A Community Peer Educator Writes About the Impact of Climate Change on Women’s Health and the HIV Response


An interesting item dropped into my inbox recently, and I am sharing it with you here. Nacia Davis is a Community Peer Educator with the South East Regional Health Authority in Jamaica and a member of the International Community of Women Living with HIV.  We would welcome your comments and feedback, and Ms. Davis’ contact … More A Community Peer Educator Writes About the Impact of Climate Change on Women’s Health and the HIV Response

View From a Hill: Smoking Chimneys and the Farmers’ Plight


Recently, I found myself on the top of a hill in South St. Elizabeth. This part of the parish has a special aura. It is warm as toast, dry as bone – and yet,  fruitful. It has been called the “bread basket” of Jamaica. St. Elizabeth people are soft-spoken. St. Elizabeth farmers are known for … More View From a Hill: Smoking Chimneys and the Farmers’ Plight

A Letter to the Editor from WMW Jamaica on the Riverton Dump Fire


The fire is not yet out, and many Kingston residents continue to suffer tonight. Firefighters continue to work on subduing and containing the fire, which is now in its third day. WMW Jamaica (formerly Women’s Media Watch, and celebrating its 30th anniversary this year) has written a letter to the Editor regarding the health impacts of … More A Letter to the Editor from WMW Jamaica on the Riverton Dump Fire

Health Ministry Issues Advisory on Smoke from Riverton City Dump Fire


Yes, it’s true. The Riverton City Dump is on fire again, apparently started deliberately. It is hot, windy and dry. This morning, New Kingston was shrouded in haze. Here is an urgent release from the Ministry of Health. In addition to children, I would also add that you should check on the health of your … More Health Ministry Issues Advisory on Smoke from Riverton City Dump Fire

Can We Please Have Action on Burning Dumps, Air Pollution and Solid Waste Management?


When are we ever going to get our act together regarding air pollution? Yesterday, a friend who lives in the hills above Montego Bay shared her photos of the thick clouds of smoke over the city, emanating from the Retirement dump. This is the second day of the fire. This is an ongoing public health … More Can We Please Have Action on Burning Dumps, Air Pollution and Solid Waste Management?

Mismanagement of Waste Tyres by Government Agencies is the Issue, Says JET


 So, once again, the good citizens of Kingston are suffering from a fire near the Riverton City dump (not landfill). This is, of course, not the first time. There was the major tyre fire in 2014, and another fire in 2015. I wrote about the problem of air pollution in Jamaica just recently. Now, another tyre … More Mismanagement of Waste Tyres by Government Agencies is the Issue, Says JET

Clean Air Fi Breathe! Air Pollution in Jamaica


When the head of the UN Environment Programme Erik Solheim visited Jamaica in December, 2016 he pointed to three priorities for the Caribbean: Pollution, Oceans and Ecosystem Preservation. When I asked him what he considered the most serious form of pollution, the unhesitating response was: “Air pollution.”  There are several sources of air pollution in Jamaica, depending … More Clean Air Fi Breathe! Air Pollution in Jamaica