HCC – Launches a Civil Society Regional Status Report

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Regional Status ReportHCC – Launches a Civil Society Regional Status Report: Responses to NCDs in the Caribbean Community and target Country Profiles. This report is one of the major outputs 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.

The purpose of this report is to understand and assess the Caribbean response to non-communicable diseases (NCDs), from a civil society perspective. The findings and the emerging call to action will serve as an evidence-base, and platform, from which a more empowered civil society can better influence and complement regional and national NCD policies and programmes. This document represents an important regional resource which can be used by national governments and regional entities as an evidence base for priority NCD policy and programming and as a roadmap for civil society organisations in the Caribbean to develop targeted NCD advocacy campaigns.

The report is unique in many respects not the least of which is that it represents the first occasion, that CSOs in the Caribbean have come together to produce an in-depth and comprehensive assessment of NCDs as viewed through the lens of civil society.

This is an important step in the development of a process and culture that seeks to lead to strong advocacy efforts by the people of the region for improvements in all aspects of health.

It is an occasion for celebration by HCC and civil society as we reaffirm our commitment to continue to support the NCD response at organisational, national, regional and global levels in the sixth year of the formation of the HCC – a Caribbean NCD Alliance.

Read the Report Executive Summary here

Read the full report here

Read the country profiles

The report was officially launched on Thursday March 20th, 2014 at the NCD Child Conference in Trinidad & Tobago.

Professor Nigel Unwin and Dr. Alafia Samuels, authors of the report, discuss the key findings with CMC reporters

Professor Nigel Unwin and Dr. Alafia Samuels, authors of the report, discuss the key findings with CMC reporters

Findings were presented by the authors of the report, Professor Nigel Unwin and Dr. Alafia Samuels. 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.

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