St. Lucia National Commission on Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases

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St. Lucia National Commission on Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases
Commission Profile
Status as at June 2019Active
CountrySt. Lucia
NameNational Commission on Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases
Date of first meetingDecember 2013
Date of last meeting-
Number of meetings over past 12 monthsMeetings are held 3 times per annum
Chairperson’s nameDr. Gabriel Owen
TitleMedical Director The Oncology Centre
Organisational affiliationVictoria Hospital & The Oncology Centre
Duration of tenureAppointed September 2017
Legal authority/reference-
Mandate/Scope of workAdvocacy, advise on policy / legislation / programmes, implementation of programmes, resource mobilization, monitoring and evaluation Implied mandate for or research. No explicit mandate for implementation of programmes or hospital services review.
Terms of referenceNo
Conflict of interest policyNo
Code of ethicsNo
Standard operating proceduresNo
NNCDC strategic plan/plan of actionBeing Developed
Decision-making process (consensus, majority, other)-
Membership and Personnel1 ex-officio and 14 members
Government sector membership and level of representationMinistries of Local Government and Agriculture and Education
Civil society membership and level of representationHealth NGOs and Youth groups
Private sector membership and level of representationPrivate Health sector and Health Insurance
Ex officio membersChief Medical Officer
Secretariat exists? If so, please give date of establishmentNo
ResourcesThe Commission gets support from professional technical staff of the Ministry of Health. It has technical or professional staff as needed.
Full-time human resources/functionsNo
Part-time human resources/functionsNo
Main functions (advisory, accountability, strategic planning, project/programme implementation, other)-
Main areas of interventions for NCDs and NCD risk factors-
Other health issues that the NCD/Wellness Commission /Wellness Coordinating Mechanism addresses-
  • Is there integration – structural or functional, with other health-related Commissions, such as HIV Commissions?
  • If so, to what extent? Fully? To a large extent? To some extent?
Mental Health is included in CNCDs, but there is no relationship with HIV/AIDS
Framework(s) of reference (national policy, strategy or plan; international plans/strategies)-
Focus of interventions (legislation, taxation, policy development, project/programme development, project/programme implementation, capacity building, surveillance, monitoring and evaluation, other)-
Work groups/subcommittees/task forces and their functions-
Accountability mechanisms (periodicity of monitoring, evaluation, reporting, and to whom; financial accountability mechanisms)There is no Annual Report
Main successes
  • It developed a Healthcare Passport, which had questions, which patients could ask of their health care providers
  • Collaboration with both public/private sectors, NGOs, Civil Society
  • National awareness of Health Lifestyle Practices through media.
Success factors-
  • Were there any successes due mainly to the participation of non-health sectors in the Commission?
  • If yes, please summarize, highlighting the role played by the non-health sector(s)
Main challenges
  • Lack of political will to push through the recommended plans for NCDs
  • Inadequate human and other resources for the management of NCDs with poor communication and cooperation within and between the primary and secondary care
  • No secretariat
  • Inadequate funding and sponsorship
How were these challenges overcome? Specifically:
  • Did changes in administration disrupt the Commission’s functioning?
  • If yes, what were these changes and their effects?
  • If no, how was continuity of function maintained? What steps were taken?
Partnerships, technical cooperation (TC) – please summarize partners and relevant TC areasNone
Main source(s) of funding and approximate percentage of funding from each sourceNone
Indicative annual budget (USD)None
Resource mobilisation, main areasNone
Mechanisms for sustainabilityNone

In 2015, the Acting Chair of the NCD Commission reported significant challenges with meting frequency and attendance, citing an urgent need for stronger leadership political will, greater commitment among members and insufficient resources to support the full functioning of the Commission.

This Framework can be used to identify gaps in the existing organisational structure and inform the development of a stepwise plan to strengthen the Commission by addressing leadership; governance and management; membership identity and capacity; and identifying priority programming areas to focus its work.

Barbados National NCD Commission Hosts the St. Lucia National NCD Commission

On August 17-18, 2017, Ms. Lydia Atkins, Alternate NCD Focal Point for the St. Lucia Ministry of Health and Wellness and a member of the recently formed St. Lucia NCD Commission, and Dr. Owen Gabriel, Consultant Oncologist, and Chair of the St. Lucia NNCDC, visited Barbados to meet with the Barbados NNCDC. The St. Lucia NNCDC was initially established in 2013 and went into dormancy after serving a two-year term. In 2017 it was re-established with a new Chair and new membership and the mandate to enhance visibility of the National NCD Agenda in an effort to mobilise and strengthen public, private and civil society partnerships for reducing the NCD burden at the national level. The Commission has been given an agenda of accelerated NCD action that will place St. Lucia on a trajectory to bring the country closer to achieving the 2025 global NCD targets and the health related targets within the 2030 Agenda. To achieve these targets there is a need to ensure that the Commission is adequately equipped to advance the work on NCDs.

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St. Lucia National NCD Commission visit to HCC

Ms. Lydia Atkins, Alternate NCD Focal Point for the St. Lucia Ministry of Health and member of the St. Lucia National NCD Commission, Professor Sir Trevor Hassell President HCC, Dr. Owen Gabriel, Consultant Oncologist, and Chair of the St. Lucia National NCD Commission and Maisha Hutton, Executive Director HCC

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