|Status as at June 2019||Active|
|Name||The Grenada National Chronic Non-Communicable Disease Commission|
|Date of establishment||20 June 2010|
|Date of first meeting||July 2010 (This was the first meeting of the Commission, following more than 10 years as a precursor “National Advisory Committee on CNCD”)|
|Date of last meeting||19 August 2016|
|Number of meetings over past 12 months||11|
|Chairperson’s name||Dr. Damian Greaves|
|Organisational affiliation||St. George's University|
|Duration of tenure||Chair since April 2017|
|Summary of steps taken to establish the Commission||Identification of key sectors; Cabinet appointment of Members and Chair|
|There was an analogous body that existed with the Ministry of Health (MoH), which consisted primarily of members of the MoH. This group ceased to exist once the Commission was established|
|Are there recommended profiles or desired characteristics for Commission Chair and Commissioners?||Members were appointed on the basis of positions or representations of institutions|
|Were these applied in selecting the Chair and Commissioners?||More or less|
|If yes, to what extent do the Chair and Commissioners satisfy them? Fully? To a large extent? To some extent?||To a large extent|
|Legal authority/reference||Cabinet appointment|
|Location(sector/entity)||St. George’s University (SGU) until June 2016|
|Mandate/Scope of work||No|
|Terms of reference||Yes|
|Conflict of interest policy||Does not exist|
|Code of ethics||Does not exist|
|Standard operating procedures||Do not exist|
|NNCDC strategic plan/plan of action||Does not exist|
|Decision-making process (consensus, majority, other)||Majority|
|Government sector membership and level of representation||Ministries of Health, Agriculture, Education; Grenada Food and Nutrition Council; Government Information Service|
|Civil society membership and level of representation||Trade union; health NGOs; faith-based organisations; sports groups; women’s groups; college; university; Grenada Nurses’ Association; Grenada Medical Association; Grenada Cancer Society|
|Private sector membership and level of representation||Private health sector; Grenada Chamber of Industry and Commerce|
|Ex officio members||Chief Medical Officer, Senior Medical Officer, Chief Health Planner, Chief Pharmacist, Chief Nursing Officer|
|Secretariat exists? If so, please give date of establishment||Pseudo-secretariat at SGU until June 2016|
|Full-time human resources/functions||No|
|Part-time human resources/functions||No|
|Main functions (advisory, accountability, strategic planning, project/programme implementation, other)||Advisory|
|Main areas of interventions for NCDs and NCD risk factors||Policy recommendations|
|Other health issues that the NCD/Wellness Commission /Wellness Coordinating Mechanism addresses||All issues related to NCDs|
|Framework(s) of reference (national policy, strategy or plan; international plans/strategies)||Port-of Spain Declaration|
|Focus of interventions (legislation, taxation, policy development, project/programme development, project/programme implementation, capacity building, surveillance, monitoring and evaluation, other)||Policy recommendations|
|Work groups/subcommittees/task forces and their functions||As the occasion arises|
|Accountability mechanisms (periodicity of monitoring, evaluation, reporting, and to whom; financial accountability mechanisms)||Biannual reports to the Minister of Health|
|Main successes||Monthly meetings; production of biannual reports; participation in Caribbean Wellness Day (CWD) activities; discussions of NCD themes; participation in public education activities|
|Success factors||Excellent Chair, committed members, appropriate meeting facility, diversity of discussion topics|
Ministry of Agriculture, faith-based organisations, trade union movements, and business representations all participated in activities recommended by the Commission, e.g. CWD
|Main challenges||Inconsistent attendance at meetings by some members; lack of secretariat|
|How were these challenges overcome?||Specifically:|
Briefing the new Minister on the existence of the Commission.
Inviting the new PS and Minister to a meeting of the Commission.
|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||None|
|Indicative annual budget (USD)||None|
|Resource mobilisation, main areas||None|
|Mechanisms for sustainability||Dedication of membership|
The GRD NCNCD Commission meets monthly, but has no dedicated technical or professional staff of its own, no strategic plan, no specific budget, and limited access to Cabinet. However, it has easy access to the Minister of Health, and the Chief Medical Officer and a Senior Medical Officer are members of the Commission. Despite its challenges, the Commission has been extremely productive, and St. George’s University, the entity from which the former Commission Chair came, provided a well-resourced meeting venue and administrative support.
The critical importance of strong leadership is evident in the success of this Commission; the former Chair demonstrated unwavering commitment, despite significant competing priorities, facilitating smooth transitions from one political administration to another. The Commission produces and submits biannual reports.
This Commission has catalysed trade unions, churches, media, and public and private employers to celebrate Caribbean Wellness Day annually, with resource mobilisation undertaken by relevant sectors for the implementation of activities. Public education activities included a series of twice weekly radio programmes on NCDs and three public consultations. However, key challenges of the GRD NCNCDC, as with many others, are limitations in human and financial resources.
On Saturday February 3rd, 2018 the Grenada National NCD Commission (NNCDC) held a 1-day retreat to revise the NNCDC Terms of Reference and to produce a 2-year action plan to guide their work in support of the Grenada National Action Plan for the Prevention of Chronic Non Communicable Diseases.
The retreat was led by NNCDC Chair Dr. Damian Greaves who assumed the post in 2017 following, interim Chair Dr. Sonia Nixon, NCD Focal point who assumed the position after the departure of the previous longstanding Chair, Dr. Omowale Amuleru-Marshall. The retreat was held at the St. George’s University, where the commission has had its home for many years. SGU Provost Dr. Joseph Childers underscored the institution’s support and commitment to the NNCDC in his opening remarks.
The HCC and partners have been continuing their work in the region aimed at supporting the multisectoral response through the strengthening National NCD Commissions (NNCDCs) or their equivalents. On January 11-12, 2018 Dr. Damian Greaves, Chair Grenada NNCDC and Dr. Sonia Nixon, Senior Medical Officer of Health for NCDs, Grenada and past interim NNCDC chair, visited Barbados for a 2 day site visit/observership with the Barbados National NCD Commission.
‘This session for us over the last 2 days has been totally engaging and eye opening. I am leaving very ‘buoyed up’ and highly motivated.’ Dr. Damian Greaves, Chair of the Grenada NNCDC.
‘I am very grateful to HCC and the Barbados NNCDC. This experience can only enhance the forward movement of the commission.’ Dr. Sonia Nixon, Senior Medical Officer of Health for NCDs.
The collaboration between the Commonwealth Secretariat (COMSEC) and the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) aimed at establishing or strengthening National NCD Commissions in the Caribbean continued with a mission to Grenada 3-4 October 2016. As part of the technical cooperation (TC) being undertaken through this collaboration, HCC consultant Dr. Beverley Barnett visited the country to hold discussions with Ministry of Health officials and the Grenada National Chronic Non-communicable Disease Commission (NCNCDC), and provide guidance for enhancing the functioning of the Commission.
The objectives of the mission also included determining future TC needs of the NCNCDC and obtaining feedback on the draft Framework for the Establishment and Strengthening of National NCD Commissions: Towards a More Effective Multisectoral Response to NCDs, Part II (the Implementation Framework, IF).