Waiting for Tropical Storm Ian, formerly known as Nine: It’s a mood

Jamaica is under a Tropical Storm Watch this evening. The National Hurricane Center‘s map is covered with yellow “x” marks and red spinning tops with names – Fiona, Gaston, and Hermine – but the one Jamaicans were focused on was a red, hollow circle with the inscription “NINE.” It has just turned into a storm, … More Waiting for Tropical Storm Ian, formerly known as Nine: It’s a mood

High Dependency Units at Victoria Jubilee to Reduce Maternal and New-Born Deaths

At the official opening of a new neonatal facility at Kingston’s Victoria Jubilee Hospital, Minister of Health and Wellness pointed out one “lesson from COVID”: That no economic development can be achieved without an investment in public health. Ah, perhaps our political leaders are beginning to connect the dots now. The event this morning was … More High Dependency Units at Victoria Jubilee to Reduce Maternal and New-Born Deaths

A Community Peer Educator Writes About the Impact of Climate Change on Women’s Health and the HIV Response

An interesting item dropped into my inbox recently, and I am sharing it with you here. Nacia Davis is a Community Peer Educator with the South East Regional Health Authority in Jamaica and a member of the International Community of Women Living with HIV.  We would welcome your comments and feedback, and Ms. Davis’ contact … More A Community Peer Educator Writes About the Impact of Climate Change on Women’s Health and the HIV Response

Health Ministry Says There Are No Cases of Measles on the Island

I have just one thing to say about the current fears over measles: Get your child vaccinated! As the number of cases continues to rise in New York (and has tripled globally this year) and we realize that Jamaica has slipped below 95 percent in its vaccination levels. This is a concern. MAKE SURE YOUR … More Health Ministry Says There Are No Cases of Measles on the Island

Partnership for Women’s Health and Wellbeing: Submission to Parliamentary Committee Considering Abortion Law Reform

On Tuesday, June 5, 2018, Juliet Cuthbert Flynn, a Government Member of Parliament, tabled the following motion in the House of Representatives: MOTION TABLED IN PARLIAMENT BY Juliet Cuthbert Flynn, MP, West Rural St. Andrew (JLP) “BE IT RESOLVED that this Honourable House consider the recommendations of the Abortion Policy Group, which was established to … More Partnership for Women’s Health and Wellbeing: Submission to Parliamentary Committee Considering Abortion Law Reform

Health Matters

It seems health issues are never far away from the top of the agenda in Jamaica. There is so much to be done, and resources only go so far. There are so many weaknesses in our public health system, and there always seems to be a new challenge looming on the horizon. One huge headache … More Health Matters

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

Unkempt Children, Unhappy Deportees, and the PM Tours Portland Bight: Sunday, September 11, 2016

It’s that sad anniversary again (why does 9/11 always seem to come round so fast?) That clear blue day when tragedy and horror struck, and nothing was ever the same again. We were in New York City at the time…But that’s another story. It’s also 29 years today since reggae star Peter Tosh was murdered. … More Unkempt Children, Unhappy Deportees, and the PM Tours Portland Bight: Sunday, September 11, 2016