“I am NOT my breasts”: A Jamaican woman’s breast cancer journey

My dear friend Petre Williams Raynor has been cancer-free for a year now, and she looks really great, with her usual warm smile. It was a pleasure to meet up with her recently; it meant a lot to me personally, and I thought I would share something of our rather long conversation here. Petre has … More “I am NOT my breasts”: A Jamaican woman’s breast cancer journey

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

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

Hope in Times of Nutritional Crisis

Following on from my last post, here are some thoughts from Secretary General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) José Graziano da Silva, ahead of next week’s Regional Conference in Montego Bay. I shared some thoughts on the obesity/hunger issue on Gleaner Blogs yesterday. These issues are so complex and interlocking, but solutions there are…and … More Hope in Times of Nutritional Crisis

23 Jamaicans Selected as Chevening Scholars: Congrats to All!

Last year, I had the pleasure of meeting the Jamaicans who had been selected for Chevening Scholarships in the UK. It was great getting to know them, and I am sure they benefited greatly from their year of study. This year, even more Jamaicans (and one Bahamian) are going off to the UK shortly. Please find … More 23 Jamaicans Selected as Chevening Scholars: Congrats to All!

Less Talk, More Action: The Nuttall Partnerships

Mr. Fabian Brown, founder of Value Added Services (VAS), has always been a man of action. Things happen around him, and they are all good things. “This is partnership in action,” said Mr. Brown at the launch of new emergency services at the ninety-year-old Nuttall Memorial Hospital in Kingston last week. Under its redevelopment program, Nuttall … More Less Talk, More Action: The Nuttall Partnerships

Love and Peace

Back in my hippie days, this was of course my mantra. A simple expression of what life should be all about. Surround yourself with love and peace and everything will fall into place. And everyone will love you. Of course, in the real world life wasn’t quite like that. In today’s Jamaica, there are so … More Love and Peace

A Miracle with Leaves

The word “miracle,” (like “excellence”) is a word that is much over-used in the hyposphere (yes, that’s a new word I just created.  I quite like it, might copyright it).  But seriously, there is a “miracle tree” –  and its name is Moringa.  No, not merengue – as my husband kept pronouncing it – no … More A Miracle with Leaves