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September 19 - September 25

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World Heart Day 2014 - Heart Choices NOT Hard Choices


HCC at the 69th United Nations General Assembly

HCC at the 69th United Nations General Assembly

Sir Trevor Hassell (President) and Mrs. Laura Tucker Longsworth (Director) represented the HCC at the 69th UNGA in New York this week. Sir Trevor was in attendance at many events including the NCD Alliance side event entitled: 'NCD Alliance Panel Discussion: Early Life Interventions for NCDs'. Mrs. Tucker-Longsworth was present at the PAHO side event: Women and Cancer: A Joint Commitment to Save Lives, featuring First Ladies from across LAC, including Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow, the First Lady of Belize.

Caribbean Youth Advocate, Krystal Boyea shared her experiences living with Type I Diabetes, as a member of the distinguished panel. For more on this side event click here.

At the NCD Child Side Event: Next steps for NCDs for children and youth/ UNICEF Facts for Life and life-course priorities for the Post-2015 Development Agenda, the HCC shared Caribbean experiences of NCDs and young people from programming to policy and civil society interventions. We were also very impressed with the YHP side event: 'Adolescents and NCDs: Evidence generation and programme implementation to tackle risk behaviours in adolescents. Taking a multi-sectoral approach to the prevention of NCDs and to sustainable development.' and the UNICEF Activate side event showcasing young champions living with NCDs.

Finally the HCC was extremely honoured to be invited to the NCD Alliance special dinner on 'Capacity building for the NCD civil society movement', hosted by Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of the Ruler of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE) (Friends of Cancer Patients (FOCP)) and co-hosted by UICC and the NCD Alliance.

Don't let us Beat around the Bush - we have to deal with NCDs

In the Second Health Care Financing Conference organised by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), Barbados, leading health financing experts from Barbados and the UWI Health Economics Unit (HEU) shared perspectives on health financing in Barbados across the Caribbean. The HCC will hold its regional meeting on the role of CSOs in Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) in Dominica next month (funded by the NCD Alliance/Medtronic Philanthropy), where the WHO 6 building blocks of HSS, including health financing will be explored.

Don't let us Beat around the Bush - we have to deal with NCDs

Conference panelists included: Acting Minister of Health Hon. Donville Inniss; CEO of QEH Dr. Dexter James; President of BAMP, Dr. Carlos Chase: UWI/HEU Health Economist, Dr. Stanley Lalta; and CEO of Sagicor Life Inc. Mr. Ed Clarke. Ed Clarke highlighted the growing economic burden of NCDs citing that 40% of claims in Barbados were NCD related. In closing the CEO, called for urgent action - remarking that 'NCDs are killing Barbadians...we must attack the cause. Sagicor has been working in this area in many ways including with civil society through the HCC. The most effective way to address rising costs is to deal with the root cause - and the primary root cause are NCDs. Don't let us beat around the bush - we have to deal with NCDs'.

For press coverage of the meeting see the following links: Barbados Today and Nation News

News Roundup

St. Kitts & Nevis Faith Based Organisations Coming Together in honour of World Heart Day - Today, Monday September 29th, 2014, Faith-Based Organizations (FBOs) of St Kitts and Nevis are unifying in collaboration with the Ministries of Health (St Christopher and Nevis) National Coordination Mechanism for NCD (Alliance for Health Actions) and the Healthy Caribbean Coalition to Response to Cardiovascular Diseases. This one day meeting will culminate in the signing of a Statement of Commitment highlighting the collective resolve of FBOs to contribute to, and advocate for, multi-sector response to lifestyle modification in St Christopher and Nevis. This is funded by the NCD Alliance/Medtronic Philanthropy programme: Strengthening Health Systems, Supporting NCD Action of which HCC is one of three national/regional implementing partners along with Brazil and South Africa. For more on this project click here.

The Trinidad and Tobago Heart Foundation 3rd Annual World Heart Day LectureThe Trinidad and Tobago Heart Foundation 3rd Annual World Heart Day Lecture: Heart Choices not Hard Choices - Cardiovascular Disease in Women - The Trinidad and Tobago Heart Foundation (TTHF) in collaboration with Heartbeat International of Trinidad and Tobago (HBITT) are honoured to invite you to: The 3rd Annual World Heart Day Lecture: Heart Choices not Hard Choices - Cardiovascular Disease in Women. In commemoration of World Heart Day 2014. Date: Saturday 4th October 2014, Time: 2:30 pm - 6 pm. Read more

People from around the world call for the prioritization of heart-healthy environments, to reduce the world’s number one killer

heart-healthy environments

On World Heart Day 29th September 2014, more than a thousand people from across the world have signed a global petition calling on national and international leaders to recognize the importance of heart-healthy environments, to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Read more

NCD Alliance announces the launch of the first Global NCD Alliance Forum - 24th September 2014, New York: The NCD Alliance yesterday evening announced the launch of the first Global NCD Alliance Forum, which will take place in November 2015, and will be hosted by Friends of Cancer Patients in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Once again congratulations to the NCD Alliance and all involved in this outstanding development. The strengthening of regional and national NCD Alliances nurtured and supported by the NCD Alliance will result in civil society at all levels becoming more effective in contributing to the NCD effort and response. Read more.

NCD Alliance E-Alert, news from the NCD Alliance

Tackling the root causes of malnutrition, the needed step to secure the right to adequate food for all - Geneva, 24 September 2014 - Member States gathered in Geneva on 22 and 23 September for an Open-Ended Working Group organised by WHO and FAO with the aim of finding an agreement on the Political Declaration for the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), which will be held in Rome from 19 to 21 November. The ICN2 seeks to propose an updated policy framework to address today's major food and nutrition challenges, to promote policy coherence and identify priorities to strengthen international cooperation in this area.

After months of advocacy efforts by public interest civil society organisations (CSOs), including the HCC, gathered in a coalition of 150 members for a more participatory and democratic UN process leading up to ICN2, a first formal opportunity for effective participation in the process was granted by the joint initiative of WHO and FAO. Mixed delegations from around 75 Member States negotiated the official conference outcome documents through interaction with a range of external constituencies, including public interest civil society. Read more.

 The KeLaHa ProjectsCricket four Cancer - In support of The KeLaHa Projects mission to End Cervical Cancer Campaign and Gynaecologic Cancer Awareness Month The St. Maarten National Cricket Team has decided to show their partnership by Sporting KeLaHa Projects' Cervical Cancer T-Shirts as their official Warm up uniform during the ongoing three day Leeward Island Cricket Tournament.This past weekend the local team took on The Anguilla Cricket Team at the Carib Lumber Ball Park. We ask you to show your support for the sport and also to support our local cricketers now and in the future in what ever way possible. Read more

HCC welcomes it's latest member - Colleagues in Care

Colleagues in Care

Colleagues in Care is a volunteer organization dedicated to alleviating suffering and building capacities to improve healthcare services in regions challenged by poverty, resource limitations, and recurring complex systemic issues. Our mission is to build networks of professional colleagues in a social entrepreneurial enterprise to co-create Best Possible Practice models of care. Visit their website for more information www.colleaguesincare.org

Something BIG is coming next week...

Something BIG is coming next week

On October 1st, we're launching something exciting. Something totally new.Working with Non-Communicable Diseases, we've noticed a lot of myths and misconceptions. Next week, we're going to set these straight. Actually... you are. Read more

Climate Change and NCDs: Two great and urgent contemporary human challenges - On the heels of the Climate Summit 2014 this past week in NYC, we wanted to share this relevant article with our membership.

Climate Change and NCDs'Climate Change, Noncommunicable Diseases, and Development: The Relationships and Common Policy Opportunities' S. Friel, K. Bowen, D. Campbell-Lendrum, H. Frumkin, A.J. McMichael, and K. Rasanathan read here.

The rapid growth in noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), including injury and poor mental health, in low and middle-income countries and the widening social gradients in NCDs within most countries world-wide pose major challenges to health and social systems and to development more generally.
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Tobacco Control Concern in Jamaica

Tobacco Control Concern in JamaicaGiven the impact of tobacco use on health and social and human development, the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC) has expressed concern with the fact that United Way of Jamaica’s largest donor is a tobacco company, Carreras, (a subsidiary of British American Tobacco) see news article here. The stated vision of United Way is: “United Way envisions a society where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, financial stability and healthy lives.” Accepting funds from this industry against the background of the global impact of tobacco use on health and human and social development; and the subsequent decision by many NGO’s globally not to accept funding from this source is not in keeping with United Way’s vision. Read more

CARIBAPAN Webinar - October 7th 2014, 1 - 2pm EST


NCD Alliance Webinar on Wednesday 8th October - The NCD Alliance will be holding a webinar on Wednesday 8th October at 10:00 – 11:30 am EST/16:00 – 17:30 CET. Please note that there will be only one webinar broadcast. The topics are: Recap on 69th UN General Assembly High Level Week, Latest updates on WHO Regional Committee Meetings and Global NCD Alliances Forum. Register here. The NCD Alliance also invites participants to submit questions prior to the webinar by 6th October by emailing us at info@ncdalliance.org

Consortium Tackles Global Cancer Disparities

Consortium Tackles Global Cancer Disparities

Fox Chase Cancer Center and Martinique Cancer Registry to Host African-Caribbean Cancer Consortium’s Fifth Conference. PHILADELPHIA, PA (July 1, 2014)—The International Conference of the African-Caribbean Cancer Consortium—hosted by Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia and the Martinique Cancer Registry—will bring more than 100 researchers from around the world to Schoelcher, Martinique, in the French West Indies on October 9 through 11, 2014, to share findings and progress regarding cancer health concerns in underserved minority populations. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the first day of the conference, which will include programming geared toward the community. Read more

TEAL & WHITE "Ending Cervical Cancer" Charity Fundraiser NEW DATE: NOVEMBER 22nd 2014 - Multi-Platinum Selling Artist, AVANT remains the headliner of TEAL & WHITE "Ending Cervical Cancer" Charity Fundraiser. All other details of the event's program remains the same including Venue and Time. Red Carpet/Media interviews starts at 6:30pm and Event at 8:00pm. Tickets are priced at Usd 100.00 and remain on sale at both Van Dorp locations (Simpson Bay & Madame Estate) and The Family Book store in Philipsburg.For information regarding TEAL & WHITE "Ending Cervical Cancer" Charity Fundraiser or The KeLaHa Projects' Programs, please contact The KeLaHa Projects' team at 1 (721) 523 5958 or 1 (721) 550-6100 / E-mail: kelahaprojects@gmail.com.

Global Food & Beverage Industry CEOs Renew Worldwide Health and Wellness Pledge - On September 15th, CEOs of IFBA’s eleven member companies delivered a letter to World Health Organization (WHO) Director‐General Dr. Chan outlining a set of enhanced global commitments which will guide their health and wellness strategies over the coming years. The enhanced commitments build on the commitments first made to WHO in 2008 when IFBA members came together to take collective action in support of the advancement of the 2004 WHO Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health. Read more.

NCD Articles on WebMD

  • How to Kick the Sugar Habit - Can you be addicted to sugar? Maybe not, but many of us just can’t say no. Here’s how to cut back on sweets, sodas, and more. Read more
  • Fattening Fall Foods to Avoid - See which fall favorites are loaded with extra calories. Plus, learn how to get the same satisfying taste without spoiling your diet. Read more
  • Warning Signs of Pancreatic Cancer - Learn about the symptoms of this "silent" cancer, as well as promising new drugs and other treatment options. Read more
  • Can Artificial Sweeteners Cause Diabetes? - A new study suggests they may raise blood sugar levels more than sodas or desserts with real sugar. 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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The HCC is 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. Our membership presently consists of more than 50 Caribbean-based health NGOs and over 55 not-for-profit organisations and, in excess of 200 individual members based in the Caribbean and across the globe.

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The work of HCC would not be possible without core funding from Sagicor Life Inc

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