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International Womens Day 2016
The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

February 26th - March 3rd 2016

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One Step Closer to a Regional Social Marketing Salt Reduction Campaign

Stakeholders from across the Caribbean met for a four day workshop in Miami from March 1-4, 2016 to Define a Caribbean Social Marketing Campaign. The workshop was led by Branka Legatic (PAHO-WHO Regional Advisor, Noncommunicable Diseases and Disabilities, Department  of  Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health) and her team including Dr. Ruben Grajeda (PAHO), Bill Smith (PAHO Consultant), Robin Mowson (PAHO), Marie Manning (American Heart Association) and Mahmooda Pasha (University of South Florida, WHO Collaborating Center for Social Change).
One Step Closer to a Regional Social Marketing Salt Reduction Campaign
Participants from Barbados, Jamaica and Suriname, included PAHO representatives, members of local ministries of health, the private sector, and civil society organisations.  Joan Tull, HCC Information and Communication Advisor and HCC Executive Director, Maisha Hutton were present. The meeting was part of the PAHO Salt Smart Consortium's project: Social Marketing Training and Technical Assistance to Reduce Daily Salt Intake.

The aim of the  meeting was to develop detailed proposals for a social marketing salt reduction campaign targeting Caribbean mothers. For more details on the project see the HCC powerpoint presentation from the PAHO WASH World Salt Awareness Week Webinar held earlier this week on Monday Feb 29, 2016. See more photos from the meeting here.

For more information on the project please contact us at hcc@healthycaribbean.org.

HCC Welcomes New Trade Policy Advisor, Vincent Atkins

Vincent Atkins Trade Policy Advisor for the HCC
HCC has a new special advisor on Trade Policy, Mr. Vincent Atkins.

Vincent Atkins is Trade Policy and Technical Advisor to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Less Developed Countries (LDCs) , Office of Trade Negotiations, CARICOM Secretariat, in Barbados.  He has been involved in the negotiations of international trade agreements since 2001, representing the Caribbean Community in several negotiating fora in the area of agricultural trade.
Mr Atkins’ current responsibilities include coordination of market access in goods negotiations and conduct of technical and analytical studies on trade issues of particular interest to CARICOM LDCs.  Since 2007 Mr Atkins has also undertaken work related to assessing the implications of global trade policies for the control and prevention of obesity, particularly for developing countries. He is a co-author of the book,” Food, Trade, Diet and Health”, published by Wildey-Blackwell in 2010.  In November Mr Atkins was appointed as a Commissioner to the Lancet Commission on Obesity established jointly by The Lancet Journal, World Obesity Federation, University of Auckland and George Washington University to stimulate action and strengthen accountability systems for the implementation of agreed recommendations to reduce obesity and its related inequalities. Mr Atkins’ contribution to the Commission will be in the fields of law, agriculture and trade.
Excellent paper written by Dr. Corinna Hawkes
Mr Atkins has a Bachelors degree in Economics with First Class Honours from the University of the West Indies (1988), an MSc in Agricultural Economics from the University of Florida (1991), Gainesville, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of London (2007). He also holds a diploma for graduates in International Relations from the University of London (2011).

Check out this excellent paper written by Dr. Corinna Hawkes (with comments from Vincent Atkins).
News

Taxes on Sugar-sweetened Beverages as a Public Health Strategy: The Experience of Mexico

Taxes on Sugar-sweetened Beverages as a Public Health Strategy: The Experience of Mexico
PAHO/WHO Report

[Introduction] The purpose of the present work is to describe the procedure whereby a tax on sugar- sweetened beverages and energy-dense foods was implemented as a public health strategy in Mexico. This document is an attempt to make our experience public so that useful elements can be replicated in other contexts and further interventions be developed to improve health.

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PAHO Defines Excess Levels of Sugar, Salt and Fat in Processed Food and Drink Products

PAHO Defines Excess Levels of Sugar, Salt and Fat in Processed Food and Drink Products
Washington, D.C., 19 February 2016 (PAHO/WHO) — New criteria to define what is "too much" sugar, salt and fat in processed food and drinks are presented in a new PAHO Nutrient Profile Model launched yesterday by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). The model is intended to help governments develop more effective policies to encourage healthy eating. The overall objective is to improve unhealthy dietary patterns in the Americas that are contributing to the growing epidemic of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Read more or download the Nutrient Profile Model here.
NOURISHING policy database
World Cancer Research Fund International have just updated their NOURISHING policy database. It now holds more than 260 policy actions from over 100 countries!
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Uniting to Stop the Epidemic of NCDs – Time to Accelerate Action - Implementation Workshop Video Interviews

Workshop Interviews
During the recent ‘Uniting to Stop the Epidemic of NCDs – Time to Accelerate Action’ Implementation Workshop in Trinidad and Tobago some of the speakers and attendees were asked to give their thoughts on the workshop and their views on NCDs and the way forward.

Watch the video interviews here.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Launches NCD Project

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), launched a project focused on strengthening Caribbean National Societies´ capacity in supporting the prevention and control of Non Communicable Diseases (NCD´s) and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle.
     
The task force comprised representatives from the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC and IFRC  have an MOU), The Caribbean Red Cross Health  Network and the IFRC members from the Regional Office in Panama and Caribbean Office in Port of Spain, and the Spanish Red Cross. The function of the task force, along with sharing subject matter expertise, will be to provide support through communication avenues and sharing technical resources.
The project will focus on the 13 English speaking National Societies (NS´s) within the Caribbean region. They are Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis Red Cross, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago.

There are two components to this one year project funded by the Spanish Red Cross. The first is a three day regional workshop to be held on April 27-29. Contents of the workshop will be based on the Healthy Lifestyle Module of the Community-Based Heath and First Aid (CBHFA) tool developed by the IFRC. This module incorporates behaviour change methods to increase knowledge and equip communities and individuals to make healthier lifestyle choices. The second aspect will see the 13 National Societies implementing NCDs related activities and micro actions.

Students the Focus of Jamaica Cancer Society Anti-tobacco Forum

Jamaica Observer - Students from schools across the island benefited from an informative, eye-opening Anti-Tobacco Youth Forum staged by the Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS) Wednesday at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston.
Students the Focus of Jamaica Cancer Society Anti-tobacco Forum
The event included video and audiovisual presentations, and talks from representatives from the Ministry of Health; National Chest Hospital; National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA); Heart Foundation of Jamaica; and the Association of General Practitioners. There were collective gasps and sounds of disgust from the young audience as they viewed graphic images of the damage to the body caused by smoking, including rotting body parts. Read more

World Health Day 7 April 2016: Beat Diabetes

The main goals of the WHO World Health Day 2016 Campaign are to increase awareness about the rise in diabetes, and its staggering burden and consequences, in particular in low and middle-income countries; and to trigger a set of specific, effective and affordable actions to tackle diabetes. These will include steps to prevent diabetes and diagnose, treat and care for people with diabetes. Read more

HCC encourages you to plan activities for World Health Day 2016 and please share them with us by emailing hcc@healthycaribbean.org.

Hypertensive At 50 - Blood, Salt & Tears??

On February 25th, 2016, Dr. Kenneth Connell (Principal Investigator - GSHTP Barbados Pilot, Deputy Dean - Preclinical, Faculty of Medical Sciences  |  Cave Hill Campus, The University of the West Indies) delivered a lecture entitled: Hypertensive @ 50 - Blood, Salt & Tears.  This lecture, as part of the Faculty of Medical Sciences (FMS) UWI Cave Hill campus 50th Anniversary of Independence celebration was build to highlight home blood pressure measurement. Using hypertension management as its canvas, the sustained contribution of the UWI Cave Hill FMS to scholarship, teaching and clinical service were highlighted with its major partner, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
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This lecture, as part of the Faculty of Medical Sciences (FMS) UWI Cave Hill campus 50th Anniversary of Independence celebration was build to highlight home blood pressure measurement. Using hypertension management as its canvas, the sustained contribution of the UWI Cave Hill FMS to scholarship, teaching and clinical service were highlighted with its major partner, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
The Cave Hill campus has responded to the health needs of the society it serves and continues to do so in a deliberate manner.

Hypertension, as an epi-phenomenon, represents a significant disease burden and cost to a small island developing state like Barbados; especially at this vulnerable time in its adulthood. The origins of hypertension in a Black Caribbean population are multifactorial and are thought to include the influence of both candidate genes, possibly from a enslaved past, and mitigation by a variety of environmental factors characteristic of developing countries. Sodium, as salt, has distinguished itself as a major dietary factor.
Hypertensive At 50 - Blood, Salt & Tears?? Lecture Audience
The management of hypertension is largely dependent in making a robust diagnosis and follow up of interventions. There are several factors affecting the integrity of this. Firstly, blood pressure is a highly mobile target and changes from second to second. Interventions aimed at lowering blood pressure should therefore lower a range rather than an absolute reading. This poses another problem, as only a “snap shot” of BP is recorded in the clinical setting. Furthermore, blood pressure done in this environment also may be artificially affected due to peculiar clinic factors - the so called “white coat effect”. A more wholistic approach, including public health interventions, will need to play a central role in health systems strengthening; this is the case not only for hypertension but for all NCDs. Programmes, such as the Standardised Hypertension Treatment Project - Barbados pilot, started in April 2014, recommends the use of evidence based interventions in an environment which supports the use of same.
 
The Cave Hill campus will continue to respond to the health needs of post independent Barbados. As the campus has responded to these health challenges like HIV, Zika virus and Sargasso seaweed, the campus with respond to the NCD burden. We look forward to leading the wave of change with the Campus Action To Control Hypertension (CATCH)!

Initiative for the Promotion of Regional Public Goods 2016 Call for Proposals

Initiative for the Promotion of Regional Public Goods 2016 Call for Proposals
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The Truths and Myths of Prostate Cancer

The Truths and Myths of Prostate Cancer
21st Century Oncology and Impression Imaging of Miami in partnership with Cancer Support Services held a Men’s Health Forum “Truths and Myths of Prostate Cancer” at the Grande Salle, Barbados earlier in February.

The Grande Salle was packed with both men and women listening attentively to the presenting specialists. Read more

More Than Half a Million Could Die as Climate Change Impacts Diet

More Than Half a Million Could Die as Climate Change Impacts Diet
Climate change could kill more than 500,000 people a year globally by 2050 by making their diets less healthy, according to new research published in the Lancet.

The research is the first to assess how the impacts of global warming could affect the quality of the diets available to people and found fewer fruit and vegetables would be available as a result of climatic changes. These are vital in curbing heart disease, strokes and diet-related cancers, leading the study to conclude that the health risks of climate change are far greater than thought. Read more

Coping in My Relationships Workshop

 Coping in My Relationships Workshop
A ‘Coping in My Relationships’ Workshop sponsored by Cancer Support Services was held at the Accra Beach Hotel and Spa Barbados, recently. Read more
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Latest
Tuesday March 8th...
International Women's Day and The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados acknowledges the important role of women, and in all aspects.

NEWSTART
The St. Michael School on Monday 29th February launched the health program initiative called NEWSTART..

Read more from the Heart & Stroke Foundation newsletter here.

Plain Packaging Works

Plain Packaging Works
Tobacco plain packaging has been a remarkable success, and has already saved thousands of lives, according to the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) and other groups.

A report released today concludes that the effects of plain packaging are “underestimated” but these positive outcomes are expected to grow.

Plain packaging, which was a first for Australia, was introduced in December 2012 by the Gillard Government. Researchers now believe it has been essential in the decline of smoking rates. Read more
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From the NCD Alliance Weekly Digest


NCDs News
  • Lancet: Wearable technologies and stigma in diabetes: the role of medical aesthetics read more
  • Lancet: Disability omitted from debates on lack of diversity among Oscar nominees read more
  • NEJM: Excess Mortality among Persons with Type 2 Diabetes read more
  • PLoS: Engineering a Solution to Cancer read more
  • BMJ: Why are the long term effects of cancer so rarely talked about? read more
  • BioMed Central: Can we kill cancer cells using new ‘smart drugs’ read more
  • WEF: How poverty affects childhood leukemia outcomes read more
  • WEF: Could this new Alzheimer’s treatment restore memory function? read more

Risk Factor News
  • WHO: PAHO defines excess levels of sugar, salt and fat in processed food and drink products read more
  • Lancet: Childhood obesity and education read more
  • Lancet: Carcinogenicity of some industrial chemicals read more
  • World Bank: We, the people, for the global bicycle momentum read more
  • BMJ: Tobacco industry attacks WHO, but only incriminates itself read more
  • BMJ: Time to move forward after five years of the current anti-tobacco law in Spain read more
  • WEF: Which country has the worst air pollution? Clue: it's not China read more
  • WEF: What does sugar do to our health? read more
  • Capital New York: In upholding sodium rule, judge hands health department a crucial victory read more
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.
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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.

To join the HCC email us at hcc@healthycaribbean.org
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