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

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

51% Coalition Meeting Recommends Priority Actions To Combat Violence Against Women and Girls


Cover photo: 51% Coalition members Indi McLymont Lafayette (left) and Hilary Nicholson, who moderated the unexpectedly large meeting, pause for thought. The past few weeks have been extraordinary. We have seen a surge in violent crime that has frightened many Jamaicans; in particular several abductions and killings of young women and girls. Social media posters … More 51% Coalition Meeting Recommends Priority Actions To Combat Violence Against Women and Girls

Confident PM, Devastating Desmond and The Ghost of Trafigura: Sunday, May 29, 2016


We’ve been having some lovely rain in Kingston, but on the eastern side of the island rural residents have been struggling with some flooding, landslides, lack of electricity and water and damaged roads… Some real challenges, and a schoolgirl, Brittany Cowell, sadly drowned in flood waters in St. Thomas. I do hope they get help … More Confident PM, Devastating Desmond and The Ghost of Trafigura: Sunday, May 29, 2016

Sunday Notes and Happy Birthday, Malcolm: May 19, 2013


Today is Malcolm X’s birthday; he would have been 88 years old. Tragically, his young grandson, Malcolm Shabazz, was murdered on May 9 at a Mexico City nightclub. But here’s a little Caribbean connection: Malcolm X’s mother Louise was born in Grenada – but she had a very sad life, too. Well, with that useful and … More Sunday Notes and Happy Birthday, Malcolm: May 19, 2013

African Postman: The Mandela Connection and our Children


Good things happened around the world last week in the name of Mr. Nelson Mandela, former President of the Republic of South Africa, who reached his 94th birthday on July 18, 2012. Born in Mvezo in the Transkei region, his Xhosa given name was Rolihlahla, meaning “stirring up trouble.” Very appropriate. His English teacher named him Nelson … More African Postman: The Mandela Connection and our Children

Nelson Mandela Day: Volunteers Needed…


Nelson Mandela Day: Volunteers Needed…. Nelson Mandela International Day is fast approaching… We are looking for vibrant volunteers who want to make a difference in other persons’ life. Are we looking for YOU? What: Act!on 67  Wellness & Recreational Clinic The Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) Foundation will host two simultaneous Wellness and Recreational Clinics called ‘Act!on 67’ in … More Nelson Mandela Day: Volunteers Needed…