Garbage and Disorder on the University of the West Indies’ Back Doorstep


The University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona campus looks lovely on one side – the main gate for regular visitors has the fairly new Regional Headquarters, which has lovely views of groves of guango trees and hills at the back. Lecturers are comfortably ensconced in College Common. UWI provides various forms of support for … More Garbage and Disorder on the University of the West Indies’ Back Doorstep

The Jamaica Cancer Care and Research Institute: A Much-Needed Focus on People of African Descent


One humid afternoon just before Christmas, we drove down the hillside from the busy junction of Papine, descending into the valley of Elletson Flats, just where the hills meet the city. Smoke curled from the trees and a sound system played somewhere. A game of football was in progress in the yard of the Sir … More The Jamaica Cancer Care and Research Institute: A Much-Needed Focus on People of African Descent

More Important Updates from the Ministry of Health: Dengue Fever Cases on the Rise


The new Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Winston De La Haye has been on several radio programs in the past week, giving out information on behalf of his Ministry and keeping people up to date. We welcome this new transparency and availability. A new press release came out today – this time, it’s a dengue … More More Important Updates from the Ministry of Health: Dengue Fever Cases on the Rise

St. John Jamaica’s Volunteers of Hope for Children, Families Affected by HIV/AIDS


What do you know about the Order of St. John, and its work in Jamaica for the past 115 years?  Well, in future posts I will be telling you more about this effective, professional, faith-based non-profit organization that quietly goes about its work caring for the health of the Jamaican people – and people all … More St. John Jamaica’s Volunteers of Hope for Children, Families Affected by HIV/AIDS

Not Babies in the Real Sense, The Bathroom Break, and Bright Young Journalists: Wednesday, October 28, 2015


I heard my first Christmas radio commercial last week. Jingle bells and all. I was quite shocked. It is, after all, still October, last time I checked! It has been around ten days since I last wrote, and the past ten days have been, shall we say, a rather rough ride for some of our … More Not Babies in the Real Sense, The Bathroom Break, and Bright Young Journalists: Wednesday, October 28, 2015

A Health Ministry Mystery, Getting the Guns and Kicking Out GBV: Sunday, October 18, 2015


Things have quietened down a little in the past few days – or are some issues just simmering under the surface? Time will tell. Anyway, the stress of drought is over and the weather has been close to perfect. Gardens are flourishing and the sunlight is softer. Long may it last. CCJ debate: The Caribbean Court … More A Health Ministry Mystery, Getting the Guns and Kicking Out GBV: Sunday, October 18, 2015