JAHJAH Foundation on a mission for changeMonday, February 04, 2019
THE Jamaicans Abroad Helping Jamaicans at Home (JAHJAH) Foundation, which focuses on raising awareness and improving health and education to enhance the quality of life for the less fortunate in Jamaica, conducted operations in Jamaica from January 21-25, where over 700 people were helped.
“It was a rewarding experience and we were happy to give back,” said Dr Trevor Dixon, JAHJAH CEO and founder.
“Our organisation is driven by the heart and soul of our volunteers.”
The mission started in Kingston with a two-day emergency ultrasound workshop at the Knutsford Court Hotel, led by Dr Dixon, director of ultrasound and emergency medicine at Jacobi Medical Centre in The Bronx, New York. He, along with Drs Gladston Hackett, Patrick Eiben and Jeffery Kimm, lectured 30 doctors from public hospitals across the island. The doctors were taught, among other things, theoretical aspects, as well as hands-on training on how to use ultrasound technology to diagnose patients.
At midnight on January 21, the team also conducted the annual “Healing in the Dancehall” project at the well-attended dancehall party, Uptown Mondays, at Savannah Plaza, Constant Spring Road. The goal of this project was HIV awareness, and it was done in collaboration with Jamaica AIDS Support for Life, which provided free HIV testing from their mobile unit at the dance. Over 100 people were tested.
The team then conducted its first community health fair on Spanish Town Road, which catered to the surrounding communities.
Help was also offered by nurses, medical doctors, gynaecologists, paediatricians, dentists and environmentalists in a series of health fairs in Kingston, Trelawny and Westmoreland as the week progressed.
In 2017 the foundation adopted Mango Hall Basic School in Little London, Westmoreland, while the institution was on the brink of closure. The foundation has since done renovations that have resulted in a more comfortable teaching and learning environment for both teachers and students.