MSS: Part­ner­ing to trans­form lives and liveli­hood

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

Dr Jodi-Ann White ex­am­ine, a pa­tient at the Back-to-School Fair in Mona Com­mons in Au­gust 2016.

MONA SO­CIAL Ser­vice (MSS) is a com­mu­nity-cen­tred out­reach ini­tia­tive es­tab­lished by the Univer­sity of the West Indies Mona cam­pus in 2006, to foster de­vel­op­ment within 10 neigh­bour­ing in­ner-city com­mu­ni­ties in prox­im­ity to the univer­sity. Un­der the lead­er­ship of the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Dr Olivene Burke, a part­ner­ship was forged with the Lions Club of Mona in 2016. This has given rise to a num­ber of ini­tia­tives to ben­e­fit res­i­dents in the Mona Val­ley.

USE­FUL IN­FOR­MA­TION

In Au­gust 2016, Mona So­cial Ser­vices, Lions Club of Mona, and Mona Com­mon Steer­ing Com­mit­tee co­or­di­nated a back-to-school treat and health fair, which had over 140 chil­dren re­ceiv­ing med­i­cal check-ups. The Au­gust 20 event, held at Mona Com­mon Ba­sic School, saw 40 par­ents, as well, ben­e­fit­ing from gen­eral health checks – blood su­gar, blood pres­sure, body mass in­dex and vi­sion-screen­ing tests. One grate­ful par­ent ex­claimed, “This came at a great time be­cause I no longer have to worry about pay­ing for a med­i­cal. My son just got his med­i­cal pass­port up­dated.” The treat had its par­tic­i­pants re­ceiv­ing school sup­plies and other trin­kets.

In fur­ther pro­mot­ing part­ner­ship, the Child De­vel­op­ment Agency was on board to pro­vide very use­ful in­for­ma­tion on the Child Care and Pro­tec­tion Act. Many par­ents said they were hear­ing some of what was pre­sented for the first time. Dr Olivene Burke, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Mona So­cial Ser­vices.

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