Partnering for women’s advocacy in Guyana under the Spotlight Initiative

Progress continues, steadily and surely, on issues relating to sexual and reproductive rights, gender equality (my thoughts from 2020 here) and gender-based violence in the Caribbean (in addition to LGBT rights, to a much more limited extent perhaps). It may seem rather patchy, here and there, but sometimes small battles, as well as the large … More Partnering for women’s advocacy in Guyana under the Spotlight Initiative

Young Caribbean conservationists talk about wetlands and shorebirds (the good and the depressing)

It’s a mixed picture. BirdsCaribbean’s recent webinar on “Shorebirds of the Atlantic Flyway: How Recent Work to Conserve Wetlands is Contributing to Species and Habitat Resilience in the Caribbean and Beyond” took place on September 15, and can be found on their YouTube channel here. I can only describe it as heartening and disheartening, in … More Young Caribbean conservationists talk about wetlands and shorebirds (the good and the depressing)

Waiting for Tropical Storm Ian, formerly known as Nine: It’s a mood

Jamaica is under a Tropical Storm Watch this evening. The National Hurricane Center‘s map is covered with yellow “x” marks and red spinning tops with names – Fiona, Gaston, and Hermine – but the one Jamaicans were focused on was a red, hollow circle with the inscription “NINE.” It has just turned into a storm, … More Waiting for Tropical Storm Ian, formerly known as Nine: It’s a mood

Breastfeeding and lactation support organisation partners with Free Likkle Cupboard to empower new Moms

Maternal health is absolutely critical in countries such as Jamaica; our island fell short of its UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in this area, and there remains much work to be done. The European Union-funded PROMAC (Programme for the Reduction of Maternal and Child Mortality) and other major efforts have sought to face the challenges … More Breastfeeding and lactation support organisation partners with Free Likkle Cupboard to empower new Moms

Jamaicans are eating way too much salt, a new Health Ministry study shows

My husband has regularly complained at our local cook shop about the high levels of salt in their otherwise quite good dishes. The chef maintains that all that salt is necessary – and that is what his customers want. So, he has lost one customer. And what of the children? Perhaps this will come later … More Jamaicans are eating way too much salt, a new Health Ministry study shows

For Jamaica’s children and adolescents: Issa Trust Foundation plans a new clinic with a holistic approach

Philanthropy is alive and well in Jamaica; but the need is great. Our vulnerable children and adolescents need help. On the north coast of the island, the Issa Trust Foundation (which has been working in Jamaica for the past 17 years) is planning to make a difference to their physical and mental wellbeing by building … More For Jamaica’s children and adolescents: Issa Trust Foundation plans a new clinic with a holistic approach

Cruelty to animals: when is Jamaica going to enact and implement stronger laws to protect them?

A kick, a blow, a “chop” with a machete. For some Jamaicans, these are commonplace ways of dealing with unwanted animals. It is not only painful and heartbreaking. Cruelty to animals is not something we should take lightly at all, as a society. It is a reflection of our humanity and our ability to deal … More Cruelty to animals: when is Jamaica going to enact and implement stronger laws to protect them?

A collaboration of islanders: the Virtual Island Summit 2022

The world is getting smaller. A cliché, I know – but since the “COVID era” we have been able to communicate, share knowledge, engage in heated arguments, socialise, plan and launch projects and more – all in the virtual sphere. All around the world, there have been lively discussions among students, business people, NGO leaders, … More A collaboration of islanders: the Virtual Island Summit 2022

Second COVID-19 booster shots now available in Jamaica for vulnerable groups

Some more health news… At last, second COVID-19 boosters are available for over-60s, healthcare workers, and the immuno-compromised. We have been wondering about this for some time. Here is the notice from the Ministry of Health and Wellness: KINGSTON, Jamaica. Wednesday, August 17, 2022: Jamaica is now offering a second booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccines … More Second COVID-19 booster shots now available in Jamaica for vulnerable groups