Yoga and naturopathy hospital to be set up near Chennai

first_img Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 By Sanjiv Das on June 26, 2018 Yoga and naturopathy hospital to be set up near Chennai Read Article Share Related Posts Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care appcenter_img The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story News WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha The centre will come up at a cost of ₹ 60 croreA ‘world-class’ yoga and naturopathy hospital, stated to be the first-of-its-kind in the country, will be set up near here at a cost of ₹ 60 crore, K Palaniswami, Chief Minister, Tamil Nadu announced recently. It is being set up to encourage yoga and naturopathy, which played a key role in both preventing and curbing non-communicable diseases due to lifestyle changes, he told the State Assembly. The facility would be set up at the premises of Government Medical College at Chengelpet, about 50 km from Chennai, in an area of 50 acres and will have a teaching facility attached to it, offering graduate, post-graduate and research courses, he said.“I am happy to announce that a world class International Yoga and Naturopathy Science Centre will be set up at a cost of ₹ 60 crore,” the chief minister said making a suo moto statement. Hostel facilities for students and quarters for employees will also come up and adequate personnel will be appointed.“In a natural setting, safe treatment will be provided,” he said adding it will include therapies involving herbal, magnet, water and acupuncture. Palaniswami also made a slew of other announcements on scaling up health infrastructure in state-run hospitals and it includes upgradation of 985 health sub-centres as integrated health centres at a cost of ₹ 82.2 crore. Also, during this year, nutritious food will be provided to 96,200 patients affected by tuberculosis at a cost ₹ 20.20 crore, he said.last_img read more

Punjab health minister Balbir Sidhu launches pulse polio campaign in state

first_img Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” News Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Add Comment Share Balbir SidhuNational Immunization Daypolio dropspulse polio campaign Punjab health minister Balbir Sidhu launches pulse polio campaign in state Over 33 lakh children below the age of five years across the state will be administered polio drops as part of the National Immunization Day (NID) drive Comments (0) Punjab Health and Family Welfare Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu launched a three-day pulse polio campaign at Jagatpura village in Mohali recently.Over 33 lakh children below the age of five years across the state will be administered polio drops as part of the National Immunization Day (NID) drive.The health minister said the country was already polio-free, however, the vaccination was a must to sustain polio eradication from the country.After administering oral polio vaccine drops to children, Sidhu addressing a gathering on the occasion, said his government was making all efforts to protect children from diseases.He emphasised that all vaccines under the programme must reach each and every child of the state.During the current drive, more than 50,000 health workers, aanganwadi workers, nursing students and volunteers will visit houses, slums, brick kilns, railway stations, bus stands and other places to vaccinate children, Sidhu said.A total of 2,668 supervisors will carry out sudden checks to monitor the immunisation programme and to ensure that all children have received the vaccines, the health minister said.The last case of polio was reported in 2011 in West Bengal. Punjab has not seen a case of polio since 2009, he said. WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals By Press Trust of India on January 20, 2020 Related Posts Read Article The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine storylast_img read more

Ophthalmologists affected psychologically due to increased risk of close contact with patient’s eyes, face: Study

first_img The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story By EH News Bureau on May 21, 2020 Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” News All India Ophthalmological SocietyAmritendu BhattacharyaAsha Latha MetlaCOVID-19Dr Pallab K MaulikDr Rohit C KhannaDr Santosh G HonavarGeorge Institute for Global Health IndiaLV Prasad Eye Institute in collaborationophthalmologistsPatient Health Questionnaire-9psychologically The study was conducted by LV Prasad Eye Institute in collaboration with All India Ophthalmological Society, George Institute for Global Health, India The results of an online study conducted by LV Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) in collaboration with the All India Ophthalmological Society (AIOS) and The George Institute for Global Health, India to evaluate the psychological impact of the COVID-19 crisis on trainees and practising ophthalmologists in India during lockdown demonstrated that a significantly high proportion of ophthalmologists were affected psychologically as they are at an increased risk of close contact with the patient’s eyes and face.The findings of this study are in consonance with studies done globally on health workers which have shown that the mental health impact of COVID-19 is very high and it needs to be addressed immediately.   COVID-19 outbreak has affected millions globally, both physically and mentally, causing psychological impact such as stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, denial, anger and fear. Psychological implications can be attributed to direct or indirect effects of the illness on livelihood and living conditions. Asymptomatic transmission of the disease causes fear and anxiety. In addition, lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) and social discrimination increases the stress and anxiety levels among healthcare professionals.Stigmatisation of healthcare professionals during an epidemic is common. There is a need for personalised mental health care from psychologists and psychiatrists, especially for those with moderate / severe depression and /or suicidal / self-harm ideations. This study showed that even the health workers who are not in the forefront of COVID-19 care and at less risk of being affected are suffering mental health consequences due to multiple factors.  Dr Rohit C Khanna, Epidemiologist and Director – rural eyecare services, L V Prasad Eye Institute said, “The national and state ophthalmology societies, health administration, and the government should be cognisant of the need to support the mental health of all the healthcare workers, and not only those in the frontline of the management of COVID-19 infection.”Pointing out that mental health was a very challenging and unaddressed issue during COVID-19, Dr Pallab Maulik, Deputy Director, Director of Research, George Institute for Global Health, India, said, “What we see in this study among a group of ophthalmologists is just the tip of the iceberg. Healthcare workers including doctors and nurses in general and other frontline health workers are facing huge mental health challenges during this pandemic and the stigmatisation just adds to their woes.”The survey was completed by 2,355 ophthalmologists and ophthalmologists-in-training in the age group of 25-82 years. Depression was significantly higher in younger ophthalmologists. It was also higher in non-practicing ophthalmologists, as also those who were considerably worried about their training or professional growth, and those with difficulty in meeting living expenses.Overall, the results indicated that 765 (32.6 per cent) had some degree of depression; mild: 504 (21.4 per cent), moderate: 163 (6.9 per cent) and severe: 101 (4.3 per cent). Seventy-five (3.2 per cent) ophthalmologist had suicidal / self-harm ideations during more than half of the period over the last two weeks. This was much higher than the 10 per cent prevalence for common mental disorders reported from general population in India. The high level of depression could be due to a generalised pervading climate of uncertainty among the ophthalmologists, triggered by the limitations in training and job security; fear factor as COVID-19 can cause severe symptoms in a segment of infected individuals; limited knowledge and availability of personal protective equipment (PPE); lack of adequate care in hospitals; and a shortage of ventilators and intensive care unit beds if someone were to contract the disease. It could also arise out of a fear of carrying infection to the family members at home, including the elderly and sick. Finally, the entire situation has implications on the career in intermediate term, as the patient volume in most of the eye hospitals is expected to decrease significantly, thus impacting their financial sustainability and the quality of training.The survey was done using Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9), a self-report measure used to assess the severity of depression over the prior two weeks. The survey was designed to understand the status of the mental health of ophthalmologists and possibly use the data to design policies and programmes and provide useful solutions. The research was conducted primarily by Dr Khanna, Dr Santosh G Honavar, Asha Latha Metla, Amritendu Bhattacharya, and Dr Pallab K Maulik. Comments (0) Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Share Ophthalmologists affected psychologically due to increased risk of close contact with patient’s eyes, face: Study WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Related Posts Read Article Add Comment Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care applast_img read more

Thomas Cook, SOTC partner with Apollo Clinics

first_img Add Comment Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Thomas Cook, SOTC partner with Apollo Clinics  Read Article Apollo ClinicsApollo HospitalsAssured ProgrammeCOVID-19COVID-19 pandemicSOTCThomas Cooktravel News WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals By EH News Bureau on June 11, 2020 Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Related Posts Comments (0) Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Share Jointly launched ‘Assured’ – a comprehensive programme to safe travel in COVID-19 eraThomas Cook India along with its Group Company SOTC Travel, jointly launched ‘Assured’ – a comprehensive programme to safe travel in the COVID-19 era. The companies have partnered with Apollo Clinics – a member of the Apollo Hospitals Group.Thomas Cook India and SOTC, have spent the last few months talking to their customers to understand their concerns and priorities when it comes to travel in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic.A significant 75 per cent of the respondents of the Thomas Cook India & SOTC Holiday Readiness Survey stated that health and safety was their overriding concern.To build confidence that it is safe to travel again, the companies have worked jointly with partners across the travel ecosystem to create the Thomas Cook & SOTC Assured programme, that ensures meticulous health and safety protocols – at every stage of the customer journey – from the various contactless booking processes, safe physical outlets and processes at the sales / servicing pre tour stage, as well as the on-tour stage.The Assured Programme also defines a series of comprehensive health and safety measures in place across every travel touch-point from airports, airlines, local transportation, hotels, restaurants and attractions and encompasses employees and suppliers, sellers and channels, including franchisees and customers.Madhavan Menon, Chairman and Managing Director, Thomas Cook India said, “Across Thomas Cook India & SOTC, our customers have been clear that health, hygiene and safety is their prime concern when it comes to travel in the COVID-19 era. Hence, our teams have spent a significant time at the drawing board and worked jointly with key travel partners / stakeholders to create this very comprehensive initiative.I am proud today to launch of The Thomas Cook & SOTC Assured Safe Travel Programme, in association with Apollo Clinics – the most respected brand in the healthcare sector, to jointly set a benchmark for customer safety in this new normal for travel.”“As part of the Assured Programme, we have examined every customer touch point, right from enquiry via our websites or apps, interactions with our call centres, virtual visits via calls or video calls with our nearest branch – all to ensure contactless, safe interactions. Across every stage of our customers’ journey, they will find a host of measures put in place – across airports and airlines and then at every stage of their journey with our transport, hotel, restaurant and attractions partners. Our intent is that our Assured Programme, serve as a handy guide / reference point that would assist all our stakeholders in the Travel & Tourism Industry achieve a single common goal ie. ‘Safe travel for all Indians’.”Dr Ajay H Gangoli, Director Medical Services, Apollo Health & Lifestyle, said “The Apollo group keeps patient and health professionals’ safety as a top priority. In these days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the speed with which the virus has spread across the globe is very indicative that borders are not respected by these diseases. Apropos, the need to address issues to make travel safe fits into the Apollo goal.The association with Thomas Cook India and SOTC, who are a recognised brand for travel, domestic and global, is an endeavour that will make travel safe and stress free. Apollo Clinics and the Apollo Group have been at the forefront for creating safe environments for the home and office post the lockdown and this association is a natural progression for us to keep everyone safe and healthy.”last_img read more

ICRI to provide free education to COVID-19-affected students

first_img WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals COVID-19 deathsfree medical education In the midst of the crisis, ICRI has pledged to provide unaffected and uninterrupted education at the graduation and post-graduation levelThe Institute of Clinical Research India (ICRI) has announced complete education sponsorship for students who have unfortunately lost their parents to COVID-19. In the midst of the crisis, ICRI has pledged to provide unaffected and uninterrupted education at the graduation and post-graduation level.Speaking about the initiative, Kanishk Dugal, COO, ICRI, said, “Numerous young lives have been destroyed due to loss of both their parents in this pandemic. In these times of great stress, we, at ICRI, will step forward to help these children and not deprive them of their future. Our vision is to ensure that students who have lost out on education due to the death of their parents can avail free quality education.”Under this free education initiative, ICRI will shape the career of students through their industry-oriented programmes in clinical research, healthcare, psychology, aviation and logistics management. Students can get admission in any of ICRI’s campuses available at Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Jaipur, Dehradun, Bhopal, Mangalore, Bengaluru, Chennai, Puducherry, Thanjavur and Nasik.To avail the facility, students need to furnish the documents confirming the demise of their parents, a copy of Aadhar card, previous education certificates and character certificate from the passing school.The institution has called out NGOs, associations and government bodies to connect with it for providing data of such students.Universities and colleges of foreign affiliation can also join hands with ICRI to take this initiative beyond the boundaries. By EH News Bureau on May 18, 2021 COVID-19 Updates News Share Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Related Posts MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” ICRI to provide free education to COVID-19-affected students Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Read Article Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Add Comment Adoption of AI/ML can disrupt healthcare services Comments (0)last_img read more

JECDF to Focus on Role of Grandmothers in Children’s Development

first_imgRelatedJECDF to Focus on Role of Grandmothers in Children’s Development RelatedJECDF to Focus on Role of Grandmothers in Children’s Development Advertisements JECDF to Focus on Role of Grandmothers in Children’s Development Office of the Prime MinisterApril 19, 2010center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Jamaica Early Childhood Development Foundation (JECDF) will be focusing on projects looking at the role of grandparents, particularly grandmothers, in the early development of children in Jamaica.“We will be supporting those (projects), aimed at educating and guiding these grandmothers, in their efforts to offer surrogate support to Jamaica’s young children,” Founder and Chair of the JECDF, Mrs. Lorna Golding said during her presentation to the Women’s International Forum at the United Nations, New York, on Friday, April 16.Mrs. Golding, wife of Prime Minister Bruce Golding, noted that the Jamaican situation is such, that young children are increasingly being reared by grandmothers, because their parents leave the community or even the country in search of work and opportunities for financial advancement.“Additionally, the increase in children and adolescents bearing children of their own has created grandmothers, who are now much younger than they used to be. It means that, even while these young grandmothers are in the process of raising their own children, they are being called on to take up the responsibility of ‘grand-mothering’ their grandchildren,” Mrs. Golding said.Meanwhile, Mrs. Golding noted that in establishing the JECDF, she has tried to support and promote the provision of improved services and resources for all Jamaican children, regardless of gender or background.“The Foundation has a vision that one day every Jamaican child will have equal opportunity to develop their full potential to contribute positively to their country’s development,” she said.Mrs. Golding said that one issue with which the country still grapples, is the concept of gender equity, which is the distinction in the treatment and socialisation of men and women, which starts from birth.She argued that so profound are these distinctions, that in the early childhood years from zero to eight, “we have seen a trend of young girls entering the formal school system far more prepared than their male counterparts to handle the new rigours of school.”“Several factors have been suggested as reasons for this phenomenon. For example, girls tend to be more closely supervised; they are expected to be more disciplined; they are usually given greater responsibility for chores and other tasks in the home; and, they are usually not allowed to leave the home or yard,” Mrs. Golding said.She pointed out that all these factors have affirmed the Foundation’s view that early stimulation practices must be directed at all children, so that both boys and girls are afforded the opportunity for holistic development.Mrs. Golding also noted that children who receive the right stimulation tend to be healthier, happier and better students and eventually productive and educated citizens. She added that their total development is a benefit to the society, as a whole, by way of decreased levels of crime and violence, a more productive and educated labour force, decreased dependence on social services and greater levels of employment and productive enterprise.“I am committed to doing my part through the Jamaica Early Childhood Development Foundation and other avenues to assist in ensuring that all Jamaica’s children are given the right start, the right way at the right time, right now,” Mrs. Golding said. RelatedJECDF to Focus on Role of Grandmothers in Children’s Developmentlast_img read more

Series of Symposia to Develop Policy Framework for MSME Sector

first_imgSeries of Symposia to Develop Policy Framework for MSME Sector CommerceMay 14, 2010 Advertisements RelatedSeries of Symposia to Develop Policy Framework for MSME Sector FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The first in a series of three symposia focusing on Jamaica’s micro, small and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) sector got underway yesterday (May 12) on the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI).The series, being hosted by the university in collaboration with the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, and Jamaica Trade and Invest (JTI)/Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), is aimed at stimulating further discussions on the policies that are required to foster the growth and development of the country’s MSME sector.Themed: ‘Creating a Policy Framework for the MSME Sector in the Jamaican Economy’, the seminars have the objective to get a broad cross-section of MSME stakeholders from the public and private sectors to assess and prioritise existing policy proposals, and point the way towards early policy adoption and implementation that have the potential to significantly impact Jamaica’s development.Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Reginald Budhan, said the fact that the symposia are being anchored by the university is important as “universities have a role to play in the development of nations in general.”Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Reginald Budhan (left) addresses a symposium on Jamaica’s micro, small and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) sector, held at the University of the West Indies, Mona on Wednesday, May 12. Looking on are: Principal of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona, Professor Gordon Shirley (2nd left) ; and Head of the Department of Economics at UWI, Professor Claremont Kirton.General Manager of the Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS), Earl Jarrett, who was also the chairperson for the event, lauded the collaborative partners for “this focus on the MSME sector.”“It is clear that we all need to address the challenges being experienced by small business entrepreneurs, through the creation of a formal policy framework to drive the development of the sector in Jamaica,” he stated.Mr. Jarrett pointed out that despite efforts to analyse and address the needs of the MSME sector, it continues to be under-developed, although several surveys indicate that some 500,000 to 700,000 persons are interested in accessing micro-finance.“This indicates that there is extensive room for growth in the sector and one reason for this, is the fact that there has not been the development of national policy framework to guide the sector and to strengthen our local MSME enterprises, which is estimated to account for some 80 per cent of the Jamaican workforce,” he noted.Principal of UWI Mona, Professor Gordon Shirley, said that there are a number of challenges that impede the potential of the sector to contribute as intensively as it could to the development of the economy.He said that the series of symposia will address some of these impediments with a view to identifying solutions and developing a policy framework for the sector.The topic discussed at today’s event was: ‘Two Key Burdens Affecting MSMEs: Financing and Tax Administration’.The other sessions will be held on May 26 and June 10, to discuss, respectively, ‘Two Key Types of Non-Financial Support Needed: Business Development Services and Networking Clustering’; and ‘Key Issues for the Future: Internationalisation, Innovation and Intellectual Property Rights’.center_img RelatedSeries of Symposia to Develop Policy Framework for MSME Sector RelatedSeries of Symposia to Develop Policy Framework for MSME Sectorlast_img read more

They served well? PM Golding says of Ben Clare & Colonel Leslie Lloyd

first_imgRelatedThey served well? PM Golding says of Ben Clare & Colonel Leslie Lloyd RelatedThey served well? PM Golding says of Ben Clare & Colonel Leslie Lloyd They served well? PM Golding says of Ben Clare & Colonel Leslie Lloyd Office of the Prime MinisterDecember 22, 2010 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister Bruce Golding paid tribute to former parliamentarians Ambassador Ben Clare who died on December 17 and Colonel Leslie Lloyd who died yesterday (December 21).Speaking in Parliament, Prime Minister Bruce Golding recalled that Ambassador Ben Clare served the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade with distinction.“Mr. Ben Clare entered Parliament in 1989 and served until 2002 and during that period was appointed Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs… I can’t think of any Ministry for which he was more suited because of his temperament, because of his urbanity. He served there with sufficient distinction and accomplishment that even after leaving active politics, as we know, he served as a distinguished ambassador and I want to join in expressing condolences to his family,” Mr. Golding said.Of former Member of Parliament, Colonel Leslie Lloyd, the Prime Minister said that he had many personal reflections of Col Lloyd as they were members of the same family .Mr. Golding also boarded at his home while attending high school.“He was one of three people who have been members of this House defending different parties… He was someone who held strong views that defied party affiliation or friendship and he was never unwilling to defend those views even if he stood alone. So he was somebody of courage and of conviction even though there were many issues where he and I disagreed…I want to express condolences to Yolande and Eddy and all his family and friends”, Mr. Golding said.Colonel Lloyd was a Member of Parliament for East Central St Andrew and then for Central Kingston. He was a former officer in the Jamaica Defence Force.Mr. Golding said that both former Members of Parliament served the public well.center_img Advertisements RelatedThey served well? PM Golding says of Ben Clare & Colonel Leslie Lloydlast_img read more

U.S. funds HIV/AIDS awareness projects

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedU.S. funds HIV/AIDS awareness projects RelatedU.S. funds HIV/AIDS awareness projects RelatedU.S. funds HIV/AIDS awareness projects FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — The fight against HIV/AIDS in Jamaica and the stigma associated with the virus, has received a boost of US$58,000 from the United States Ambassador to Jamaica, Her Excellency Pamela Bridgewater. The signing for the funding, which falls under the Presidents’ Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), took place at the United States Embassy in Kingston, Tuesday (May 10). The five beneficiary organisations were represented. Ambassador Bridgewater explained that the programme is the largest contribution by any nation, for any disease, internationally. “We are very proud of this accomplishment. PEPFAR has been saving lives, through intervention, through testing, through providing anti-retroviral drugs to persons living with HIV and AIDS…we have been able to prevent mother to child transmission in many cases,” she stated. Ambassador Bridgewater noted that the groups receiving the grants would focus on the challenging area of stigma associated with HIV/AIDS, pointing out that, “we know that people living with HIV and AIDS are stigmatised, because they (others) don’t have the nature of it, and what it does or does not do.” She said the grants were being provided at an important time, on the heels of the recent signing of an action plan against stigma by the Prime Minister of Jamaica and the Leader of the Opposition. “This is a wonderful breakthrough, and we commend the leaders for taking this very bold move. Once again, Jamaica takes an important lead,” she remarked.                    The beneficiaries include the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA), a statutory body mandated to reduce the use of illegal drugs and promote healthy lifestyles. The NCDA also lobbies for an integrated approach to the prevention of HIV/AIDS and substance abuse. Executive Director of the NCDA, Michael Tucker, explained that the agency’s 12-month project, would involve resistance education against drug abuse and HIV/AIDS to adolescents in Jamaica’s second-chance institutions’. He noted that second-chance institutions are those that are privately or government owned, enabling persons who were not successful in the regular school system, to secure foundation education or trades. “They are the population that is deemed most vulnerable to drug abuse and HIV/AIDS, because of low education attainment…we hope through the assistance that we are going to receive to help these youngsters to be more aware, to give them the adequate education, the coping skills and guide them in the right direction,” Mr. Tucker explained. The project will receive US$18,000, with activities scheduled to begin in June. Another beneficiary organisation, Hibiscus Jamaica, which has been granted US$5000, represents and serves mainly former drug couriers and deportees from poor rural and inner-city communities. Their project, which will run from June to December, involves workshops on stigma and discrimination, as well as prevention in urban inner city communities, and rural areas across the island. Executive Director of Hibiscus Jamaica, St. Rachel Ustanny, informed that “we are looking to deliver 24 sessions, one educational workshop per week, over six months, and each session will involve about 30 persons…it will target communities across Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Catherine…we will be seeking to share personal stories, establish support groups or infected and affected persons across the Kingston Metropolitan Region, as well as provide voluntary counseling and testing services to individuals.” Meanwhile, Grata Foundation will receive US$10,000 for its public education campaign on Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) buses in the Kingston Metropolitan Region. Representative, Jermaine Spencer said, “buses are a very good tool for public education, they are as big as billboards, and they reach the population.” He said the emphasis would be on communicating behaviour change messages to men, and empowering women and educating women about safer sex. The campaign will include up to four buses. “One of the beauties with advertising with the buses is that, once the Ads are up, they will last for a year, and it is a very low cost way of advertising…we will be having a focus group discussion to ensure that the message is in keeping with public policy,” Mr. Spencer said. A part of the funding will be used for a radio public education campaign. Grata Foundation is a youth-led and youth operated non profit organisation, which deals with research in the behavioural, medical, social and technological sciences, delivering workable solutions to development challenges in public health, education, universal access to technology and micro and small business development. Northern Caribbean University (NCU) has been allotted US$15,000 to carry out its project, which will involve training paraprofessionals to work with rural faith and community-based leaders, offering services to persons infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.Associate Professor of Counselling at the NCU, Dr. Orlean Brown Earl, informed that the project begins on May 29, when 62 graduate students will be trained, and interned from June to August, visiting communities in rural southern and western Jamaica. “We hope to guide people on how to show care, practice prevention and how to access treatment services. This will help to lessen the stigma associated with persons who have HIV/AIDS,” Dr. Brown Earl said. The US$10,000 grant for Ronmar’s International Ministries, will be used to train over 2,000 youths and church members in stigma reduction across the parishes of Hanover, Westmoreland and St. Elizabeth. In his remarks, founder of the organisation, Reverend Ronald Webster, said persons within the church community tend to ostracize persons who are HIV positive, but that “we (Ronmar’s International Ministries) believe that the church communities in these parishes need to provide opportunities for persons with HIV, so the programme is targeting two groups of individuals within the church – the leaders, and the youths.”  This project is slated for four months, beginning June. By ALPHEA SAUNDERS, JIS Reporter U.S. funds HIV/AIDS awareness projects Health & WellnessMay 11, 2011last_img read more

Flash Flood Watch Remains, Possible Tropical Cyclone Formation

first_imgFlash Flood Watch Remains, Possible Tropical Cyclone Formation EnvironmentJune 4, 2011 RelatedFlash Flood Watch Remains, Possible Tropical Cyclone Formation RelatedFlash Flood Watch Remains, Possible Tropical Cyclone Formation FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — The Meteorological Service has once again extended the Flash Flood Watch for low-lying and flood-prone areas of all parishes until 5:00 a.m. tomorrow. A flash flood watch means that flooding is possible and residents are advised to take extra precaution, and be ready to move quickly if flooding is observed or if a warning is issued. A broad area of low pressure centered about 100 miles south of Jamaica continues to produce an area of showers and thunderstorms over the Caribbean Sea. The area of Low Pressure, has remained almost stationary overnight. Satellite imagery and RADAR reports indicate that most of the showers remained offshore during the course of the night. However, the forecast is for periods of showers and thunderstorms, which could be heavy at times, may affect most parishes today and continuing into early next week.  Fishers and other marine interests are advised to exercise caution, as strong winds and rough sea conditions are expected in the vicinity of showers and thunderstorms. Upper-level winds are expected to be conducive for some development of this system over the next couple of days and there is a medium chance of a tropical cyclone formation during the next 48 hours. Heavy rains could cause flash flooding and mud slides over the next couple of days as the low remains nearly stationary.center_img Advertisements RelatedFlash Flood Watch Remains, Possible Tropical Cyclone Formationlast_img read more