The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

August 12th - August 26th 2016


‘Don’t Be Salty!’ New National Social Marketing Campaign Challenging Children and Adults to Reduce Salt in their Diets

SVG Salt Reduction TV Jingle School
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As part of the national strategy to reduce daily salt intake, the SVG Salt-Smart Coalition in the Ministry of Health, Wellness & the Environment, launched a national television health promotion campaign, focusing on adverse health conditions related to excessive salt intake. 
The campaign will take the form of three (3), television jingles, depicting access to high sodium foods in settings like schools, supermarkets and homes.
The objective of the television campaign is to foster a culture among Vincentians, that discourages the consumption of foods with high salt content, especially for children. The salt reduction television jingles were officially launched with a press conference at the Ministry of Health, Wellness & the Environment Conference room, on Thursday, 11th August, 2016 at 9 am. Addresses were made by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Wellness & the Environment Mr. Luis De Shong and NCD Co-ordinator and Co-ordinator of the SVG Salt- Smart Coalition (SSC) Mrs.Beverly Liverpool. Members of the SSC and other workers in the Ministry of Health, Wellness & the Environment attended the launch.
The television jingles started on August 15th, 2016 and will be running for 3 months.
This initiative is part of the PAHO/University of South Florida/HCC Social Marketing Initiative aimed at building country capacity to develop and implement social marketing campaigns aimed at reducing dietary salt intake. See more here.

Bequia Salt Reduction Workshop

Dr. Twana Browne-Caesar, Consultant Nephrologist
The Salt-Smart Coalition in the Ministry of Health, Wellness & the Environment, will hosted a one (1) day workshop, entitled “REDUCE SALT FOR A HEALTHIER LIFE” on Thursday, 21st July, 2016, at Bequia Community High School, in Port Elizabeth, Bequia from 9: 30 am to 3 pm.  

This activity was held as part of the Salt Reduction Project educational drive. 
A presentation  was made by Dr. Twana Browne-Caesar, Consultant, Nephrologist at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital, on the “Effects of excess salt on the body”.  Another presentation entitled “Finding Hidden Salt in Foods”, was done by Mrs. Nichole France- Nichols and Ms. Kerry Samuel, Dietitians at the Milton Cato Memoral Hospital (MCMH). 

Mrs. Cecily Haynes, Lecturer at the Division of Nursing Education, SVG Community College, also presented on the topic “Hypertension”.

Blood pressure, weight and Body Mass Index (BMI) checks, were done for persons attending the workshop, along with counselling service.  An exhibition, showcasing low salt products was also be mounted during the workshop.

The overall aim of the workshop was to empower mothers and other extended family members, to cook with and choose foods with less salt,so as to protect themselves and their families from developing hypertension and other NCDs. 

HCC and COMSEC National NCD Commission Consultation in St. Vincent and the Grenadines

The Commonwealth Secretariat (COMSEC) is continuing its technical cooperation (TC) with Ministries of Health in Caribbean countries to establish/strengthen multisectoral National Non-Communicable Commissions (NNCDCs). The TC, driven by a recommendation in the CARICOM Heads of Government 2007 Port of Spain Declaration on NCDs, is being carried out in collaboration with the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC). A COMSEC-HCC consultant, Dr. Beverley Barnett, visited St. Vincent & the Grenadines (VCT) 10-12 August 2016, aiming to facilitate the piloting of the draft document "A Framework for the Establishment and Strengthening of National NCD Commissions - Towards a More Effective Multisectoral Response to NCDs, Part II” (Implementation Framework or IF); obtain feedback on the document; and identify priority needs for further TC.
During the mission, the consultant participated in the Ministry of Health’s launch of three television public service announcements produced through the project “Reduce Salt for a Healthier Life”.

The project targets mothers of primary school-age children, and is coordinated by the Salt-Smart Coalition, under the leadership of the NCD Coordinator in the Ministry of Health, Ms. Beverly Liverpool.
During the launch, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Luis De Shong, welcomed the COMSEC-HCC consultant and noted that the Cabinet had recently approved terms of reference for the national Health and Wellness Commission, which were developed by a Task Force.

In meetings with the VCT Task Force, it was noted that the next step in the establishment of the Commission would be inviting prospective Commissioners to serve, and a request was made for cooperation in defining desired characteristics of the Chair and Members of the Commission that could be sent with the invitation letters. The Task Force provided feedback on the draft IF, expressing appreciation for its contents, while making suggestions for its improvement. Areas identified for possible TC included mechanisms for robust sampling in the salt-reduction project; screening for prevalent NCDs in various settings, building on work started by the VCT Retired Nurses Association; and training in grant proposal writing.

COMSEC-HCC will continue to provide technical cooperation towards the efficient and effective functioning of NNCDCs (or their equivalents) in the Caribbean as a key contribution to NCD prevention and control in the region.

Michael R. Bloomberg Becomes WHO Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases

WHO has named Mr Michael R. Bloomberg, philanthropist and former three-term Mayor of the City of New York, as Global Ambassador for Non communicable Diseases (NCDs). NCDs (including heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases) and injuries are responsible for 43 million deaths each year - almost 80% of all deaths worldwide. Each year, 16 million people die from NCDs before the age of 70. Road traffic crashes account for a further 1.25 million deaths each year and are the leading cause of death among young people, aged 15–29 years. Read more

Women’s Cancers in the English Caribbean: Proceedings Report

Women’s Cancers in the English Caribbean: Proceedings Report
PAHO Report on Womens's Cancer in the Caribbean, emanating from the meeting held 11-12 May 2016 in Florida. This report provides extensive information about the presentations, discussions and country action plans to improve women's cancer care in your country. Read the report here.

Outgoing Sub-regional coordinator of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Wants More Local Food Products on the Market

more local food products on the market
Outgoing Sub-regional coordinator of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Wants More Local Food Products on the Market, Dr J. R. Deep Ford, is pleased with the work that his office has accomplished in Barbados and the region during his tenure. However, he would like to see more 100 per cent homegrown food products being made and sold. Read more
Circulation Journal from the AHA

Global Disparities in Hypertension Prevalence and Control

Hypertension is an important global health challenge because of its high prevalence and resulting car- diovascular disease and chronic kidney disease.1–3 Hypertension is the leading preventable risk factor for premature death and disability worldwide.3 Previous work estimated that 26.4% of the global adult population, or 972 million people, had hypertension in 2000.1 Since 2000, na- tional reports have indicated that the prevalence of hyper- tension is increasing in low- and middle-income countries, but it is steady or decreasing in high-income countries.4–10 These data suggest a widening health disparity in hypertension prevalence worldwide. Current estimates of the global burden of hypertension in high-income and low- and middle- income countries are needed to better understand this im- portant public health concern. Read the research article here.

Free Women's Health Seminar

Free Women's Health Seminar
Cancer Support Services in association with 21st Century Oncology present a free seminar on Women’s Health, at The Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Friday September 9, 2016, from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Read more

NOURISHING Framework Database Update

NOURISHING framework
World Cancer Research Fund International has updated their NOURISHING Policy Database with new features. Following an online user survey in late 2015, the NOURISHING policy database has new features to make it more user friendly and improve accessibility.

The new features include:
  • Single-country filter option
  • Easier overview of the policy domains, making the information more readily available
  • Better functionality of the NOURISHING tool on mobile and tablet devices
Further improvements are planned for 2017, including a multiple-country filter option and a free-text search function using keywords. Read more

The Inaugural Caribbean Cancer Survivorship Conference 2016

The Inaugural Caribbean Cancer Survivorship Conference 2016
Date: Friday 21st October, 2016
Venue: The Southern Academy of Performing Arts (SAPA), San Fernando, Trinidad
Time: 7:30 A.M. — 3:00 P.M.
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Can Americans Tax Themselves Out of Their Obesity Crisis?

Can Americans Tax Themselves Out of Their Obesity Crisis?
A new analysis of Berkeley’s first-in-the-nation “soda tax” offers encouraging results about its power to change people’s dietary habits. Five months after the city implemented its penny-per-ounce tax on all manner of sugar-sweetened beverages, lower-income residents had reduced their consumption by 21%, compared to the pre-tax days. Instead of swilling as much Coke, Gatorade, Red Bull and Hawaiian Punch, the Berkeley residents boosted their water consumption by 63%. The results provide strong evidence that the sin taxes that helped steer consumers away from alcohol and tobacco products can also work on sugary drinks such as soda, said Dr. Kristine Madsen, a public health researcher at UC Berkeley and senior author of the study. Read more
Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables

Availability, Affordability, and Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables in 18 Countries Across Income Levels

Lancet - Several international guidelines recommend the consumption of two servings of fruits and three servings of vegetables per day, but their intake is thought to be low worldwide. We aimed to determine the extent to which such low intake is related to availability and affordability. Read more

Affordability of Fruits and Vegetables and Dietary Quality Worldwide

Lancet - The major preventable risk factor contributing to the burden of disease worldwide is a poor diet, including inadequate fruit and vegetable consumption.1,2 In many low-income and middle-income countries, undernutrition—ie, not having enough food—has been a major concern. However, the diet-related burden of disease in these regions is shifting towards non-communicable diseases, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers. Improving nutrition in all countries now requires both interventions to reduce the intake of harmful foods high in saturated fat, added sugar, and salt, and interventions to increase consumption of healthy foods, such as fruits and vegetables. Read more

CARPHA Basic Research SkillsTraining Workshop

12th -14th October 2016, The Grand Royal Antiguan Hotel Beach Resort, Antigua and Barbuda The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), will conduct a Basic Research Skills Training Workshop on 12th-14th October 2016 in Antigua and Barbuda. This workshop precedes the Caribbean Nurses Organization (CNO) 30th Biennial Conference. Read more
Preventative Medicine Conference

Vacancy - IAHF Seeking an Executive Director

Vacancy - IAHF seeking an Executive Director
The InterAmerican Heart Foundation (IAHF) is seeking an Executive Director to be responsible for strategic direction, planning, communications as well as program and event management for our 21 year old non-profit organization. Candidates may reside in urban centers in the region of the Americas, connecting with a central office in Dallas, Texas, United States. Read more
Youth Advocates Symposium
The same week as the Global Citizen Festival, Global Citizen will host the first-ever Youth Advocates Symposium on September 22, 2016.
Gathering young activists from around the globe with diverse campaigning and advocacy backgrounds, the symposium will allow for an engaging exchange of experience, strategies and practices geared towards addressing pressing global issues, as outlined by the United Nations’ Global Goals.

This all-expenses paid trip will not only provide exceptional young advocates with direct exposure to the work of Global Citizen and skilled development practitioners, but also equip them with innovative tools and knowledge for effective methods of campaigning. Read more
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Latest
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Read more from the Heart & Stroke Foundation newsletter here.

UHC Day 2016 - Event Funding Application

UHC 12.12.16
On 12 December 2016, hundreds of organizations across the globe will mark Universal Health Coverage Day for the third time. We are excited to offer a limited number of grants to support the UHC Day events and activities of Coalition members. The application includes questions about your organization, your contact information, your event/activity proposal and your funding request.
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Samoan Household Nutrition and WTO Nutrition Policy

Samoa is facing a health epidemic of rising disability and early death caused by escalating rates of Non- Communicable Disease (NCDs). NCDs, including cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, are the leading causes of death and disability in Samoa, responsible for 75-80% of deaths. Two interesting reports produced with the support of the FAO and WHO.

Nothing New in UK's Strategy on Childhood Obesity

Lancet - Obesity is a worsening and far-reaching public health problem. The future costs of rising diabetes prevalence, as obesity rises in older age, are well understood. Tackling childhood obesity is an urgent task, and it is essential to do it well. Addressing childhood obesity was a manifesto commitment in the 2015 UK general election, and its delivery was expected to coincide with the Public Health England's sugar-reduction strategy in October, 2015. It was delayed to December, then again to January, 2016, then to February, and then to non-specific summer, 2016. Now we have the strategy, has the wait been worthwhile? Or have the lobbyists had time to empty it of meaningful content? Read more

Podcast: UK obesity strategy: The Lancet: August 25, 2016

Lancet Editorial: UK Government Won’t Step up to the Plate on Childhood Obesity

The UK Government’s long-anticipated response to the childhood obesity crisis disappointed everyone. From doctors, health charities, and celebrities to the very industry it seeks to propitiate, the Childhood Obesity Plan, published with as little noise as possible in the summer recess, has met with resounding criticism. As a Comment in today’s Lancet highlights, the strategy has been delayed for a year, and in that time it has been watered down to a vague Plan with no teeth. Read more

FIC Argentina Warns About Growth of Childhood Obesity

FIC Argentina warns about the growth of childhood obesity with testimonial videos on the impact of unhealthy food advertising. View here
NCD Child wants to hear from youth advocates
NCD Child wants to hear from youth advocates to help develop a platform which will connect young people from across the globe, share resources and opportunities, and ultimately amplify the collective youth voice. Read more
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NCD Alliance Newsletter
  • Civil society unites to mobilise action on NCDs at WHO AFRO Regional Committee Meeting
  • NCD Alliance September webinar will look at UNGA2016
  • UNGA side event: Access to Healthcare for NCDs
  • Health Organisations: Be the change you want to see in the world
  • Web Consultation: WHO GCM/NCD Working Groups Draft Interim Reports
  • Symposium: NCDs in humanitarian crises
  • NCDs at the 2016 World Cancer Congress - Register Now!
Read more
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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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