COVID-19 in Jamaica: boosting, testing, vaccinating, and the Fourth Wave

We got our booster shots this week. Our regular vaccination centre was bursting at the seams, so we drove down the road apiece to St. Joseph’s Hospital. As far as getting a needle stuck in your arm can be a pleasant experience – it really was! We sat under a big, airy tent on the … More COVID-19 in Jamaica: boosting, testing, vaccinating, and the Fourth Wave

Jamaica’s COVID-19 vaccination program gets a shot in the arm (and a note on testing)

Firstly, the good news: the U.S. Government has provided more support for the COVID-19 vaccine efforts in Jamaica… The United States government, through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Caribbean Regional Office and its COVID-19 International Vaccine Implementation and Evaluation Program is supporting Jamaica’s Rapid COVID-19 Vaccine Implementation Program with $190K USD, approximately … More Jamaica’s COVID-19 vaccination program gets a shot in the arm (and a note on testing)

IDB Jamaica civil society group calls for establishment of National Commission on COVID-19

Yesterday (Friday, March 5) Jamaica recorded its highest ever number of new cases (527). In the past seven days, 29 people have died from COVID-19 and we have had around two thousand new cases. We have COVID-19 cases in every community, in every parish. As we are still waiting for the vaccine (the first batch … More IDB Jamaica civil society group calls for establishment of National Commission on COVID-19

Jamaicans for Justice at Work, Part 1: University Hospital of the West Indies

I have always had the deepest respect for Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ), the human rights lobby group founded in 1999 by the “likkle but tallawah” Dr Carolyn Gomes. The group has, over the years, faced many challenges – including the perception by Jamaicans (and all too often, human beings in general) that human rights are … More Jamaicans for Justice at Work, Part 1: University Hospital of the West Indies

My Sincere Tribute to Professor Bernard Headley – May He Rest Peacefully

Just eleven days ago, I posted the second part of Professor Bernard Headley’s article about family and migration – written against the background of the “Windrush scandal” in the UK. He was very happy to see both pieces published; we had been communicating via email over the last few weeks about it. Then, on Friday … More My Sincere Tribute to Professor Bernard Headley – May He Rest Peacefully

The IDB Civil Society Consulting Group in Jamaica

I am honoured to join a fantastic group of Jamaicans on the IDB’s Civil Society Consulting Group (ConSOC) in Jamaica. As a communications person, I am looking forward to helping facilitate an energetic and productive dialogue in support of the Bank’s key initiatives as we seek to place critical issues on the agenda for civil society and … More The IDB Civil Society Consulting Group in Jamaica

Barriers Behind Bars: Stand Up for Jamaica Highlights the Plight of HIV Positive Inmates

Social workers love to use the term “vulnerable populations” to describe those Jamaican citizens, whom we tend to sideline, ignore, dismiss and even forget about altogether. I am not sure I like the word “vulnerable” much, but these Jamaicans are indeed “in harm’s way” because of their position in society – their invisibility. We cannot … More Barriers Behind Bars: Stand Up for Jamaica Highlights the Plight of HIV Positive Inmates

Of Refugees, the Huddled Masses…and Home (A Poem)

Today has been surreal. President Donald Trump’s Executive Order has created chaos, anger and pain at many airports across the United States. Here are a few of the almost nightmarish occurrences, which unraveled on Twitter this evening. It went something like this: On International Holocaust Remembrance Day (of all days) Donald Trump signs an Executive Order (EO) restricting immigration … More Of Refugees, the Huddled Masses…and Home (A Poem)

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”