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The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

August 19th - August 29th 2017


Caribbean Represented on the NCD Child Governing Council

Alafia Samuels
Dr. Alafia Samuels, Director of the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre (GA-CDRC - UWI) and leading Caribbean researcher in the area of NCD prevention and control is the one of the newest members of the NCD Child Governing Council. Dr. Samuels has been a strong advocate for NCDs for many years.  This new role at the NCD Child will provide an important opportunity to raise the profile of NCDs and children in the Caribbean.

The NCD Child is a global multi-stakeholder coalition focused on the prevention, treatment, and management of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in children, adolescents, and young people. NCD Child advocates for the inclusion of children, adolescents, and young people in the global NCD agenda and inclusion of child and adolescent NCD prevention in the Sustainable Developmental Goals; promotes both treatment and prevention for addressing the NCD burden; and supports the inclusion of youth and family voices in global and country planning for NCDs. Dr. Samuels attended her first meeting of the Governing Council held in Amsterdam, last week Friday August 25th, 2017.

Caribbean Wellness Day 2017 - 9th September

Caribbean Wellness Day 2017
Caribbean Wellness Day (CWD) 2017 focuses on the Youth under the theme “Securing a Future Generation through Eating Healthy and Not Smoking” with the slogan "Be fresh, be cool, reduce the risk."

A Message from Dr. C. James Hospedales Executive Director of CARPHA and Special Advisor to the HCC - Youth is a crucial period for establishing positive health and social behaviours. It is a time when young persons aged 15-29 years, transition from childhood through adolescence to independent adulthood. It is a period when they undergo emotional and physical changes. Although our Caribbean youths are generally healthy, a growing number of factors influence their health. These include family and community, environmental factors, socioeconomic factors, and health factors such as communicable diseases, violence and injury, body weight, physical activity, nutrition and substance use.

Poor health in this group can be detrimental to national economies, through direct economic losses for treatment and indirect costs of lost productivity. It is therefore critical that the health and well-being of our young people are promoted and protected as a critical ingredient to the social, health and productivity agendas for the Region. Read the full Message here.
Caribbean Wellness Day 2017
CWD 2017 Tooklit
Caribbean Wellness Day 2017 Toolkit including:


Civil Society, Faith-based Organisations, Private Sector, Schools
Banner Large, Poster Large, Poster Small,
Eat well, Get moving, Spice it up, Tobacco kills 1, Tobacco kills 2, Meme Template
The NCD Problem
One liners and Phases:
Caribbean Node of the Virtual Campus for Public Health
Tobacco and Public Health: From theory to practice (2016 version)
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Please let us know of any events or activities taking place in your country in support of Caribbean Wellness Day 2017
Email details, dates and any promotional materials to:

Events are taking place in the following countries (click for further info)
Anguilla, Bahamas, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Nevis and St. Kitts

Pan Institution Network Global Health (PINGH) Meeting 

The annual Pan Institution Network Global Health (PINGH) took place on the 24-25 August 2017 at the University of the West Indies. 

The HCC were invited to make a presentation on 'Engaging Civil Society' this was delivered by Maisha Hutton, Executive Director of the HCC.

The Pan Institution Network for Global Health (formerly PUNGH) was launched in 2014 in response to the need for multidisciplinary collaboration to address global health and other global challenges.

Their vision is that of a more equitable world in global health through learning and sharing of ideas and resources. We are a young network with leading faculty scholars from six global universities. PINGH aim to address global health concerns and our priority areas through various types of partnership and engagement. 

You can follow PINGH on Facebook and Twitter

St Lucia NCD Commission Undergoes Training

St Lucia Disease Commission Undergoes Training
The Government of Saint Lucia through the Ministry of Health, has prioritized the management and control of chronic non-communicable diseases in order to reverse the epidemic.

Consequently, the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) yesterday concluded a two-day chronic disease training program. The program aimed to prepare members of the National Chronic Non-Communicable Disease Commission, appointed by Cabinet, in directing a plan for action to prevent and control chronic disease through a comprehensive approach involving all sectors. It was facilitated by a chronic disease technical expert from PAHO.
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Jamaica Moves partners with Fortis 5K

PUMA Fortis 5K
The Jamaica Ministry of Health, through its initiative Jamaica Moves, has partnered with the Kingston College-FLOW/PUMA 5K to begin their six-race series to promote healthy lifestyle throughout the country.

This year marks the fifth staging which will take place on Sunday, September 10, at North Street with the main aim of raising funds to benefit the education and athletic development programmes at Kingston College.

Speaking during the launch at the school on Tuesday, Minister of Health Dr Chris Tufton encouraged the audience, and by extension, Jamaica to “get active, eat healthy, and benefit from that over time through healthier living and better quality of life over time”.
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Barbados Lauded for Championing SDGS and Gender Issues

Barbados' selection of a Permanent Secretary with responsibility for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) came in for high praise recently, when new Head of UN Women, Mary McLean, paid a courtesy call on Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean.

Senator McClean, in acknowledging that Prime Minister Freundel Stuart had identified a Permanent Secretary within his Ministry to address the SDGs, told McLean: “We have been doing a number of things over the years and in fact, the Prime Minister was quick to point out that when you look at the continuing commitment and certainly this administration’s, in terms of pursuing the kind of society that has been articulated by the Government, those kinds of things are very consistent with what is now articulated by the UN 2013 agenda.”
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Globe-athon 2017 This Step is for Her

Globe-athon Barbados Walk & Run to End Gynaecological Cancers
This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Globe-athon Barbados Walk & Run to End Gynaecological Cancers. As champions of wellness and initiatives which raise awareness about the prevention and control of chronic non-communicable diseases, Sagicor Life Inc and Sagicor General Insurance Inc proudly return as title-sponsor of the annual Globe-athon event. 
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Please let is know of any events that you are planning in support of Globe-athon 2017

Have Your Say: Online Consultation of People Living With NCDs

HCC encourages you to participate in this NCD Alliance initiative, if you have or have had an NCD, or if you are a carer, partner or close to someone who has, make your mark on the Advocacy Agenda of People Living with NCDs;by responding to the NCD Alliance's online consultation.

Submissions must be made by September 9th 2017.

Watch the introductory video below.
Have your say
Our Views, Our Voices seeks to put people first in the NCD response. It aspires to break down stigma and discrimination, equipping people living with NCDs with the skills, knowledge and opportunities to be leaders and active players in the response to these diseases.
Our Views Our Voices
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Applications Open for Young People to Attend Global NCD Alliance Forum

Applications open for young people to attend Global NCD Alliance Forum
Application Deadline September 1st.

A Pre-Forum Youth Workshop will be organised on 7-8 December ahead of the 2nd Global NCD Alliance Forum from 9-11 December 2017, in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates on the theme of Stepping up the pace on NCDs: making 2018 count. 

The Forum's Youth Planning Committee has announced a Call for Applications inviting youth advocates passionate about NCDs from across the world. Limited travel grants are available and the last date to apply is 1 September 2017. 

The youth workshop aims to support the meaningful engagement of youth advocates in the Forum proceedings and the global NCD movement in the long term. Youth delegates from across the world will work together to enrich and energise civil society advocacy activities leading up to the UN High-level Meeting on NCDs in 2018. 
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Over 45,000 Pounds (20,411 Kg) of Sugar Dumped in Times Square Illustrates Alarming Child Health Trend

45,485 pounds of sugar
Snack company KIND dumped 45,485 pounds (20,411 Kg) of sugar in Times Square Tuesday to spark conversation about how much added sugar children consume. 

The American Heart Association recommends children eat no more than 100 calories (about six teaspoons) of added sugars, also known as free sugars, daily. But, children are eating much more than that - over 270 calories according to data in the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Most comes from sweetened drinks. 

KIND estimates the average 9-year-old eats their weight in added sugar each year.
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Studies Highlight ‘Potential New Targets for Immunotherapy’ 

Studies Highlight ‘Potential New Targets for Immunotherapy’ 
Two separate studies have revealed potential new avenues for research into immunotherapy.  The first highlights a set of molecules that may help cancer cells evade the immune system. While the other suggests that the effects of an experimental breast cancer drug could be boosted by immunotherapy.

All 3 studies were published in the journal Nature. Immunotherapy drugs harness the power of the immune system to attack cancers. The most common type release the immune system’s inbuilt ‘brakes’, freeing immune cells to attack the tumour. 

In two separate studies researchers looked at one set of ‘brakes’ – controlled by a checkpoint molecule called PD-L1 – which can prevent the immune system from launching an effective attack against cancer cells. 
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Career Opportunities

Programme Coordinator, Cardiac Disease Prevention and Rehabilitation - the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados (HSFB), is seeking to recruit a dynamic individual with experience in cardiovascular nursing or the cardiac rehabilitation field to join their team as Programme Coordinator, Cardiac Disease Prevention and Rehabilitation (CDP&R).

Part-Time Physician, Cardiac Disease Prevention and Rehabilitation - the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados (HSFB), is seeking to recruit a dynamic individual with previous experience in a cardiovascular rehabilitation setting to join their team as a Part-Time Physician, Cardiac Disease Prevention and Rehabilitation (CDP&R).
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Lancet NCD Publications

Cancer Prevention: First along the cancer development pathway is the stage before diagnosis: how to prevent the genesis of cancer. This Series of papers in The Lancet Oncology investigates five aspects of this difficult-to-study concept: how lifestyle changes, including physical activity and diet affect cancer prevention; the different preventive measures taken at both the pharmacologic and governmental level; strategies to prevent anthracycline-based cardiotoxicity; and the role of big data in the future of personalised cancer prevention. The Series also includes a comment on how to best conceptualise precision prevention. Read more

Dementia prevention, intervention, and care: Dementia is the greatest global challenge for health and social care in the 21st century: around 50 million people worldwide have dementia and this number is predicted to triple by 2050. The Lancet Commission on dementia aims to review the best available evidence and produce recommendations on how to best manage, or even prevent, the dementia epidemic. Read more

CAN25by25 August Newsletter

  • Kicking off the countdown to the 2018 High-Level Meeting on NCDs  - Learn more about the UN HLM on NCDs, 
  • What is the UN High-level Meeting (HLM) on NCDs? 
  • Why is this meeting important?
  • How can you get involved? 
  • Explore our UICC fellowships
  • Add your voice to NCDA's Our Views, Our Voices initiative
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IDRC Research Awards 2018

IDRC Research Awards 2018

Call for Applications September 6, 2017 by 4:00 PM (EDT) -  Programs: Agriculture and Food Security, Climate Change, Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia, Employment and Growth, Food, Environment, and Health, Foundations for Innovation, Governance and Justice, Livestock Vaccine Innovation Fund, Maternal and Child Health, Networked Economies, Think Tank Initiative
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Gum Disease 'Raises the Risk of Dementia by up to 70%'

Gum disease 'raises the risk of dementia by up to 70%'
Findings could see regular dental care promoted as a way of warding off Alzheimer's. Research shows gum disease could increase the risk of developing dementia, Study says those who brush teeth more are less likely to develop the disease, Gum disease has already been linked to health problems such as heart disease.

Having gum disease could increase the risk of developing dementia by up to 70 per cent, according to new research. Results from a study of 28,000 people indicate that those who brush their teeth more are less likely to develop the disease.
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Cervical Cancer Prevention Webinars

Cervical Cancer Prevention Webinars
Two options: Wednesday, September 6 or Thursday, September 14

Join a panel of international experts for a 90-minute, animated discussion of the state-of-the-art of cervical cancer prevention in low-resource settings. These two webinars celebrate the publication of a new Supplement to the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, available here.

Wednesday, September 6
Convenient for Asia, and for Europe and Africa in the morning, 06:00 London / 8:00 Kampala / 10:30 Delhi / 13:00 Beijing / 22:00 (Sept. 5) Seattle. Featuring Dr. Dan Murokora, Dr. Partha Basu, Dr. Vivien Tsu, and Scott Wittet (moderator).
Register for September 6 webinar

Thursday, September 14
Convenient for the Americas and for Europe and Africa in the afternoon 07:00 Seattle / 15:00 London / 16:00 Lusaka Featuring Dr. Gina Ogilvie, Dr. Sharon Kapambwe, Dr. Ophira Ginsberg, and Scott Wittet (moderator). 
Register for September 14 webinar
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HCC Publications

Cervical Cancer Prevention Initiative (Infographic) 
Cervical Cancer Prevention Initiative (Infographic) 
An Insight into Depression in the Caribbean
An Insight into Depression in the Caribbean (Infographic) 
See All HCC Publications

NCDFREE Harvard Bootcamp

NCDFREE Bootcamp
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World Heart Day 29 September 2017 

Share the Power
Full campaign toolkit, including Tweets to share, now available, Access the Campaign ToolkitAccess the Digital Toolkit
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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
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IDF Congress 2017
The global diabetes community will again unite at the IDF 2017 Congress in Abu Dhabi, UAE, on 4-8 December 2017. The event will include more than 200 speakers, both world-renowned and newcomers, 230 national diabetes associations from 170 countries and high level participation from the Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD) and other health organisations.
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World Cancer Conference 2018

World Cancer Conference 2018
  • Launch of the call for sessions 28 August - 31 October 2017
  • Patient Group Pavilion Programme – call for best practice sharing
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NCD Alliance Newsletter
  • Applications open for young people to attend Global NCD Alliance Forum
  • Make your voice heard! - Consultation open until 31/08
  • World Heart Day - At the heart of health
  • World Cancer Day launch
  • First World Lung Health Day
  • Webinar slides & recording are available online
  • Global Action Plan on Physical Activity - Call for comments 
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