Tag: observances

What is International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances?

International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances is observed annually on August 30. According to the United Nations’ Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, an enforced disappearance occurs when: “persons are arrested, detained or abducted against their

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July Is Bereaved Parents Month: Stats & Facts From Jamaica

Have you ever stopped to think of what life must be like for the mother or father who has lost a child? Can you imagine the emotional turmoil – the sadness, distress and anguish – they must be experiencing? Often, when

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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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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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Protecting Jamaica’s Children: The OCR, OCA and CDA

Our children are the future of our world. Our legacies will live on through them. It is therefore a society’s responsibility to ensure that it does everything within its power to protect and defend the welfare of its future generations. In Jamaica,

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Jamaica and World Press Freedom 2017

Did you know that, according to Reporters Without Borders, “at the turn of the 21st century, nearly half of the world population still lacks access to free information”? If you live in a country where you can share and receive

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Malaria Stats – Jamaica & The World

The following is an extract from Jamaica’s Ministry of Health public advisory on malaria in the country: Background Malaria in humans is caused by five species of a protozoal parasite belonging to the genus Plasmodium. These are P. falciparum, P.

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