The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

January 1st - January 14th 2016


The WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on NCDs (WHO GCM/NCD) Featuring the Belize Cancer Society and the Jamaica Cancer Society

The WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on NCDs (WHO GCM/NCD)
Stories from Belize, Jamaica, the Philippines & Uganda-International cooperation to complement domestic resources & efforts, NCD-related targets in the 2030 Agenda foe sustainable Development watch the video here

HCC Congratulates the IAHF on their 20th Anniversary

InterAmerican Heart Foundation (IAHF)
The HCC extends our warm congratulations to the InterAmerican Heart Foundation (IAHF) on the occasion of their 20th Anniversary celebrated during the Interamerican Congress of Cardiology in Santiago, Chile, from December 4th to the 7th, 2015.  Have a look at the IAHF Summary Report for the year ending Nov 30 2015 and the IAHF 5-Year Strategic Plan 2015-2020 in English and Spanish

Uniting to Stop the NCD Epidemic  - Time to Accelerate Action - Regional Workshop

Copyright PAHO
This key regional workshop in February will bring together experts and activists to tackle NCDs. The threat to Caribbean progress posed by non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as heart attacks, stroke, diabetes and cancer, is critical and one of the defining health and development challenges of our time.
Caribbean leaders have long recognised the threat and in 2007 the CARICOM Heads of Government endorsed the Port of Spain Declaration on NCDs. Now this ground-breaking Declaration, the first by Heads of Government in the world, is being evaluated by a team of experts led by the University of the West Indies, on behalf of CARICOM and the Pan American Health Organisation.

A milestone in the evaluation process will be a major regional gathering which will bring together around 60 of the Caribbean’s top experts, actors and activists from government, civil society and the private sector in Port of Spain, Trinidad, in February. They will review the results of the evaluation and work towards a joint action plan to accelerate implementation of the Declaration and its 27 commitments as it approaches its 10th Anniversary in 2017. The focus of the implementation workshop is on broadening and deepening the NCD response so that it is fully multisectoral.

Participants will explore a range of issues surrounding the Declaration’s ambitious commitments. Specific working groups will be set up to examine such areas as diet, food and food security; reducing alcohol related harm; tobacco control; physical activity and the built environment; promoting health in specific settings like workplaces and schools; financing NCD prevention and control; and advocacy and communication. Organisers are adamant that a concrete action plan will emerge from the two-day gathering. The workshop will be held on 24-25 February in Trinidad & Tobago, there will also be a live stream available, more information will be made available in the coming weeks.

UWI Cave Hill Campus MSA Week

UWI Medical Students Association Week
The University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus Medical Students Association week will take place from 17th to 23rd of January.

Events will include a church service, lecture, health fair, hike and picnic to name a few.
BNR Cancer Snapshot
The BNR is proud of its accomplishments in 2015, which were in a number of areas such as
  • Data output
  • Collaborations
  • Education
Read more

WHO Paper Recommends:
‘Governance for Health’ to Achieve SDGs

Health is perceived “as a major contributor to the other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” according to a paper, entitled ‘Health in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development' prepared by the World Health Organization (WHO) for the 138th session of the Executive Board, to be held from 25-30 January 2016.. The paper highlights fundamental differences between the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the health aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and it recommends ways for WHO to play an increased role in governance for health.

Read the Health in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development here.

World Salt Awareness Week 29th February - 6th March

World Salt Week 2016
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Talking Hands World Cancer Day 2016
4th February marks World Cancer Day (WCD) and we encourage you to join the global effort to spread the message that ‘We can. I can.’ take action to help prevent and fight cancer. Using social media to share the ‘We can. I can.’ key messages, the Talking Hands activity is a fun and easy way to get involved in World Cancer Day and show your support.

NCD Alliance Webinar

The NCD Alliance will be holding their next webinar on Wednesday 20 January at 10:00 – 11:30 am EST/16:00 – 17:30 CET. The powerpoint slides and recording will be made available on the NCD Alliance website after the webinar.
The discussion will focus on:
  • Preparations for the 138th WHO Executive Board Meeting
  • Updates on the WHO Global Coordination Mechanism
  • WHO NCD Focal Points Directors Meeting
Participants may submit questions prior to the webinar by emailing us at by Monday 18 January. Participants will also be able to send questions and feedback during the webinar. Read more

Public Lecture

A Public Lecture will take place on Friday January 22nd, in the Lazaretto Graduate Studies Building, UWI, Cave Hill. The featured speaker will be Dr. Gary H. Gibbons, Director – National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health (NIH), the topic is 'Toward a Systems Science Approach to Eliminating Health Disparities across the African Diaspora'. There will a Q & A session and further presentation by Dr. Madhuvanti Murphy, Lecturer in Public Health & Ms, Terrilia Ravaliere, a reception will follow. Read more
Epilepsy Society of the Caribbean
NARCCE 2016 -  5th North American Regional Caribbean Congress on Epilepsy in Barbados March 3 - 5, 2016.  Read more
Obesity Summit
This Forum will be available by video conference free of charge please email for more information or visit the website here.
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Latest
Diabetic? Did you know...
A person with diabetes is twice as likely to have heart disease or stroke, than someone who is not diabetic.

Just A Minute...
Can Reiki help those who may have had a Stroke?

Read more from the Heart & Stroke Foundation newsletter here.
4th Annual Symposium on Global Cancer Research
4th Annual Symposium on Global Cancer Research takes place April 8, 2016 in San Francisco.  Call for Abstracts!  Deadline: January 18, 2016.
All accepted abstracts for the 4th Annual Symposium on Global Cancer Research will be published in the Journal of Global Oncology, a new open-access journal from the American Society for Clinical Oncology. Please remember that the abstract submission deadline for the Symposium is fast approaching.
Abstracts in three categories:
(1) original research conducted in LMICs
(2) program development in LMICs
(3) development of novel devices or technologies used in low-cost cancer control
Abstract Submission Portal:
The Symposium is to be held at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel on April 8, 2016. To register, please visit: If you have any questions, email
Cervical Cancer Action News Brief January 2016
Cervical Cancer Action News Brief - January 2016. Read more

UK Government Introduce New Alcohol Unit Guidelines

New UK Alcohol Guidelines
The UK government’s alcohol guidelines are changing to reflect new evidence about the link between alcohol and health harms, particularly cancer. New guidance includes changes to the amount men and women can regularly drink, one-off drinking sessions and advice for drinking in pregnancy. Here is some of the press coverage:
Now supermarkets BACK a law to cut sugar by 50 per cent

Now Supermarkets BACK a Law to Cut Sugar by 50%

Now supermarkets BACK a law to cut sugar by 50 per cent after remarkable u-turn from fighting against tougher health controls. Major retailers back move to cut sugar in many products by half, previously they fought against plans to introduce tougher controls. British Retail Consortium said Government had failed to deliver the 'comprehensive' sugar cuts needed to protect nation's health and cuts would reduce sugar consumed by children by around 26g per day. Read more

Experts Call For Increase In Sugar Tax To Fight Childhood Obesity: How Much Sugar Is Too Much For Kids?

Experts Call For Increase In Sugar Tax To Fight Childhood Obesity
Obesity experts in the UK call for increase in sugar tax to fight the global phenomena that is childhood obesity. All over the world, obesity plagues numerous families and risks the lives of the young.

Increased sugar consumption is said to contribute to the situation and while parents are aware of the dangers, it is important to know how much is too much when it comes to feeding sugar-containing food to kids. Read more
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NCD Alliance e-Alert
  • World Cancer Day 2016
  • WHO Executive Board
  • International AIDS Conference - Subcategory on HIV and NCDs
  • Upcoming NCDA webinar
  • Global Nutrition Report 2015
Read more

From the NCD Alliance Weekly Digest

NCDs News
  • Lancet: Cancer: Australian government proposes diagnostic payment cuts read more
  • WEF: How can Africa better treat cancer patients? read more
  • WEF: How high is the familial risk of cancer? read more
  • WEF: Should we rethink our views of ageing and dementia? read more
  • BioMed Central: BMC Palliative Care: Review of 2015 read more
  • Washington Post: NIH’s big cancer database coming soon read more
Risk Factor News
  • Lancet: Sugar: pushing forward on cutting back read more
  • BMJ: Chris Baker: Child obesity in India? Tell me something I don’t know! read more
  • WCRF: Reduce your cancer risk with realistic New Year’s resolutions read more
  • WCRF: Unconscious consumption: is our environment making us eat more? read more
  • Guardian: Why most cancer isn’t attributable to simple ‘bad luck’ read more
  • BBC: Can changing your mealtimes make you healthier? read more
  • Change4Life: Change4Life Sugar Boy read more
  • NEJM: The Obesity Epidemic — Understanding the Disease and the Treatment read more
  • NEJM: Weight Loss and Health Status 3 Years after Bariatric Surgery in Adolescents read more
  • PLoS: You should work out in jeans (I do) read more
  • Independent: New alcohol guidelines: How is drinking linked to cancer? read more
  • Telegraph: Mapped: How the UK's new alcohol guidelines compare with the rest of Europe read more
  • Telegraph: One can of fizzy drink a day increases risk of diabetes and heart disease – 30% more visceral fat read more
  • Press Trust of India: Govt launches mobile service to wean people off tobacco read more
  • NY Times: New diet guidelines urge less sugar for all and less meat for boys and men read more
  • NBC: Nearly Half of Teens Breathe in Secondhand Smoke, CDC Finds read 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.
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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