World Heart Day 2017


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The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

September 16th - September 29th 2017


HCC and Partners Shine a Spotlight on Childhood Obesity at the 72nd UNGA

Opening Side Event Panel
On Friday September 22nd, 2017 at the 72nd UNGA in the Trusteeship Council Chamber, the Permanent Missions of Barbados, Jamaica and Canada to the UN, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Pacific Island States, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC), hosted a high-level side event: Childhood Obesity - a Development Time-bomb: Learning from SIDS to accelerate multi-sectoral action in support of the 2025 NCD Targets and the SDGs.

The objectives of the event were:
  • Taking Stock: To understand the initiatives in CARICOM countries and SIDS to reduce childhood obesity.
  • Multisectoral scalability: To discuss the key roles and competencies of different sectors to achieving positive outcomes; and share experiences, success factors, lessons learned, and their wider applicability, of multi-stakeholder action to reduce childhood obesity in SIDS.  
  • Cooperation and Collaboration:  To consider and share avenues for supporting SIDS in their actions to reduce childhood obesity and the burden of NCDs in their highly at risk countries. 
  • Call for Action: To consider strategies to galvanise political will and accelearate political action in lead up to the 2018 HLM and in support of reducing childhood obesity throught the achievement of the 2025 NCD targets and the SDGs.
The side event was moderated by Senator the Hon. Maxine McClean, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Barbados and chaired by Sir George Alleyne.  
Moderated Panel
Speakers included 
  • Senator The Honourable Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Jamaica
  • The Honourable Elvin Nimrod, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Grenada
  • The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, Canada
  • Her Excellency Reema Carmona, First Lady of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago
  • Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director General, WHO 
  • Dr Colin Tukuitonga, Director General, Secretariat of the Pacific Community
  • Sir Trevor Hassell
Sir Trevor Hassell, President, HCC and Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director General, WHO
The HCC also took the opportunity to share their Civil Society Action Plan 2017-2021 for Preventing Childhood Obesity in the Caribbean. The Plan will be officially launched on World Obesity Day, October 11, 2017. The event was well attended by colleagues from CARICOM Missions, the NCD Alliance and the Deputy Director General of the FAO - to name a few.

Listen to the podcast of 'Make the Caribbean an "engine for change" on childhood obesity' - Professor Sir Trevor Hassell speaking to Agnese Pastorino on United Nations Radio here.

Watch the video recording of the event here

To read the statements made by the speakers at the event and see the photo gallery of the event click/tap the button below.
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HCC and the Caribbean Development Bank Join Forces to Tackle Childhood Obesity in the Region

CDB Approves Grant to Address Childhood Obesity Prevention
The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved a grant of USD150,000 to the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC), to support capacity building to address childhood obesity prevention in four countries. The project will strengthen the ability of civil society organisations (CSOs) in The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize and Jamaica to contribute to non-communicable disease (NCD) prevention and control, with specific focus on childhood obesity programmes.

The organisations who will benefit from the grant are:
  • The Cancer Society of The Bahamas
  • The Breastfeeding and Child Nutrition Foundation of Barbados
  • The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Barbados
  • The Belize Cancer Society
  • The Heart Foundation of Jamaica
The grant agreement was signed at CDB headquarters in Barbados on Monday, September 18, 2017, by Sir Trevor Hassell, Patron of the HCC and CDB’s Vice-President (Operations), Ms. Monica La Bennett.

“Childhood obesity is associated with a wide range of health complications and an increased risk of premature onset of illnesses, including diabetes and heart disease. Preventing childhood obesity is a key strategy for reducing the incidences of NCDs in the Caribbean. These illnesses create an economic burden for countries in the region, and may also result in loss of income, contracted labour markets, as well as increased economic dependence within households,” said Ms. La Bennett.

“Childhood obesity is a global epidemic from which the Caribbean has not been spared and its prevention has to be one of the pressing public health problems of our time. The protection of the health of the child is one of its basic rights and obesity is an indication of the infringement of those rights. I believe that the HCC is ideally positioned to mobilize the stakeholders that are critical to the success of what will be a protracted effort. I believe that this grant is a clear indication that CDB appreciates the economic dimensions of the problem. I trust that this is the beginning of a very fruitful partnership,” said Sir Trevor Hassell.
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Today is World Heart Day

World Heart Day

The Trinidad and Tobago Heart Foundation (TTHF) in Celebration of World Heart Day

Trinidad and Tobago Heart Foundation
The Trinidad and Tobago Heart Foundation (TTHF) in celebration of World Heart Day on 29th September 2017 under the banner Share the Power will be: 
  • Publishing in the Trinidad Guardian a full page ad (sponsored) reminding the general public of heart health and their responsibility for proper dietary regimes and regular exercise
  • Operating a booth for the entire week leading up to the Divali Holiday on 18th October 2017 at the annual Divali Nagar in Chaguanas
  • Hosting our annual Red Dress Ball (this time a Masquerade Ball) on 28th October 2017 which is used as part of our Go Red For Women Campaign

Heart Foundation of Jamaica Share the Power

Heart Foundation of Jamaica
Today - World Heart Day - the Heart Foundation of Jamaica, in association with the World Heart Federation, is inviting people to “Share the Power” by knowing their numbers, fuelling their hearts, moving their hearts, and loving their hearts.

The foundation is also urging people to visit the Heart Foundation of Jamaica today, at 28 Beechwood Avenue, for free body fat analysis, body mass index checks, and blood pressure and blood sugar tests. Read more

Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Share the Power for World Heart Day 2017! 

Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados
The Heart & Stroke Foundation (HSFB) will be inviting the public to “Share the Power” for World Heart Day on September 29th 2017. We will be focusing on the core areas of the campaign through an Open Day at the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados, #3 Railway View, Ladymeade Gardens, Jemmotts Lane, St. Michael from 10:00am to 3:00pm on Friday September 29th 2017.

HSFB will be encouraging visitors to the Foundation to “Love your Heart” through anti-tobacco advice, “Move your Heart” with a line dancing session between 1:00pm and 2:00pm, “Fuel your Heart” with Nutritional Advice and “Know your Heart” with Blood Pressure Checks.

HSFB will also be conducting Hands-Only CPR Demonstrations during the day and in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the NIS, HSFB will also be running Hands-Only CPR Demonstration outreach activity in the Main Lobby, Frank Walcott Building, Culloden Road, St. Michael on Friday September 29th 2017 between 10:00am and 1:00pm.

Let’s Share the Power for World Heart Day 2017! 

Paint and Groove
Join Temple Fitness & Wellness and Paint & Groove for Paint from the Heart at the Barn Art Centre, Christ Church, Barbados, September 29th, 5:30pm - 8:30pm A fun evening of painting and heart healthy lifestyle empowerment to highlight World Heart Day and raise awareness about cardiovascular disease.
Paint and Groove with Yasmin Vizcarrondo.
  • all art materials and instruction provided. No experience required
  • heart healthy hors d’oeuvres
  • blood pressure checks
  • heart healthy lifestyle empowerment
To join this painting party, sign up today using one of the options: sign up here, email or contact Yasmin Vizcarrondo 262-5600
Did you know that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death and disability in the world today?

HCC President Discusses Health Work Environment Case Study at UNGA Side Event

Professor Sir Trevor Hassell
At the recent UN General Assembly, HCC President, Professor Sir Trevor Hassell, was an invited speaker at the co-hosted NCD Alliance and Novartis Foundation Interactive panel and discussion side event entitled Realising the Potential of Workplaces to shape Healthy Cities: The Role of Employers in Urban Health.

Speaking on the topic 'Promoting and creating an enabling environment for healthy behaviours at work – opportunities for action' Sir Trevor presented a case study of the multisector HCC initiative including successes, challenges and lessons learned.

He also delivered a key message: Opportunities exist for civil society to engage with employers to improve urban health through advancement of workplace health. This requires a planned approach founded on international best practice.

Heart Foundation of Jamaica and Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control Submit Comments on Tobacco Control Laws to Parliament Committee

The JCTC and the HFJ
The JCTC and the HFJ were asked to submit to the Human Resources and Social Development (HRSD) Committee of  Parliament, our comments on the status of tobacco control laws in Jamaica and the public health issues arising from tobacco and ganja use, based on a private Member’s Motion placed Member of Parliament for Kingston Central Ronald Thwaites, Chairman of the HRSD, in July 2017. 
Further to our submission, we were asked to present to the Committee on September 6, 2017. The other organizations presenting were the National Council on Drug Abuse and the Jamaica Cancer Society. We applaud Rev. Thwaites for keeping the issue of further implementation of the FCTC on the front burner.
We are heartened by the comments of the Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton in response  to the private member's motion brought by Ronald Thwaites on public health issues arising from tobacco and ganja use, Dr  Tufton stated  that a comprehensive Tobacco Control Bill has been developed and is under review. He said the comprehensive tobacco control  legislation seeks to address critical matters which have not been addressed under the existing Tobacco Control Regulations and a Cabinet Submission for a tobacco control Bill will be submitted shortly.
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Yulit Gordon - Making the Jamaica Cancer Society a Centre of Excellence

Yulit Gordon
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and The Gleaner has invited several stakeholders to be Guest Editors of a special edition of the newspaper. They will help bring into sharp focus the impact that this dreaded disease has had on the Jamaican society; the fear and often steely resolve of those who battle this illness; and the policies that determine whether they live or die.
Yulit Gordon brings to the Jamaica Cancer Society more than 30 years of professional experience that spans the financial, hospitality and telecommunication sectors.
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Take Charge of Your Health!

Port Antonio High School cheerleading team
Jamaica - Hundreds of students from across the northeast travelled to Annotto Bay High School in St Mary last week as part of a national campaign to raise awareness about the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices.

The Healthy Youth Positive Energy (HYPE) School Tour is a joint initiative between the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, which utilises fun and interactive spaces to engage young people about the dangers of obesity, diabetes, and drug abuse.
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WHO Launches New NCDs Progress Monitor

Noncommunicable Diseases Progress Monitor 2017
Governments are making limited progress, so more action is needed to address NCDs and main risk factors to meet global targets to reduce premature deaths.
Noncommunicable Diseases Progress Monitor 2017
Governments must step up efforts to control noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) to meet globally agreed targets, including preventing the premature deaths of millions of people from these conditions, according to a new WHO report released today.

Limited national progress has been made in the fight against NCDs – primarily cardiovascular and chronic respiratory diseases, cancers and diabetes – which are the world’s biggest killers, and claim the lives of 15 million people aged 30 to 70 years annually.
But the WHO Noncommunicable disease Progress Monitor 2017, which charts actions by countries to set targets, implement policies to address four main shared and modifiable NCD risk factors (tobacco, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and harmful use of alcohol) and build capacities to reduce and treat NCDs, shows that progress around the world has been uneven and insufficient.
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WHO/PAHO New Edition of Health in the Americas 2017

WHO/PAHO New Edition of Health in the Americas 2017
The new edition of Health in the Americas is packed with resources.
  • Universal Health 
  • Main Health Problems and Challenges
  • Regional Outlook
  • A Prospective View of Health
  • Infographics
  • Country Reports
  • E-books, Podcasts, Videos & Photos
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Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Colorectal Cancer

Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Colorectal Cancer
As part of their Continuous Update Project (CUP) an ongoing programme to analyse global research on how diet, nutrition, physical activity and weight affect cancer risk and survival, World Cancer Research Fund International (WCRF) has published an analysis of worldwide research on colorectal cancer.

Published in September 2017, the report is the most rigorous, systematic, global analysis of the scientific research currently available on diet, weight, physical activity and colorectal cancer, and which of these factors increase or decrease the risk of developing the disease.
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WHO Statement on Philip Morris funded Foundation for a Smoke-Free World

On 13 September 2017, tobacco company Philip Morris International (PMI) announced its support for the establishment of a new entity - the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World.
PMI indicated that it expects to support the Foundation by contributing approximately USD 80 million annually over the next 12 years.

The UN General Assembly has recognized a “fundamental conflict of interest between the tobacco industry and public health.” (1) WHO Member States have stated that “WHO does not engage with the tobacco industry or non-State actors that work to further the interests of the tobacco industry”, (2) the Organization will therefore not engage with this new Foundation.

Article 5.3 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) obliges Parties to act to protect public health policies from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry in accordance with national law.
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The  Alliance for Food & Health (AFH) Website

The  Alliance for Food & Health
The  Alliance for Food & Health (AFH) has launched it's website.
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How Big Business Got Brazil Hooked on Junk Food

How Big Business Got Brazil Hooked on Junk Food
As growth slows in wealthy countries, Western food companies are aggressively expanding in developing nations, contributing to obesity and health problems.

Brazil - Children’s squeals rang through the muggy morning air as a woman pushed a gleaming white cart along pitted, trash-strewn streets. She was making deliveries to some of the poorest households in this seaside city, bringing pudding, cookies and other packaged foods to the customers on her sales route. Celene da Silva, 29, is one of thousands of door-to-door vendors for Nestlé, helping the world’s largest packaged food conglomerate expand its reach into a quarter-million households in Brazil’s farthest-flung corners.

As she dropped off variety packs of Chandelle pudding, Kit-Kats and Mucilon infant cereal, there was something striking about her customers: Many were visibly overweight, even small children.
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Diabetes Discourse
In this issue:
  • November/Jamboree/Women & Diabetes/WDD
  • Diet and Diabetes; the 3 Ds: Diabetes, Denial, Diet
  • In Loving Memory - Mildred “Miss” Bovell
  • Let‘s Talk Cancer with… Dr. Liselle Bovell
  • Diabetes and Chronic Disease Realities
  • Obesity and Diabetes: How others are Managing
  • Infographics; 9th Annual Diabetes in the Limelight
  • Jamboree; Poster Competition, Calendar of Events
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Global Health Equity Scholars Program

Global Health Equity Scholars Program
The 2018-2019 application cycle for the Global Health Equity Scholars (GHES) fellowship has officially opened. Application materials should be submitted online by November 1, 2017.

Details about the program, eligibility information and the application can be found on the website here and here.
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HCC Publications

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
The HCC Strategic Plan 2017 – 2021
The HCC Strategic Plan 2017 – 2021  
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Caribbean Cardiology Conference 2018 - Abstract Submissions Open Oct 1

Caribbean Cardiology Conference 2018
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AC3 Conference 2017

AC3 Conference 2017
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World Obesity Day 2017 - 11th October 2017

World Obesity Day
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World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, October 14th 2017

Palliative Care Day 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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The NCD Alliance
  • Event at UNGA will focus on cross-collaboration in the SDGs
  • Tobacco and sustainable business are incompatible 
  • Health groups to PMI: stop selling cigarettes - #QuitPMI
  • "Resolve" seeks to save 100 million lives worldwide
  • WHO DG urges world leaders to take action on NCDs
  • Call for a more human response from health systems4"Remember Me" - 2017 #WorldAlzMonth theme
  • Cutting-edge report on colorectal cancer
  • WHO Global Action Plan on Physical Activity
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