Jamaica Update, July 5, 2021: Elsa swamps us, Mindi stands firm, and Tashekia meets an untimely death

What a week of upheaval and apprehension as Tropical Storm Elsa approached, seemingly setting her sights on us. In the end, she squeezed between our island and Hispaniola, dragging a huge bag of rain along with her. And as you know, Jamaica has just “reopened” and the Delta variant is on the horizon (or quite … More Jamaica Update, July 5, 2021: Elsa swamps us, Mindi stands firm, and Tashekia meets an untimely death

Jamaica Update, June 28, 2021: Anxious doctors, relaxed protocols, and the Saudis visit

It has been raining, thankfully. It has been damp and humid and thundery, and the garden is flourishing. Plus, the Euro football competition has been more than usually compelling. Apart from that, it’s been pretty much business as usual on this island – although I do sense a certain amount of tension and anxiety as … More Jamaica Update, June 28, 2021: Anxious doctors, relaxed protocols, and the Saudis visit

ICYMI in Jamaica, December 15, 2020: The Vaccine Edition

The big news has been not only the COVID-19 vaccine, but the fact that the very first person to receive it was a Jamaican American. A cold front arrived, bringing strong winds and lower temperatures for a day; our moringa tree took a beating, and has not recovered yet. And behind everything else the crime … More ICYMI in Jamaica, December 15, 2020: The Vaccine Edition

Ministry of Health and Wellness Says No Doctor, Nurse or Frontline Staff Member Has Tested Positive for COVID-19

Our neighborhood is so quiet that you can hear a pin drop. Everyone is staying home, and no one is making a sound. There is very little traffic. The birds seem to be singing much more loudly; they are almost muted sometimes by the human noise. Now the volume is up on nature sounds in general. … More Ministry of Health and Wellness Says No Doctor, Nurse or Frontline Staff Member Has Tested Positive for COVID-19

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

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

The Inexorable Murder Rate, The Missing Manifestos, and the Doctor Departs: Sunday, November 29, 2015

The rain! How glorious it has been – the gloom, the damp grey clouds… I do enjoy this weather, perhaps because it is so unusual in Jamaica. After a year of stressful heat and drought, it is welcome. Once again I have been overwhelmed and too busy, and my comments are late, but  before I get … More The Inexorable Murder Rate, The Missing Manifestos, and the Doctor Departs: Sunday, November 29, 2015

Our Yale World Fellow Did Well, Bolivar Wheeled Out Again, Bloggers in the Making: Sunday, September 6, 2015

There have been one or two surprises in the past few days: a big rain shower in Kingston, for example, and the Reggae Boyz’ 3-2 loss at home to Nicaragua in a World Cup qualifier. But it has been mostly an “I told you so” week. Predictability rules. As if we didn’t know things were … More Our Yale World Fellow Did Well, Bolivar Wheeled Out Again, Bloggers in the Making: Sunday, September 6, 2015

Jamaica is #9 in World Press Freedom, But There Are Flies in the Theater: Monday, May 4, 2015

It’s a new month. The bars and restaurants of Kingston were packed Saturday night with people watching the “big fight.” Certainly a good night for business, although many Jamaicans were unhappy with the outcome! Yesterday was World Press Freedom Day and I have seen scarcely anything about it in our local media; except a mention in … More Jamaica is #9 in World Press Freedom, But There Are Flies in the Theater: Monday, May 4, 2015