|Status as at September 2023
|The Grenada National Chronic Non-Communicable Disease Commission
|Status as at September 2023
|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
|Number of meetings over past 12 months
|Dr. Jane Noel
|Chair Grenada NNCNCDC
|Duration of tenure
|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
|St. George’s University (SGU) until June 2016
|Mandate/Scope of work
|Terms of reference
|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,br/>Duration of strategy of plan of action
|Does not exist
|Decision-making process (consensus, majority, other)
|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
|Full-time human resources/functions
|Part-time human resources/functions
|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
|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)
|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
|Monthly meetings; production of biannual reports; participation in Caribbean Wellness Day (CWD) activities; discussions of NCD themes; participation in public education activities
|Excellent Chair, committed members, appropriate meeting facility, diversity of discussion topics
Commitment and dedication of a few members of NCNCDC
Ministry of Agriculture, faith-based organisations, trade union movements, and business representations all participated in activities recommended by the Commission, e.g. CWD
|Inconsistent attendance at meetings by some members; lack of secretariat
|How were these challenges overcome?
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
|Main source(s) of funding and approximate percentage of funding from each source
|Indicative annual budget (USD)
|Resource mobilisation, main areas
|The NNCDC has its own resources. The NCNCDC mobilizes funds from various sources and has to date been able to receive two small grants from the private sector. It has recently sent in an application for another source of funds to engage in training workshops and product development. The NNCDC is currently mobilizing resources for its “Good Food” initiative.
|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.
|Status as at December 2021
|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?
|Yes: T.A. Marryshow Community College
|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
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).