World AIDS Day in Jamaica: lighting a candle after 30 years

As I wait for the virtual Annual Candlelight Vigil to emerge from Zoom-land, I indulge in some memories. If I was to use that well worn cliché, I would call them “bittersweet.” For several years during the 1990s, I attended these vigils on the front lawn of what was then the headquarters of Jamaica AIDS … More World AIDS Day in Jamaica: lighting a candle after 30 years

Shall we go for optimism? A young Jamaican woman is inspired by…Walt Disney

When I read the local headlines I am often filled with gloom. We are all tired of reading about gangs and corruption, COVID-19, and the terrible abuse of our women and children. It is depressing. I think some of my pessimism has carried over into the Climate Change Conference (known as COP26) which will be … More Shall we go for optimism? A young Jamaican woman is inspired by…Walt Disney

Ending violence against Jamaican women in the context of HIV and AIDS

Following up on International Women’s Day, I sat in on an excellent session organized by Jamaica AIDS Support for Life (JASL) and funded by the European Union in Jamaica. Sadly, on such occasions the issue of violence against women is a recurring factor. We have to confront it, again and again. And so, yesterday, we … More Ending violence against Jamaican women in the context of HIV and AIDS

COVID-19 Surveillance Begins in West Kingston, Jamaica, To Continue Tomorrow

How is the COVID-19 situation in Jamaica? I am not sure what to say. I have heard a few disturbing anecdotes and reports of returning nationals not quite obeying the home quarantine rules. There have been a few “import-related” cases in recent days – in other words, people coming in, who have infected others. I … More COVID-19 Surveillance Begins in West Kingston, Jamaica, To Continue Tomorrow

Jamaica AIDS Support for Life Targets Youth for Safer Sex Week

Valentine’s Day is pretty big in Jamaica. In uptown Kingston, there are brunches and concerts and special events. The town is flooded with imported roses, shiny boxes of chocolates and teddy bears with loving messages. The flower sellers on the corner near our house went into overdrive yesterday, setting out tables full of merchandise. It’s … More Jamaica AIDS Support for Life Targets Youth for Safer Sex Week

Jamaica AIDS Support for Life is Disappointed with Parliamentary Committee’s Report on the Sexual Offences Act

I did mention that a few heavy-duty topics have been in the Jamaican news over the past few weeks. Here is one that I had not touched on at all (and, in fact, it has not had great prominence in the news either, since our local media has been preoccupied with politics and scandals. More … More Jamaica AIDS Support for Life is Disappointed with Parliamentary Committee’s Report on the Sexual Offences Act

Dahlia Harris Will Challenge the ROCK on Sunday!

What are you doing on Sunday morning? Well, here’s a very good way to spend it. Lunch and a stimulating talk with the people at ROCK! What a great acronym, standing for the Royal Optimist Club of Kingston – a dedicated group of young Jamaicans, who have been quietly doing some really good work. I wrote … More Dahlia Harris Will Challenge the ROCK on Sunday!

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

Pink Lemonade, a Yellow Fascinator… and Grabbing Those Lemons

If I was superstitious, I would say something was up. A few hours before the launch of Damien Williams’ Grab You Some Lemons at the Jamaica Theological Seminary on March 3, there was an earth tremor that swayed us from side to side (about 4 on the Richter Scale, I believe). As I arrived at the launch, … More Pink Lemonade, a Yellow Fascinator… and Grabbing Those Lemons