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Healthy Caribbean Coalition - Strengthening Health Systems, Supporting NCD Action

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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, HCC was selected as national implementing partner for the Caribbean.

‘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.

NCD AllianceNon-communicable diseases (NCDs) - cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and chronic respiratory disease - kill approximately 36 million per year, with 80% of these deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries. If current trends continue, this figure is projected to rise to 52 million deaths by 2030. Governments agreed at the 2013 World Health Assembly to a global monitoring framework with a target to reduce overall preventable NCD mortality by 25% by 2025, and a WHO Global NCD Action Plan 2013-2020.

Reaching this target and the ambitions of the Plan will now require significant progress at the country level, through government leadership and robust policies, and a strong NCD civil society presence to hold governments accountable. Read more


A Civil Society Report on National NCD Commissions in the Caribbean: Towards a more Effective Multisectoral Response to NCDs. Part I

A Civil Society Report on National NCD Commissions in the Caribbean: Towards a More Effective Multisectoral Response to NCDs. Part I

This report provides a detailed assessment and analysis of the status of CARICOM National NCD Commissions and makes recommendations for their future structure and roles as key instruments of national coordinated multisectoral action, based on varying country contexts and realities. The report represents civil society’s contribution to strengthening the multisectoral approach and will be used by the HCC to advocate for, and support National NCD Commissions in CARICOM and beyond. Read/Download  here.

Part 2 of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition report on a strategic framework for National NCD Commissions entitled : A Draft Framework for the Establishment and Strengthening of National NCD Commissions Part 2 can be found here, this report was funded by the Commonwealth Secretariat as part of the The NCD Commissions Strengthening Project (NCDCSP) .


Caribbean CIVIL SOCIETY Regional Preparatory Meeting In preparation for the GLOBAL NCD ALLIANCE FORUM

HCC - Caribbean Civil Society - Health Systems Strengthening Meeting 2014 Supporter logos

On Saturday June 6th, 2015 at the Courtyard by Marriott Bridgetown in Barbados, 14 civil society organisations met to identify priority areas for NCD advocacy nationally and across the region. The aim of the meeting, funded by the NCD Alliance, was to gain consensus from Caribbean civil society around regional NCD advocacy priorities, in preparation for the Global NCD Alliance Forum: “NCD Advocacy and Accountability in the Post-2015 Era” to be held in November 2014. Opening and closing remarks were provided by Dr. Cary Adams (NCDA), Sir Trevor Hassell (HCC) and Sir George Alleyne. All three speakers underscored the central importance of building the capacity of civil society to be effective partners in the fight against NCDs; playing many roles including service provider, educator, advocate and watchdog. This is the first step in the Caribbean’s consultative process. Over the next few months the HCC will be seeking virtual inputs from our wider membership, on priority advocacy areas and civil society capacity needs to allow for effective advocacy. Read more


Regional Status Report Launched in Barbados at Sagicor Life Inc. Media Briefing

Sagicor and HCC PartnershipBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, March 31st, 2014 - Over the past four months the partnership between regional insurance company Sagicor Life Inc and regional entity the Healthy Caribbean Coalition has produced two landmark initiatives on chronic non-communicable diseases (CNCDs). Edward Clarke, Chief Operating Officer, Sagicor Life Inc and General Manager - Barbados Operations and Professor Sir Trevor Hassell, President of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) were present at a media briefing to give further details on the HCC's work.

On November 22nd, Edward Clarke presented a copy of the Caribbean Civil Society Cervical Cancer Advocacy Handbook and Planning Tool to Sir George Alleyne, Patron of the HCC, at the "Strengthening Health Systems, Supporting NCD Action” meeting in Trinidad & Tobago. While more recently on March 20th at the NCD Child Conference in Trinidad & Tobago, the HCC launched the Caribbean NCD Regional Status Report. Read more


HCC Launches a Civil Society Regional Status Report: Responses to NCDs in the Caribbean Community

HCC RSROn Thursday March 20th, 2014 the Healthy Caribbean Coalition officially launched: A Civil Society Regional Status Report: Responses to NCDs in the Caribbean Community.

A Civil Society Regional Status Report: Responses to NCDs in the Caribbean Community This project, the completion of a Regional Status Report from the perspective of Civil Society, is part of the work of the NCD Alliance’s programme, ‘Strengthening Health Systems, Supporting NCD Action’ which aims to support and strengthen civil society NCD advocacy efforts in Brazil, South Africa and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). The Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) is the “National Implementing Partner” for the Caribbean in the implementation of this project funded by Medtronic Philanthropy. Read more


Caribbean Civil Society NCD ADVOCACY PLAN: Creating a Civil Society Movement for NCD Advocacy in the Caribbean

Caribbean Civil Society NCD ADVOCACY PLAN: Creating a Civil Society Movement for NCD Advocacy in the CaribbeanThe Regional NCD Civil Society Advocacy Plan is an initiative of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) under the NCD Alliance/Medtronic Philanthropy Grant funded project "Strengthening Health Systems, Supporting NCD Action". The grant supports this NCDA programme aimed at strengthening national and regional civil society NCD advocacy efforts in Brazil, South Africa and key Caribbean Community Countries (CARICOM) to raise demand and advocate to governments to strengthen health systems through an integrated approach to action on NCDs. The deliverables of the grant include: hosting a multi-stakeholder NCD meeting; production of a Civil Society NCD Regional Status Report, production and implementation of a Civil Society Advocacy Plan; and hosting of a health systems strengthening multi-stakeholder meeting.

Read the NCD Advocacy Plan here


The Healthy Caribbean Coalition in collaboration with CARPHA and PAHO/WHO - “STRENGTHENING HEALTH SYSTEMS, SUPPORTING NCD ACTION” - Advocating for Policies and Action

HCC - Advocating for Policies and Action 2013

November 22nd, 2013 a regional meeting held in Trinidad was a great success with over 60 delegates from 14 Caribbean countries, representing a wide cross section of disciplines including health NGOs, government, private sector, trade unions, women's groups, the media, international organisations, service clubs, faith based organisations and medical associations. The meeting was a demonstration of the HCC's ongoing commitment to the principles of partnership and collaboration, truly reflecting a 'whole of society approach' to NCDs. In addition to HCC Patron and International NCD expert Sir George Alleyne, key players from across the region including CARPHA, PAHO, CARICOM and UWI, came together in support of a multi-stakeholder approach to NCD prevention and control in the Caribbean. Read more