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

There Are No Cases of Yellow Fever in Jamaica


This week is Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week. We never used to worry too much about these dangerous little creatures (of which the female is, in fact, deadlier than the male) – until the Chikungunya virus (Chik V) and the Zika virus came along, riding on the climate change wave. Dengue fever has always been around, … More There Are No Cases of Yellow Fever in Jamaica

Sometimes The Face of Depression Is In Your Mirror: An Article by Wayne Campbell


I wrote around the time of World Health Day on its theme, Depression: Let’s Talk. Now my friend and fellow blogger Wayne Campbell has had time to catch up on this topic, which is also dear to my heart. This is his excellent blog post, which explains depression very clearly and puts everything in perspective. You can … More Sometimes The Face of Depression Is In Your Mirror: An Article by Wayne Campbell

On World Health Day: Depression IS a Major Health Issue in Jamaica


On Friday, April 7 Kingston’s Emancipation Park was lively and bouncing with lots of Jamaicans working out, running, enjoying themselves. It’s World Health Day, and the Jamaica Moves campaign of the Ministry of Health had kicked off. Minister Chris Tufton himself was seen looking very energetic on stage, while a pretty large crowd worked out happily in … More On World Health Day: Depression IS a Major Health Issue in Jamaica

A Conversation with Councillor Delroy Williams, Mayor of Kingston and St. Andrew


The Mayor has a vision for the City – as all good mayors should. I manage to secure a half hour with His Worship the Mayor of Kingston and St. Andrew, Councillor Delroy Williams, on a busy afternoon. He is in between important visitors departing, and pressing matters brought to his desk by Town Clerk … More A Conversation with Councillor Delroy Williams, Mayor of Kingston and St. Andrew

Illegal Wildlife Trade, Sand Mining and Island Invasives: Environment and Climate Change Stories, March 5 2017


At last, I am back with some more stories on environmental and climate change issues. I try to pick those that are relevant to Jamaica and the Caribbean, but some stories are of such extraordinary interest I feel bound to include them. Please click on the links for more information. Please don’t forget also that … More Illegal Wildlife Trade, Sand Mining and Island Invasives: Environment and Climate Change Stories, March 5 2017

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