Jamaica awards best practices in Safe Motherhood

In October 2011, the revitalization of the Safe Motherhood Initiative in Jamaica, “Working to fulfil the Promise”, was launched by the Ministry of Health. The event and the related activities, including the national photo competition and the national best practices competition, reflect a collaborative partnership between the Jamaica Ministry of Health, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and UNICEF. On 30 January 2012, the Ministry of Health announced the winners of the National Safe Motherhood Best Photo and Best Practices Competitions in Jamaica. PAHO/WHO was especially pleased to provide the winners with their prizes. Those attending the awards ceremony included Dr. Eva Lewis-Fuller, Chief Medical Officer of the Jamaica Ministry of Health; Dr. Karen Lewis-Bell, Director of Family Health in the Jamaica Ministry of Health; Ms. Margareta Skὄld, Country Representative of PAHO/WHO in Jamaica; Mrs. Naedene Tufton, Safe Motherhood Patron in Jamaica; Ms. Melissa McNeil-Barrett, Assistant Representative of the UNFPA in Jamaica; and award winners.

  • First place: National program addressing the problem of interrupted education and the accompanying social problems that occur when an adolescent girl drops out of school because of pregnancy. Submitted by the Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation.
  • Second place: Improvement in maternal morbidity through the introduction of a consultation-liaison community linked mental health program. Submitted by the Victoria Jubilee Hospital, Jamaica. 
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