“I am NOT my breasts”: A Jamaican woman’s breast cancer journey

My dear friend Petre Williams Raynor has been cancer-free for a year now, and she looks really great, with her usual warm smile. It was a pleasure to meet up with her recently; it meant a lot to me personally, and I thought I would share something of our rather long conversation here. Petre has … More “I am NOT my breasts”: A Jamaican woman’s breast cancer journey

Immuno-compromised Jamaicans can now obtain an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccines

Here’s an important bit of news from the Ministry of Health and Wellness… November 6, 2021 Following the publication of an interim guidance on vaccination for immunocompromised individuals by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Ministry of Health & Wellness has advised that it will effective immediately implement the recommendation and administer an additional dose … More Immuno-compromised Jamaicans can now obtain an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccines

COVID-19 crisis in Jamaican prisons: a call for the most vulnerable to be released

In my last news update, I wrote: It was disturbing to learn recently that only 10 per cent of the prison population has been vaccinated (was a truly concerted effort to get them vaccinated ever undertaken?) Now even more worryingly, we learn that 58 prisoners and 38 staff members have tested positive.  In his State of … More COVID-19 crisis in Jamaican prisons: a call for the most vulnerable to be released

Scientists come together in Jamaica to launch the H3ECaribbean Initiative

One thing scientists are very good at is collaborating across borders. Caribbean scientists are no exception. So tomorrow (Thursday, April 8, 2021) a small gathering will take place in the beautiful setting of Norse Hill, Portland in Jamaica to launch a very significant project that will ensure the inclusion of Caribbean people in health research, … More Scientists come together in Jamaica to launch the H3ECaribbean Initiative

An Appeal for André Thomas: A Member of Stand Up for Jamaica, in Need of Help

Stand Up for Jamaica (SUFJ) is a human rights non-governmental organization, which works diligently for the rehabilitation and welfare of our prisoners. SUFJ is supporting an urgent fund-raising initiative started by Alexis Goffe. André Thomas is 39 years old and he is a prisoner at Tower Street Correctional Centre. André was a member of the Stand Up … More An Appeal for André Thomas: A Member of Stand Up for Jamaica, in Need of Help

At-Risk Groups Will Soon be Able to Self-Screen for COVID-19

This is such good news. I am sharing with you all, because it cannot come soon enough. Telemedicine has been talked about for long enough in Jamaica – now at last here is the opportunity provided by this pandemic to protect vulnerable groups – who should not be leaving home, and who don’t wish to … More At-Risk Groups Will Soon be Able to Self-Screen for COVID-19

Health Authorities Reach Out to Young Cancer Survivors and Older Jamaicans

Good work! Lots of hugs to the heroes out there – both old and young. Here’s some information from the South East Regional Health Authority on their activities in support of vulnerable citizens. By the way, the theme for this week’s Caribbean Wellness Day was “Healthy Ageing Starts Now.” At the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, there were … More Health Authorities Reach Out to Young Cancer Survivors and Older Jamaicans

We Need a Strong Organic Farming Movement in Jamaica

I always feel anxious when I hear reports that thieves have stolen crops from farmers. A warning goes out that we should not purchase or eat the lovely lettuces, tomatoes etc. because they are “not ready” to be consumed. Why not? Because it seems, the chemicals on them have not yet worn off. Then again, … More We Need a Strong Organic Farming Movement in Jamaica

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