Andrea Downer

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Condoms and Hair Conditioner – Beauty and Barber Shops for Safe Sex

You may have seen the movie The Barber Shop, or, maybe you haven’t! But there are very few Caribbean nationals who, upon hearing the words barber shop, hairdressing parlour or beauty salon, don’t immediately think of Saturday morning or late evening gossip, with tongues wagging faster than the snip of sharp scissors. Whether the information …

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Five Year HIV/AIDS Response Plan for the Caribbean

The  The Pan-Caribbean Regional Partnership on HIV/AIDS, PANCAP, recently unveiled its five-year work programme with six priority areas that will define its approach to tackling HIV/AIDS in the region.”We will seek to provide an enabling environment that fosters universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support services, continue to expand our coordinated multi-sectoral response …

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Protected Areas Master Plan Two Years Off Target

Blue Mountains, from the Hollywell National Park taken on Oatley Mountain trail inside the park. Jamaica’s master plan for the management and protection of its protected areas – already two years behind its deadline – should be finalized by December 2008, according to Marilyn Headley, head of the Forestry Department and chairman of the Protected …

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Eastern Jamaica Rivers Threatened by Poisoning and Coffee farming

Killing rivers could kill livelihoods. (Panos) – Illegal river poisoning and run-off from coffee farms seem to be posing a serious threat to the health of rivers in the eastern Jamaica parish of StThomas as well as general public health in the area. Environmental groups such as the St. Thomas Environmental Protection Association, STEPA, are raising …

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