The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

December 9th - December 15th 2016

Seasons Greetings

The HCC is Proud to Launch this Seminal Report on Tobacco Control Advocacy in the Caribbean

Civil Society Led Tobacco Control in the Caribbean
The HCC is honoured to release this seminal report on 'Civil Society Led Tobacco Control Advocacy in the Caribbean - The experiences of the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC)'. The JCTC has recorded remarkable and measurable success. It has been a champion for the implementation of the articles under the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), successfully advocating for legislation in Jamaica despite considerable tobacco industry interference. Its work has been recognised and applauded both regionally and globally.

We believe this report, and the experiences and lessons learned from the JCTC, will serve as a resource for civil society NCD advocacy for years to come. We hope that it will be used to bring about the enactment of tobacco control legislation by CARICOM countries as called for in the FCTC which has been ratified by almost all CARICOM countries. The need for action by CARICOM countries in this important area of NCD prevention continues to be of critical importance and requires strong and sustained advocacy by CSOs. Read the full report here.
Timeline of Tobacco Control

Latin America & Caribbean Tobacco control Leadership Program, Santiago Chile

HCC & JCTC Tobacco Control Advisor Barbara McGaw
 Tobacco Control Leadership Program
The Institute for Global Tobacco Control (IGTC) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH) held the 2016 Latin America and Caribbean Tobacco Control Leadership Program from 4-10 December in Santiago, Chile. 

The Leadership Program was a one-week, in-depth program focused on building capacity to develop effective tobacco control policy and interventions. 
It was developed in collaboration with the University Adolfo Ibanez, Santiago; the World Health Organization Regional Office for the Americas (WHO-PAHO); the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids; and, the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease.  

There where three particpants from the Caribbean, HCC Tobacco Control Advisor Barbara McGaw, Natasha Lloyd Felix, Director, Bureau of Health Education, MOH, St Lucia, Kesaundra Alves from Guyana. Read more
Health of the Nation
Health of the Nation is an ongoing series of articles featuring NCDs, appearing in the Daily Nation Newspaper in Barbados.

Celebrate But Don't Overdo

The Christmas Season can often be seen as a challenging one in terms of maintaining a balanced and healthy lifestyle. This season is often filled with celebrations, and favourite foods and drinks including sorrel, ginger beer, black cake and Christmas ham. Unfortunately, the Christmas season and all its cheer frequently comes with overindulgence. People with specific diets need to be particularly cautious during this time of year. However, all of us, regardless of health status, need to be conscious of the quality and quantity of foods that we eat.

As we all attend numerous Christmas functions, gatherings and parties, we should consider the following:
  • Potion Sizes and eating regularly
  • Alcohol Consumption
  • The Sweet Stuff

2016 World Cancer Congress Summary Report

2016 World Cancer Congress Summary Report
This year’s conference placed greater emphasis upon regional and patient perspectives, including a programme in French, sessions in Spanish and innovative capacity building schemes designed to enhance participants’ expertise, knowledge and impact. The traditional Plenary sessions, Big Debates, Abstract presentations, Master Courses and the Global Village also enjoyed high popularity. 

According to participants’ feedback, the 2016 Congress provided countless occasions to network and an increasingly stimulating learning environment amongst a multicultural community. Read more

Diabetes Association of Barbados Market Day

Diabetes Association of Barbados Market Day
The Diabetes Association of Barbados will be having its Market Day at the Headquarters, Cnr. Jessamine Ave, Beckles Rd, St. Michael, on Thursday, December 22, 2016, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. On sale will be a variety of fruits, vegetables, hand-made jewellery and Christmas decorations.

Amputees Get New Rehab Program

Amputees Get New Rehab Program
Saint Lucia, Castries: St. Lucian’s with limb amputations will be the focus of a new initiative to help improve their quality of life by providing a program of sports, recreation and help with rehabilitation. The chAMPS program focusing on people with disabilities in the form of limb amputations is being launched in St Lucia supported by the Australian High Commission’s Direct Aid Program (DAP) and run by the Sacred Sports Foundation Inc (SSF). Read more

2nd Annual General Meeting of the Breastfeeding and Child Nutrition Foundation of Barbados

2nd Annual General Meeting of the Breastfeeding and Child Nutrition Foundation of Barbados
The Breastfeeding and Child Nutrition Foundation of Barbados (BCNF) held its 2nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Sandy Lane Hotel on September 19th, 2016. The BCNF is a charity whose main object is to promote the advancement of breastfeeding and optimal childhood nutrition.
This year’s meeting hosted and chaired by President Dr. Alison Bernard was attended by the Charity’s Champion Dame Billie Miller, specially invited guest Dr. Dexter James, C.E.O of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and members of the Charity.  Read more

NCDFREE Presents: Tackling Trauma 

NCDFREE Presents: Tackling Trauma 
NCDFREE is proud to present their latest film Tackling Trauma. The film follows the story of Frank, an asylum seeker in Denmark, who recieves both health and social support from a local volunteer run project called Trampoline House.

Exploring the topics of migrational health and non communicable diseases, this film combines two important global health topics, whilst highlighting the need for all humans to have networks. Read more

4th Annual Medical Conference June 9, 10 & 11 2017

4th Annual Medical Conference
Caribbean Medical Providers Practicing Abroad invites you to their 4th Annual Caribbean Medical Conference where they will bring medical and clinical providers volunteering from around the world to share awareness, education, skills, and community outreach services to the people of Barbados on June 9, 10, & 11, 2017. This year’s conference will be hosted at the Barbados Hilton Hotel, Barbados, West Indies. Read more

Sugary Drinks Tax 'Will Benefit Children Most'

UK Sugar Tax WIll Benefit Children Most
The health of children will benefit most from the sugar tax on the UK soft drinks industry, according to a study, published in the Lancet Public Health Journal.

It predicted if sugar was cut in the sweetest drinks in response to the tax, levels of tooth decay, obesity and type 2 diabetes would fall, particularly among the high-consumption under-18s. Researchers said the overall effect of the tax - due to start in April 2018 - would be modest but significant. Soft drinks firms say there is no evidence a tax would cut obesity.

The tax will be applied depending on the sugar content of drinks, so there will be no tax on diet drinks, a lower tax on mid-sugar drinks and a higher tax on high-sugar drinks. The Office for Budget Responsibility estimates the levy could add 18p to 24p to the price of a litre of fizzy drink if the full cost is passed on to the consumer. This amounts to an extra 6p on a regular can of Fanta and Sprite, and an extra 8p on a regular can of Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Irn-Bru. Read more

HCC Sugar Infographics

Caribbean Sugar Infographics
Caribbean Sugar
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Yes She Can International Women in Wellness Conference 2017

Yes She Can
Watch the promotional video here

Life Expectancy In U.S. Drops For First Time In Decades, Report Finds

One of the fundamental ways scientists measure the well-being of a nation is tracking the rate at which its citizens die and how long they can be expected to live.

So the news out of the federal government Thursday is disturbing: The overall U.S. death rate has increased for the first time in a decade, according to an analysis of the latest data. And that led to a drop in overall life expectancy for the first time since 1993, particularly among people younger than 65. Read more
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados
Thank You
From the CEO's desk...
Season’s Greetings to one and all.

An Apple a Day - Keeps The Doctor Away!  One reason that may be so is that apples contain Pectin. Yes you may ask - What is pectin?

Read more here
NCD Alliance Newsletter
  • Norway adopts standardised packaging to save lives and prevent suffering from tobacco use
  • NCD Alliance joins the Deliver for Good Campaign
  • Halting the inappropriate marketing of baby formulas 
  • Support through Sport social media campaign launched
  • UHC Day 2016: Health in urbanising systems
Read more
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