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

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

Donation of Personal Protective Equipment from Food for the Poor and Partners to South East Regional Health Authority


I greatly admire the work of Food for the Poor in Jamaica. I have seen for myself the dedication and drive to ease the plight of the most vulnerable.  KINGSTON, Jamaica. Friday, May 29, 2020:  The South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) received Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other items including mattresses, critical care patient monitors … More Donation of Personal Protective Equipment from Food for the Poor and Partners to South East Regional Health Authority

Rehabilitation Centre to Expand as Number of Road Crash and Violent Crime Victims Increases


I am writing a lot about health recently. Yes, environmental issues are still very much on my mind, but I will have to get back to them later. However, please bear with me. This year, I am seeing a lot of linkages: between crime, violence, road crashes – and health. The year has not started … More Rehabilitation Centre to Expand as Number of Road Crash and Violent Crime Victims Increases

The Generosity of Jamaican Diaspora Organizations


There is a lot of talk about the “Jamaican Diaspora.” Politicians talk about the diaspora as if it is a large, homogenous bloc of Jamaicans. Quite a few of our relatives are “Jamaican Diaspora,” in New York, London and elsewhere. Our relatives don’t sound very Jamaican any more when they speak, and the younger ones … More The Generosity of Jamaican Diaspora Organizations

Concern over Incident at Bustamante Hospital for Children


Health issues seem to be seizing the headlines, in one way or the other, at the moment. Our health sector is under pressure, and a violent incident involving a local politician, who had brought her sick baby to the Bustamante Hospital for Children for treatment, highlights those stresses. The politician concerned has since (partially) apologized. The … More Concern over Incident at Bustamante Hospital for Children

Health Authorities Reach Out to Young Cancer Survivors and Older Jamaicans


Good work! Lots of hugs to the heroes out there – both old and young. Here’s some information from the South East Regional Health Authority on their activities in support of vulnerable citizens. By the way, the theme for this week’s Caribbean Wellness Day was “Healthy Ageing Starts Now.” At the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, there were … More Health Authorities Reach Out to Young Cancer Survivors and Older Jamaicans

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