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July 8th - July 21st 2017

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CARICOM Leaders Fall Short of 2007 Predecessors

In the context of NCD Prevention and control, the 38th Meeting Communiqué binds our leaders to essentially very little other than support for public health education initiatives
CARICOM Leaders Fall Short of 2007 Predecessors
On July 30th, the HCC wrote an open letter to CARICOM Heads of Government in lead up to the 38th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government. The letter called on Heads of government, in this, the 10th anniversary year of the landmark Port of Spain Declaration (POSD) on NCDs, to reaffirm their collective commitment to addressing the epidemic of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in the Caribbean. Following the release of the official meeting communiqué on July 7, 2017, the HCC is compelled to write the following statement. 
On the heels of the 38th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government, the regional media was quick to sing praise, announcing various verbal NCD ‘commitments’ emerging from the meeting which in their zeal boldly paid homage to the 10th anniversary of the seminal Port of Spain Declaration (POSD10) with specific references to childhood obesity, tobacco and multisectorality. 
 
However, in stark contrast, the Communiqué arising from the Meeting was underwhelming and lacked the teeth one would have expected for a POSD10 Communiqué. While an entire section of the Communiqué was dedicated to NCDs, the section floundered, with noncommittal language, allowing far too much room for ambiguity and frankly bewilderment …leaving one asking how do we reconcile the Communiqué with the bold announcements around tobacco control and childhood obesity prevention made during press briefings?
 
While the Communiqué acknowledged insufficient action since 2007, one would have expected in response, pledges to accelerate action through specific policy implementation.  This was not forthcoming. Heads simply ‘noted’ the urgent crisis of childhood obesity in the region which now affects up to 1 in 3 children and threatens to undermine entire generations. Solutions were limited to the promotion of healthy food consumption and increased physical activity. No mention was made in the official communique of fiscal policies to make the healthier choice the affordable choice despite media reports that taxation was a major area of discussion.  Tobacco control was uncomfortably absent with no commitment of Heads to take action on enacting mandates of the FCTC which they had ratified some 10 years ago. In arguably, the strongest statement of the NCD section in the Communiqué, Heads ‘urge[d] acceleration of the Public Education Programme on Healthy lifestyles’; which in the absence of policy recommendation, lays the responsibility for the NCD epidemic and the exponential rises in NCD risk factors, solely at the feet of individual Caribbean citizens - essentially relieving states of their responsibility to create healthy, supportive environments. 
  
Last year’s Communiqué following the 37th Meeting of Heads of Government of CARICOM was far stronger in explicit recognition of the problem and commitment to action than its successor.  Heads ‘pledged’ at the 37th Meeting ‘to address issues such as; the banning of smoking in public places; trade related measures; banning advertisement of potentially harmful foods which specifically target children; and elevating taxes on foods high in sugar, salt and trans-fats’. One year later, even as Heads acknowledged the pioneering vision of their predecessors in 2007, and looked towards the 2018 UN HLM and further afar to 2025 and 2030, they were expectantly impressive in their rhetoric but disappointingly unable or simply unwilling to commit to decisive NCD action. 
 
The essential problem with the 2017 Communiqué is the glaring absence of concrete commitments to NCD prevention and control.  And why is this important especially against the background of Heads’ quoted acknowledgments of urgency? The fact is that the Communiqué acts as the singular public-facing 'outcome document' for the annual meeting of the regions leaders, providing a summary of key discussion points and priority actions moving forward. And although we acknowledge that stronger commitments may lay ‘behind the scenes’ and rest in ‘confidential’ internal documents – this of no use to us as advocates. The Communiqué is the only document that CARICOM citizens can refer to for an official account of the meeting.   It represents a public record of negotiations and 'confirmed' conclusions for the sake of transparency and accountability.  In the absence of the Communiqué, the only public references of the meeting lie in press reports which are far less powerful as tools of accountability - representing as they do interpretations of what occurred and decisions taken.   An essential role of civil society organisations such as the HCC is to hold key actors including governments, accountable to their NCD commitments.  When our leaders make public, recorded commitments, they are creating a legal (and possibly binding) space for civil society advocates to hold them to account.
 
In the context of NCD Prevention and control, the 38th Meeting Communiqué binds our leaders to essentially very little other than support for public health education initiatives.
 
Perhaps the failure to communicate the urgency was ours – public health practitioners and advocates who joined arms to present a unified call for action around 3 priority areas – tobacco control, childhood obesity and multisectorality. Perhaps we were speaking the wrong language in these unique times of economic hardship. The failure was likely our inability to present a sound financial case - linking NCDs to the issue of the day – the dire economic situation facing many of our countries.
 
Whatever the reasons for the uninspiring Communiqué in the area of NCD prevention and control, as we move forward, we as advocates need to do a much better job of inspiring our political leadership into prioritizing NCDs and translating this political commitment into policies and programmes which reduce NCD morbidity and mortality. The reality is that we in the Caribbean are performing poorly and miserably off track to meet our NCD targets. If we are to turn the tide, politicians must be bold, fearless and transparent – placing firmly on record their commitments to accelerated policy and legislative action. Once done, this paves the way for civil society to effectively play our roles of educating the public and advocating directly to policymakers in order to facilitate the passage of effective policies and legislation while at the same time acting as “watchdogs” to ensure accountability of our leadership.
Read the full statement here

HCC Joins Forces with Prevent20 to Galvanise Cancer Societies Around Tobacco Taxation

Prevent20
The HCC will be working with the American Cancer Society’s Global Prevent20 initiative to mobilise Caribbean Cancer societies around tobacco control.

Prevent20 is a global coalition of cancer groups calling on governments to raise tobacco taxes, the single most effective tobacco control intervention. The movement’s name is in recognition of the more than 20% of all cancer deaths that are attributable to tobacco use – and completely avoidable.

Barbara McGaw, regional leader in tobacco control advocacy and HCC’s Tobacco Control Advisor as well as the volunteer Tobacco Advisor at the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC), will be leading this effort in the region. Currently two cancer societies are members of Prevent20 and we will be reaching out to cancer societies across the region to join this global movement, with the aim of at least one cancer CSO per CARICOM country. Smoking prevalence among 13-15 year olds in the Caribbean is the highest in all of the Americas. Young people are heavily influenced by price. Cancer organizations have powerful and trusted voices to spread a simple message - Tobacco taxation works. When prices increase, tobacco products become less affordable and people smoke less.

Cancer societies who join Prevent20 will:
  1. learn about the benefits of tobacco taxation in plain, non-technical language;
  2. learn how to use persuasive arguments to counter tobacco industry claims;
  3. leverage the experience of colleagues in the cancer community;
  4. see how taxation can contribute to attaining global NCD reduction targets.
If your organisation is interested please contact us at hcc@healthycaribbean.org.

HCC Partners with PAHO to Push for Regional Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies

Push for Regional Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies
HCC has signed a Letter of Agreement with PAHO aimed at strengthening the civil society contribution to the multisectoral response to NCDs in the Caribbean with a focus on childhood obesity prevention.  

HCC has been an NGO in ‘Official Relations’ with PAHO since 2012 and recently renewed this relationship from 2016 through to 2020.  The joint workplan developed as part of this collaboration identifies a number of specific ‘lines of collaboration’ including work in the area of Childhood Obesity Prevention/ Nutrition Advocacy. Through this LoA, the HCC will develop regional civil society-led advocacy campaigns in support of taxation of sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) and unhealthy foods; and the banning on the sale and promotion of unhealthy foods and beverages in the region’s schools.

This work forms a major part of HCC’s Civil Society Action Plan for the Prevention of Childhood Obesity in the Caribbean which will be released next month. 
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Communique - Thirty-Eighth CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting and Regional Press Coverage

Thirty-Eighth CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting
The Thirty-Eighth Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held at Grand Anse, Grenada, on 4-6 July 2017.  The Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Rt. Honourable Keith Mitchell, chaired the proceedings. 

Other members of the Conference in attendance were Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Honourable Gaston Browne; Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Honourable Dr Hubert Minnis; Prime Minister of Barbados, Rt. Honourable Freundel Stuart; Prime Minister of Dominica, Dr. the Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit; President of Guyana, His Excellency Brigadier (Ret’d) David Granger; President of Haiti, His Excellency Jovenel Moïse; Prime Minister of Jamaica, Honourable Andrew Holness; Premier of Montserrat, Honourable Donaldson Romeo; Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris; Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Honourable Allen Chastanet; Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. the Honourable Ralph Gonsalves; and Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley.
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HCC Website:
CARICOM Heads called to action around tobacco control & childhood obesity
Soundbites from the CARICOM Heads of Government closing press conference which took place 6th July 2017
10th Anniversary of the Port of Spain Declaration
Open Letter to CARICOM Heads of Government
POS Declaration 10th Anniversary Commemorative Infographic
CARICOM 38th Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government

Additional media coverage of the Heads of Government Meeting:
Caribbean Has Highest NCD Deaths in the Americas 
T&T, Guyana lead Americas in heart-related deaths
CARICOM leaders- breakthrough in the fight against NCDs in the Caribbean
A case for taxing soda
Caribbean has highest rate of mortality from NCDs in the Americas 
CARICOM 38 | Too Much! Caribbean Soda Drinking Outstrips The World, Raises Risks Of Early Deaths
CARICOM 38 | Leaders To Face Call For More Action On NCDs
More Taxes For Bad Habits - CARICOM Health Experts Call For High Levy On Deadly Lifestyle Choices
10 years on from the Port of Spain Declaration on chronic disease: what’s the score?
What’s the picture a decade after signing Declaration on NCDs?
CARICOM Agrees to Venezuela Mission
Caricom offers to mediate Venezuela crisis
Caricom leaders make new commitment to tackle NCDs
CARICOM Takes On Obesity
CARICOM leaders - breakthrough in the fight against NCDs

HCC Represented at the First WHO Forum on Alcohol, Drugs and Addictive Behaviours

The first ever WHO Forum on Alcohol, Drugs and Addictive Behaviours was held in Geneva from 26-28th June 2017. This Forum brought together Member States, representative of WHO Collaborating Centres, Academia, Civil Society, philanthropic organizations and WHO sections and Regional Offices.

The Forum  primarily addressed the following questions,
  • where are we with respect to understanding and documenting the harms around alcohol use?  Where are we with respect to reaching the SDG (2030) 3.5? 
  • what are the resources created by WHO and available to member states? 
  • where are the opportunities for collaboration?
  • what else can WHO do to facilitate the development of the agenda to address the harmful use of alcohol? 
There was a general consensus that the burden of harmful alcohol use is great, but there is a lack of economic support commensurate with this burden. Participants called on the WHO to petition global philanthropic organizations for greater financial support to address these harms.  

HCC will continue to work with global partners such as GAPA and regional partners to advocate for greater public and political awareness of alcohol harm prevention particularly in the context of NCDs. Last year on November 18th we hosted the “First Annual Caribbean Alcohol Reduction Day: Misuse of alcohol is a bigger problem than you think”, aimed at sensitising the people of the Caribbean to the harmful effects of abuse of alcohol and encouraging them to “drink less and live better”.  See more on our 2016 Annual Alcohol Reduction Day. Stay tuned for more information here on 2017 Alcohol Reduction Day. 

Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) Promotes JCTC/HCC Tobacco Advocacy Guidance for Civil Society in the Caribbean

Civil Society Led Tobacco Control Advocacy in the Caribbean
In an article entitled 'Civil society shaping tobacco control in the Caribbean' The Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) recently featured the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC)/Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC ) 'Civil Society Led Tobacco Control Advocacy in the Caribbean – The experiences of the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC)' report on their website, praising the work of CSO's in the Caribbean. (excerpt below)
Around the world the challenges faced by tobacco control advocates are similar: accessing funding and other resources, influencing policy makers, the tobacco industry, the tobacco industry and the tobacco industry.

This is why it’s always useful to learn about routes that colleagues have taken to overcome these barriers. The Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC) and the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) have recently published a document full of such experiences and advice, designed to assist those working in tobacco control and in the broader fight against non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
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WHO Report Finds Dramatic Increase in Life-saving Tobacco Control Policies in Last Decade

Protect more people from tobacco
The latest WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic published today finds that more countries have implemented tobacco control policies, ranging from graphic pack warnings and advertising bans to no smoking areas. About 4.7 billion people – 63% of the world’s population – are covered by at least one comprehensive tobacco control measure, which has quadrupled since 2007 when only 1 billion people and 15% of the world’s population were covered. Strategies to implement such policies have saved millions of people from early death.
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NCD Alliance Civil Society Brief on Health in the SDGs for the High Level Political Forum (HLPF)

The NCD Alliance has produced a Civil Society Brief on Health in the SDGs for the High Level Political Forum  on Sustainable Development which took place in New York, Monday, 10 July, to Wednesday, 19 July 2017.

The Health in the 2030 Agenda NGO Coalition calls upon governments to ensure the inclusion of health in annual reviews of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during all sessions of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). Health is a precondition for and outcome of sustainable development. Many risk factors, determinants and outcomes of health lie  outside  SDG  3,  Ensure  healthy  lives  and  promote  well-being  for  all  at  all  ages,  and  require multi-­sectoral  and  multi-­stakeholder  approaches  to  achieve  the  global  goals.  These  issues deserve accountability and reporting on an annual basis.
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WHO Estimates Cost of Reaching Global Health Targets by 2030

WHO Estimates Cost of Reaching Global Health Targets by 2030
Investing in health targets within the Sustainable Development Goals could prevent 97 million premature deaths globally between now and 2030, and add as much as 8.4 years of life expectancy reports the new publication, "The SDG Health Price Tag."
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WHO: The SDG Health Price Tag: What will a healthier world cost?   

Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2017

In the 2030 Agenda governments committed to a revitalized Global Partnership between States and declared that public finance has to play a vital role in achieving the SDGs. But in recent decades, the combination of neoliberal ideology, corporate lobbying, business-friendly fiscal policies, tax avoidance and tax evasion has led to a massive weakening of the public sector and its ability to provide essential goods and services. The same corporate strategies and fiscal and regulatory policies that led to this weakening have enabled an unprecedented accumulation of individual wealth and increasing market concentration.
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2017 Bakken Invitation Award Applications

Deadline July 24th 2017
HCC NCD Youth Champion Krystal Boyea, 2014 Bakken Invitation Honoree
Join a global philanthropic movement of patients who Live On. Give On. Dream On. Apply for the Bakken Invitation Award. 

Medtronic Foundation recognises patients who, with the help of medical technology, give back through volunteerism and community service.

Applicants for the 2017 Bakken Invitation Award must complete and submit an application by July 24, 2017.

HCC NCD Youth Champion Krystal Boyea (pictured above) is a 2014 Bakken Invitation Honoree.
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4th ADI Non-Latin Caribbean Conference on Alzheimer’s and other Dementias 

On June 8th, 2017, Alzheimer’s Association of Trinidad and Tobago (AzATT) commemorated its 17th anniversary by collaborating with Alzheimer’s Disease International, (ADI) The International Federation of Alzheimer’s Associations around the world to host the 4th ADI Non Latin Caribbean Regional Conference.

The 3-day conference took place June 8th to 10th at the Radisson Hotel, Trinidad. The theme of the conference was “Dementia in the Caribbean: No Time to Lose” 

​By 2050, it is believed that some one million people in the Caribbean Region will be affected by Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias; Yet, there is limited information, advice, research, policy, advocacy, and support available for those who are affected, and their careers.

The opening ceremony was attended by His Excellency, Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona ORTT, SC, President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and the Honourable, Terrence Deyalsingh, Minister of Health. 

The President reflected on the startling data that by the year 2050 approximately one million people in the Caribbean region will be affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other Dementias. He stated that “a crisis awaits us” and that “we together as a region must face this challenge as one Caribbean people”. 

Read the full Conference press release here, video of  the Conference opening ceremony can be viewed here and a photo gallery here.
The Alzheimer’s Association of Trinidad and Tobago
The Alzheimer’s Association of Trinidad and Tobago exists to provide support for people with dementia and their caregivers and to improve their quality of life through information, education and the promotion of research. Visit their website, Facebook and YouTube.

Antigua & Barbuda Health Officials Mull Sweet Drinks Tax

Antigua & Barbuda Health Officials Mull Sweet Drinks Tax
Antigua & Barbuda’s NCD Coordinator, Valarie Williams said that taxing drinks like sodas and sweet teas will not totally solve the ever-increasing number of people dying due to complications of obesity, hypertension and diabetes, among others.

She said the consequences of over-consuming these beverages and other unhealthy foods can be seen across the country in “the financial, physical and psychological impact”, these substances have on people.
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Antigua & Barbuda Parliament Debate Government’s Planned Tobacco Control Bill

Antigua & Barbuda Parliament Debate Government’s Planned Tobacco Control Bill
There was a fascinating exchange in the Antigua & Barbuda Parliament recently, during the first consultation/debate over the government’s planned Tobacco Control Bill. The contributions swirled around the touchy subject of government intervention into people’s personal lives and habits; in this case tobacco usage.

 Avid smoker and Member of Parliament, Sir Robin Yearwood, came out swinging against the overreach of government in dictating how he should live his life. He said that the government has no right to tell him or any resident where they can “take a puff”. He juxtaposed the situation against alcohol use and questioned whether or not his government plans to ban alcohol. The argument being that alcohol is also very destructive in our society. 
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The Diabetes Association of Barbados Market Day

Diabetes Association of Barbados Market Day
The Diabetes Association of Barbados will be having its Market Day at the Headquarters, Cnr. Jessamine Ave, Beckles Rd, St. Michael, on July 27, 2017, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. On sale will be a variety of fruits, vegetables and hand-made jewellery.

Sugar Shocker

Sugar Shocker
At the 38th CARICOM Heads of Government Conference one of the main attractions in the meeting area was a ‘sugar display’ constructed by the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre .

A number of people who saw the display expressed real surprise and concern about the amount of sugar we’re consuming. They included the Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr the Rt Hon. Keith Mitchell, current CARICOM Chair and Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris, Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis and CARICOM’s lead spokesperson on human resource, health and HIV.

This shows exactly how much sugar is in popular foods and drinks, many of which our children enjoy. It is not pretty viewing…
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Urgent Need to Strengthen and Expand Screening and Other Cancer Control Programs in the CARICOM Caribbean

Cancer Causes & Control
A paper written by Renee A. Franklin & Donald T. Simeon from the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago has recently been published in the online journal Cancer Causes & Control.

With high mortality in breast, cervical, prostate, and colorectal cancers in Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries, the paper examines cancer control initiatives including screening as well as the implementation of relevant international and regional mandates.
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A Slow Waddle to Longer Life Expectancy 

A Slow Waddle to Longer Life Expectancy
A Jamaican born today can expect, on average, to live nearly five years, or seven per cent longer, than 50 years ago.

The extension, since 1970, has pushed life expectancy from 67.5 years to 72.2 years, or an additional 24 days more for each year of a person's life. But while Jamaicans are living longer now than half a century ago, life expectancy, in both absolute terms and in years gained, lags behind some of the island's Caribbean neighbours.

In Antigua and Barbuda, where per-capita GDP is twice Jamaica's, the average person can expect to live up to 75 years, more than nine years, or over 14 per cent more, than at the start of the 1970s. In Haiti, among the hemisphere's poorest countries, life expectancy is only 61 years. But importantly, Haitians now live about 15 years longer than they did four decades ago.
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World Heart Federation 2nd Global Summit Calls for Urgent Action to End Needless Deaths from CVD

On the occasion of the World Heart Federation 2nd Global Summit on Circulatory Health, the global cardiovascular disease (CVD) community is calling for immediate and urgent action to end needless deaths from the world’s number one killer.

Each year there are 6 million premature deaths from CVD, many of which could be prevented or postponed if the world were to act[1]. Over 80% of these deaths are in low- and middle-income countries, where they exact a vast health burden on those that can least afford it.
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Dutch Bank Bans Loans to Tobacco Industry on Health Grounds

Dutch Bank Bans Loans to Tobacco Industry on Health Grounds
The Netherlands’ third-largest bank ABN Amro said Wednesday that it is ratcheting up its battle against smoking and will no longer extend credit to clients in the tobacco industry.

The Amsterdam-based bank’s decision came as it announced a new partnership with the national Heart Foundation in the fight against smoking, which kills some 20,000 people every year in the country of 17 million, according to a recent study.
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Progress on Dementia - Leaving No One Behind

The Lancet
The Lancet Commission Dementia Prevention, Intervention, and Care makes a timely evidence-driven contribution to global efforts to improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers, and limit the future impact on societies. The Commission proposes ambitious prevention targets, treatment of cognitive symptoms in people with Alzheimer's disease or dementia with Lewy bodies, individualised dementia care, provision of care for carers, planning for the future for patients and families, risk protection balanced with respect for autonomy, management of neuropsychiatric symptoms, consideration of dementia in end of life care, and use of technological innovations to improve care but not replace social contact. It recommends a comprehensive package of evidence-based actions that will complement wider global efforts to respond to the challenge of dementia.
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Mental Health Depression Infographic
April 7, 2017 was the World Health Organization’s World Health Day 2017, the theme this year was depression.

In recognition of World Health Day the HCC produced an infographic: An Insight into Depression in the Caribbean. This is a tool for civil society advocacy and forms part of the HCC’s ongoing advocacy agenda in support of assisting governments in meeting national, regional and global NCD targets.

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Now is the Time to Eliminate Cervical Cancer for All Women

Experts agree it is feasible, including in low-resource countries.

The International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology this week released a series of papers with recommendations on state-of-the-art cervical cancer prevention tools and strategies that could lead to elimination of the disease in low- and middle-income countries as well as in wealthier nations.

In a call to action published in the journal, 14 global health leaders highlight the impact that human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination has had in recent years in high-income countries, with dramatic decreases in HPV infection and associated cervical disease.

They urge the health community to increase HPV vaccination everywhere and to accelerate cervical precancer screening and treatment for women who are beyond vaccination age to reduce incidence and mortality worldwide.
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HCC Publications

Caribbean Civil Society Cervical Cancer Advocacy Handbook and Planning Tool
Caribbean Civil Society
Cervical Cancer Advocacy Handbook and
Planning Tool

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PAHO/WHO/HCC Situational Analysis of Cervical Cancer Prevention
PAHO/WHO/HCC Situational Analysis of Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control in the Caribbean 
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See All HCC Publications

NCDFREE Copenhagen Innovation Incubator

NCDFREE Copenhagen Innovation Incubator
NCDFREE are heading to Copenhagen for our next Innovation Incubator, where we'll be engaging with the next generation of leaders from health and beyond. What are Incubators all about? A 150 minute workshop is designed to showcase the diverse communication and advocacy tools used to engage young professionals and students in the topics of NCDs and Global Health.
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World Heart Day 29 September 2017 

Share the Power
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Caribbean Cardiac Society - 32nd Caribbean Cardiology Conference - Early-Bird Registration Open

Caribbean Cardiac Society
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AC3 Conference 2017

AC3 Conference 2017
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WHO Global Conference on Noncommunicable Diseases

Enhancing policy coherence between different spheres of policy making that have a bearing on attaining SDG target 3.4 on NCDs by 2030. 
Montevideo, Uruguay, 18-20 October 2017
WHO Global Conference on Noncommunicable Diseases
World Health Organization (WHO) is organizing the Global Conference on Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs): Enhancing policy coherence between different spheres of policy making that have a bearing on attaining SDG target 3.4 on NCDs to, by 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from NCDs through prevention and treatment. The Conference is hosted by the President of Uruguay from 18 to 20 October 2017 in Montevideo. 
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World Cancer Conference 2018

World Cancer Conference
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NCD Alliance Newsletter
  • WHO estimates the cost of achieving SDG 3
  • Have Your Say: Consultation of People Living with NCDs
  • Blog: alcohol control policies in the spotlight at WHO Forum
  • 2017 HLPF reinforces commitment to SDGs 
  • Dramatic increase in life-saving tobacco control policies  
  • NCD Civil Society Atlas
  • Diet, nutrition & physical act.
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