Jamaica Launches ACP Presidency Under Theme: Common Interests, Common Goals and Common Destiny


Jamaica will head the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States until July 31, 2018. This is a critical period for the grouping of 79 States, formed in 1975 through the Georgetown Agreement or “Cotonou Agreement,” which binds all members (except Cuba) to a Partnership with the European Union. It includes 48 countries from sub-Saharan … More Jamaica Launches ACP Presidency Under Theme: Common Interests, Common Goals and Common Destiny

Doctors Urged to Support Patients’ Rights at Medical Ethics Conference in Jamaica


Last weekend there was an important Ethics Conference at the University of the West Indies (UWI) – with some important messages. Here is more from the Programme for the Reduction of Maternal and Child Mortality/PROMAC, which is being implemented by UWI and the Women’s  Resource and Outreach Centre (WROC). Doctors Urged to Support Patients’ Rights KINGSTON, … More Doctors Urged to Support Patients’ Rights at Medical Ethics Conference in Jamaica

Baby’s Death at Christmas Signals Need to Prioritise Maternal, Child Health


It’s a bit of a mouthful, I know, but if you have not heard of it already, this article is written by the Partnership for the Promotion of Patients’ Rights in Maternal, Neonatal and Infant Health in Jamaica project, funded by the European Union. Jamaica unfortunately did not reach the UN Millennium Development Goal (MDG) #5. There … More Baby’s Death at Christmas Signals Need to Prioritise Maternal, Child Health

WROC Says High Number of Illegal Abortions Begs Public Attention


As I mentioned in my blog a few days ago, I am glad that Health Minister Christopher Tufton has decided to address, in a thoughtful and holistic way, the issue of abortion – one that, for various reasons has been repeatedly swept under the carpet in this country. I am thankful too that the issue … More WROC Says High Number of Illegal Abortions Begs Public Attention

Tomorrow is National Tree-Planting Day: Let’s Start Greening


I should have given you more warning: Tomorrow is National Tree-Planting Day. Unless the rain washes us all away (which, the way the weather is going, is more than possible) I hope there will be some efforts made to try and redress the balance. Balance? You may ask. Well, yes. You see, although Jamaica’s forests … More Tomorrow is National Tree-Planting Day: Let’s Start Greening

The Cost of Storms: Some Caribbean Islands to Receive Payouts from CCRIF After Irma’s Devastation


Here we are in Kingston, right on the very edge of Hurricane Irma’s huge spiral of destruction. Lightning flickers, the thunder is terrifying our dogs, and we have had very heavy rain for the last hour or two. The Caribbean has been thrown into turmoil in the wake of Irma, which is making its way up … More The Cost of Storms: Some Caribbean Islands to Receive Payouts from CCRIF After Irma’s Devastation