The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

December 4th - December 10th 2015


NCD Alliance - Universal Health Coverage Day 2015: Right, Smart, Overdue

Waiting for Health
Waiting for Health Project is a new photo series that shares the faces and stories of some of the millions of people still waiting for health around the world. The launch of the project coincides with Universal Health Coverage Day. On 12 December, a global coalition will call for greater action on delivering UHC. The NCD Alliance joins over 600 global partners as a supporter of UHC Day. Follow #HealthForAll and #WaitingForHealth for more updates. Read more
Universal Health Day 2015

Universal Health Day 2015

On 12.12.15, a global coalition will call for greater action and progress on delivering universal health coverage. Join 600+ global partners including founding leaders The Rockefeller Foundation, World Bank Group and World Health Organization in standing for health for all.

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HCC Launches New Partnership with IFRC

On December 1, 2015 the HCC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). The HCC is committed to the regional cooperation in CNCDs and welcomes our newest partner IFRC and look forward to a mutually rewarding partnership. The focus of the partnership over the next three years will be to work collaboratively on identified priority areas and actions, including strengthening advocacy, capacity building, enhancing communication and other participatory strategies.  The IFRC is pleased to be engaged in this partnership with the HCC.
HCC Launches New Partnership with IFRC
The organisation’s leadership view this as a positive move towards strengthening the Caribbean`s response to NCDs in a manner that places strategic emphasis on the role of  Caribbean Civil Society Organisations. Dr. Lorraine Mwangwiro, IFRC Regional Representative for the Caribbean remarked, 'The IFRC looks forward to a fruitful collaboration and is confident it will add value to the Region by leveraging the strengths of each organization’.
Dr. Victor Coombs, Member of the Board of Directors of the HCC represented the HCC at the signing ceremony.  Dr. Coombs has been leading on this collaboration since inception and was pleased to see the formalisation of the relationship. ‘The HCC is keen to build partnerships with regional NGOs around NCDs, leveraging our respective strengths and expanding our reach across diverse communities in order to achieve real impact in NCD prevention and control’.

Head of the Secretariat for the WHO GCM on NCDS Acknowledges Contribution of HCC Members at the WHO GCM/NCD Dialogue Meeting

As featured in last weeks roundup Belize Cancer Society President and member of HCC Board of Directors Laura Tucker Longsworth presented at the recent WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on the Prevention and Control of NCDs and the experiences of the Jamaica Cancer Society and the Belize Cancer Society cervical cancer efforts were also featured in a compelling image display. This was acknowledged by Bente Mikkelsen, Head of the Secretariat for the WHO GCM on NCDS who said "Your contribution as a NCD champion at the Dialogue was invaluable – your intervention perfectly complemented our other speakers and highlighted the important issue of women’s rights to healthcare in remote and poor areas.  I must also extend my thanks for facilitating our photo story in Belize and for giving such a powerful statement in our resulting video".

The meeting involved over 200 participants including representatives from 90 Member States, 18 Ambassadors, 11 UN organisations, 90 NGOs, 10 WHO collaborating centres, and 40 other organizations, including business associations, philanthropic foundations and academic institutions. Read more

WHO GCM/NCD Virtual Global Discussion Forum From 9- 18 December 2015

How can we mobilize, strengthen and focus international cooperation (human, financial and technical and knowledge sharing) in supporting implementation of national NCD responses?

One concrete output from the recent WHO GMC/NCD Dialogue, is a Virtual Global Discussion Forum which will be launched from 9– 18 December 2015. The expected outcome of the Dialogue and virtual discussions on NCDs and international cooperation aims to support government and non-State actors to engage in similar discussions at country level and accelerate action on NCDs.HCC encourage you to join this Global Discussion Forum. You can register and take part here. More information can be found in the documents below:

Caribbean Research to Inform NCD Policy & Practice: Showcasing Emerging Public Health Leaders

The HCC is proud to present this series on emerging public health leaders in the Caribbean showcasing the excellent research coming out of our regional public health training institutions.   Madhuvanti M. Murphy, DrPH, MPH, MPH Programme Coordinator & Lecturer in Public Health Faculty of Medical Sciences University of the West Indies, Cavehill Campus Barbados explained the background behind the health research programme for medical students. "For the past seven years, the Master of Public Health programme at UWI Cave Hill has been committed to addressing the health concerns of Caribbean people, and particularly, Barbadians, due to our campus location. As such, we have, and continue to support graduate students enrolled in the programme who do research addressing priority health areas. To date, more than 50 research projects have been completed on a variety of public health topics. Given the region’s focus on NCDs, we are pleased to have the HCC showcase the results and recommendations of graduate student projects relevant to reducing the prevalence of NCDs in the Caribbean region”.

The first feature in this series explores the impact of a national salt reduction campaign in Barbados.
Lisa Bayley
Everything with a Pinch of Salt - Lisa Bayley.
The goal of this study was to ascertain if adult Barbadians 25-55 years, could identify and understood the messages contained in Phase One of the ‘Battling the Hidden Enemy” Salt Reduction Campaign, and if they impacted dietary choices, particularly salt consumption. Read more

Lisa has passion for public health and health promotion she is an Information Officer responsibe for the public relations of the Offices of the Attorney General and Prime Minister.
Gynaecological Cancer Unit opened at QEH in Barbados
As reported in last weeks roundup a new Gynaecological Cancer Unit opened at QEH in Barbados click here for some more images from the opening ceremony.

Cancer Support Services Art Class Christmas Party

Since July of 2011, Cancer Support Services has hosted art classes for those journeying through cancer as well as member volunteers. The classes are held in a kind and supportive environment and encourage participants to put a little art in their everyday life. They recently celebrated their last class of 2015 with an exhibition. Read more

Congratulations to Zobida Ragbirsingh of the Diabetes Association of Trinidad & Tobago

Zobida Ragbirsingh
HCC congratulates Zobida Ragbirsingh of the Diabetes Association of Trinidad & Tobago on her recent election to the Board of Directors of the IDF.

On hearing the news of her election Ms. Ragbirsingh said "I feel deeply humbled to be nominated to serve the IDF, I am deeply passionate and committed to serve in educating persons living with diabetes".

Achieving 25 x 25 Through Civil Society Coalitions

Achieving 25 x 25 Through Civil Society Coalitions
The report of the independent civil society situational analysis of the National and Regional NCD alliances across the world that NCD Alliance had commissioned in June this year. The report "Achieving 25 x 25 through civil society coalitions" was launched last month at the first-ever Global NCD Alliance Forum 2015, held in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. The situational analysis highlights the significant number of national and regional NCD alliances that have emerged in the past five years around the world. Download the report here.

NCD Alliance Webinar Wednesday 16 December

The NCD Alliance will be holding their next webinar on Wednesday 16 December at 10:00 – 11:30 am EST/16:00 – 17:30 CET. The powerpoint slides and recording will be made available on the NCD Alliance website after the webinar.

Please join the webinar to discuss:
•    Outcomes from the Global NCD Alliance Forum in Sharjah, UAE
•    Updates on the IAEG Indicator Process
•    News from COP21
•    PATH Call to Action on Access to Medicines for NCDs
•    Latest Updates on WHO Processes

In addition, participants may submit questions prior to the webinar by emailing by Monday 14 December. and will also be able to send questions and feedback during the webinar. Register here
PAHO Newsletter
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The Commonwealth Foundation

Commonwealth Foundation Grants Call Open

The Foundation opens its new call for grant applications under the four focus areas of Creative Expression, Capacity Development, Constructive Engagement, and Learning and Sharing on 1 December 2015. Read more
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Launch of Ash Hypertension Certification for Healthcare Clinicians

Nurse Practitioners, PharmDs, Physician Assistants and Primary Care Physicians—with expert skills and knowledge in the management of clinical hypertension—now have the opportunity to be certified as an ASH Certified ASH Hypertension Clinician!  A new ASH-CHC credential will be conferred on those health care professionals who successfully pass an examination prepared by the ASH Hypertension Specialist Program. Read more
CCS Call for Papers

Call for Papers

The Planning Committee of the 2016 Caribbean Cardiology Conference is pleased to announce that abstracts are now being accepted for the 2016 annual meeting. We hope you will take the opportunity to participate in and contribute to what we know will be an educational and engaging learning experience. We encourage you to participate by submitting one or more abstracts before February 29, 2016. Read more

FDA OKs Cooling Cap to Reduce Hair Loss from Chemotherapy

FDA OKs Cooling Cap to Reduce Hair Loss from Chemotherapy
The American Cancer Society is reporting that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared for marketing a cooling cap to reduce hair loss in women being treated with chemotherapy for breast cancer. Hair loss is a common side effect of certain types of chemotherapy including the types often used to treat breast cancer.
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Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Latest
Have A Little Sorrel...
Its a seasonal beverage that can do much more than quench the thirsty soul.

Just A Minute...
We say Thank You! to the Organisers as well as the participants in the just completed Run Barbados Series.

Read more from the Heart & Stroke Foundation newsletter here.

Obesity 'Biggest Threat to Women's Health' in England

Obesity 'Biggest Threat to Women's Health' in England
Obesity is the biggest threat to women's health and the health of future generations, warns England's chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies. Her annual report, which focuses on women this year, said tackling obesity should be a national priority to avert a "growing health catastrophe". She said the food industry needed to do more or it should face a sugar tax. Read more

Plain Cigarette Packaging the Battle Continues

Plain Cigarette Packaging
France Introduces Plain Cigarette Packaging - The French parliament has narrowly passed a law to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes . It’s in a bid to cut the number of its smokers, particularly among teenagers. The new packaging will be introduced from May next year but the measure has sparked an outcry among tobacco companies which are threatening legal action. Read more

English High Court Hears Plain Packaging Legal Challenge - The English High Court will today hear arguments concerning the legality of the plain packaging law for cigarettes passed by the UK government earlier this year. Philip Morris International (PMI), British American Tobacco, the Imperial Tobacco Group and Japan Tobacco International are claiming that the new law infringes their trademark rights. Read more

Related article: Tobacco giants and Government in plain packaging showdown - British American Tobacco and Imperial Tobacco will line up against the Government

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.
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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.

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