The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

May 22nd - May 28th 2015


The Jamaican Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC) Supports the Ministry of Health as it Continues it's No Smoking Crusade

Health Ministry Continues No Smoking Crusade
The Jamaican Ministry of Health will continue to highlight the restriction on smoking in public places, as the rights of non-smokers must not be infringed. This was emphasised by Legal Officer in the Ministry, Sheryl Dennis, at a JIS ‘Think Tank’,  on May 27, as the country prepares to observe World No Tobacco Day on May 31 under the theme: ‘Stop the illicit Trade of Tobacco Products’.
Ms. Dennis pointed out that under the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), there are obligations the country is mandated to uphold. Read more


World No Tobacco Day 2015

World No Tobacco Day 2015: Stop illicit trade of tobacco products

Stop illicit trade of tobacco products

Every year, on 31 May, WHO and partners mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. For World No Tobacco Day 2015, we are calling on countries to work together to end the illicit trade of tobacco products. From many angles, the illicit trade of tobacco products is a major global concern, including health, legal and economic, governance and corruption. Read more

Watch the video here

PAHO urges member countries to ratify new protocol on illicit tobacco

Washington, D.C., 29 May 2015 (PAHO/WHO) - In the lead-up to World No Tobacco Day (May 31), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is calling on its member countries to ratify the Protocol to Eliminate the Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products, an international agreement that sets out specific measures to fight illicit production and smuggling of tobacco products. Read more

Opinion: Tobacco Taxes Too Effective to Overlook in Financing for Development

by Katie Dain (Executive Director of the NCD Alliance.
Governments are in the midst of tough talks in New York over the text of the Addis Ababa Accord, which is scheduled to be adopted at the end of the Third Conference on Financing for Development (FfD), to be held in Ethiopia in July.
Opinion: Tobacco Taxes Too Effective to Overlook in Financing for Development
However at last report, negotiators continued to downplay a powerful mechanism that governments could use to help achieve and finance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in September: tobacco taxes.
Read more


HCC is asking it’s members to submit any tobacco control advocacy activities they have undertaken that have led to changes in programming and/or policy.

68th World Health Assembly Resolutions and Decisions

68th World Health Assembly
Discussions at the 68th World Health Assembly concluded this week in Geneva. Key resolutions and decisions have been taken in the past nine days, which will impact on future progress for NCDs and health.

These are summarised here

Relay For Life Bermuda 29th May 2015

Relay For Life Bermuda 29th May 2015
Held over a 24hr period during which special ceremonies to Celebrate, Remember and Fight Back are held.  Participants are encouraged to bring a picnic, camp out for the night and enjoy 24hrs of activities, on stage entertainment & contests (e.g. best team costumes, scavenger hunts and quiz contests). Read more

The Barbados Diabetes Foundation Presents:

The Barbados Diabetes Foundation
The First Annual Multidisciplinary Diabetes Conference - Barbados: “Moving Forward Together: Taking The First Steps Toward Multdisciplinary Care” June 13-14, 2015 – Barbados Hilton Hotel. Read more

Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Soccerama

Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Soccerama
On Sunday June 21st the inaugural Father’s Day Invitational Soccerama will take place, which also serves to be a different kind of event on the Barbadian landscape. The Soccerama Invitational is positioned to become the prime family fun event which celebrates fatherhood. This event is designed as a major fundraiser to assist with equipment costs and services which indicate early symptoms of heart attack or stroke. find out more here.

Cancer Support Services Conference 2015

Cancer Support Services Conference 2015
Cancer Support Services Annual Conference will take place this year on Saturday 27th June at Accra Beach Hotel and Spa, Christ Church, Barbados. The theme of the conference is “Malignancies in the Paediatric Age Group and Young Adults”, Registration for the conference is open to all physicians in the region who may have an interest, to find out more contact Cancer Support Services here.
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Newsletter
This Sunday, May 31... Is World No Tobacco Day

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Soccerama Sunday June 21st
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NCD Alliance E-Alert
  • Roundtable: Sustainable financing for health and NCDs
  • NCD Alliance speaks at UN Civil Society Hearing on Post-2015
  • 68th WHA resolutions and decisions
  • The NCD Alliance is recruiting!
  • Upcoming webinar
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Caribbean Nutrition Day - June 1, 2015

Healthy Eating & Active Living Over - Salted Children?
Sugar and spice and everything nice, that’s what little girls are made of!
Across the Caribbean, practically every country’s dietary guidelines encourage the limited use of sodium in the diet. While we try to focus on and encourage the consumption of our native wholesome foods, there still remains a high consumption of processed foods which are significantly high in sodium. These foods have become a popular dietary staple for many. They are heavily advertised, easily accessible, very acceptable and tasty… Salty foods taste good! Don’t they? Read more

CVD and the Development Agenda: Advocacy Toolkit

CVD and the Development Agenda: Advocacy Toolkit
New from the World Heart Federation.

CVD and the Development Agenda: Advocacy Toolkit.

Now available for free download here.
A summary of strong evidence from analysis of worldwide research on diet, nutrition, physical activity & preventing cancer

World Cancer Research Fund International

A summary of strong evidence from analysis of worldwide research on diet, nutrition, physical activity & preventing cancer.

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CARPHA Conference

From the NCD Alliance Weekly Digest

NCDs News
  • WHO: Eritrea: Training of Trainers workshop on WHO Package for Essential Non Communicable Diseases read more
  • ehospice: The 68th World Health Assembly and palliative care read more
  • ehospice: Raise awareness of access to medications ahead of UNGASS 2016 – Global civil society survey read more
  • ehospice: At the intersection of palliative care and human rights read more
  • ehospice: Understanding dementia: Dynamic Dementia project website launched read more
  • PLoS: Health System and Population Health Implications of Large-Scale Diabetes Screening in India read more
  • American Heart Association: Associations of Blood Pressure in Pregnancy With Offspring Blood Pressure During Childhood and Adolescence read more
  • Reuters: Poverty-linked heart risks greatest for poor black women, younger adults read more
  • Jamaica Observer: Diabetes, hypertension: the silent killers read more
  • Bloomberg Business: Cancer Is Getting More Expensive, Forcing Doctors to Take Notice read more
Risk Factor News
  • IPS: Opinion: Tobacco Taxes Too Effective to Overlook in Financing for Development read more
  • WHO: WHO calls for action against illicit tobacco trade on World No Tobacco Day read more 
  • Lancet: Tackling tobacco smoking in Saudi Arabia read more
  • Lancet: Prevalence of behavioural risk factors for cardiovascular disease in adolescents in low-income and middle-income countries read more
  • Devex: Time to act against illicit tobacco read more
  • World Bank: World No Tobacco Day 2015: On illicit trade and taxes read more
  • BMJ: Four tobacco companies plan action against UK government over standard packaging read more
  • CGD: What You Still Don’t Know about the Tobacco Epidemic read more 
  • BioMed Central: NCD risk factors prevalent in Africa read more
  • BioMed Central: Could smoking be a cause of child poverty? read more

Stroke: What You Need to Know

Poor heart health may raise your risk for a stroke. Learn the symptoms, when to call emergency services, and more. Find out 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.
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