Category: Research

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 History of The Jamaica Cancer Society and Relay For Life

On December 6, 1955, the Jamaica Cancer Society was founded by Dr Ken McNeill, then surgeon specialist at the Kingston Public Hospital. Before this founding, however, McNeill chaired a meeting on June 22, 1955, which was attended by medical, health and

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Lending Help: 10 Historic Facts About the Peace Corps in Jamaica

The United States Peace Corps was established in 1961 by US President John F. Kennedy with the aim of fostering international relations. It allows American men and women to volunteer for two years in another country, providing assistance to nations

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The Jamaica Library Service: Serving Knowledge to Jamaica

The Jamaica Library Service (JLS) is one of the most important information resources in the nation. Since childhood, we have all been taught that the library is the go-to place for access to a full range of information services and resources. Even

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The History of Gender-Based Violence in the Caribbean

The following are excerpts from a teach-in titled ‘Gender-Based Violence in the Caribbean: Historical Roots’, given by Dr Verene A. Shepherd, professor of social history and university director at the Institute for Gender Development Studies (IGDS), University of the West Indies

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10 Facts About the History of Radio in Jamaica

Radio is a vital part of Jamaican life. Since the first official broadcast on Radio Jamaica on Monday, July 10, 1950, Jamaican radio has become an increasingly essential avenue for mass education, entertainment and information on a variety of issues

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From ‘Poison Flour’ to ‘Plastic Rice’

‘Plastic Rice’ On the cusp of Christmas and the end of 2016, Jamaicans had a mild panic attack about the possibility of ‘plastic rice’ circulating on local markets. This led to the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) temporarily ceasing the clearance

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Advice from Jamaican Entrepreneurs: Latoya Williams

Name: Latoya Williams Name of business: The Generation Tap Your job title: Founder Age at which you started your business: 32 What do you think is the most important character trait in a successful entrepreneur? Vision. You have to be

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