Meetings, speeches – and by the way, our fifth wave of COVID-19

Jamaica’s Health and Wellness Minister Christopher Tufton and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie have been very busy recently in Geneva, Switzerland, where the 75th World Health Assembly took place, ending on May 28. They have been talking a great deal about non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which as we know are rampant on the island – … More Meetings, speeches – and by the way, our fifth wave of COVID-19

School meals are not a trivial matter for Jamaica, youth advocates say

After just about two years, all schools reopened for face-to-face learning this week. There was a collective sigh of relief, I think, among schools, parents – and the students themselves, who have been struggling with all kinds of pressures since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Today (March 10) is the second anniversary of the confirmation of … More School meals are not a trivial matter for Jamaica, youth advocates say

Jamaica undertakes major assessment of its food systems ahead of global UN Food Systems Summit

Another important event tomorrow: the opening of consultations in Kingston on an assessment of Jamaica’s food systems – in other words, agricultural production and output. The workshop is organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Planning Institute of Jamaica. You can watch the opening ceremony on the PIOJ’s Facebook page tomorrow (Tuesday, … More Jamaica undertakes major assessment of its food systems ahead of global UN Food Systems Summit

Ministry of Health and Wellness to Study Salt Consumption in Jamaica

Our Health and Wellness Minister (yes, that is the new name of the Ministry – the “Wellness” has been added) believes in prevention. He is working on a “Wellness Agenda” this year. Our health services are overwhelmed, overused, under-staffed and under-resourced. Many of Jamaicans’ ailments are what we call “lifestyle diseases,” caused by a bad … More Ministry of Health and Wellness to Study Salt Consumption in Jamaica

Kelly McIntosh’s Blog: Dementia in Jamaica…Challenging Stigma, Responding in Love

Over the past few weeks, I have attended a workshop on the STRiDE Project and a presentation by Dr. Ishtar Govia, who heads Alzheimer’s Jamaica, at last week’s monthly meeting of CCRP, the non-governmental organization that supports and empowers Jamaican over-50s (full name: Caribbean Community of Retired Persons, but not all its members are retired). … More Kelly McIntosh’s Blog: Dementia in Jamaica…Challenging Stigma, Responding in Love

Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton at the 71st Session of the World Health Assembly

Our esteemed Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton has been attending the 71st Session of the World Health Assembly and had the opportunity to speak on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) – an issue he has been waging a public education campaign on for some time now through his Jamaica Moves and other initiatives. Here are some updates on his … More Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton at the 71st Session of the World Health Assembly

“We Need to Start Talking About It”: Endometriosis Affects Thousands of Jamaican Women

It is sad to me that some women’s ailments seem to have a shroud of mystery around them. People cannot, or will not talk about these diseases, especially if they involve the reproductive system. There is, at the very least, a kind of squeamishness – or at worst, a complete taboo, and silence. I spoke … More “We Need to Start Talking About It”: Endometriosis Affects Thousands of Jamaican Women