The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

November 25th - December 1st 2016


SickKids-Caribbean Initiative Enhancing Capacity for Care in Paediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders

SickKids-Caribbean Initiative
Global efforts to improve child health have largely been directed towards reducing levels of infectious or communicable disease in children. While these efforts have laid the foundation for considerable progress, non-communicable diseases such as cancer and blood disorders are now emerging as a significant cause of global childhood mortality and morbidity. 
SickKids-Caribbean Initiative Enhancing Capacity for Care in Paediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders
In the Caribbean, children with cancer and blood disorders are at a disadvantage because of a deficit in health and human resources - limited health workers with specialized training, limited technological resources, sparse data on treatment efficacy and disease epidemiology, as well as a lack of front-line health care providers. Poor clinical outcomes are also exacerbated by the fact that some of these countries face unique geopolitical challenges, as well as limited accessibility to specialized diagnostic services and chemotherapeutic agents. 
The Centre for Global Child Health at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) provides a dedicated hub for global child health-focused activities and connects researchers and health-care professionals around the world. Launched in 2013, the SickKids-Caribbean Initiative (SCI) aims to build sustainable, local capacity to diagnose, treat and manage paediatric cancers and blood disorders in the region. Read the Annual Progress Report here.
Co-Caribbean Leads for SCI, Dr. Curt Bodkyn and Dr. Corrine Sin Quee-Brown were at the UICC World Cancer Congress in Paris and shared information about the initiative with the HCC. Dr. Bodkyn is a Pediatric Oncologist and Lecturer / Unit Coordinator in the Child Health Unit of the Dept. of Clinical Medicine at the Faculty of Medical Sciences, UWI, Mount Hope, Trinidad. Dr. Sin Quee-Brown is a paediatric hematologist/oncologist at The Cancer Centre in the Bahamas.

UHC Day 12.12.16 -  Act with Ambition

UHC Day 2016
UHC Day 2016
On 12 December 2016, hundreds of organizations across the globe will mark Universal Health Coverage Day There is growing global consensus that universal health coverage is a smart investment and an achievable goal everywhere.

Universal health coverage improves how health care is financed and delivered – so it is more accessible, more equitable and more effective.
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Toward Universal Health Coverage and Equity in Latin America and the Caribbean Evidence from Selected Countries

UHC Day 2016
For the past two years, the World Bank and PAHO have engaged in a collaborative effort to examine policies and initiatives in LAC aimed at achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC). This report is one product of that collaboration. It includes contributions from professionals from both institutions and it has received the support of researchers from several countries in the region. The report provides insight on different approaches and progress being made by selected countries over the past quarter century to increase population coverage, services covered, and financial protection, with a special focus on reductions in health inequities. 
The report provides insight on different approaches and progress being made by selected countries over the past quarter century to increase population coverage, services covered, and financial protection, with a special focus on reductions in health inequities. Read the report here.

Less Lung Cancer Due to Reduction in Tobacco Use

The Jamaica Cancer Society is reporting that there has been a decline in reports of lung cancer, and that the trend is expected to continue with a reduction in the use of tobacco.

Executive director of the Jamaica Cancer Society, Yulit Gordon, said that the fall in numbers was reported in the last published report of the Jamaica Cancer Registry in 2010.
"There was a decline in the incidence of lung cancer from 25.4 per 100,000 for the period 1993-1997 to 18.6 per 100,000 in 2003-2007" she explained. Read more

Capacity and Information Needs Assessment of Healthy Caribbean Coalition Civil Society Organisation Members Working in the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases

The Report provides a detailed assessment of the capacity needs of HCC CSO members working in health with a focus on NCDs, and highlights areas for capacity development, collaboration, and resource mobilisation; and identifies the public health NCD information needs and priorities of CSOs in the Caribbean.  
CSO Mapping Report
The findings of the assessment will among other things, be used to: build capacity among the Caribbean CSOS based on identified capacity and information gaps making them fit for purpose and better positioned to contribute to the multisectoral approach to NCD prevention and control; and strengthen CSO health information systems to inform better decision making around service delivery and advocacy efforts.
The assessment was undertaken in partnership with the NCD Alliance, Medtronic Philanthropy, and the United Kingdom Health Forum (UKHF).  

To see the full report is click here

International Women in Wellness Conference

Yes She Can International Women in Wellness Conference
The Yes She Can International Women in Wellness Conference 2017 will be held on March 4, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad, Wrightson Road, Port of Spain. It will bring together more than 200 participants from Trinidad and Tobago and the wider Caribbean.

The theme of the conference is "Building our Women, Strengthening our Society" and will feature respected and highly sought after professionals in their fields, including Gender Specialist and Author, Akosua Dardaine-Edwards, Women Counselling Psychologist Oraine Ramoo and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach Paola Henderson. Their thought-provoking and interactive presentations will provide a forum for thought provoking discussions about challenges, opportunities, and solutions.

For more information contact Roberta at 1-868-389-9046 or

NCD Alliance Report - Addressing NCD Co-Morbidities: Shared Opportunities for Action

Addressing NCD Co-Morbidities
Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are now widely recognised as a major challenge to health and sustainable human development in the 21st century.
Addressing NCD Co-Morbidities: Shared Opportunities for Action
NCDs are the leading cause of death and disability worldwide, responsible for 68% of global mortality1 . This figure projected to reach 74% by 20301 , exacting a heavy and growing toll on the health and economic security of all countries. Increasingly, it is low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and the poorest and most vulnerable populations which are hardest hit by these largely preventable diseases.
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Diabetes Association of Barbados Market Day

Thursday, December 08, 2016, from 10:00am to 4:00pm the Diabetes Association of Barbados will be having its Market Day at it's Headquarters, Cnr. Jessamine Ave, Beckles Rd, St. Michael. On sale will be a variety of fruits, vegetables, hand-made jewellery and Christmas decorations.

Cancer Support Services Jubilee Gardenia Dinner & Ball

The Jubilee Gardenia Dinner & Ball
In Celebration of our 20th Anniversary & Barbados’ 50th year of Independence Cancer Support Services held the Jubilee Gardenia Dinner & Ball on Saturday November 26th at the Hilton Hotel, Barbados.

For more pictures and video footage from the event click here.

Heart Foundation Of Jamaica To Host ‘Run For Your Heart’

Run For Your Heart
The Heart Foundation of Jamaica recently launched its 39th annual Run for Your Heart event, which received overwhelming support from board members, schools, companies and government officials. Read more

HCC Sugar Infographics

Caribbean Sugar Infographics
Sugar Infographics
Infographics Caribbean Sugar
Caribbean Sugar
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Sugar Sweetened Beverages
Barbados Sugar Tax - a video by 'Research and Some Sense' 

Cairo Bootcamp Captivates Egyptian Youth

NCD Free Cairo
As a memorable year comes to an end, the NCDFREE team take time to reflect on a monumental year.

The latest bootcamp in Egypt was NCDFREE's most jam-packed bootcamp to date. Reaching the full capacity of 100 young professionals and students, participants were treated to a day and half of Non Communicable Disease and Global Health fun at the 57357 paediatric cancer hospital. Read more

The 2017 NCI Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention is Currently Accepting Applications

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) hosts the “NCI Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention” every year in Rockville, Maryland. The Curriculum provides scientists and health care professionals training on cancer control, prevention and research. The Principles and Practice of Cancer Control Course, to be held July 10th – August 4th, 2017, focuses on concepts, methods, issues, and applications related to cancer prevention and control. The Molecular Prevention Course, to be held August 7th– August 11th, 2017, provides a strong background in the molecular biology and genetics of cancer and an overview of basic laboratory approaches applied to cutting-edge research in the fields of molecular epidemiology, chemoprevention, biomarkers, and translational research.
The application deadline is February 15th, 2017. A limited amount of financial support may be available for selected meritorious applications. Please visit the Summer Curriculum website for the application and further information here.

Caribbean Cardiac Society 32nd Caribbean Cardiology Conference - Call for Papers

Caribbean Cardiac Society
The Planning Committee of the 2017 Caribbean Cardiology Conference is pleased to announce that abstracts are now being accepted for the 2017 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 January 31, 2017. Read more
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados
Looking Like Christmas...
We can all see the signs (post Independence celebrations in Barbados) of what is shaping up to be a just as event-filled Christmas Season

The Heart & Stroke Foundation
Took part in the Human Chainlink Around Barbados

Read more here
NCD Alliance Newsletter
  • Universal Health Coverage Day campaign: act with ambition
  • UHC Day 2016: Joint event on urban health & sustainability
  • Patient Solidarity Day calls for UHC for all
  • Blog: Patients and people at the heart of health
  • New guide on how to build effective NCD alliances 
  • Protect European children from unhealthy marketing
  • New WHO 'NCD Map' for policy makers
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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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