Managing Conflict of Interest in the Caribbean – What Are the Rules of Engagement When Working With the Unhealthy Commodities Industry in Small Island Developing States?
On Tuesday March 26 – Wednesday March 27, 2019, the HCC with support through a Letter of Agreement with PAHO, hosted a meeting on Managing Conflict of Interest for NCD prevention and control in the Caribbean with wider Implications for Small Island Developing States.
The meeting brought together regional stakeholders from civil society and ministries of health with the aim of building regional capacity to identify and manage conflict of interest. Over the course of the two days the small group – led by Professor Jeff Collin and Dr. Sarah Hill from The University of Edinburgh and Dr. Fabio Gomes, PAHO Regional Advisor on Nutrition and Physical Activity – shared related experiences and reviewed the HCC draft COI policy and the draft WHO Scoping Tool for for preventing and managing COI in nutrition policy.
This meeting builds upon a 2017 HCC Meeting on Advocacy, Accountability and Conflict of Interest (AACOI).
The next steps for HCC include finalising of the HCC COI Policy to govern the identification and management of COI within the HCC Secretariat and outside of the Secretariat when HCC seeks to engage with external actors. The development of this tool is a critical element for improving and strengthening HCC’s internal health governance structures. This is a rapidly evolving and highly complex space both globally and in small developing states such as those found in the Caribbean.
If are interested in learning more about HCC’s work in this area or sharing related experiences, please reach out to us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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