The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

July 15th - July 21st 2016


PAHO Supporting Regional Governments to Strengthen Fiscal and Regulatory Capacity in the Fight Against Obesity

Meeting 1 delegates
The PAHO Office for Barbados and Eastern Caribbean Countries, held two important meetings this past week: 1. Meeting on Strategy for Health-Related Law: Sensitization, Dissemination and Implementation in the English Speaking Eastern Caribbean Countries (July 19-20); and 2. Meeting on Health Law: Implementing Fiscal and Regulatory Policies to Prevent Obesity in Children and Adolescents in English-Speaking Caribbean Countries (July 20-22).
The goal of the meetings was to develop capacity to promote effective fiscal and regulatory policies. The meetings brought together a wide cross section of stakeholders from UN Women, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNDP, CARICOM, CARPHA, University of the West Indies (UWI), HCC, and senior Caribbean government officials from the Attorney General’s offices, Ministries of Finance, and Ministries of Health.
Meeting 2 delegates
The meetings were led by PAHO ECC officials, Dr. Godfrey Xuereb and Dr. Tomo Kanda, and key technical advisors from PAHO Headquarters including Dr. Fabio da Silva Gomes, Dr Ignacio Ibarra, Mr Javier Vasquez and Dr. Elisa Prieto; and WHO Technical Advisor Mr Leo Nederveen. The HCC was represented by Policy Advisor Nicole Foster (who wore two hats representing UWI as well); Trade Policy Advisor Vincent Atkins (who also represented CARICOM Office of Trade); and Executive Director Maisha Hutton. Read more

Prof. Sir Michael Marmot Feature Address Livestream

Prof. Sir Michael Marmot Feature Address Livestream
This Sunday July 24th
Sir Michael Marmot, Chair of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health and President of the World Medical Association will speak in Port of Spain at the TTMA Annual meeting this Sunday morning – July 24th

Click here to see the flyer and for more information.
T&TMA website will host the stream (primary stream)
and also (secondary stream)

WHO Launches 'NCDs & Me' and 'BeatNCDs'

NCDs & Me
WHO has launched their new campaign websites for “NCDs & Me” and “BeatNCDs”.
HCC encourages you to share your stories at NCDs & Me.

Call for Signatories: Health for 55% of the World's Population

Call for Signatories: Health for 55% of the World's Population
Together with other civil society organisations, NCD Alliance has developed recommendations for health in the New Urban Agenda, which is to be adopted at Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador this October.

Over half the world's population now lives in urban areas, with increasing urbanisation being associated with exposure to air pollution, poor nutrition, and physical inactivity, as well as other health risks.

The New Urban Agenda will define priorities for sustainable urbanisation over the next two decades, and presents an opportunity to ensure that health priorities are integrated into city planning.

By 2050, 66% of the world's population will live in urban areas. Currently, there is a great need for increased focus on health in the document.

The recommendations outline proposed text for inclusion in the Draft New Urban Agenda, together with annexed interventions and evidence to improve urban public health. The recommendations are being circulated to the Habitat III co-facilitators, and New York and Geneva Missions. 

The HCC is fully supportive of the recommendations. We encourage you sign and disseminate among your networks.

A list of organisations who have signed on to date can found here.

Countries Start to Act on Noncommunicable Diseases But Need to Speed up Efforts to Meet Global Commitments

Countries Start to Act on Noncommunicable Diseases But Need to Speed up Efforts to Meet Global Commitments
A new WHO report highlights the need to intensify national action to meet the global targets governments have agreed to protect people from heart disease, cancers, diabetes, and lung diseases. Globally, these 4 noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) represent the largest cause of death in people aged under 70 years, posing a major threat to sustainable development.

The global survey, “Assessing national capacity for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases”, shows that some countries are making remarkable progress.
A number of countries have put in place measures to protect people from exposure to tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity. Some have created new financing opportunities to build strong public health systems by taxing tobacco products. Read more

A Leader’s Legacy: Raising the Profile of NCDs on the Political Agenda 

Dr Karen Sealey
By Dr. Karen Sealey - In discussing the legacy of Patrick Manning, it is important that we include his leadership in critical health matters. In order to accelerate the response to HIV/AIDS Mr Manning established the National AIDS Coordinating Committee in the Office of the Prime Minister. He put his weight behind the efforts of that committee to implement the national strategy, which resulted in halting the increase in the prevalence of HIV by 2010. Read more
NCDs and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

NCDs across SDGs - A Call for an Integrated Approach

The NCD Alliance are pleased to share a new infographic highlighting the interlinkages between NCDs and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It provides advocates with a concise and eye-catching resource to be used in advocacy and communication efforts to promote the need for integrated implementation. See the infographic here.

25 July, 2016. PAHO Webinar: Improving Chronic Illness Care in the Americas

Webinar: "Improving Chronic Illness Care in the Americas", to be held on Monday, 25 July, 2016, at 11.00 am, EST. This webinar is organized by the Department of Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health of the Pan American Health Organization. 

The webinar will focus on the progress made in the implementation of the Chronic Care Model in the Region of the Americas. 

TIME: 11.00 am- 1.00 pm (Washington DC time, check here the time in your zone)
Agenda and more information at:

Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre Breaks Ground on Bermudas First Radiation Treatment Facility

Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre Breaks Ground on Bermudas First Radiation Treatment Facility
Construction has been initiated for the specialized suite that will house the radiation treatment equipment for the local treatment of cancer. Read more

ACP Global Perspectives: Caribbean

Kenneth Connell
Interview by ACP with Kenneth Connell. What inspired you to become a physician?
I decided from the age of 6 years old that I wanted to become a physician. I was of course unsure as to what being a doctor even entailed, but was determined that, like my pediatrician, I was going to make people better by giving them "magic liquids or creams." Twelve years later, and armed with a maturing scientific mind, I entered medical school even more determined to fully understand how that "magic" worked. Read more
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Latest
Ackees Are In Season...
Did you know, that this simple fruit which we see entrepreneurs selling on practically every street corner today is jam-packed with benefits? 

Breadfruit... Is also in season...
Baked or roasted in a fire, the breadfruit has a starchy texture and fragrance that is reminiscent of fresh baked bread.

Read more from the Heart & Stroke Foundation newsletter here.

Advocates Get Tobacco Industry Rep. Removed as Speaker at UN Meeting

United Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
Quick action by tobacco control advocates resulted in a representative from Japan Tobacco International (JTI) being dropped as a speaker at a meeting on investment policy hosted by the United Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

Mr Ulle Geir, JTI director of international trade, was to speak at UNCTAD’s biennial investment forum in Kenya on 19 July. However, as advocates pointed out in email messages to UNCTAD days before the meeting, it is highly inappropriate for the tobacco industry to speak at events focused on policy-making, for various reasons. Read more

Alcohol is a Direct Cause of Seven ​​Forms of Cancer, Finds Study

 Gin and tonic with lime. Photograph: Alamy
Analysis implicates alcohol in development of breast, liver and other types of cancer and says even moderate consumption is a risk. Alcohol causes seven forms of cancer, and people consuming even low to moderate amounts are at risk, according to new analysis. Health experts endorsed the findings and said they showed that ministers should initiate more education campaigns in order to tackle widespread public ignorance about how closely alcohol and cancer are connected. The study sparked renewed calls for regular drinkers to be encouraged to take alcohol-free days, and for alcohol packaging to carry warning labels.Read more
 World Public Health Nutrition Association’s (WPHNA) World Nutrition Congress

World Public Health Nutrition Association’s (WPHNA) World Nutrition Congress.  

This August, global experts and thought leaders in the fields of Public Health, Nutrition and Food Systems, will meet in Cape Town for the 2nd edition of the World Public Health Nutrition Association’s (WPHNA) World Nutrition Congress.  
From 30 August – 2 September the University of the Western Cape will host the World Nutrition Conference 2016, where researchers, policymakers and advocates will take to the stage to discuss, debate and share insights on how to address the double burden of malnutrition in a globalised world. Read more
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NCD Alliance Newsletter
  • "Countries' progress insufficient and uneven," says WHO
  • NEW! NCDs across SDGs - A call for an integrated approach
  • Side event at HLPF: NCDs and Sustainable Development
  • Uruguay's cigarette labelling victory also a win for the FCTC
  • "NCDs & Me": New campaign invites you to share your story
  • Focus on risk factors advocacy
  • An open dialogue with people living with HIV & NCDs
  • Physical Activity Series 2
  • Together towards Habitat3
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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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