Jamaica’s public hospitals only accepting emergency cases

Jamaica has reached its most difficult and stressful point as we do our best to handle the COVID-19 pandemic. Our hospitals are now over capacity – there are no more COVID-19 beds. Concerns about oxygen have now come to the fore. The Ministry of Health and Wellness issued this press release earlier today. It is … More Jamaica’s public hospitals only accepting emergency cases

The Community Paralegal Programme: supporting Jamaican victims of violence

The discussion about gender-based violence continues in the Jamaican media; in fact, it never really goes away. But very often, those who suffer are not aware that help is available. The Community Paralegal (CP) programme is there to help. It is delivered by the non-governmental organization Stand Up For Jamaica, with grant funding from the … More The Community Paralegal Programme: supporting Jamaican victims of violence

Civil Society Collaborative Forum Will Protect Patients’ Maternal, Neonatal and Infant Health Rights

Nowadays, we talk a lot about “partnerships.” They make sense for a number of reasons – not least as a way of pooling resources and making resources stretch further. The EU-funded Partnership for the Promotion of Patients’ Rights in Maternal, Neonatal & Infant Health in Jamaica (The MNIH Project), led by Professor Wendel Abel and … More Civil Society Collaborative Forum Will Protect Patients’ Maternal, Neonatal and Infant Health Rights

Advocacy and Policy Monitoring Go Hand in Hand For Civil Society Organizations

On the eve of Human Rights Day (December 10) there was a small but meaningful gathering at the coziest small hotel in town, the Alhambra Inn. Earlier this month, 22 representatives of ten civil society organizations graduated from a critical training session that focused on Policy Monitoring and Advocacy. The seven-month training, organized by the … More Advocacy and Policy Monitoring Go Hand in Hand For Civil Society Organizations

Civil Society Organizations Mobilize to Monitor Jamaican Policies

Jamaica has several lobby groups advocating on behalf of marginalized communities. It has “watchdogs” that keep an eye on what the Government of the day is doing (or not doing) in relation to specific issues of concern to these communities. But could the watchdogs sharpen their skills some more? Tomorrow will see the opening of … More Civil Society Organizations Mobilize to Monitor Jamaican Policies

High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS: Civil Society Calls UN Declaration “A Globally Sanctioned Death Warrant for Key Populations”

The High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS opened today at the United Nations in New York. However, many global civil society organizations – including the Kingston-based Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC) – are not happy with the 2016 Political Declaration, which they say does not include key at-risk populations. Here is their press release, dated today. … More High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS: Civil Society Calls UN Declaration “A Globally Sanctioned Death Warrant for Key Populations”

Protecting the Rights of Every Citizen: Debating the Sexual Offences Act

The Sexual Offences Act 2009 is under review by a Joint Select Committee of Parliament, and there is much to be considered and discussed. J-FLAG partnered with Mary Seacole Hall at the University of the West Indies (UWI) to host its second Tertiary Debate to highlight issues related to the legislation and to air and … More Protecting the Rights of Every Citizen: Debating the Sexual Offences Act

Professor Brendan Bain: Here Is Some Clarity

This week, a great deal of controversy has erupted over the termination of Professor Brendan Bain from the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Regional Training Network (CHART) at the University of the West Indies, after a coalition of regional civil society groups expressed their discomfort over expert testimony he gave in a Belizean court recently. Much of the discussion … More Professor Brendan Bain: Here Is Some Clarity