The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

June 3rd - June 9th 2016


Antigua Minister of Health Honourable Molwyn Joseph - A Caribbean NCD Champion: ‘Walking the Talk’

Honourable Minister of Health for Antigua, Mr. Molwyn Joseph
During the 69th World Health Assembly held in Geneva, Switzerland, May 23 to 28, the President of the HCC Sir Trevor Hassell and Executive Director, Maisha Hutton, had the distinct pleasure of a candid chat with the Honourable Minister of Health of Antigua, Mr. Molwyn Joseph and his Chief Medical Officer Dr. Rhonda Sealey-Thomas. The Minister’s fresh and unapologetic approach to addressing chronic diseases in Antigua and Barbuda was exciting and inspiring. Quite simply Minister Joseph and his team, led by CMO Dr. Sealey-Thomas are ‘disrupting’ the status quo and making positive changes worthy of watching from across the Caribbean and globally.
As we ate lunch against the stunning backdrop of the Alps nestled on placid Lake Geneve, the Minister shared his personal philosophies on leadership, overcoming challenges and helping Antiguan's to help themselves. 'I always say if you observe people long enough they will tell you what they want and every morning and evening I would see people walking on the highways’  The Minister took this as a signal that his people wanted recreational spaces and this catalysed the development of parks designed to support and encourage increased physical activity in each of the countries 6 districts. ‘Quite often when faced with challenges, I see opportunities…’ Minister Joseph commented as he shared his no nonsense plan to clean up his country in which he empowered and incentivised young men to become entrepreneurs leading the government’s initiative which has virtually changed the landscape of the country resulting in a cleaner, healthier environment. Read the complete interview Read more.

Jamaica Well Represented at The World Congress of Cardiology

Jamaica Well Represented at The World Congress of Cardiology
The World Congress of Cardiology, hosted by the World Heart Federation, was held in Mexico City June 4-7, 2016

The vision of the WHF is meeting the WHO target for NCD mortality reduction by reducing premature deaths from cardiovascular disease by at least 25% by 2025; and tobacco control measures such as the accelerated implementation of the FCTC is an important component of this action. 
Jamaica was represented at the meeting by Mrs Deborah Chen the Executive Director of the Heart Foundation of Jamaica and past Vice President of the WHF and former Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson. Dr Fenton Ferguson was invited by the Scientific Committee of the World Congress of Cardiology to make two presentations on Sunday June 5th, 2016 at their meeting in Mexico City. Dr Ferguson was instrumental in the enactment of Jamaica’s Tobacco Control Regulations in 2013.
The first presentation was on the topic CVD/NCD as global health challenge, his presentation was entitled “Caribbean Successes and Challenges - The Port of Spain Declaration on NCDS”.  Read more

Regional Tobacco Control Meeting in Mexico City

Further to the WCC meeting in Mexico City, Barbara McGaw attended two meetings sponsored by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids (TFK), June 7 and 8, 2016, the meeting was attended by 20 persons from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) from various CSOs.
Regional Tobacco Control Meeting
The first meeting was to support Mexico’s bid to enact smoke free legislation for the entire country. At present Mexico City has smoke free laws but the rest of the country has  uneven coverage of smoke free places. FIC Mexico and CODICE the Mexican NGO’s  working in tobacco control were able to have  a joint meeting with the Mexican Congress to which we were invited. Read more
Professor Sir Trevor Hassell on Global Nutrition

The Global Nutrition Report 2016, will be Launched on June 14

With events throughout the week at venues around the world, with further events to follow. 

June 14, 2016, 
Washington, DC
Stockholm- EAT Forum
New Delhi, 

June 16, 2014
New York

June 17, 2016

The report will be available here.

Mr. Elton Georges Appointed Chairman of BVI’s Health and Wellness Advisory Council

Mr. Elton Georges
Mr. Elton Georges, CMG, OBE has been appointed Chairman of the BVI’s Health and Wellness Advisory Council.
Mr. Georges will lead the council which is mandated to act as the champion for health and wellbeing and to promote Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) prevention, treatment and control at a national level.
Another of the council’s objectives is to improve the health status of all residents across the life cycle. Read more

The HCC is pleased with the progress in BVI and we look forward to supporting active civil society engagement on the council. 

WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on the Prevention and Control of NCDs

Final Reports from the Working Group on Engagement with the Private Sector(Working Group 3.1) & Working Group on financing for NCDs (Working Group 5.1)

The final reports of the Working Groups on the engagement with the private sector and on financing for NCDs were officially presented to the WHO Director General’s Office in April 2016 and again at the 69th World Health Assembly in June 2016.

WHO Member States have offered their expertise, knowledge and experience in order to ensure alignment of the outcomes of the Working Groups with national priorities and needs. In line with this commitment, the final reports have provided tangible recommendations that Member States should consider and can implement. Read more

Download the reports: Working Group 3.1 Final Report with annexes and Working Group 5.1 Final Report with annexes.

Only 2 Weeks Until the 61st Annual CARPHA Health Research Conference

Research Conference to Focus on Family Health
The online registration form can be accessed via the following link: Register Now.

Tthe registration fee is USD 499.00. Conference Flyer

The Faculty of Medical Sciences Public Lecture Series in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of Independence

Dr. Alafia Samuels, Director, Chronic Disease Research Centre
“Accelerating the NCD Agenda - Towards a Better Caribbean, Stronger Together”

Dr. Alafia Samuels, Director, Chronic Disease Research Centre, Deputy Dean, Research and Graduate Programmes, Faculty of Medical Sciences. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. Henry Fraser Lecture Theatre, UWI, Cave Hill Campus.

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Sweetness - Premiere Showcase of Barbados Finest Talent

Sweetness - Premiere Showcase of Barbados Finest Talent
Celebrating Barbados' 50th Year of Independence - Artistes for a cause in aid of the Barbados Diabetes Foundation.

Sunday June 19th, 2016, 7pm, the Plantation Garden Theatre, Christ Church.

Admission $60, doors open at 6pm.

Tickets available from the Diabetes Centre, Warrens, St. Michael, call 246-417-5980 or Ticketpal locations.

Read more

Dominica Celebrates World Health Day

World Health Day 2016 was observed by the Ministry of Health and Environment through the Health Promotion Resource Centre in collaboration with the Dominica Diabetes Association at the Roseau Primary School on Thursday April 7, 2016. This year’s theme is “Stay Super: Beat Diabetes with Fit and Healthy Children”. Activities planned for the day focused on Eating Healthy and Being Active.
Roseau Primary School
The day event bought excitement and education to the students aged 2 to 11 years old at the Roseau Primary School where there are a few students living with Diabetes.

Activities for the day included:
  • Reading of the Minister’s World Health Day Speech to the children by Ms Marvlyn Birmingham  President of the Dominica Diabetes Association.
  • The pinning of the school principal with the World Diabetes Pin.
  • Diabetes exhibition which focused on healthy eating with the use of food models and sugar displays
  • Sampling of healthy snacks prepared by the Health Promotion Resource Centre. Students sampled fruits kebabs, and lentils accras among other exciting and tasty snacks.
  • Physical activity was also conducted using the Hoolahoop.
Physical activity was also conducted using the Hoolahoop
The activity was rated as successful by the Health Promotion Unit and the Dominica Diabetes association and resulted in not only an increased awareness among students and staff on diabetes but also on  the importance of adoption of healthy lifestyle practices to prevent and manage the condition.

The students of Roseau Primary School confessed that a lot had been learnt about diabetes and the ways to prevent it. Motivated, many said they would talk to their parents about this new information relating to Diabetes. It was a fruitful and impactful day. See more pictures from the event here.

Vacancy - Part Time - NCD Project Liaison

PSI Caribbean
PSI-Caribbean (Population Services International – Caribbean) is currently seeking suitable applicants to support a non communicable disease (NCD) project. The project targets NCD prevention with high risk youth.

A cover letter and CV must be submitted by: June 21, 2016. All submissions should be sent to: Ms. Kerry Parris Only selected applicants will be contacted. Read more    

Call for cases: Public-Private Interactions in Nutrition-related Non-communicable Diseases: Lessons from Research, Policy and Practice

UK Health Forum
Deadline: 15 July, 2016.
Multisectoral initiatives such as public-private interactions have been proposed to achieve UN and WHO goals on nutrition-related non-communicable diseases. However, these public-private interactions may give rise to a range of ethical challenges, including conflicts of interest. This Casebook will focus on public-private interactions involving the for-profit commercial sector. It will aim to raise awareness and support action to strengthen the governance of these interactions and prevent conflicts of interest.  Cases documenting both positive as well as negative experiences are encouraged, as are submissions from low and middle income countries. Cases may be submitted from other risk factor areas where they offer transferable lessons for nutrition-related NCDs. Read more
Mental Health in Low Income Countries

Reframing NCDs and Injuries for the Poorest Billion

Reframing NCDs and Injuries for the Poorest Billion
Webinar - Monday, 13 June 2016, 12.30 – 14.00 (CET)
  • Dr Gene Bukhman, Director, Program In Global NCD Social Change, Harvard Medical School
  • Dr Tamitza Toroyan, Technical Officer on Road Safety, WHO NMH/NVI/UIP
  • Dr Teri Reynolds, Emergency, Trauma and Acute Care Lead, WHO NMH/NVI
  • Dr Bente Mikkelsen, Head a.i., WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on NCDs
Please send any questions to with "Webinar-NCDs poorest billion" in the subject line.

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Acting in the Anthropocene: the EAT – Lancet Commission

Expanding waistlines are a problem not just for dietitians and population health specialists but, increasingly, for Earth system scientists too. The waistlines belong largely to the growing global middle class. The world is undergoing a dramatic nutrition transition to western diets. Wealth, industrialisation, and rapid urbanisation are driving a surge in resource-intensive meat and dairy products and ultra-processed foods. This dietary shift is the main cause of an exponential rise in obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Read more

How Much We Eat vs. How Much We Need

How Much We Eat vs. How Much We Need
BY NATHAN YAU - My two-year-old eats and eats, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at him. Almost every day at the dinner table I wonder where all that food goes in such a tiny body. I understand now why my grandma always laughed in delight as she piled my plate on every chance.

Those days are long gone for me of course. Many good things come with age, but metabolism is not one of them, especially with my lazy, sedentary butt in front of the computer all day. Read more
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Latest
Man Down - Man Up?
MEN... get your cholesterol checked. If it is high then you have a good chance of Erectile Dysfunction.

Tastefully Unsalted...
Try these two tips to swap out adding any salt to your dishes. Also share with us what you've tried.

Read more from the Heart & Stroke Foundation newsletter here.
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