165,000 Jamaicans to One Optometrist – Worst in English Speaking CARICOM

Is someone blocking the registration of Optometrists in Jamaica? Why are new applicants having so much difficulty getting registered? My name is Arvel Grant. I am the Chief Executive Officer of the Caribbean Council for the Blind (CCB-Eye Care Caribbean). I was born in Black River, St. Elizabeth, and thanks to the Government and people of Jamaica, I was educated at an all age school in the high-lands of Westmoreland, The Salvation Army school for the Blind in Kingston and the University of the West Indies (Mona campus), where my studies included a Master of Public Health from the Faculty …

Mandeville Regional Hospital – A Journey To Improved Eye Care

Mandeville, Manchester — The Mandeville Regional Hospital now boasts upgraded eye care services. For stakeholders, the journey to the recent official opening of an ophthalmology clinic and an operating theatre could not have been successfully done without the support of willing partners. “(The) project was so extensive that we had to undertake it in a relay format. One person had to pass the baton onto others. I am happy that it is successfully anchored,” said regional director for the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA), Michael Bent.

Eye Care Service Delivery Boosted At Mandeville Regional Hospital

Eye care service delivery at the Mandeville Regional Hospital, in Manchester, has been strengthened, with the opening of an ophthalmology clinic and operating theatre. The new facility, which was officially opened by Health Minister, Hon. Horace Dalley, on January 28, was funded at accost of more than $80 million, provided by the European Union (EU) and Scotiabank, among other stakeholders. The money was also used to train the medical staff assigned to the facility, including ophthalmologists, optometrists and nurses.

Our Work in Jamaica – Training

The Jamaica Society for the Blind (JSB) is committed to its mandate of promoting the welfare, education and employment of persons who are blind  and visually impaired and to prevent avoidable blindness in Jamaica. One of  the many programmes is that of training Adjustment to Blindness  Specialists, in this video the Caribbean Council for the Blind spoke with  some of the participants. {youtube}pv2Bw2Qc1uA{/youtube}

Our Work in Jamaica (Video)

The Jamaica Society for the Blind (JSB) located in Kingston, Jamaica, provides rehabilitation services for children and adults with sight impairments to help them to live independent lives. The Society – incorporated in 1954 – was established with the support of the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind (now Sightsavers). {youtube}WC-9tJ3aQ6c{/youtube}  

Happy in my World

Nigel Hector is a student at the Salvation Army School for the Blind in Kingston , Jamaica. Nigel who is full of energy was born blind and declares that he is very happy in his world.{youtube}1vbbit8li0k{/youtube}

Khetura Porter’s Story

Khetura Porter has been battling Glaucoma for several years. She welcomed us into her home in the Western Parish of Westmoreland where she shared with us her story on the fight against Glaucoma. {youtube}kKpIeIkz0nY{/youtube}

Nigel Hector – Happy in my world

The Caribbean Council for the Blind/Eye Care Caribbean continues to recognize some very special children. From Jamaica, meet 10 year old Nigel Hector. A Grade 5 student at the Salvation Army School for the Blind. Nigel was born blind and is very “Happy in his world” – A Child Month extra. {youtube}1vbbit8li0k{/youtube}

One day at a time – Shantay’s Story

As we continue to celebrate International Child Month and Caribbean Blindness Awareness Month, Eye Care Caribbean invites you to view and share this short video about fourteen year old Shantay Lester, a student of The Queens School in Kingston, Jamaica. You will be struck by her charm, intelligence and optimism, despite the challenges she faces. {youtube}lSsR7uJEUYQ{/youtube}