IDB Partners with JAID in Support of Children with Intellectual Disabilities


Social inclusion is more than a buzzword. It is, and has to be, an action-oriented concept. The expression refers to embracing, in an proactive way, citizens who are regularly excluded from the everyday activities of life. It has to be deliberate, and ongoing. Last week, the Inter-American Development Bank came out in support of inclusion, … More IDB Partners with JAID in Support of Children with Intellectual Disabilities

Coronavirus, Influenza and Dengue Fever Updates for Jamaica


It seems that the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is by no means finished with us yet. Earlier today, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told journalists at a press briefing (full audio here) that:  “As of 6am Geneva time this morning, there are 24,363 confirmed 2019-nCoV cases in China, and 490 deaths. … More Coronavirus, Influenza and Dengue Fever Updates for Jamaica

A Coronavirus Update from Jamaica


It has been quite a week for Health and Wellness Minister Christopher Tufton, who updated the Jamaican Parliament on the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) on Wednesday, January 29. On the following day, the World Health Organization announced a global health emergency – and health officials around the world had a re-think on what measures were appropriate to prevent … More A Coronavirus Update from Jamaica

A Nervous Tuesday: That Virus, and an Earthquake


It started off as quite a normal Tuesday. I attended the launch and signing of the contract for a major health program – the Health Systems Strengthening Programme – at the Courtyard Marriott. I will provide more details in my next blog post; suffice it to say that it is the largest health infrastructure program … More A Nervous Tuesday: That Virus, and an Earthquake

Health Ministry Alerted to New Strain of Virus Causing Respiratory Illness


These viruses are quite distressing, aren’t they? They are certainly making health officials nervous. Since yesterday, when the Ministry of Health and Wellness put out this release, a case of the coronavirus has emerged in Washington State in the U.S. – the first outside of Asia; a man who had recently traveled to China has … More Health Ministry Alerted to New Strain of Virus Causing Respiratory Illness

A Word on Malaria: Jamaica Remains Free of the Mosquito-borne Disease


There have reportedly been two imported cases of malaria in Jamaica. The Ministry of Health and Wellness has explained that since 2012, the country has been free of the disease. It goes without saying, however, that those traveling to countries where malaria is present must take precautions. It’s a horrible disease, which killed 405,000 people … More A Word on Malaria: Jamaica Remains Free of the Mosquito-borne Disease

Message from the Prime Minister on World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims


Today we have been remembering those whose lives were suddenly taken from them. They leave a void in the lives of many. According to the Ministry of Transport’s weekly report, 370 people have died on our roads this year – whether pedestrians, drivers, cyclists or motorcyclists. Most alarmingly, child fatalities and motorcyclist fatalities are expected … More Message from the Prime Minister on World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

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

Jamaica To Sign Important Regional Agreement on Access to Information and Environmental Justice


I did mention to a few online friends that there was some good news contained in Minister Daryl Vaz’s speech at the launch of the Green Expo on May 22 – International Biodiversity Day – which I described in my last post. “Good news?” chorused the cynical Facebookers. “Really? Tell us!” Well yes – I … More Jamaica To Sign Important Regional Agreement on Access to Information and Environmental Justice