The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

November 20th - November 26th 2015


World Diabetes Congress 30 November - 4 December

World Diabetes Congress
In 2015, the International Diabetes Federation brings the World Diabetes Congress to Vancouver, Canada. Experts in diabetes care from around the world will exchange diabetes research and best practices. Physicians, scientists, nurses, educators and other healthcare professionals, as well as government officials, policy makers and representatives from 230 IDF Member Associations will gather to learn, discover and connect.

HCC President Sir Trevor Hassell will be present and speaking as well as HCC Youth4NCDs co-lead, Ambassador & Spokesperson for Diabetes, Vice-President, Young Leaders in Diabetes, IDF, Krystal Boyea. Many Caribbean Diabetes organisations will be at the WDC including the St. Lucia Diabetes & Hypertension Association, FHADIMIC, Dominica Diabetes Association, Diabetes Association of Barbados, Diabetes Association of Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana Diabetes Association and the Bermuda Diabetes Association.

Visit the World Diabetes Congress website here.
Read the IDF North American & Caribbean Newsletter here.
Tell us if you will be in Vancouver and send us photos and videos sharing your experiences at WDC 2015! Send text, photos and videos to

WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on the Prevention and Control of NCDs

Dialogue on how to strengthen international cooperation on the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases within the framework of North–South, South–South and triangular cooperation
WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on the Prevention and Control of NCDs
Dialogue on NCDs and international cooperation will take place 30 November to 1 December 2015 (with pre-dialogue caucuses organized independently of WHO in the lead up to the Dialogue that will be held on 29 November) at the WHO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland. The Dialogue on ‘how to strengthen international cooperation on the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases within the framework of North–South, South–South and triangular cooperation’ is organized by the WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on NCDs (WHO GCM/NCD), HCC President Professor Sir Trevor Hassell is a part of this mechanism.
Belize Cancer Society President and member of HCC Board of Directors Laura Tucker Longsworth will be in presenting 'Defender of women living with NCDs: championing the rights to health care for women living in remote and poor areas of Belize' and the experiences of the Jamaica Cancer Society and the Belize Cancer Society cervical cancer efforts will be featured through a compelling photo story.

The sessions of the Dialogue on NCDs and international cooperation will be available online in all WHO official languages through the WebEx platform. Please register to the Dialogue sessions in your preferred language. It will be necessary to register for each day of the Dialogue. Register here.

More information can be found here and all the relevant documentation here.

World Diabetes Walk in Antigua

The Freemans Village Youth Foundation was formed by youths from the Village of Freeman's Village in Antigua. It's young people uniting to give back to their community, to restore hope in the lives of young people who are affected by negative influences and to empower them to be good citizens. On Saturday November 14 the primary school in the Village was a buzz with adults and children  who came out to listen to a talk on Diabetes and to take part in a 3 miles plus night walk. The very interactive discussion was facilitated by Dr. Tessy Fenton who is presently working at the Peadiatric unit of the country's lone public hospital. After the discussion and decked with glow lights as necklaces bracelets, foot bands and other creative ways of wearing the lights, blue balloons waving, about 60 persons set out to complete the journey escorted by the police.

NCDs and Climate Change

NCDs and Climate Change
This interview with Katie Dain, Executive Director of the NCD Alliance was filmed as part of the Our Climate, Our Health campaign to explore the connections between non-communicable diseases (NCDs), climate change and sustainable development.The interview covers a range of topics at this intersection, from national policy issues such as air pollution, active transport and sustainable diets and some examples of where solutions are already being put into practice, to the importance of the upcoming 2015 UN climate talks for global health. Read more

Dominica SSB Tax Highlighted in Updated NOURISHING Policy Database

NOURISHING Policy Database
The NOURISHING policy database now holds more than 260 policy actions from over 100 countries! NOURISHING now includes 14 examples of sugar taxes being implemented around the world (see “U” - Use economic tools) including the Commonwealth of Dominica. It also includes examples of policy actions, across all ten policy areas of the NOURISHING framework, being taken by countries around the world to help tackle childhood obesity. Visit the NOURISHING Q&A page to address a number of questions raised in responses to the survey.

Featuring Civil Society from the Global South - Planting the Seeds for South-South Collaboration

Remembering Mathiwos Wondu -  the Birth of the Mathiwos Wondu-YeEthiopia Cancer Society/MWECS

Remembering Mathiwos Wondu -  the Birth of the Mathiwos Wondu-YeEthiopia Cancer Society/MWECS
In the spirit of the WHO GCM Dialogue on Cooperation happening this coming week, this instalment of the HCC series on South South Sharing features the Mathiwos Wondu-YeEthiopia Cancer Society/MWECS. A few days after celebrating his second birthday, Mathiwos Wondu un-expectedly became very ill, and after clinical investigation he was diagnosed with ALL-type Leukemia.
Mathiwos Wondu-YeEthiopia Cancer Society/MWECS was born out of the touching story of Mathiwos Wondu, A group of people of different races and nationalities from three different continents, many of whom without knowing each other, tried together everything that is humanly possible to save his life. Even though their concerted efforts couldn't save Mathy's life, the group, without being frustrated by the unexpected outcome, decided to strengthen and consolidate their efforts to honor him and his cause, and as a result established Mathiwos Wondu-YeEthiopia Cancer Society/MWECS. Read the full story here.

Non-communicable Diseases in the Asia Pacific Region

Non-communicable Diseases in the Asia Pacific Region
The NCD Asia Pacific Alliance are working together at a regional and local level in a mutually supportive network to achieve meaningful scientific progress accelerated toward reducing NCD-related death and disability worldwide. Watch now

Obesity: Why South Africans Need to Can Soft Drinks

Obesity: Why South Africans Need to Can Soft Drinks
If South Africans don’t drastically reduce the number of cool drinks, juices and sugar-sweetened beverages they drink every day, there will be more than nine million obese adults in the country by 2017. Just three years ago, the country hit the mark of eight million obese people, making it the most obese nation on the continent and joining the likes of global heavyweights such as Mexico and the US. Read more

FIC Argentina Receive an Award for its Research on Food Advertising for Children

On November 9th FIC Argentina received the prize "Education for Health" awarded by the Argentinean Committee for Public Health Education. Awarded for FIC Argentina’s research “Food advertising for children on Argentinean TV” conducted by Lorena Allemandi, Luciana Castronuovo, Victoria Tiscornia, Miguel Ponce and Verónica Schoj, all of them members of FIC Argentina’s research team.

The Journey of the Caribbean Catalyst Team to a Healthy Life Style - Private Sector Addressing NCDs

Caribbean Catalyst Inc. is a full service Human Resource Consulting practice with experienced practitioners. Caribbean Catalyst Inc provides services which includes but not limited to Human Resource Strategy and Planning, Compensation and Benefits, Search and Selection / Recruitment, Executive Management and General Staff Training, Performance Management Systems, Corporate Governance Support, HR Due Diligence and Transaction Support, Employee Opinion Surveys, Outsourcing, Job Evaluation, Regional Mobility, Immigration Services, Payroll & Personal Tax and Executive Coaching. Caribbean Catalyst Inc. has been operational since 2005, has seven staff including the Managing Director Rosalind Jackson who challenged her CCI team to work to live a healthier lifestyle through better eating habits and exercise.

Read the full story here.

The Port of Spain Declaration on Non-communicable Diseases: How Far Have We Come, How Far Do We Need To Go?

The Port of Spain Declaration on Non-communicable Diseases: How Far Have We Come, How Far Do We Need To Go?
In 2007, CARICOM leaders signed the ground-breaking Port of Spain Declaration aimed at uniting to stop the epidemic of NCDs. Now this ambitious Declaration is being evaluated by an international and regional team of experts. Are its ambitious commitments being met? What are the successes and challenges? How can implementation be sped up? The evaluation will answer these key questions and help chart the way forward to a healthier Caribbean. Read more

The Joint 9th World Alliance for Risk Factor Surveillance (WARFS) Global Conference and 12th Americas’ Network for Chronic Disease Surveillance (AMNET) Conference

WARFS Antigua 2015
The Joint 9th World Alliance for Risk Factor Surveillance (WARFS) Global Conference and 12th Americas’ Network for Chronic Disease Surveillance (AMNET) Conference was hosted by the American University of Antigua College of Medicine, in St. John’s, Antigua, from November 18 to 20, 2015. This successful conference was the second time when the global surveillance network WARFS and the regional (Region of the Americas) surveillance network AMNET had a joint conference – the first was in Montevideo, Uruguay in 2005. It was the first time the two networks had a conference in the Caribbean.
HCC President Professor Sir Trevor Hassell was one of many esteemed international scholars presenting providing invaluable and relevant information in his presentation on non-communicable disease surveillance in the Caribbean. Sir Trevor discussed the significance of non-communicable disease and associated risk factors affecting the Caribbean. The parallel between non-communicable and communicable disease was a major theme in many of the later presentations.

With the main theme “Risk factor surveillance in the 21st century: Consolidating the past - looking into the future”, the joint conference had a number of sub-themes. These included: big data, traditional view of surveillance, positive health, non-communicable and communicable disease surveillance, and capacity building.

See local media coverage here and photos from WARFS here.
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Latest
Coconut Oil Does It...
About 15 or so years ago, many would have cringed their faces at the very thought of using coconut oil.

Just A Minute...
The winning conkie was delightful.

Read more from the Heart & Stroke Foundation newsletter here.

Race Across the Atlantic for Charity

Meet team Wadadli
Meet team Wadadli, a group of Antiguans about to race across the Atlantic for charity- Dr. Nicholas Fuller, soon to be 67 years old, Peter Smith, 74 years old, Archie Bailey, 50 years old and John D. Hall, the youngest member at 29 years old. Follow the adventure on their website here.

CARPHA Health Research Conference Call for Papers NEW DEADLINE

There is a new deadline for submission of papers for presentation at the Conference: January 1st 2016. 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.

Let’s Stop Sugar-Coating the World’s Diet

Let’s Stop Sugar-Coating the World’s Diet
By Dr Barry Popkin who is W. R. Kenan Distinguished Professor of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina. For the past two decades I, and many other scientists, have noted a huge rise in the use of added sugar in a large array of processed foods and soft or sugary drinks. Initially the concern was related primarily to sugary drinks. Research conducted by Richard Mattes, Barbara Rolls, and others showed that when we consumed a beverage – with or without calories – it did not lead to any changes in our food intake. For reasons we did not understand, our intake of sugary drinks, fruit juice and other caloric beverages was not compensated by a reduction in calories from food intake. Read more

Cervical Cancer Action News Brief - November 2015

Cervical Cancer Action News Brief - November 2015
  • Cervical Cancer Initiative Launched in London
  • New HPV vaccine Lessons Learned Resources
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HPV Vaccination: Lessons Learnt for Successful Delivery

HPV Vaccination: Lessons Learnt for Successful Delivery
This 3.5-minute video offers a preview of how lessons learnt from these countries can provide critical information for policymakers and programme planners on how best to prepare, deliver, and sustain HPV vaccines.
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Universal Health Coverage Day 2015 Add Your Voice

Universal health Coverage Day 2015
Sign up for the UHC Day Thunderclap: On December 12, global partners will post a shared social media message to tell the world that UHC is right, smart and overdue. Join this chorus by signing up here.

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NCD Alliance e-Alert
  • COP 21 - Paris Climate Conference
  • WHO GCM/NCD Dialogue on International Cooperation on NCDs
  • Sharjah Declaration calls for a unified and strong approach to NCD advocacy  
  • NCD Cafe & NCD Dialogues next editions in Vancouver and Cape Town
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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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