The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

May 24th - May 26th 2017



Historic High Level of Engagement Civil Society by CARICOM and PAHO at the WHA70

The HCC is pleased to announce that in recognition of the importance of the multi-sectoral approach to NCD prevention and control, civil society was for the first time formally invited to attend the CARICOM Caucus of Health Ministers, chaired by Hon. John Boyce, Minister of Heath, Barbados and the PAHO Meeting with the CARICOM Delegation hosted by the PAHO Director - Dr. Carissa Etienne, to contribute to the discussion on NCD prevention and control.
HCC Executive Director Maisha Hutton with PAHO Director Dr Carissa Etienne
HCC noted the significance of the presence of civil society at these high level meetings against the background of the broad commitment to a whole of society response to NCDs at the highest levels; and applauded both the CARICOM Secretariat and the PAHO Director for their leadership. The President and the Executive Director took the opportunity to reinforce their priority focus in the area of childhood obesity and to underscore priority asks which were shared with the Ministers by the HCC in the lead up to the WHA. The Ministers of Health were urged to support action in the following priority areas:
  1. Agenda item 15.1 Preparation for the third High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases, to be held in 2018. We urge you to:  
    1. Support accelerated progress in implementing the four national, time-bound targets
    2. Support the preparatory process for a successful 2018 UN High-Level Meeting
    3. Welcome the WHO Global Conference on NCDs hosted by the President of Uruguay in October 2017 as a crucial preparatory meeting for the 2018 HLM 
    4. Updated Appendix 3. We urge you to:
      • Endorse the updated Appendix 3 of Global NCD Action Plan.
  2. Agenda item 15.5: Report of the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity.
    • Endorse the implementation plan and support the development of a robust monitoring and evaluation framework, with a clear timeline.
Three thought leaders at WHA
The work of the HCC is supported at the international level by the work of the NCD Alliance. The NCD Alliance Advocacy Briefing Document for WHA70 provides a comprehensive list of NCD related priority advocacy areas which complement those listed above.

Updates From the WHA from NCD Alliance

NCD Alliance
The latest WHA update from the NCD Alliance includes the following:
  • NCD Alliance congratulates Dr Tedros, elected to be the next WHO Director General 
  • NCDA General Assembly approves transition to NGO 
  • First NCD Alliance Board elected for 2017-2019 
  • Our Views, Our Voices initiative launched
  • Theme of 2017 Global NCDA Forum announced
  • NCD movement: sharing lessons learnt & challenges  
  • Addressing the commercial determinants of health
  • Next generation's role on NCDs 
  • A call to action for lung health 
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For more information on  the 70th World Health Assembly click below.
70th World Health Assembly LIVE STREAM
70th World Health Assembly Website
World Heart Federation President, David Wood Shares WHA Insights.
NCD Child
Child's Rights Infographic
Child's Rights Infographic
NCD Child Fact Sheet
NCD Child Fact Sheet

The Eastern Caribbean Health Outcomes Research Network (ECHORN) 

The Eastern Caribbean Health Outcomes Research Network (ECHORN) is a collaborative research study that examines the lifestyles, eating habits, and health behaviors associated with cancer, diabetes and heart disease in adult men and women living in the Eastern Caribbean. It is a collaboration between the Yale School of Medicine, University of the West Indies (Cave Hill and St. Augustine campuses), University of the Virgin Islands and the University of Puerto Rico. ECHORN was funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) in 2011. It is an infrastructure to support research, policy and capacity strengthening, in partnership with a range of stakeholders, to improve the health of people of Eastern Caribbean descent.

The ECHORN Cohort study (ECS) recruits and follows a community-dwelling adult cohort to identify novel risk and protective factors for cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. ECS has now empaneled almost 3000 participants from four island sites: Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Trinidad & Tobago and Barbados. Preliminary data analysis confirms the overwhelming burden of non-communicable diseases in the region. ECS will launch Wave 2 follow up in the late summer of 2017.

ECHORN has built a strong research collaboration in the region that includes the 5 academic institutions listed above, as well as community advisory boards and policy delegations from each island site. These delegations came together at a Global Health Leadership Institute Forum for Change in 2015 that identified diabetes and hypertension as ECHORN’s priority areas of focus. Next week’s HCC Roundup will discuss ECHORN’s current research emphasis on the early detection and primary prevention of hypertension and diabetes. Stay tuned! 

‘Jamaica Moves’ Presented to Commonwealth Health Ministers

Dr Winston De La Haye, Chief Medical Officer Jamaica Ministry of Health
Jamaica's Chief Medical Officer, Dr Winston De La Haye, on Sunday made his presentation at the annual Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting being held in Geneva, Switzerland.

The presentation, which focused on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and the impact they have on the region, also focused on the island's national response to NCDs - Jamaica Moves.
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World No Tobacco Day PAHO Webinar - 1 June 2017 

World Tobacco Day Webinar
Webinar: “Tobacco, a threat to development” will be held on Thursday, 1st June, 2017, to mark World No Tobacco Day 2017.
"Tobacco, a threat to development" is World No Tobacco Day theme this year, and on this occasion we have organized an expert panel that will focus on the association of tobacco use and poverty and how tobacco control measures can contribute to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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World No Tobacco Day, 31 May 2017

WCRF International: Analysis of Worldwide Research on Breast Cancer

WCRF Report on Breast Cancer
As part of the Continuous Update Project (CUP) – which is an ongoing programme to analyse global research on how diet, nutrition, physical activity and weight affect cancer risk and survival – WCRF International have analysed worldwide research and produced a report on breast cancer.

Published in May 2017, the report is the most rigorous, systematic, global analysis of the scientific research currently available on diet, weight, physical activity and breast cancer, and which of these factors increase or decrease the risk of developing the disease.
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HCC Publications

Civil Society Led Tobacco Control Advocacy in the Caribbean – The experiences of the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC)
Civil Society Led Tobacco Control Advocacy in the Caribbean
The experiences of the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC)

Blood Pressure Control Through Community Action
Blood Pressure Control Through Community Action. Multi Country Project implemented in Dominica, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Lucia, & St. Vincent & the Grenadines 
See All HCC Publications

The International Association for Adolescent Health - 11th World Congress on Adolescent Health 

Skills Building Workshops - Abstract Submission and Youth Scholarships
Skills Building Workshop
Skills building workshops are offered to professionals of all nationalities who will be attending the IAAH 2017 Congress in New Delhi and who want to improve their skills in various important issues related to adolescent health and medicine.
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4th Non-Latin Caribbean Conference on Alzheimer's and other Dementias

4th Non-Latin Caribbean Conference on Alzheimer's and other Dementias
Alzheimer’s Association of Trinidad and Tobago (AzATT) commemorates 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 from June 8th  to 10th at the Radisson Hotel Trinidad. The theme of the conference is “Dementia in the Caribbean: No Time to Lose”.  Read the press release here.
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5th Latin American and Caribbean Conference Tobacco or Health

5th Latin American and Caribbean Conference Tobacco or Health
Register online before June 2, 2017 to take advantage of discounted rates to attend the 5th Latin American and Caribbean Conference Tobacco or Health, which will take place on June 13-16, 2017 at the Radisson Hotel in Montevideo, Uruguay. Registration and hotel information can be found at . The conference will have simultaneous English-Spanish translation.
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Cancer Support Services 6th Annual Conference

Registration is now open
CSS 6th Annual Conference
Cancer Support Services will host its 6th Annual Conference “It’s Not a Sprint, It’s a Marathon” on Saturday June 24, 2017 at the Accra Beach Hotel and Spa, Rockley, Christ Church from 8:30am with speakers from 21st Century Oncology in Miami, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, St. Lucia and Barbados.
The conference is open to Physicians, Nurses, Care-givers, Bereavement Support Groups, other NGOs, Patients and all interested persons.
Credits are available for Health Professionals.
Registration and all payment of fees closes on Wednesday June 14, 2017.
No payment of fees will be accepted on the day of the conference. 
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CMPPA 4th Annual Medical Conference & Community Outreach Program

CMPPA 4th Annual Medical Conference & Community Outreach Program
The Conference Program can be downloaded here.
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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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