Category: Observances

Sickle Cell and Jamaica: Five Major Milestones






Sickle cell disease. Many people may not be aware of it’s prevalence, but it is estimated that 1.8 in every 1,000 persons in the Jamaican population has sickle cell disease, 300 Jamaican babies are born annually with the disease, and 10%








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5 Unforgettable Moments With Captain Horace Burrell






On Tuesday, May 6, 2017, Jamaica lost a football giant in the form of Captain Horace Burrell, late president of the Jamaica Football Federation and the man at the helm when the country’s Reggae Boyz qualified for the FIFA World








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World Environment Day 2017: Connecting People to Nature






Every year, June 5 is celebrated as World Environment Day (WED). For 2017, the theme is ‘Connecting People to Nature’. According to the official WED website: “‘Connecting People to Nature’, the theme for World Environment Day 2017, implores us to get








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What Is World Digestive Health Day (WDHD)?






World Digestive Health Day (WDHD) is celebrated annually on May 29. Its aim is to encourage good digestive health while increasing public awareness of stomach and intestinal disorders. Each year, a different digestive disorder is highlighted through a year-long public health








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Living with Paranoid Schizophrenia in Jamaica






Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder, characterized by profound disruptions in thinking, affecting language, perception, and the sense of self. It often includes psychotic experiences, such as hearing voices or delusions. It can impair functioning through the loss of an








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What’s Right With Jamaica? Amazing Biodiversity






Of all the Caribbean islands, Jamaica has the highest number of endemic plants and birds. The country is a veritable natural paradise, home to many varieties of unique flora and fauna in land, air, and water. The Cockpit Country –








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Hepatitis and Jamaica: Stats & Facts






What is hepatitis? According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), “Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. The condition can be self-limiting or can progress to fibrosis (scarring), cirrhosis or liver cancer.” Scientists have identified five different hepatitis viruses: hepatitis








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A First-Hand Account of Living With Fibromyalgia in Jamaica






You wouldn’t think that she suffers from intense pain and fatigue to see her sitting at her desk at work. You wouldn’t think that her memory goes a little foggy sometimes, or that her speech is sometimes slurred – not when








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What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?






You’ve probably never heard of this disorder before. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), also called myalgic encephalomyelitis, occurs when the body experiences extreme fatigue that cannot be explained by any underlying medical condition, and is not alleviated by rest or sleep.








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Clear as Crystal Punch: The History of Piped Water in Jamaica






A little known fact is that Jamaica is one of the first nations in the Western Hemisphere to develop a piped water supply system. From as early as 1766, Roger Hope Elleston, owner of the Hope Estate, constructed an open aqueduct








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