exchange of knowledge; and communication. 

Aimed at Mid- to high-level managers and directors from PAHO Member States with decision-making capacity within:
  • Ministries of health, development, foreign affairs, finance, agriculture, trade and others
  • Multilateral and bilateral agencies
  • Regional and sub-regional integration blocs
  • Academic and research institutions
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Civil society organizations
  • Other entities dedicated to the public good
15 February 2018: Application deadline.
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NCI Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention Program

The National Cancer Institute (NCI)
The 2018 NCI Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention is currently accepting applications!
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) hosts the “NCI Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention” every year in Rockville, Maryland. The Curriculum provides training in cancer control, prevention, and research for domestic and international scientists and health care professionals. The Principles and Practice of Cancer Control Course, to be held July 9 - August 3, 2018, focuses on concepts, methods, issues, and applications related to cancer prevention and control. The Molecular Prevention Course, to be held August 6-10, 2018, provides a strong background in the molecular biology and genetics of cancer and an overview of basic laboratory approaches applied to cutting-edge research in the fields of molecular epidemiology, chemoprevention, biomarkers, and translational research.
The application deadline is February 1, 2018. A limited amount of financial support may be available for selected meritorious applications from low- and middle-income countries. 
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HCC Publications

NCDs and Trade Policy in the Caribbean
NCDs and Trade Policy
in the Caribbean
Policy Brief

Civil Society Action Plan 2017-2021: Preventing Childhood Obesity in the Caribbean
Civil Society Action Plan 2017-2021: Preventing Childhood Obesity in the Caribbean
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IDF Congress 2017
The global diabetes community will again unite at the IDF 2017 Congress in Abu Dhabi, UAE, on 4-8 December 2017. The event will include more than 200 speakers, both world-renowned and newcomers, 230 national diabetes associations from 170 countries and high level participation from the Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD) and other health organisations.
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Caribbean Cardiology Conference 2018

Caribbean Cardiology Conference 2018
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World Cancer Conference 2018

World Cancer Conference 2018
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The NCD Alliance
  • Civil society calls for urgent and sustained leadership and action on NCDs at the 2018 UN High-level Meeting and beyond
  • Advocacy Agenda of People Living with NCDs launched
  • NCD Atlas Civil Society Atlas - Spotlight on best practices
  • Micro-documentaries tell the story of the Advocacy Agenda
  • New publications on nutrition and workplace health
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