The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

October 30th - November 5th 2015


NCD Civil Society Community Come Together for the First Time Next Week November 13-15th in Sharjah, UAE - 2030 Agenda

The HCC will be in Sharjah this week on November 13-15, 2015, when the NCD Alliance (NCDA) convenes the Global NCD Alliance Forum.  The Forum will be the first of its kind, bringing together representatives from national and regional NCD alliances from across the world to build a sense of community, share experiences and good practice, support organizational strengthening, stimulate collaboration, identify network-wide priorities and facilitate advocacy planning. 
Global NCD Alliance Forum 2015
The Forum will be organized under the banner theme of “NCD Advocacy and Accountability in the Post-2015 Era” and will focus on three key areas: Organisational development; Advocacy and accountability – driving change and demanding action; and Twinning – collaborations for success.
In preparation for the Forum, the NCD Alliance conducted a comprehensive participatory needs assessment of civil society NCD alliances aimed at creating a knowledge base and an impetus for civil society strengthening initiatives in the field of NCDs. Regional civil society preparatory meetings were held to inform the NCD Alliance needs assessment. As one of only four regional NCD alliances globally, and a longstanding partner of the NCD Alliance, the HCC hosted the Caribbean Regional Preparatory meeting in Barbados on June 6th, 2015. For the meeting report click here (for the expanded report with full annexes click here).
Caribbean CIVIL SOCIETY Regional Preparatory Meeting In preparation for the GLOBAL NCD ALLIANCE FORUM

Commonwealth Secretariat Supporting Strengthening of National NCD Commissions in the Caribbean

Commonwealth Secretariat Supporting Strengthening of National NCD Commissions in the Caribbean in SVG
Dr. Magna Aidoo, Health Advisor at the Commonwealth Secretariat, visited the region to conduct site visits in St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Grenada, as part of The National NCD Commissions Strengthening Project (NNCDCSP) a collaborative effort of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) and the Commonwealth Secretariat, working to strengthen the multisectoral response to NCDs in the Caribbean. Building on the findings and recommendations in  Part I: A Civil Society Report on National NCD Commissions in the Caribbean: Towards a More Effective Multisectoral Response to NCDs a draft NNCDC Implementation Framework (Part II: A Framework for the Establishment and Strengthening of National NCD Commissions) was developed to provide practical guidance for the establishment and strengthening of NNCDCs as informed by the experiences of past and existing Commissions in the region.
Commonwealth Secretariat Supporting Strengthening of National NCD Commissions in the Caribbean in Grenada
The draft NNCDC Implementation Framework will be piloted in selected Caribbean territories including St. Vincent and the Grenadines where the Commission is in the early stages of formation and in Grenada where the existing Commission requires strengthening. The HCC will be focussed on ensuring strong civil society representation on these multisectoral bodies and where possible promoting the formation of National NCD Alliances as mechanisms for strong NCD civil society representation on these Commissions.  During the course of her visit, Dr. Aidoo met with the Hon. Clayton Burgin (Minister of Health, St. Vincent & the Grenadines); the Hon. Nickolas Steele (Minister of Health, Grenada); and Dr. Kenneth George (Acting Chief Medical Officer, Ministry of Health, Barbados).
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Antigua & Barbuda NCD Awareness

Mental health week in Antigua & Barbuda was celebrated under the theme ‘Dignity in Mental Health, I am a Person not a Problem’ in October 2015.  Antigua & Barbuda, NCD Focal Point, Valerie Williams reported that the week of activities was organised by the Clare Vue Psychiatric a Hospital. On Sunday October 11th, to kick off Mental Health Week, staff and inmates of the Clare Vue Psychiatric Hospital were guests at the House of Restoration Church.
Antigua & Barbuda NCD Awareness
On Monday October 12th and 13th, an open house was held where arts and craft work done by the patients were on display for the public to view. A lecture on the effect of substance abuse was done by 2 of the doctors at the Hospital targeting visiting school children from both secondary and primary schools. A total of 116 students from both government and primary schools, and an additional 3 students from one of the Medical school (UHSA) University of Health Sciences, visited and took part in the interactive lecture and discussion.
Antigua & Barbuda NCD Awareness
Sports day was held on Wednesday October 14th and Thursday October 15th, where the patients engaged in cricket, football, sack race, lime and spoon, domino, and bun-eating competition.  On Friday October 16th, sports day prizes and trophies were awarded.The week closed with on Saturday October 17th with a movie night.
Mo-vember Men Against Cancer

Mo-vember Men Against Cancer

RBC Rotal Bank (Barbados) Ltd. in association with the Barbados Cancer Society presents A Blue Tie - Power Breakfast - No-Ordinary Breakfast!!.

At the Barbados Hilton Wednesday November 18th at 7.30am.

Registration $100 contact Zaynah or Margaret: 429-9123/8 or

Improving Health Through Better Governance – Strengthening the Governance of Diet and Nutrition Partnerships for the Prevention of Chronic Diseases

Improving Health Through Better Governance
Leading global experts in chronic disease prevention, met in Bellagio, Italy in October 2015, for a ground-breaking project aimed at supporting efforts to address the major global governance gap in the area of comprehensive conflict of interest safeguards for food and nutrition partnerships to prevent chronic-diseases.  The purpose of the 3-day intensive meeting was to bring together a diverse range of opinion-forming stakeholders from different sectors to discuss how governance for the prevention of chronic disease can be strengthened, with a particular focus on partnerships with food producers, by identifying approaches to managing conflicts of interest (COI).  The Healthy Caribbean Coalition was represented by President, Sir Trevor Hassell.  The project is coordinated by the UK Health Forum in collaboration with colleagues from WHO, the Institute of Population and Public Health, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and World Obesity Federation.

CaveHill Medical Students' Association 21 Day Health Challenge

The challenge promotes health and wellness to medical students by encouraging then to eat healthier and exercise more as well as cultivate teamwork and peer care through motivation. As medical professionals, we medical students will tell our patients to eat better, get more exercise and live better and we should cultivate these habits as well.
Tilon Gordon
MSA President Tilon Gordon (BSc.) said "As we commence the second installment of the UWI Cave Hill MSAs 21 Day Health Challenge, we use this as an opportunity to strongly promote and to support the continued fight against NCDs. As future health care doctors, we further take this opportunity to pledge our commitment to the national & regional efforts towards the attainment of the  Millennium Development Goals, 2025,  and the relevant Sustainable Development Goals, 2030".
Read more about the 21 Day Challenge. Keep up to date with the challenge on the MSA Facebook page here.
Lung Cancer Awareness Lecture

Lung Cancer Awareness Lecture

Join in with the Cancer Society of The Bahamas on Tuesday, November 10th 2015 at 5.30pm, guest speaker Dr. Diane Sands. The lecture takes place at the Cancer Society Headquarters.
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SPECTRE - James Bond Movie Premiere Fundraiser

James Bond Movie Premiere
HSFB Bond Movie Fundraising Premiere
On Wednesday November 4th SPECTRE the latest James Bond movie had its premiere in Barbados at the Limegrove Lifestyle Centre. Attended by almost 300 guests the event raised in excess of $30,000 BDS for the Foundation.

Before the movie the CEO of the Heart & Stroke Foundation Gina Pitts gave an 'intelligence threat briefing' in which she said "Two major perpetrators of carnage worldwide have been identified as being more dangerous and more likely to kill agent 007 than any of his previous adversaries or their henchmen".
"The names of the two most evil villains are Heart Disease and Stroke" she said.

Read the full 'briefing' here and see many more photos here.

Building Capacity in Chronic Disease Self-Management

Building Capacity in Chronic Disease Self-Management
PAHO,  Advisor on Chronic Diseases and Mental Health, Dr. Tomo Kanda, is pleased to announce that they have successfully completed a Leaders Training in the British Virgin Islands, 27-30 October.  Anguilla and Montserrat were also represented at the workshop.  BVI will incorporate the Stanford Chronic Diseases Self-Management Programme into the PAHO Improving Quality of Care Project (Chronic Care Model) which will serve an excellent component for strengthening “Self-Management Support”.
The Leaders Training Workshop can be completed in 4-days.  Programme coordinators will now recruit local implementation partners from civil society (such as Diabetes, Hypertension, Cancer Associations etc.) who will help to identify the people who need the programme.  Barbados, which participated in a previous training, now has a plan for a systematic way of training (Leaders Training) for health professionals at PHC with the Stanford Programme.  This will provide an opportunity to make strong linkage between “health professionals at PHC”  and “non-health professionals at community”.
Dr. Kanda remarked that the 'Sub-Region (particularly Eastern Caribbean Countries) is really making great progress in the QOC Project for health improvement.  Next steps, will include planning for programmesaddressing “children and young adolescent for early prevention and control of obesity” and “senior populations”.  Now, most of the countries have under implementation of integration of NCDs and mental health (mhGAP Interventions) into primary health are.  Hopefully, this Stanford Programme will strengthen community linkage.'
"Waisting Away" Workshop

"Waisting Away" Workshop

Empowering Health Professionals with Weight Management Knowledge/Research/Practice for Health at any size. Workshop presented by Hélène Charlebols, BSc, RD, registered Dietitian, Weight Management & Obesity Expert.

The Shell Suite, UWI, Cavehill, St. Michael, November 21, 2015, 9am - 5pm.

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Keep the Culture Keep the Fat

Keep the Culture Keep the Fat

Barbados Diabetes Association presents a lecture in recognition of World Diabetes Day 2015. The lecture is by by Dr. Maureen E. Rose, R.D., Ph.D., the Clinical Coordinator of Professional Practice (Stage) in Dietetics at the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition of McGill University. Dr. Rose will speak on the topic “Keep the culture keep the fat”. This will be held at the Frank Collymore Hall at 7.00pm on Wednesday 11th November. Read more

WHO GCM Accepting Nominations for Members of the 2016-2017 Working Groups

The WHO GCM is now accepting nominations for members of the 2016-2017 working groups from Member States. The 2016-2017 GCM work plan includes the establishment of three new working groups. WG 1 and 2 will be established in 2016, and WG 3 in 2017:
If you wish to nominate members of the above working groups, the HCC strongly encourages you to reach out to your government to share your recommendations with them and to find out whether they are already planning to nominate specific experts.

Please note that the process to appoint Members of the Working Groups is as follows:
  •  January 2016: WHO Regional Directors (RD) collate nominations from Member States and submits these to the WHO GCM (make sure that you reach out to your government as early as possible to influence this process; some governments will submit their nominations to their RDs as early as November)
  • March 2016: WHO Director-General appoints 12 Members for each Working Group
  • March/April 2016: Working Groups take up their work
Further information about the working groups can be found here.
WHO Newsletter Briefing on Global Coordination Mechanism on NCDs

WHO Newsletter Briefing on Global Coordination Mechanism on NCDs and the UN Interagency Task Force on NCDs

A e-update for participants of the GCM, the Task Force and international partners. This communication will be issued on a regular basis, providing updates on products, events and activities in our areas of work. Its purpose is to keep partners and other interested parties updated on what we are doing to support global efforts to prevent and control NCDs. Read more

Approaches to Establishing Country-level, Multisectoral Coordination Mechanisms for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases

Approaches to Establishing Country-level, Multisectoral Coordination Mechanisms for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases
The determinants and implications of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are spread across diverse sectors within and outside the government. This calls for Member States to set up multisectoral coordination mechanisms that offer a synergistic response to these diseases and their risk factors. An analysis of experiences of countries of the WHO South-East Asia Region in addressing various health and similar challenges brings to the fore five key elements and five strategies read more

Berkeley Evaluation of Soda Tax (BEST) Study Preliminary Findings

Interim results from the largest‐to-­date evaluation of Berkeley, California’s 2014 sugar sweetened beverage excise tax, show that the one cent per ounce tax has been fully passed on to the retail pricing of sugar sweetened beverages in large and small chain supermarkets and chain gas stations, a prerequisite for taxes to reduce consumption. Data  from the City of Berkeley also show that over $692,000 in revenues were raised in the first six months (or over a dollar for every resident per month), to be used in general fund efforts to promote healthier communities in the City. Read more
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Latest
BOND, James Bond 007...
On Wednesday night November 4th this movie had its premier showing in the cinemas of the Lime Grove Lifestyle Centre

One Can of fizzy drink...
a day could raise your heart failure rate by 23%

Read more from the Heart & Stroke Foundation newsletter here.

The Things Most Likely to Kill You in the UK

The Things Most Likely to Kill You
Humans are notoriously bad at assessing risk. It's why someone lights up another cigarette while worrying about getting killed by a terrorist, and why so many of us calmly drive to work everyday but feel nervous getting on a plane. Here are the leading causes of death in the UK.  Read more

The World Report on Ageing and Health: a Policy Framework for Healthy Ageing

Although populations around the world are rapidly ageing, evidence that increasing longevity is being accompanied by an extended period of good health is scarce. A coherent and focused public health response that spans multiple sectors and stakeholders is urgently needed. To guide this global response, WHO has released the first World report on ageing and health, reviewing current knowledge and gaps and providing a public health framework for action. The report is built around a redefinition of healthy ageing that centres on the notion of functional ability: the combination of the intrinsic capacity of the individual, relevant environmental characteristics, and the interactions between the individual and these characteristics. This Health Policy highlights key findings and recommendations from the report. Read more

Call for Participants for the Dialogue on Mobilizing International Cooperation on NCDs Organized by the WHO GCM/NCD

Here is the provisional program for the upcoming Dialogue on Mobilizing International Cooperation on NCDs organized by the WHO Global Coordination Mechanism for Noncommunicable Diseases (WHO GCM/NCD) in Geneva 30 November 1 December 2015 (register here).

Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research - Call for Abstracts and Proposals for Organized Sessions

Here is the full call for abstracts and proposals for organized sessions for the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Vancouver.

Find out more on the website:here.

Call for Papers For CCS 2016 Barbados

Call for Papers For CCS 2016 Barbados
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CARPHA Health Research Conference Call for Papers

Deadline for Receipt of Papers is December 1st, 2015. The 61st Annual CARPHA Health Research Conference will be held in the Turks and Caicos Islands from June 23rd to June 25th, 2016.

The theme for 2016 is Family Health. For more information contact the conference secretariat at: or click here.

Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity

Open for comment: 29 September – 13 November 2015
The Draft Final Report of the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity is now open for comment from relevant stakeholders. In addition, the Commission will hold regional consultations and hearings throughout this consultative period. Read more
9th World Alliance for Risk Factor Surveillance Conference 2015
The American University of Antigua will be hosting the 9th WARFS Global Conference in St. John’s, Antigua, November 18th-20th, 2015. This will be the first WARFS conference to be held in the Caribbean region. The WARFS 2015 conference follows a series of very interesting conferences held in countries around the world since 1999.  Read more
NCD Alliance e-Alert
  • Global NCD Alliance Forum: NCD Advocacy & Accountability in the Post-2015 Era
  • Open Consultation: Global Indicators for the 2030 Agenda
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From the NCD Alliance Weekly Digest

NCDs News
  • UN News: Eleven major firms agree to promote inclusion of persons with disabilities – UN labour agency read more
  • World Bank: Bringing Mental Health Services to Those Who Need Them Most read more
  • Handicap International: Philippines: saving feet, one patient at a time read more
  • DevPolicy: The Invisible Health Challenge for Aid and Humanitarian Action read more
  • BioMed Central: Exercise reduces fatigue in cancer survivors read more
Risk Factor News
  • UN News: New UN report links processed meats to cancer in humans; red meat also likely to cause the disease read more
  • WHO: IARC monographs evaluate red and processed meats read more
  • Lancet: Effect of low-fat diet interventions versus other diet interventions on long-term weight change in adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis | Prescribing low-fat diets: useless for long-term weight loss? read more
  • Public Health England: Designing a ‘whole systems approach’ to prevent and tackle obesity read more
  • PLoS: Too much TV linked to 8 leading causes of death read more
  • PLoS: Sweet tweets: How Big Soda uses Social Media to dilute critiques read more
  • BMJ: An Australian perspective on tobacco control in the 21st Century read more
  • BMJ: The problem with comparing meat and smoking cancer risk read more
  • Handicap International: Five steps to a successful Walk read more
  • WEF: Which countries consume the most added sugar? read more
  • Guardian: Restaurant chains criticised over children's menus and soda refills read more
  • Guardian: Radical action on childhood obesity will require political courage | Public Health England obesity report: the key points read more
  • The Globalist: 6 Facts: The World’s Heavyweight Nations 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.
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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