The Alliance for Health Actions (AHA) St. Kitts & Nevis

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Status as at September 2023 Inactive
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Country St. Kitts & Nevis
Name The Alliance for Health Actions (AHA)
Status as at September 2023 Inactive
Date of establishment 20 June 2010
Date of first meeting May 29, 2014
Date of last meeting -
Number of meetings over past 12 months Meetings were held twice each quarter in 2014 and quarterly from January 2015 onwards
Chairperson’s name Ms. Chereca Weaver
Title -
Organisational affiliation -
Duration of tenure -
Legal authority/reference -
Location(sector/entity) -
Mandate/Scope of work
  • To facilitate and monitor the implementation of the NCD Policy and Plan across sectors, in communities and civil society.
  • To provide a multi-sectorial mechanism for collaboration, dialogue and networking, resource mobilization, performance monitoring and evaluation and health communication.
  • To position NCDs high on the National agenda by increasing the level of awareness amongst decision makers and the general public, mobilizing and scaling up the efforts that civil society undertake individually and collectively to prevent NCDs.
  • To make recommendations to the Ministers of Health and civil society on policy options and advocate for policy issues related to lifestyle behaviour modification for the prevention and control of NCDs.
  • To identify and promote the use of evidence-based strategies and support and expand health initiatives for NCD related issues.
  • To advocate and engage stakeholders to conduct relevant research and submit project proposals.
Terms of reference Yes
Conflict of interest policy No
Code of ethics No
Standard operating procedures No
NNCDC strategic plan/plan of action No
Decision-making process (consensus, majority, other) -
Membership and Personnel 4 ex-officio, 9 members; Appointed for a period of 2 years
Government sector membership and level of representation St. Kitts and Nevis Information Service, Ministry for Security, and Department for Youth Empowerment.
Civil society membership and level of representation Health NGOs, Youth groups and Fitness Groups
Private sector membership and level of representation Private Health sector
Ex officio members Chief Medical Officer; NCD Coordinator (St. Kitts); Disease Prevention and Health Education Officer (Nevis); Nutritionist (St Kitts).
Secretariat exists? If so, please give date of establishment No
Full-time human resources/functions No
Part-time human resources/functions There are opportunities to seek human resources from local entities but at this time our human resources are predominantly centred on the membership of AHA, including Ex-officio members.
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?
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. However the AHA submits activity reports to the Minister of Health.
Main successes
  • The securing of technical support and resources to host the August 2014 Symposium with the expressed aim of training members of the Alliance and in reviewing the Terms of Reference
  • The preparation and submission of a Research Concept Paper and Program Plan entitled “Youth With Healthy Minds and Bodies,” to regional and international bodies, in collaboration with the Department of Youth Empowerment.
  • Working closely with the Ministry of Health and its collaboration with the Healthy Caribbean Coalition in the execution of the National Faith Based Organization Conference in October 2014
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
  • The need for clarity and further training for the AHA Membership; training in the responsibilities of the body, daily running’s and execution techniques of a country coordinating mechanism
  • Clarifying for all members what an Action Plan is and how it informs our work, in addition to the scope of our work and what is beyond our scope
  • Guidelines for the development and oversight of necessary documents; and editing of existing documents to ensure that they meet the required standards locally and regionally
  • Attendance and commitment of all AHA Members
  • Filling of the vacant positions on the team (Executive Assistant and migrated member)
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 areas None
Main source(s) of funding and approximate percentage of funding from each source The Ministry of Health presented a budget to cabinet for the AHA covering basic expenses such as office supplies, communication costs and an honorarium
Indicative annual budget (USD) None
Resource mobilisation, main areas None
Mechanisms for sustainability None
Status as at December 2021 Inactive (no info available)
Develop and implement a comprehensive mental health plan that complies with international human rights instruments,
includes allocated human and financial resources, and undergoes regular monitoring against indicators or targets for implementation
Decriminalize suicide, suicide attempts and other acts of self-harm -
Increase public awareness about mental health and how to stop discrimination through campaigns that involve
individuals living with mental disorders and psychosocial disabilities
Introduce brief interventions for hazardous substance use -
Advocate with other sectors such as housing, education, social welfare etc for the support of people with mental disorders
and psychosocial disabilities
Does the NNCDC structure include a position for a youth representative? -
Is the NNCDC connected to other organizations that prioritize youth engagement? -
Has the NNCDC utilized social media campaigns to target youth? -

Reduced affordability of tobacco products by increasing tobacco excise taxes and prices -
Protect people from tobacco smoke by creating, by law, implementing completely smoke-free environments in all indoor workplaces, public places, and public transport -
Warn individuals of the dangers of tobacco and tobacco smoke through effective health warnings and mass media campaigns -
Implement and enforce bans on all forms of tobacco advertising, promotion, and sponsorship -
Ban the sale of tobacco to minors -
Support plain packaging and pictorial health warnings on cigarette packages -
Implement measures to minimize illicit trade in tobacco products -
Assess the usage and impact of e-cigarettes, and develop appropriate control measures if indicated, including through legislation and regulations for tobacco control -
Raise public awareness of physical inactivity through mass media public spaces and other programmes -
Develop population-based, age-specific guidelines on physical activity. -
Advocate for the design of public spaces that are supportive of physical activity. -
Reduce salt intake and salt content of food -
Replace trans fats with unsaturated fat -
Raise public awareness of unhealthy diet through mass media and other programmes -
Place taxes on sugar sweetened beverages -
Implement nutritional labelling policies which promote consumption of healthier foods and beverages -
Develop and implement school policies which restrict the availability of unhealthy foods and beverages within schools and their surroundings -
Raise excise taxes on alcoholic beverages -
Regulate commercial and public availability of alcohol -
Enforce restrictions or bans on alcohol promotion and advertising -
Collaborate with NGOs and Ministry of Transport to educate the public on the harmful use of alcohol -
Advocate for the introduction of breathalyser testing -
Improve housing conditions and ensure access to clean energy sources for indoor cooking, heating and lighting -
Create awareness and develop appropriate strategies to reduce exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke in households -
Phase out health-harmful subsidies for fossil fuels and polluting industries and introduce penalties for polluters and/or taxes on pollution -
Include air quality measures in urban, rural and transport planning at city, regional and national level, including measures to encourage modal shift and active mobility, noting the additional benefits to health, wellbeing, and reduction of health inequalities -
Adopt and strictly enforce emissions standards for all pollutants in all relevant sectors, including industry, energy, transport, waste, and agricultures -