Jamaican government committed to eliminating avoidable blindness

Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Kevin Harvey, says the Government is committed to the elimination of avoidable blindness by the year 2020, through delivery of the highest quality of health care to its citizens. “The matter of eye care is an important part of the menu of items that represent the effort to deliver quality health care to the Jamaican people,” he said, while addressing the opening session forthe 2013 Annual Meeting of Vision 2020 Committees Representatives for the Caribbean, held on December 3, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston.

Fire at The Salvation Army School for the Blind (Jamaica)

Early morning blaze  On the morning of Thursday, April 28, 2011, fire destroyed the pantry at the Salvation Army School for the Blind, located along Mannings Hill Road in Kingston, Jamaica. Alarm sounded “Early in the morning at 4:45, I was alerted by the farm-hand who came to get some wood to start the (School’s) chicken plucking process. He saw smoke and realized something was wrong. He called me to say there was fire in the kitchen, when I came I saw fire coming from there (the door to the pantry). I tried to use the fire extinguisher but that …

James Augustus Alves (1883 – 1969)

JAMES AUGUSTUS ALVES1883 – 1969“A Pioneer in programme of services for the Blind and Visually Impaired in the Caribbean” James Augustus Alves, who was of African heritage, was born in Berbice, British Guiana (now Guyana), on November 10, 1883.During his childhood, he attended local schools where he secured an Elementary and Secondary School Education. It was reported that young James Alves suffered injury to his eyes, following an accident in a school-yard, when an unidentified object was thrown at him. He subsequently lost sight in both eyes. At around the age of nineteen, James travelled to the England where he …

Caribbean Quarterly Bulletin – Quarter III 2009

Period: July – September 2009 (Third Quarter).Author(s): Frank Bowen 1. The operating environment: 1.1 The major focus of attention for the Caribbean appeared to have been participation (by Heads of Governments) in the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN). Among the issues highlighted during the presentations were:     ·         The global economic crisis and challenges imposed on the economies of small and vulnerable States;         ·         Climate Change and its impact on the environment; and, ·         Trans-national organized crime and its negative effects on the socio-economic circumstances of Small Island States, particularly those dependent on Tourism.

Caribbean Quarterly Bulletin – Quarter I 2009

Period: January – March 2009 (First Quarter). Author(s): Frank Bowen    1. The operating environment: The operating environment faced a number of issues, including: 1.1 The negative impact of the global economic recession on the fragile economies of the Caribbean, particularly those Island States that rely heavily on Tourism, as the major industry. Already, several countries have experienced redundancies in the Tourism and related Sectors, consequent on reduced visitor arrivals and declining revenues.

Professor Michael Pean

Professor, The Hon. Michael Pean Born in Haiti, he lost his sight during his second year of University, but went on toi) The BSc. in Political Science and French Literature from Bordeaux University. ii) The Masters Degree in French Literature and Education – Boston College, USA. iii) The PhD. in French Literature, 19th and 20th Century and Linguistics – Boston. iv) Assistant Professorship – Boston College, USA. In 1987 he returned to Haiti: v) Appointed Professor of French Literature and Linguistics at University of Quisqueya; Complementing his outstanding academic achievements with national service, Professor vi) National Coordinator of Haitian Society …

Inclusive Education programs in the Caribbean

Over the past 20 years, we established or improved 10 national education programs for children with blindness or visual impairment, trained more than 55 teachers to work with the children and facilitated the graduation of more than 450 children from our partner inclusive education programs.