People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
- April 5, 2011
Caribbean civil society organisations have launched Get the Message, a campaign that uses text messaging, Facebook and other social media to build popular support for the NCD Summit.
The campaign, by the Healthy Caribbean Coalition, will focus on getting Caribbean residents to send messages from their mobile phones to show their support for the Summit on non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The aim is to pressure heads of Government in CARICOM (the Caribbean Community) to attend the Summit in New York on 19-20 September and to implement strategies to prevent NCDs and improve healthcare.
The Caribbean has taken numerous initiatives to tackle NCDs. In 2007, CARICOM leaders signed the Declaration of Port of Spain at a regional summit on chronic NCDs. The following year the Healthy Caribbean Coalition was formed following a civil-society led conference on chronic diseases – Healthy Caribbean 2008.
The 2010 UN resolution to hold the NCD Summit was tabled by CARICOM member states.