a civil society alliance for combatting chronic disease in the caribbean

The Healthy Caribbean Coalition - Membership - 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.

Membership List | Projects | By laws

Membership presently consists of more than 60+ Caribbean-based health NGOs, over 65 not-for-profit organisations, and private sector entities. We have in excess of 250 individual members based in the Caribbean and across the globe..

Mission

The mission of the HCC is to harness the power of civil society, in collaboration with government, private enterprise, academia, and international partners, as appropriate, in the development and implementation of plans for the prevention and management of chronic diseases among Caribbean people.

Vision

The reduction of death and disability from chronic diseases among people in the Caribbean.

Values or Guiding principles

The HCC arose out of the 2007 Declaration of Heads of Government of CARICOM on Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs). The HCC carries out its mission with the minimum of structure and bureaucracy; guided by the themes of action, inclusivity, simplicity and flexibility. It is an inclusive Caribbean civil society network providing opportunity for civil society organisations (CSOs) and public, private organizations both nationally and regionally, and their members, with core values of transparency and integrity to come together in response to the pandemic of NCDs. It is a network that upholds and pursues the strongest democratic principles and it gives significant consideration to equity issues, favouring the more vulnerable and disadvantaged. It provides encouragement towards the exchange of experience and knowledge through the provision of an environment that enhances personal and professional development that empowers people. The HCC works closely with regional and international leaders in NCD prevention to leverage the power of civil society by strengthening and supporting our membership in the implementation of programmes aimed and reducing the morbidity and mortality associated with NCDs. The HCC is in Official Relations with PAHO.

Objectives

In December 2012 the HCC finalised the 2012-2016 Strategic Plan, with strategic priority areas of Advocacy; Enhancing Communication; Capacity Building; and Promoting mHealth and eHealth.

The strategic objectives are to: 

  • Contribute and participate in all aspects of advocacy as a tool for influencing positive change around NCDs through mobilisation of Caribbean people and the creation of a mass movement aimed at responding to the NCDs;
  • Develop effective methods of communication for and among members of the Coalition and the people of the Region;
  • Build capacity among health NGOs and civil society in the Region; and
  • Promote eHealth and mHealth to contribute to NCD public education campaigns and programmes.

These four strategic priority areas reflect that the HCC is a regional alliance with the expressed purpose of adding value to civil society in the Caribbean, and empowering people, specifically in the response to NCDs. It further reflects the HCC’s mandate to encourage and foster the execution of NCD projects and programmes in-country, undertaken and led by local civil society organizations.

Organisational Structure

The HCC is a regional organisation with the Secretariat located in Barbados. The Secretariat is fully funded by Sagicor Life Inc. for a period of 3 years (2012- 2015). Our core staff consists of a full-time Manager, a part time Information Technology Coordinator and long term volunteers in the following areas: mobile Health, e Health and social media, social media content, and public relations and marketing.

The HCC is governed by a Board of Directors - all passionate experts in the field of NCD prevention based throughout the Caribbean. Sir Trevor Hassell, Chairman of the Board, has worked in this field for the past 40 years and continues to contribute significantly to the progress of NCD prevention in the region. Sir George Alleyne, Director Emeritus of PAHO and Patron of the HCC, and Special Advisor to the HCC Dr. James Hospedales, Executive Director Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), both provide significant high-level support to the HCC.

View the HCC By-laws here.

The HCC has five categories of members:

  • Organization Member (Caribbean Health NGO), being a chronic non-communicable disease (NCD) Caribbean based non-governmental health organization;
  • Individual Member (Caribbean), being an individual located in the Caribbean and involved in responding to chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs);
  • Associate member (Caribbean), being a Not-for-profit organization, including voluntary associations, foundations, civic groups, professional associations, universities, unions, and other similar types of entities not intended to generate a profit for their owners, based in the Caribbean region;
  • Supporting member (Caribbean), being For-profit organizations that include corporations, partnerships, proprietorships, and others intended to generate financial gain for their owners, based in the Caribbean Region;
  • Supporting member (International), being an individual, health NGO, Not-for-profit or For-profit organization, based outside of the Caribbean Region.

Contact us to join hcc@healthycaribbean.org.

(click here to see the current membership list)

Our network connects CSOs and individuals with an expressed interest in addressing NCDs in the Caribbean. The HCC has a demonstrated track record of creating and building strategic collaborations and engaging CSOs around the issue of chronic diseases. We are committed to a whole of society approach which engages a multiple diverse key stakeholders around priority NCD issues, creating shared visions and growing strong partnerships to realize collective goals. Participatory approaches underpin all of our activities to ensure that our membership - civil society, are at the core, driving the strategic focus of the HCC. The HCC communicates regularly with our membership of 300 plus organisations and individuals. Our relationship with our members is highly interactive with ongoing sharing of ongoing organisational activities to facilitate wide regional and global dissemination of good practices, awareness building and cross-fertilization.

The HCC has shown itself, since the inception, to be an organisation capable of executing several projects with varied budgets, strong volunteer support, high level of accountability, and well-documented, significant positive outcomes.

Snapshot of Current Projects

  • Caribbean Civil Society Cervical Cancer Advocacy Initiative which has included: hosting a Civil Society Cervical Cancer Advocacy Capacity Building Workshop in March 2013; developing tools (Advocacy Handbook & Planning Tool for Civil Society and Social Media How-to-Guide for Civil Society); collaborating with PAHO to collect data for a Caribbean Cervical Cancer Situation Assessment; supporting civil society in the development and implementation of cervical cancer advocacy initiatives using tools developed through participatory approaches; establishment of a platform for collective Caribbean Cervical Cancer Advocacy - The Caribbean Cancer Alliance; and supporting regional advocacy at the individual and organisational level through the Caribbean Cervical Cancer Electronic Petition (CCCEP) demanding increased Caribbean women's access to affordable Cervical Cancer screening (9600+ signatures to date). Read more here
  • Caribbean Civil Society Cervical Cancer Prevention Initiative (C4PI) funded by the Australian Government Direct Assistance Programme (DAP) strengthens Caribbean civil society capacity around cervical cancer prevention, treatment and control through the implementation of multi-country cervical cancer prevention initiatives aimed at building the capacity of key Caribbean civil society actors to respond more effectively to the community-based needs for cervical cancer prevention, treatment and control. Read more here
  • ‘Strengthening Health Systems, Supporting NCD Action’ as National Implementing Partner for this NCD Alliance grant programme aimed at actively supporting regional CSO-led NCD advocacy and action through advocacy efforts to monitor national progress on NCDs and advocate for improved NCD policies and the strengthening of health systems.
  • Caribbean Civil Society Alcohol Advocacy Capacity Strengthening Initiative aimed at creating a cadre of highly trained alcohol policy and prevention advocates. Supporters include Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) and HAPI.