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August 28 - September 3 2013

Healthy Caribbean Weekly News Roundup
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Strengthening Alcohol Advocacy in the Region

The Caribbean Alcohol Policy Network (CARIBAPAN) was recently launched. This online network led by HCC, was developed with the support of Health Action Partnership International (HAPI) and UK Health Forum (UKHF).

CARIBAPAN CARIBAPAN is an electronic platform for connecting individuals, civil society organisations (CSOs) and other related organisations working in the field of alcohol advocacy and prevention. It is designed to facilitate mutual learning, strengthen individual and collective evidence-informed alcohol advocacy; and allow network of alcohol advocates to be better equipped to contribute significantly toward the development of Caribbean alcohol policy. The content of CARIBAPAN includes: resources; membership activities; events calendar; discussion forums; blogs; and polls.

CARIBAPAN growing membership includes The National Committee for the Prevention of Alcoholism and Drug Dependency (NCPADD) Barbados; NCPADD St. Lucia; Eye on Dependency, Trinidad; Volunteers in Action Ministries Inc, St. Vincent & the Grenadines; National Council on Drug Abuse, Jamaica; and The Ripple Institute St. Kitts & Nevis. Membership is open to individuals and organisations (without linkages to alcohol or tobacco industry).

To join CARIBAPAN please visit www.caribapan.org and submit a registration form

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News Roundup

Caribbean Red Cross to increase focus on NCDs

Dr. Victor Coombs at The International Federation of the Red Cross Partners Cooperation Meeting The HCC was invited to speak at The International Federation of the Red Cross Partners Cooperation Meeting on August 27th 2013 at the Hilton Hotel in Trinidad & Tobago. Dr. Victor Coombs, a Director at the HCC, presented 'Chronic Diseases. the Healthy Caribbean Coalition and the International Federation of the Red Cross: charting a way forward'. The presentation was extremely well received by the National Country Managers in attendance who are keen to use their respective platforms to support the fight against NCDs.

Population Reference Bureau launches report on Noncommunicable Diseases in Latin America and the Caribbean: Youth Are Key to Prevention - The recently released report documents the prevalence of NCDs in the Latin America and the Caribbean region, especially among the youth. Read more

NCD Alliance selects National Implementing Partners in the Caribbean, Brazil and South Africa - As part of a new program, ‘Strengthening Health Systems, Supporting NCD Action’, the NCD Alliance has competitively selected National Implementing Partners in the Caribbean region, Brazil and South Africa. ‘Strengthening Health Systems, Supporting NCD Action’ is a new NCD Alliance grant program aimed at actively supporting national NCD advocacy and action, one of the four main pillars of the NCD Alliance Strategic Plan. Read more

The Heart Foundation of Jamaica and the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control have received funds for a short term rapid response grant -

The Heart Foundation of Jamaica and the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Contro The rapid response grant helps to address urgent country-specific tobacco control needs, such as the implementation and enforcement of the Public Health Tobacco Control Act, for which civil society can play a very important role. HFJ/JCTC had previous two year grant from the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease which ended on June 30, 2013.

This grant facilitated the speedy passage, enactment and monitoring of comprehensive tobacco control legislation in Jamaica, aligned with the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. The outcomes of this grant were that the Coalition was able to support the MOH in the enactment of the Public Health Tobacco Control Act on July 15, 2013. Unfortunately, the grant was not extended, at a time when we felt that the MOH needed additional civil society support as we rolled out the implementation and monitoring of the Tobacco regulations. This current rapid response will support the Government of Jamaica through the Ministry of Health as they implement and monitor the newly enacted Tobacco Control Regulations.

We at the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control are committed to supporting these tobacco regulations using the technical support we have from our international partners and continuing the sensitization meetings and media advocacy around the important issues regarding tobacco control. For more information contact Barbara McGaw at the HFJ/JCTC pmjctc@heartfoundationja.org.

HealthBridge Launchs a New Guide on Tobacco Control for NCD Prevention - HealthBridge has produced a new guide on lessons from tobacco control for NCD prevention. The guide, 'Broadening the Focus from Tobacco Control to NCD Prevention: Enabling Environments for Better Health', focuses on policy intervention that lead to creating enabling environments for the prevention of NCDs. Read more

Why don’t companies want to talk about shared value? - At the meeting of the Devex Impact Strategic Advisory Council this summer, representatives from companies, donor agencies and major development alliances agreed on an important point: They want Devex Impact to provide in-depth examples of corporations connecting their core business to development outcomes. Read more

HCC News Roundup Archive - If you have missed any of our News Roundups you can view previous Roundups on our News Roundup Archive webpage here

HCC Featured - Previously featured Members, events and news can now be found on our HCC Featured webpage here

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