The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

February 20th - February 26th 2015


Commonwealth Secretariat in Partnership with HCC to Strengthen Multisectoral Response to NCDs in the Caribbean

The NCD Commissions Strengthening Project (NCDCSP) is a collaborative effort of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) and the Commonwealth Secretariat (CS), working to strengthen the multisectoral response to NCDs in the Caribbean.
Commonwealth Secretariat in Partnership with HCC
The Commonwealth Secretariat
The goal of the project is to enhance multi-sectoral coordination and action through National NCD Commissions (NNCDC) or similar mechanisms. To kick off the project, Team Leader and Health Advisor at the CS, Dr. Magna Aidoo, visited HCC and met with key stakeholders earlier this month. Stay tuned for more updates on this initiative.

Women’s Health an Ongoing Priority for HCC Members

The American Cancer Global Health Programme is supporting HCC member organisations in a second round of funding aimed at building the capacity of the Jamaica Cancer Society and the Belize Cancer Society to deliver high quality cervical cancer screening and treatment services to economically disadvantaged women in Jamaica and indigenous women living in rural communities in Belize.  “The Jamaica Cancer Society is very happy to be the recipient of this grant which will go a long way in strengthening our capacity to expand our cervical cancer screening and public health education programmes to underserved communities across Jamaica" stated Executive Director of the JCS, Yulit Gordon.

President of the BCS, Laura Tucker-Longsworth remarked: ''Phase II of the project will compliment an existing BCS initiative being sponsored by UNESCO in which over 350 women from rural communities will be supported with education, cervical cancer screening and referrrals to relevant agencies for follow-up services. More specifically women will receive free PAP testing, on-site syndromic management of identifiable vaginal infections and colposcopies as needed”.

This ACS funded initiative, the C4PI II builds on the Australian Direct Aid Program funded C4PI (Caribbean Civlil Society Cervical Cancer Prevention Initiative) implemented in 2014. To read more of Ms.Gordon’s statement and the BCS project press release, click here.


Cassava - A Healthy and Economically Viable Alternative

Cassava - A Healthy and Economically Viable Alternative
The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) recently held a Regional Inception Workshop on Feb 17-19 on Processing and Market Development of Cassava. The objectives of the multi-stakeholder workshop were: to launch the TCP project on Processing and Market Development in Cassava in selected countries in the CARICOM region and develop national action plans; and to raise stakeholder awareness and provide an update on the implementing status of the Programme for Integrated Development of the Cassava Value Chain in the Caribbean.  The HCC fully supports this programme and was represented by Mr. David Neilands, also a Commissioner on the local National NCD Commission. 

The FAO, with partners including the HCC, has developed a 2015 calendar with Cassava recipes.

For workshop perspectives from David Neilands click here.

For more information on the FAO and their work in this area click here.

NCD Alliance Advocacy Toolkit

NCD Alliance Advocacy Toolkit
The NCD Alliance is pleased to launch their new Advocacy Toolkit on NCDs in Post-2015 Development Agenda. This toolkit equips advocates with the information to navigate the post-2015 processes; articulate the position of NCDs and health in the post-2015 framework; and take effective action. Download here.

Heather Reneau - A Retrospective Reflection: The Effects of NCD’s on My Belizean Family Past & Present

Heather Reneau - A Retrospective Reflection
My name is Heather Reneau, I am a 28year old Belizean who is currently employed as the Senior Administrator of the Belize Cancer Society. I would like to share with you briefly some of my life experiences in dealing with NCD’s. The issue of Non- Communicable diseases are close to my heart not only because I have family members that are affected by NCD’s but the fact that in my capacity as Administrator of the BCS. Read more
Heather is member of the Youth4NCDs movement click here for more information
CostULess Customers Give to Cayman Islands Cancer Society

CostULess Customers Give to Cayman Islands Cancer Society

CostULess asked their cashiers to invite customers to make a donation at the check out and raised $600+ in just one day.  A simple initiative for anyone and the store already agreed to do it again next year!

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Belize Cancer Society Support Group Activity

Belize Cancer Society recently aided a support group activity with Cancer Survivors and their families, it was a workout session promoting healthy lifestyle delivered by Belizean Dance major student Mr. Jamie Thompson.

Call for applications

Virtual Course on How to Effectively Address Non Communicable Disease
This is a call for applications for the “Virtual Course on How to Effectively Address Non Communicable Diseases in the 21th Century” Version 2015, which will be offered on the Virtual Campus for Public Health (VCPH).
The General Coordinator (GC) for this course is Dr. Branka Legetic, regional advisor in prevention and control of NCDs in NMH/ND unit and Director of the course is Dr Anselm Hennis, Director of NMH. Read more

HCC Welcomes it's Newest Member

HCC welcomes The Breastfeeding and Child Nutrition Foundation of Barbados (BCNF) as its newest member. The BCNF is a registered charity dedicated to using a life-course approach to support, promote and educate families about the benefits of breast feeding. This will then translate into the most optimal approach to the continual feeding of their children.

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The BCNF Mission Statement
To promote, protect and raise awareness of breastfeeding and child nutrition.
The BCNF Vision Statement
To empower the mother, uplift the family and transform the nation by influencing
nutrition choices.

Forthcoming Events from Across the Region

Healthy Lifestyles
Cancer Support Services

Dietary Quality Among Men and Women in 187 Countries in 1990 and 2010: a Systematic Assessment

Healthy dietary patterns are a global priority to reduce non-communicable diseases. Yet neither worldwide patterns of diets nor their trends with time are well established. We aimed to characterise global changes (or trends) in dietary patterns nationally and regionally and to assess heterogeneity by age, sex, national income, and type of dietary pattern. Read more on the Lancet website here or the PDF Report here

Food policy highlights from around the world

What more could you do to promote healthy eating in your country? Poor diet remains one of the world’s leading causes of preventable non-communicable diseases, like cancer and heart disease. As shown by NOURISHING – the policy framework to promote healthy eating – many countries have taken food policy actions to address obesity and non-communicable diseases. Read more
Join the WCRD 2015 ‘Thunderclap’
Join the WCRD 2015Thunderclap’ and send a BIG message of support for healthier diets! Add your voice to the campaign calling for the World Health Organisation (WHO) to develop a global treaty to protect and promote healthy food. Read more
NCD Alliance Webinar - Wednesday 4th March. The NCD Alliance will be holding their next webinar on Wednesday 4th March at 10:00 - 11:30 am EST/16:00 - 17:30 CET. Please note that there will be only one webinar broadcast.  The powerpoint slides and recording will be made available on the NCD Alliance website after the webinar. Topics - Global NCD Framework Campaign: WHO Executive Board Meeting and Global Coordination Mechanism & Global Development Campaign: Post 2015 formal negotiations, and launch of NCDA toolkit. Register
Advocacy toolkit on NCDs in post-2015 launched!; CSW59 NCDA side event on gender and health; Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations; NCD Alliance webinar: Latest NCD news

From the NCD Alliance Weekly Digest

NCDs News

  • PLoS: “Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia” and mental health service users read more
  • Telegraph: Ed Miliband will never understand that capitalism can cure cancer read more
  • BMJ: Richard Graham: Child and adolescent mental health in the 21st century read more
  • BMJ: Improving access to specialist palliative care read more
  • BMJ: Lifestyle changes or metformin reduce type 2 diabetes risk in women with gestational diabetes, US study shows read more
  • BioMed Central: The impact of acute and chronic medical disorders on accelerated cognitive decline read more
Risk Factor News
  • WHO: 6 articles for FCTC 10th Anniversary:  Recommit to FCTC implementation;  African Region; Americas; Global; Kenya; Egypt read more
  • PLoS: The Fatter we Get, the Less We Seem to Notice read more
  • UN News: UN-backed treaty set to mark 10 years of dramatic change in tobacco use worldwide read more
  • BMJ: Is a smoking ban in UK parks and outdoor spaces a good idea?  read more
  • BMJ: The European Tobacco Products Directive and the Tobacco Industry read more
  • CGD: America's Love Affair with Meat: It's Not Just about Us read more
  • BioMed Central: High burden of mortality in smokers read more

LLAPLive Long and Prosper

Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek's Mr Spock, (#LLAP @TheRealNimoy) has died from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) aged 83. COPD is an umbrella term for several lung diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, and some forms of bronchiectasis. Read more about COPD

Warning Signs of Heart Disease

Chest pain is an obvious red flag. But did you know nausea, indigestion, and back pain might also be symptoms? 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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The work of HCC would not be possible without core funding from Sagicor Life Inc
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