The Caribbean NCD Forum: Supporting national and regional advocacy in the Caribbean in the lead up to the 3rd UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs in 2018, took take place in Kingston, Jamaica from 23rd-25th April 2018. The Forum was sponsored by the World Diabetes Foundation and HCC’s ongoing sponsor Sagicor Life Inc.. The regional meeting brought together a diverse group of over 90 stakeholders, with the aim to mobilise regional civil society organisations (CSOs) and other key stakeholders to ensure that the Caribbean is fully engaged in the 3rd UN High Level Meeting (UNHLM) on NCDs.
The Forum was held in collaboration with HCC partners, the Jamaica Ministry of Health, the NCD Alliance, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the University of the West Indies Open Campus (UWI OC), together with HCC member organisations, including specifically the Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ) and the Diabetes Association of Jamaica (DAJ). The HCC also acknowledges the support of PAHO.
The main objective of the regional multi-stakeholder civil society led Caribbean NCD Forum was to mobilise civil society organisations (CSOs) from across the Caribbean, and other key stakeholders, to ensure that the Caribbean is fully engaged in the 2018 UN High Level Meeting on NCDs (UNHLM).
The Caribbean NCD Forum provided a unique opportunity for CSOs in the region to take stock of progress achieved in NCD prevention and control since the 1st UN High level Meeting on NCDs held in 2011, and share regional successes and lessons learned from NCD policies and programmes, all with a view to accelerating action leading up to and beyond the 2018 UNHLM.
The Caribbean NCD Forum was attended by representatives of civil society, ministries of health and non-health ministries, public sector health partners and the private sector. During the course of the three-day event delegates assessed NCD response progress in the Caribbean; harmonize CARICOM priority areas for the UNHLM 2018; developed a communication strategy to encourage the highest level political attendance at the UNHLM and explore post-2018 strategies towards the achievement by Caribbean nations of the goals set out in the WHO Global Action Plan on NCDs and in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The World Diabetes Foundation (WDF) is dedicated to the prevention and care of diabetes and other NCDs in the developing world, and has as its primary aim to alleviate human suffering related to diabetes and its complications among the most vulnerable populations.
For more than a decade the WDF has been supporting projects and programmes in the Caribbean, and project funding and technical support have been provided by WDF to a wide range of partners and stakeholders at both regional and national level, including ministries of health, diabetes associations and other civil society organisations, CARPHA, PAHO, and many others.
Dr Kaushik Ramaiya, of the WDF Board of Directors, in conveying news of the funding support for the Caribbean NCD Forum remarked;
It is with great excitement that WDF will support and co-host the Caribbean NCD Forum 2018 in Jamaica. WDF has always believed strongly in civil society as essential in any meaningful response to diabetes and other NCDs, no matter where in the world. The global NCD movement started for real in the Caribbean with the Port of Spain declaration back in 2007 and we hope that civil society and leaders of the Caribbean once again will be at the forefront of the process, this time leading to the UN High Level Meeting. WDF remains a strong ally of the Caribbean in the fight against NCDs.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director and the members of the HCC, Sir Trevor Hassell, HCC President commented that
The Caribbean NCD Forum represents a special and unique opportunity for Caribbean civil society to unite and meaningfully contribute to regional multisectoral dialogue and action in support of the highest level of CARICOM political participation at the 3rd UN HLM in 2018 – a meeting which will set the tone for accelerated national and global action on NCDs as we approach 2025 and 2030. The HCC welcomes this partnership with the WDF which has made this important regional forum a reality.
Read the original announcement here.
HCC Caribbean NCD Forum – Programme & Concept Note – Supporting National Advocacy in Lead up to the 2018 High Level Meeting on NCDs Towards 25*25 and the SDGs , April 23 – 25, 2018, Knutsford Court Hotel, Kingston, Jamaica. View/download.
HCC Caribbean NCD Forum – Technical Document. View/download
Presentations, Remarks and Video
Welcome and Introductions - Sir Trevor Hassell, Healthy Caribbean Coalition. Video
Greetings from Sponsors
Opening Address - Dr the Hon Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health, Jamaica. Video
The 3rd UN High-level Meeting on NCDs - WHO/PAHO Perspective - Dr Anselm Hennis, PAHO/WHO. Presentation | Video
The 3rd UN High-level Meeting on NCDs - the past informing the present - His Excellency E. Courtenay Rattray, Permanent Mission of Jamaica to the UN. Presentation | Video
The 3rd UN High-level Meeting on NCDs - global civil society perspectives and contributions - Ms Katie Dain, NCD Alliance. Presentation | Video
Global and regional processes in preparation for the 2018 UNHLM - Caribbean perspective - Dr Rudolph Cummings, CARICOM Secretariat. Presentation
PANEL: Taking Stock - How have we performed? What has been achieved?
- Review of the UN Secretary-General’s Report on Progress on NCDs - Dr Bernadette Theodore-Gandi, PAHO. Presentation | Video
- Evidence from the Evaluation of the Port of Spain Declaration - Prof. Alafia Samuels, UWI. Presentation | Video
- Achievements and progress in NCD prevention and control - civil society’s perspective - Mrs Maisha Hutton, HCC. Presentation | Video
- Financing NCD prevention and control in CARICOM - Prof Emeritus Karl Theodore, UWI. Presentation | Video
- Questions following the presentations. Video
Applying the law in support of NCD prevention and control in CARICOM - Mrs Nicole Foster, UWI, HCC. Presentation | Video
Civil Society working towards ending cervical cancer in the Caribbean - an update - Hon Laura Tucker Longsworth, GoB, BCS, HCC. Presentation | Video
Update on new IDRC funded project “Improving Household Nutrition Security and Public Health in the CARICOM” - Prof Alafia Samuels, UWI, GA CDRC. Presentation | Video
PANELS: NCD Policy and Programming: Taking Stock and Informing Priorities - National & Regional Perspectives:
- Obesity Prevention
- Jamaica - Mrs Deborah Chen, HFJ. Presentation | Video
- Barbados - Mrs Fiona Anthony, HSFB. Presentation | Video
- Trinidad - Dr Karen Sealy, TTNCDA. Presentation | Video
- UWI - Ms Tashaine Morrison, UWI OC. Presentation | Video
- CARICOM (HCC) - Mrs Maisha Hutton, HCC. Presentation | Video
- CARICOM (CROSQ) - Mr Stephen Farquharson, CROSQ. Presentation | Video
- Questions following the presentations. Video
- Tobacco Control
- The Multisectoral Response
- Bermuda NNCDC - Dr Virloy Lewin, NNCDC, Bermuda. Presentation | Video
- St. Lucia NNCDC - Dr Owen Gabriel, NNCDC, St Lucia. Presentation | Video
- Barbados Private Sector Action - Mr Ed Clarke, Sagicor Life. Presentation | Video
- Jamaica National Food Industry Task Force - Prof Fitzroy Henry, UTech Jamaica. Presentation | Video
- CARICOM (HCC) - Dr Victor Coombs, HCC. Presentation | Video
Day 1: Wrap up - Dr Kenneth Connell, HSFB. Video
Leveraging Every Caribbean Woman Every Caribbean Child to meet the SDGs - Her Excellency Sandra Granger, First Lady of Guyana, Vice Chair SCLAN: Spouses of Caribbean Leaders Action Network. Presentation | Video
Diabetes in the Caribbean 2018 – its burden, prevention and control - Prof Hon Errol Morrison, National Commission on Science and Technology, Jamaica. Presentation | Video
PANEL: Spotlight on civil society supporting national diabetes prevention and control programmes across the region
- Barbados Diabetes Foundation - Dr Diane Brathwaite. Presentation | Video
- Diabetes Association of Jamaica - Ms Lurline Less. Presentation | Video
- Trinidad and Tobago Diabetes Association - Dr Bernice Dyer-Regis. Presentation | Video
- Bahamas Diabetic Research Institute - Dr Chrispin Gomez. Presentation | Video
Tackling the global diabetes epidemic - Dr Kaushik Ramaiya, WDF Board Member. Presentation | Video
PANEL: Spotlight on World Diabetes Foundation supporting diabetes prevention and control in the Caribbean
- Haiti - Dr Nancy Larco, FHADIMAC. Presentation | Video
- Belize - Mr Anthony Castillo, Belize Diabetes Association. Presentation | Video
- Guyana - Dr Kavita Singh, Guyana MOH. Presentation | Video
- St. Lucia & Grenada - Dr C. James Hospedales, CARPHA. Presentation | Video
- Suriname - Ms Helyante Mac-Donald, One Stop Shop for Chronic Diseases. Presentation | Video
- Dominican Republic - Mr Edgar Castillo, Health Horizons International (Horizontes de Salud). Presentation | Video
Organisation of the American States Preparing for the UNHLM - His Excellency Selwin Hart, Ambassador of Barbados to the USA, Permanent Representative of Barbados to the OAS. Presentation | Video
Latin America Preparing for the UNHLM - Dr Beatriz Champagne, CLAS. Presentation | Video
PANEL: High Level Caucus - Reaffirming Caribbean NCD leadership and action through attendance at the 2018 UNHLM
Chair: Sir George Alleyne
Jamaica: His Excellency E. Courtenay Rattray
Barbados: His Excellency Selwin Hart
Belize: Hon Laura Tucker Longsworth, Speaker of the House of Representatives
NCD Alliance: Ms Katie Dain
Engaging the non-health and the private business sector in the achievement of the NCD related SDGs - Dr James Hospedales Video
Non-health UN Agencies Supporting CARICOM in achieving the NCD related SDGS - Mr Bruno Pouezat, UN Resident Coordinator, Jamaica, The Bahamas, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, and Turks & Caicos Islands. Presentation | Video
Moderated Q and A. Moderator: Mrs Nicole Foster, UWI/HCC Video
CARICOM Civil society draft statement outlining priorities for the UNHLM - Mrs Maisha Hutton, HCC. Presentation | Video
Day 2: Wrap up - Mrs Kay Morrish-Cooke. Video
Sharing my experience in contributing to the NCD response - Mrs Reema Carmona, Former First Lady Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. View/download
Looking beyond 2018 towards 2030 in CARICOM: Regional NCD Priorities and WHO Best-Buys - Dr Anselm Hennis, PAHO/WHO. View/download
Exploring barriers and opportunities for greater policy coherence in support of achieving the 25*25 targets and SDGs
- Trade: Mr Vincent Atkins, HCC. Presentation | Video
- Trade: Mrs Nicole Foster, UWI/HCC. Presentation | Video
- Agriculture: Mr Barton Clarke, CARDI. Presentation | Video
- Health: Mrs Sharmaine Edwards, Jamaica MOH. Video
- Health: Dr Tamu Davidson, Jamaica MOH. Video
- Finance: Dr Annicia Gayle-Geddes, CDB. Presentation | Video
- Finance: Mr Bent Lautrup-Nielsen, WDF. Presentation | Video
- Questions following the presentations. Video
PANEL: Rethinking the multisectoral response to better position the Caribbean to achieve the SDGs, Revitalising National NCD Commissions and, engaging with Civil Society and, leveraging Private Sector Partnerships
CHAIR: Dr Kenneth Connell
UWI, GACDRC Prof. Alafia Samuels
CIBC/FCIB Mr Neil Brennan
CARPHA Dr James Hospedales
PAHO Dr Anselm Hennis
HCC Sir Trevor Hassell
PANEL: Placing people living with NCDs at the centre of all we do
Co-Chairs: Sir Trevor Hassell/ Tara Lisa Persaud, HCC Our Views Our Voices Video
Reflections on NCD prevention and control in the context of the 3rd UNHLM on NCDs - Sir George Alleyne.
Thanks and Close of Meeting - Mrs Maisha Hutton. Video
Countdown to the UNHLM