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ENOUGH NCDs

June 23rd - June 29th 2018

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Walk the Talk
HCC OPEN LETTER
 
TO CARICOM HEADS OF GOVERNMENT
AT THE 39TH REGULAR MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE OF HEADS OF GOVERNMENT JULY 4-6, 2018, KINGSTON, JAMAICA


June 29, 2018
  
Dear Honourable Heads of Government of CARICOM,
 
On the occasion of this, the Thirty-Ninth Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) calls on you, Caribbean Heads of Government and State, to indicate your commitment to addressing one of our region’s most pressing development issues - noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) - by attending the 3rd United Nations High-Level Meeting on NCDs.
 
This year on September 27th, 2018 in New York, the United Nations will host the 3rd High-Level Meeting on NCDs during the 73rd Meeting of the UN General Assembly. The 3rd High-Level Meeting on NCDs comes at a critical time when globally and in the Caribbean, rising rates of NCDs are vastly outpacing prevention and control efforts.  Leaders from across the globe are reaffirming their resolve to take bold steps to reduce unnecessary suffering and death caused by these diseases by attending the 3rd High-Level Meeting on NCDs. 
 
CARICOM states played an important role in catapulting NCDs onto the global health agenda beginning in 2007 with the seminal Port of Spain Declaration. This was followed by the 1st UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs in 2011 which was attended by a significant number of CARICOM Heads who declared in a strong, unified voice that the prevention and control of NCDs was of the highest priority for the region.  Almost 10 years after the 1st UN High-Level Meeting, progress in NCD prevention and control is uneven and the region is off track to meet critical NCD targets. NCDs, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers and chronic respiratory diseases, are the leading cause of premature deaths worldwide. In the Caribbean, 8 out of 10 deaths are attributable to NCDs of which 40% occur prematurely before the age of 70 years.
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Healthy Caribbean Coalition ask the following of CARICOM Heads of Government and State
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HCC Launches its HLM3 Enough Campaign

HCC Launches its HLM3 Enough Campaign
The HCC is committed to playing our role in getting CARICOM Heads of Government and State to walk the talk to the High-level meeting in September. We have created a social media campaign building on the NCD Alliances global ENOUGH campaign. Over the next months we will provide more material that we urge you to share on your social media and tweet to your hands.

This week we’re launching our HLM3 CARICOM heads walk the talk graphics for each head of government and state across the region.

#caricomwalkthetalkhlm3 #enoughncds
HLM3 Enough Campaign
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Voices From Across the Caribbean

Urging our leaders to attend the 3rd un high-level meeting in NCDs in September.
Voices From Across the Caribbean
Add your voice and send us a video calling on your head of government or state to attend a high-level meeting.

hcc@healthycaribbean.org

UN Interactive Hearing on NCDs Next Week

The Interactive hearing in preparation of the United Nations General Assembly high-level meeting on non-communicable diseases will take place next week on 5 July, from 10 AM to 1 PM and from 3 PM to 6 PM, in the Trusteeship Council Chamber at the UN Headquarters in New York. The provisional programme for the interactive hearing is posted online here

HCC will have five representatives at the hearing: Dr. Christine Chin and Dr. Williamson Chea, Cancer Society of the Bahamas; Dr. Adelia Benjamin, Bovell Cancer Diabetes Foundation; Ms. Julia Mandeville, Barbados Association of Endometriosis and PCOS; and Maisha Hutton, HCC Executive Director.
Alafia Samuels
We are also happy to share that our very own Professor Alafia Samuel’s (Director of the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre, University of the West Indies and HCC Technical Advisor Policy and Practice, pictured right) will represent CARICOM as a panelist on Panel 1: Scaling up action for the prevention and control of non- communicable diseases.  WHO Senior Technical Advisor for CARICOM, Dr. Karen Sealey, will also be in attendance at the Hearing.  We encourage you to tune in via webcast (webtv.un.org). 

Guyana Committed to Strengthening the Region’s only Presidential NCD Commission

Courtesy Call to the Hon. Moses V. Nagamootoo
Courtesy Call to the Hon. Moses V. Nagamootoo, Prime Minister and First Vice-President
of Guyana

(L to R:  Dr. Karen Roberts, Maisha Hutton, Executive Director HCC, Hon. Volda Lawrence, Minister of Public Health, Guyana, Hon. Moses V. Nagamootoo, Prime Minister and First Vice-President of Guyana, Sir Trevor Hassell, President HCC,  Dr. William Adu Krow, PAHO WHO Representative and Dr. Kavita Singh)
June 26-27. 2018. Political leaders in Guyana, including Hon. Moses V. Nagamootoo, Prime Minister and First Vice-President; Hon Minister of Public Health, Volda Lawrence; and Minister in the Ministry of Public Health, Hon. Dr. Karen Cummings - have galvanised around the Guyana Presidential National NCD Commission, committing their full support to its success. Guyana demonstrated significant commitment to a multlisectoral NCD response by establishing the only Presidential National NCD Commission (NNCDC) in the Caribbean.
Courtesy Call to Hon. Minister of Public Health Volda Lawrence
Courtesy Call to Hon. Minister of Public Health Volda Lawrence
(L to R:  Dr. Karen Roberts, Dr. Kavita Singh, Maisha Hutton, Executive Director HCC, Sir Trevor Hassell, President HCC, Hon. Volda Lawrence, Minister of Public Health, Guyana and Dr. William Adu Krow, PAHO WHO Representative)
The Commission was initially established in 2014 and re-established in 2017 after a change of administration. The PAHO Guyana office is working with the Ministry of Public Health to provide technical assistance and capacity building to the NNCDC. Following on last week’s Study Tour to Barbados, the HCC Team consisting of Sir Trevor Hassell and Maisha Hutton spent two fruitful days in a series of meetings with the Prime Minister (acting in the President’s absence), the Minister of Public Health, the Minister in the Ministry of Public Health, the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Shamdeo Persaud, NCD Focal Point, Dr. Kavita Singh and the Commissioners.
Courtesy Call to Hon. Minister in the Ministry of Public Health Dr. Karen Cummings
Courtesy Call to Hon. Minister in the Ministry of Public Health Dr. Karen Cummings
(L to R:  Dr. William Adu Krow, PAHO WHO Representative, Maisha Hutton, Executive Director HCC, Sir Trevor Hassell, President HCC and Hon. Dr. Karen Cummings, Minister in the Ministry of Public Health, Guyana)
The final day was spent deliberating and discussing the role, functions and priority actions for the NNCDC over the next 2 years. Hon. Volda Lawrence, Hon Dr. Karen Cummings and Dr. Adu Krow remarked that the experience was valuable for the growth and strengthening of the Commission and thanked the HCC for their efforts. This is part of HCC’s ongoing commitment to the multisectoral response to NCDs in the region. To learn more about CARICOM NNCDCs or equivalents, please visit our NNCDC portal.
Commissioners Capacity Building Workshop 
Commissioners Capacity Building Workshop 
Related Media:
Starbroek News: Guyana joins Caribbean battle against obesity, non-communicable diseases

Guyana Political Leadership Commit to Action against Childhood Obesity

Hon. Moses V. Nagamootoo, Prime Minister and First Vice-President
Hon. Minister of Public Health, Volda Lawrence
Minister in the Ministry of Public Health, Hon. Dr. Karen Cummings
PAHO WHO Representative, Dr. William Adu Krow also Signed the Call to Action
News

Regional Media Called to Action

Regional Media were urged this week to play their part in heightening awareness of the risks of Childhood Obesity and how it can be prevented. This, as 20 journalists from around the region met online and on location in Barbados for a Media Sensitisation session hosted by the HCC in collaboration with the UWI Open Campus.

Media were exposed to the latest research and information on Childhood Obesity; its links to non-communicable diseases and the significant health and economic risk factors for developing states. Among the presenters were Professor Alafia Samuels, Director of the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre; Professor Margaret Anne St John, Consultant, Department of Paediatrics, Queen Elizabeth Hospital (Barbados); Dr Kenneth Connell, Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacology and President of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Barbados and Mrs Carolyn Shepherd, Assistant Vice -President, Marketing, Sagicor Life.

Dr Connell, who presented on behalf of the HCC, shared on the HCC's Childhood Obesity Prevention activities and specifically as it pertains to the #toomuchjunk social media campaign and the Call to Action. Civil Society Organisations from Barbados, Antigua and Jamaica were also online to share their local experiences in the fight against Childhood Obesity.
Related Media:
Barbados Advocate: Dangerous Link
Antigua Daily Observer: Healthy Caribbean Coalition discuss childhood obesity in the region
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Australia Wins Landmark WTO Ruling on Plain Cigarette Packaging

Australia Wins Landmark WTO Ruling
The WTO ruled that the Australian law contributed to improving public health by curbing exposure to cigarettes. (Photo: Nic Walker)
Australia has triumphed in a major trade dispute over its pioneering plain tobacco packaging law, with World Trade Organisation (WTO) judges rejecting arguments brought by Cuba, Indonesia, Honduras and Dominican Republic.

The WTO panel ruled on Thursday that the Australian law contributed to improving public health by reducing the use of and exposure to tobacco products, rebuffing claims that alternative measures would be equally effective.

"Tobacco plain packaging is an evidence-based measure that WHO recommends as part of a comprehensive approach to tobacco control," WTO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said on Thursday.

"A positive decision from the WTO panel is likely to accelerate global implementation."

Australia's law goes much further than advertising bans and graphic health warnings seen in other countries.
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In April 2015 HCC submitted  a non-party amicus curiae for consideration by the Panel in Australia - Certain Measures Concerning Trademarks, Geographical Indications and Other Plain Packaging Requirements Applicable to Tobacco Products and Packaging (DS434, DS435, DS441, DS458, and DS467). Read it here.

The Government of Bermuda Introduces a “Sugar Tax”

The Government of Bermuda Introduces a “Sugar Tax”
The Bermuda Ministry of Health - On 13th June 2018, Bermuda’s Government passed a “Sugar Tax”. The Customs Tariff Amendment (No. 2) Bill will impose a higher import duty on sugar and certain sugary items entering Bermuda. Starting on 1st October 2018, the duty on sugar, sugary drinks, candies and dilutables will see an increase to 50% duty, and will be increased to 75% in April 2019. Diet sodas, 100% fruit juices and diet iced teas will remain at the current duty rates.

As Bermuda is a mass importer of food and not a producer, the Ministry of Health anticipates that the higher duty rates will result in price increases at check-out counters and therefore reduced consumption of these sugary items. In addition, in March duty rates on some fruits and vegetables were reduced to help make healthy foods more affordable. In January this year, the Ministry of Health published a Sugar Tax Consultation Paper on its website requesting feedback on the suggested contents of the “Sugar Tax”. The Consultation received 351 responses and 52% of respondents were in favour of implementing a “Sugar Tax”. The final Consultation Report and Feedback can be found here.  The Sugar Tax is being implemented as one initiative for tackling obesity and unhealthy eating in Bermuda, where 3 out of 4 adults are overweight or obese. Last year the island spent $77.8 million on dialysis due to chronic kidney disease.

Bermuda is struggling to tackle an obesity and chronic disease epidemic and the Sugar Tax is just one way the Ministry of Health is trying to address the issue. Money generated through the tax will be funneled toward health education and healthy living initiatives. The Ministry of Health has multiple initiatives already in place, including Healthy Schools, the EatWell Plate (Bermuda Dietary Guidelines), and a food label guide in grocery stores (a full list can be found in the Consultation document). Bermuda will monitor consumption and overweight in the population to evaluate the impact of these initiatives. The goal is a healthier island and the Sugar Tax is just one step by the Ministry of Health towards this.

Civil Society Recommendations for the Outcome of UN HLM on NCDs

Civil Society Recommendations for the Outcome of UN HLM on NCDs
The UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs is just 3 months away, and this week is an opportunity to share civil society priorities for the outcome of the HLM on NCDs and encourage Heads of State and Government to attend the HLM and commit to action on NCDs at the highest level. 
 
The zero draft elements paper for the outcome of the UN HLM was presented to Member States in New York on 7 June and outlines elements for the outcome of the UN HLM on NCDs that Member States will use as a starting point for negotiations. 

Ahead of the negotiations, which begin on Friday 29 June, the NCD Alliance conducted an analysis of the zero draft elements paper and made comments on the proposed language, identified gaps, and suggested revisions. The analysis received over 140 comments from members of our network, and the final version represents a comprehensive document that incorporates all comments received. 

In addition, NCD Alliance developed priority recommendations that sets out civil society's overall vision for the outcome of the HLM along six key areas: 

1. Reinvigorate political leadership to accelerate the NCD response
2. Put people first in the NCD response
3. Scale up sustainable and smart financing for NCDs
4. Balance prevention and health systems strengthening for NCDs
5. Constructive engagement with the private sector
6. Follow up and accountability
 
These recommendations will inform our advocacy throughout the outcome document negotiations process, and we encourage members of our network to use and adapt them for their own advocacy.
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HLM3 Action Team
NCD Alliance Newsletter
  • Civil Society recommendations for the outcome of UN HLM on NCDs
  • NCDA webinar 13 June - slides and recording available
  • WHO Bulletin to highlight commercial drivers of NCDs
  • New guide to social media campaigning for UN HLM NCDs
  • Launched this week: Community of Practice - NCDs
  • 2018 International Conference on Urban Health in Kampala
  • 33rd ADI conference in Chicago: 26-29 July 2018
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Key Messages From Our Publications
HCC Advocacy Priorities for the 3rd UNHLM on NCDs Outcome Document
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HCC Publications

Preparing CARICOM Ministries of Foreign Affairs for the 3rd UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs and Beyond
Preparing CARICOM Ministries of Foreign Affairs for the 3rd UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs and Beyond: a briefing note contribution from civil society
Read more
The Caribbean NCD Forum – Technical Document
The Caribbean NCD Forum – Technical Document: Supporting national and regional advocacy in the Caribbean in the lead up to the 3rd UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs in 2018
Read more
See All HCC Publications
Forthcoming Events

Cancer Support Services 7th Annual Conference Survive Alive - Saturday July 7, 2018 - Registration is Now Open 

Cancer Support Services 7th Annual Conference
Cancer Support Services will host its 7th Annual Conference “Survive Alive” on Saturday July 7, 2018 at the Accra Beach Hotel and Spa, Rockley, Christ Church from 8:30am with speakers from the US, Jamaica, St. Lucia and Barbados.
 
This conference is open to Physicians, Nurses, Care-givers, Bereavement Support Groups, other NGOs, Patients and all interested persons.
 
To register call us at 228-7081. Download the form from our website www.css.org.bb.
 
Topics you can expect to hear:
  • The Tale of Survivors
  • The Benefits of PET Scans for Cancer Patients
  • Your Guide to Life after Treatment - Part I: Taking Care of “The Body”: Diet & Exercise
  • The Future:  Changing Trends in Cancer Profiles: Youth at Risk! 
CME/CPE Credits will be awarded.
 
Closing date for Registration and payment will be Monday June 25, 2018. All payments should be made at Cancer Support Services’ office on Belmont Road, St. Michael.
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Diabetes Association of Barbados Camp Pride 2018

Diabetes Association of Barbados Camp Pride 2018
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Schools Against Noncommunicable Diseases

(Click on the posters below for more info)

Caribbean Cardiology Conference 2018

Caribbean Cardiology Conference 2018
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NCD Alliance Global Week for Action on NCDs

NCD Alliance Global Week for Action on NCDs
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World Heart Day 2018 September 29

My Heart Your Heart
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World Cancer Conference 2018

World Cancer Conference 2018
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International Conference - Climate Change: Impacts on Food & Nutrition Security

Climate Change: Impacts on Food & Nutrition Security
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World Congress of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Health

World Congress of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Health
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