HCC Receives Sharjah Award for Excellence in NCD Civil Society Action

by HCC

The HCC received the Sharjah Award for Excellence in NCD Civil Society Action at the third Global NCD Alliance Forum which took place 9-11 February 2020, in Sharjah, UAE which provided a prime opportunity to unite and mobilise NCD civil society to monitor governments’ progress and advocate for action to implement global pledges five years ahead of the next UN HLM and the 2025 date for globally agreed NCD targets.

Sharjah Award for Excellence in NCD Civil Society ActionThe Caribbean region was represented: L to R  Ms. Asha Samaroo, First Vice President, Diabetes Association of Trinidad and Tobago, Our Views, Our Voices Advocate, Trinidad & Tobago NCD Alliance, Mark Mungal, Director, Caribbean Sport and Development Agency, Dr. Karen Sealey, HCC Director & Founder of the T&T NCD Alliance, Stephanie Whiteman, Youth Advocate & Phd Candidate at the George Alleyne CDRC. Deborah Chen, Executive Director of the Heart Foundation of Jamaica & Board Member, NCD Alliance, Maisha Hutton, HCC Executive Director, Sir Trevor Hassell, HCC President & Board Member, NCD Alliance, Dona Da Costa Martinez, President of the T&T NCD Alliance & Executive Director Family Planning Association of T&T, Pierre Cooke Jr, HCC Youth Voices Technical Advisor & Barbados National Youth Parliament

Sir Trevor Hassell chaired the Opening Plenary and moderated Workshop 3.5: David versus Goliath: Strategies for managing conflict of interest and countering industry interference in public health policy. Click on the images below to see quotes from Sir Trevor Hassell.

Pierre Cooke Jr

Pierre Cooke Jr, HCC Youth Voices Technical Advisor & Barbados National Youth Parliament

Across the three days of the forum members of the Caribbean delegation contributed to the various workshops.

  • Mr Pierre Cooke Jnr presented at Workshop 1.4: Transforming the narrative of childhood obesity and was a panelist for Plenary Three: Enhancing accountability for all people with NCDs everywhere through transformative and inclusive governance.
  • Ms Maisha Hutton presented at Workshop 1.6: The power of data to fuel systems reform for NCDs: Leveraging evidence to achieve planetary and human health and at Workshop 2.2: Win-win interventions: Leveraging policy to address NCDs and reduce gender inequities in health.
  • Dr Karen Sealey Presented at Workshop 2.1: Beyond the declaration: Maximising political momentum on UHC for NCDs and mental health.
  • Ms Asha Samaroo presented at Workshop 3.3: Think like a broadcaster: How to create compelling stories and increase media attention for NCDs.
  • Ms Deborah Chen presented at Workshop 3.5: David versus Goliath: Strategies for managing conflict of interest and countering industry interference in public health policy.

The HCC was one of three national and regional NCD alliances who received the 2020 Sharjah Award for Excellence in NCD Civil Society Action at the Global NCDA Forum. The Vietnam NCDA, Slovenia NCDA and the Healthy Caribbean Coalition received the honour during the Forum’s Closing Ceremony on Tuesday February 11th. The HCC’s award was for it’s case study ‘Civil Society Accountability Framework for Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies in the Caribbean’ featured in the NCD Aliance’s NCD Atlas – Bridging the Gap on NCDs through Civil Society Action.

Below is the HCC’s case study taken from the NCD Aliance’s NCD Atlas – Bridging the Gap on NCDs through Civil Society Action. Read/download

HCC Civil Society Accountability Framework for Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies in the Caribbean

Related visual: HCC Civil Society Accountability Framework for Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies in the Caribbean.HCC Civil Society Accountability Framework for Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies in the CaribbeanThe awards were presented by HE Mrs Sawsan Jafar, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Friends of Cancer Patients, United Arab Emirates of the Forum’s local host organisation, Friends of Cancer Patients, and Todd Harper, President of the NCD Alliance.  Read more

The HCC was also a recipient of the Sharjah Award in 2017 at the 2nd Global NCD Alliance Forum, for the NCD Alliance NCD Atlas submission ‘Building Civil Society Capacity to Improve Access to Cancer Services for Underserved Populations’, which documented work on The Caribbean Civil Society Cervical Cancer Prevention Initiative (C4PI).

Sharjah Award

The HCC also took the time to meet with delegates from Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya to discuss mutual learning and sharing of experiences around NCD Alliance building

The Forum provided a prime opportunity to unite and mobilise NCD civil society to monitor governments’ progress and advocate for action to implement global pledges five years ahead of the next UN HLM and the 2025 date for globally agreed NCD targets.

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Photos from the Forum. (some of the photos © Gilberto Lontro for NCD Alliance)

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