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Health Festival in Trench Town today

Jamaica Observer | 2-8-2014

Residents of Trench Town Kingston are to benefit from a Health Festival to be held at the Vin Lawrence Park, today, February 8.

The festival, which forms part of a series of events to commemorate the birthday of the late Reggae superstar, Bob Marley, will also facilitate research that will assist the Planning Institute of Jamaica’s (PIOJ), Community Renewal Programme (CRP), and the Jamaica Family Planning Association (Famplan), to create a health profile for the area.

Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’, held on February 6, Chief Executive Officer of the Association, Saint Rachel Ustanny, highlighted that one of the strategies of Famplan for 2014, is to utilise health fairs to reach the most vulnerable in the Jamaican population.

“Famplan is very happy to join with the Community Renewal Programme to start these health fairs in communities. We do not see them as an end in terms of solving sexual and reproductive health issues within these communities, but as a beginning,” she said.

“Indirectly, these health fairs will address poverty, because we will be able to control the number of teenage pregnancies as a result of the information disseminated. It will stimulate behaviour change and in the future will improve their quality of life,” Ustanny added.

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