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Healthy Caribbean Coalition - A Snapshot of Our Projects

The NCD Commissions Strengthening Project (NCDCSP)

Commonwealth SecretariatThe NCD Commissions Strengthening Project (NCDCSP) is a collaborative effort of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) and the Commonwealth Secretariat, working to strengthen the multisectoral response to NCDs in the Caribbean. The goal of the NCD Commissions Strengthening Project (NCDCSP) is to enhance multi-sectoral coordination and action in the Caribbean through National NCD Commissions or similar mechanisms. The strategic aim of the Health Section work of the Commonwealth Secretariat is the strengthening of National Health Frameworks and Policies in the Commonwealth.

Thus policies and framework for the prevention of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) is one of two major areas of focus in the next three years. National NCD Commissions (NNCDCs) have been identified as the national health structures around which NCD health policies in the Caribbean will be implemented. The Commonwealth Secretariat through this funding, seeks to strengthen these National Health Frameworks with a view to making them more affective and “fit for purpose”. Read more


Blood Pressure Control through Community Action Phase I (BPCCA I)

Australian Direct Aid ProgrammeIn an effort to tackle hypertension, one of the most important preventable causes of premature mortality worldwide and in the Caribbean, the HCC has been awarded a grant from the Australian Government’s Direct Aid Program (DAP) to fund the Blood Pressure Control through Community Action Phase I (BPCCA I) multi-country project. The HCC will manage and oversight BPCCA I, a health care delivery improvement programme, consisting of projects undertaken by civil society organisations, in five CARICOM countries. Learn more


American Cancer Society Caribbean Civil Society Cervical Cancer Advocacy Initiative

This has included:

  • hosting a Civil Society Cervical Cancer Advocacy Capacity Building Workshop in March 2013. Read more;
  • 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, read the report here
  • supporting civil society in the development and implementation of cervical cancer advocacy initiatives using tools developed through participatory approaches;
  • Sign our petitionestablishment of a platform for collective Caribbean Cervical Cancer Advocacy - The Caribbean Cancer Alliance;
  • 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 and sign the petition
  • See the American Cancer Society Meet the Targets Grantee Report which provides a snapshot of the successes of all grantees including the HCC. Funds from the American Cancer Society through the Meet the Targets Grant (provided in 2012) were used to develop the regional civil society cervical cancer advocacy plan that informed the regional initiative and led to the activities above and HCC’s regional cervical cancer programme.


Caribbean Civil Society Cervical Cancer Prevention Initiative (C4PI)

Australian Direct Aid ProgrammeFunded by the Australian Government Direct Assistance Programme (DAP) C4PI aims to strengthen 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. Learn more


‘Strengthening Health Systems, Supporting NCD Action’

NCD AllianceAs 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. The NCD Alliance competitively selected National Implementing Partners in the Caribbean region, Brazil and South Africa.

‘Strengthening Health Systems, Supporting NCD Action’ is a program designed to build the capacity of NCD civil society to monitor national progress on NCDs and to advocate for improved NCD policies and the strengthening of health systems. Learn more


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.

UK Health Forum and HAPIThe 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).

CARIADIn June 2014 the Healthy Caribbean Coalition and the Caribbean Institute on Alcoholism and other Drug Problems (CARIAD) signed an MOU aimed at strengthening Caribbean civil society alcohol advocacy capacity through the online platform CARIBAPAN - The Caribbean Alcohol and Policy Action Network. Read more about the partnership between HCC and CARIAD here

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


The Global Standardized Hypertension Treatment Project (GSHTP)

GSHTPIn recognition of the immense global health burden caused by high blood pressure, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization and other stakeholders, have launched The Global Standardized Hypertension Treatment Project (GSHTP). Barbados has been selected as the first country for a demonstration pilot project of the GSHTP.

The pilot project is aimed at improved control of hypertensive patients (attending one or more Polyclinics) in Barbados applying approaches determined at Global Hypertension Standardized Treatment Workshop, Miami, 2013. The key outcome of this pilot is the development of a sustainable model for the control of hypertension that other countries regionally and globally can apply to their healthcare systems. Learn more