A Primary Healthcare Renewal Strategic Initiative
The Adopt-A-Clinic Programme is a structured arrangement that seeks to engage the private sector locally and the Diaspora to play a critical role in improving the provision and access to Primary Health Care via the philanthropic support to a pool of 100 clinics identified for Adoption.
Primary Health Care in Jamaica is delivered through a network of over 320 Community Health Centres spread across the nation’s 14 parishes.
Most facilities were built in the 1970s, and Jamaica received global recognition from the World Health Organization (WHO) then for its best practices in Primary Health Care.
Over the past 6 years Jamaica invested J$1.5 Billion on refurbishing and equipping 150 of these health centres, but many challenges persist due to limiting space at health centres, increased population, change in demographics and epidemiological profile, deteriorating infrastructure, inadequate maintenance, aging equipment and the limited fiscal resources of the government.
Over the years philanthropic assistance makes a very important contribution to the health sector in Jamaica. In 2018, 2017 and 2016 the value of charitable contributions of tangible goods to the Jamaican health sector were approximately J$1.3B (US$10.3M), J$1.2B (US$9.1M) and J$717M (US$5.6M) respectively.
The Adopt-A-Clinic Programme is a strategic initiative that seeks to proactively leverage the philanthropic support of the private sector and diaspora to play a more critical role in improving the very important Primary Health Care System.
Needs of Clinics
Minor Infrastructure upgrade/expansion
Acquisition of clinical, dental, office equipment, and furniture
Opportunity to sync own philanthropic strategy to a health Programme of significant national impact
Opportunity to impact/reach communities in sync with business strategy
Commensurate publicity of participation and support to the Programme
Corporate promotional use of Programme level info and impact
Provision and access to quality primary health services
Aesthetically enhance community health centre and improved working and patient care environment
Enhanced social and economic development of the community
Building the foundation for improved quality of life
How to Adopt-A-Clinic
The Programme is managed and administered by the non-profit affiliate of the Ministry of Health - The Health for Life and Wellness Foundation, LTD.
Easy as 1-2-3
EVALUATE & SELECT
Be provided with needs assessment/profile of facilities to determine:
Desired facilities to adopt
Areas of support
Arrangement if desired for visit & tour of target facility
Your level of financial support (the Programme seeks to obtain commitment per clinic of US$8,000 or J$1.000,000 equivalent per year for a period of 3-5 years.
Become Officially Recognized as an Adopter:
Review and Sign Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
Make arrangements for Payment of committed funds
Attend launch of Adoption
List of Health Centres for Adoption (108)
About Our Adopted Clinics
A total of nine Health Centres have benefited in SERHA under the Ministry of Health and Wellness Adopt-A-Clinic Programme. Here are the details below:
Health Centre: Rollington Town Health Centre
Photo Caption: Mr. Wentworth Charles (right), Board Chairman, SERHA and Dr. Claude H. Denbow, donor point at the symbolic plaque for the adoption of the Rollington Town Health Centre during the ceremony on Friday, October 21, 2022. Looking on from (left) are: Mr. Phillip Paulwell, Member of Parliament, Kingston East and Port Royal and Mr. Frank Benbow (hidden), donor.
The Rollington Town Health Centre in Kingston has been officially adopted under the Government’s Adopt-a-Clinic Programme.
This brings the overall number to 39, with a total commitment of approximately J$166.3 million.
Speaking at the adoption ceremony on October 21, 2022, Mr. Wentworth Charles, South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) Chairman, thanked the donor partners – Dr. Claude Denbow, Dr. Frank Denbow, and the Guyana-Jamaica Friendship Association for their commitment to support the facility.
The health centre is expected to benefit from funding support totalling $5.7 million over a five-year period. Mr. Charles said the donation was timely, “given the strain on our health system arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, and other health events that we continue to battle with globally”.
He noted that in the Government’s efforts to reform primary healthcare service delivery in Jamaica, there would be changes in infrastructure, human resources and a transition to a patient-centric, integrated model of care.
This, Mr. Charles added, will be implemented over the next eight to 10 years, in keeping with the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ 10-year strategic plan.
The Rollington Town health centre serves a population of approximately 15,500 Jamaicans in and around the immediate community and as far as Mountain View Avenue. The 43-year-old facility, which averages 1,292 patients monthly, offers curative, dental, general family planning, mental health, laboratory, nutrition, and maternal and child health services. Additional services include ECG tests.
The Adopt-a-Clinic Programme has enabled individuals and groups to contribute to the improvement of primary healthcare service delivery islandwide. Rollington Town Health Centre is the 13th such facility within the South East Regional Health Authority to benefit from the initiative.
Adoption Date: October 21, 2022
Funding: The donors have pledged the amount of $5.7 million over five years.
Health Centre: Port Royal Health Centre
Photo Caption: Dr. the Hon Christopher Tufton (right), Minister of Health and Wellness, shares a light moment with Mr Phillip Paulwell (left), Member of Parliament for Kingston East and Port Royal and Mr Gerard Fontaine (centre), President of Fraser Fontaine and Kong Insurance Brokers Ltd. (FFK) at the adoption ceremony for the Port Royal Health Centre on July 7, 2022.
The Port Royal Health Centre has been officially adopted by Fraser, Fontaine and Kong Insurance Brokers Ltd on Thursday, July 7, 2022. Speaking at the adoption ceremony, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health and Wellness, said that it is important for Jamaicans to know that there is a partnership in Public Health.
Minister Tufton expressed gratitude to the donors for their benevolence to the people of Port Royal through the adoption. He added that the decision, efforts, motivation and social conscience demonstrated by reaching out to the facility.
Fraser, Fontaine and Kong Insurance Brokers Ltd pledged the amount of $3 million over three years to enhance the environment for the healthcare worker and the client that will improve service delivery at the primary care level.
The Port Royal Health Centre is the 38th Centre to benefit from the Adopt-a-Clinic Programme which has garnered almost $170 million in commitments, to date.
The Port Royal Health Centre, which is located in one of Jamaica’s most historic towns, serves a population of 3,327, providing services such as: maternal and child health to include; antenatal, postnatal, nutrition, child health, immunization, monitoring and support, health promotion/education and community participation, Curative service to include, general medicine.
These services are provided twice monthly to patients in the Port Royal community, however service are also access by patients from the Port Royal at the Bull Bay and Harbour view health centres.
Adoption Date: July 7, 2022
Funding: The Company has pledged the amount of $3 million over three years.
Health Centre: Seaforth Health Centre
Photo Caption: Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health and Wellness, (second right) and Mr. Norman McDonald (second left), Chairman and CEO of Canco Ltd unveil a plaque marking the adoption of the Seaforth Health Centre by the Seprod Foundation and Canco Ltd, which operates under the Linstead Market brand. Sharing the moment from left are Mr. James Robertson, Member of Parliament for St. Thomas Western, and Ms. Lisa D'Oyen, Executive Director of the Seprod Foundation.
Overview: The Seaforth Health Centre in St. Thomas is a type 3 facility and has been officially adopted by the Seprod Foundation and Canco Limited under the Ministry of Health & Wellness Adopt-A-Clinic Programme.
Speaking at the ceremony, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health and Wellness, thanked both entities for their combined commitment to the facility of $6 million for three three years that will assist with the purchase of much needed equipment and for repairs of infrastructure.
Miss Lisa D’Oyen, Executive Director, Seprod Foundation, commended the Ministry, the Health for Life and Wellness Foundation and the Adopt-a-Clinic Programme for successfully engaging the private sector to improve the provision and access to primary healthcare.
Meanwhile, Mr. Norman McDonald, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canco Ltd, expressed that he was pleased to be apart of Adopt-A-Clinic programme and for contributing positively to the Seaforth Health Centre.
Canco Ltd. operates under the label of Linstead Market.
A Redevelopment Plan was crafted and recently updated in response to the exponential growth of the community and this is expected to facilitate expansion of health services to satisfy the changing needs of the community.
Adoption Date: June 17, 2021
Funding: The Companies have committed a total of 6 million for three years.
Health Centre: Gordon Town Health Centre
Photo Caption: From left: Dr. Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health and Wellness Rev Paul Peart, senior pastor of New Testament Temple Church of God; Rev Gladstone Johnson,
administrative pastor at New Testament Temple Church of God; and Juliet Holness, Member of Parliament for St Andrew East Rural at the Adopt-A-Clinic ceremony for Gordon Town Health
Centre at Jamaica House.
Overview: The Gordon Town Health Centre has been officially adopted by the New Testament Temple Church of God (NTTCOG), and the Good Neighbours Community Outreach Agency (GNCOA) in collaboration with the Global Jamaica Diaspora Council, Northeast Division, have committed a total of $1 million annually. Over the four-year period, the funds will be used to purchase clinical and office equipment and facilitate minor infrastructure upgrades and maintenance of the facility.
During his speech at the function on Friday, August 13, 2021, Dr.Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health & Wellness, thanked the donors for adopting the Gordon Town Health Centre that is in desperate need of repairs.
The health ministry launched the Adopt-a-Clinic Programme in November 2017. It is designed to target 100 health centres across the island for support from local and international individuals, groups, and corporate entities.
The Gordon Town Health Centre, which is a type three facility, sees approximately 1,750 people monthly. It is the 35th health facility to benefit from the programme.
Adoption Date: August 13, 2021
Funding: The Companies have committed a total of 1 million.
Health Centre: St. Jago Park Health Centre
Photo Caption: Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton (left), Health Minister, delivered a speech during a panel discussion under the theme "Supporting Community Health Care". The other members of the panel are (L-R) Mr. Courtney Campbell, President and CEO, VMBS; Dr. Winston De La Haye, Chief Medical Officer, Ministry of Health and Ms. Krystal Tomlinson, Host
Overview: The Ministry of Health launched the Adopt a Clinic Programme at the St. Jago Health Centre in St. Catherine. The centre is adopted by the Victoria Mutual Building Society. The programme is designed to encourage Jamaicans, the Jamaican Diaspora and other friends of Jamaica to "adopt" a clinic in communities with which they are familiar or elsewhere in Jamaica, at their own option. Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health & Wellness, commended the company for coming on board to improve primary health care. The funds will be used to purchase equipment and to undertake minor infrastructure upgrades.
Adoption Date: November 7, 2017
Funding: The Company has committed 3 million.
Health Centre: The Seaview Gardens Health Centre
Photo Caption: Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health & Wellness, unveils plaque in grateful recognition to the Massy Jamaica for adopting the Seaview Gardens Health Centre in Kingston. Looking on are from (left to right): Mr. Peter Graham, Country Manager, Massy Jamaica and Mr. Anthony Hylton, Member of Parliament, St. Andrew Western
Overview: The Seaview Garden Health Centre is adopted by Massy Jamaica Limited as part of the Ministry of Health's Adopt-A-Clinic programme. In addition to the residents of Seaview Gardens, the centre also serves people from White Lane, Henley Road and Spanish Town Road. Twenty Thousand patients are seen annually. The funds will be used to purchase clinical and other equipment, and to undertake minor infrastructure upgrades, to include painting, fencing and improved lighting at the facility.
Services Offered: Maternal and child health services, curative services, dental services, visiting mental health services (once monthly), visiting phlebotomy services (twice monthly), visiting screening for heart pathology (once per month), pickup and drop-off pharmacy services (three times weekly).
Adoption Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Funding: The donor committed $3 million for three years.
Health Centre: Slipe Pen Road Health Centre
Photo Caption: Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, (second right), Health & Wellness Minister participated in the handing over of the four blood press machines and 3 digital scales that were handed over by Mr. Jerome Miles (right), General Manager, Rainforest
Seafoods during official adoption ceremony. Mr. Roger Lynn (left) Director of Marketing & Corporate Affairs at Rainforest Seafoods; Mr. Wenworth Charles (second left), Board Chairman, SERHA shared in the moment.
Overview: Slipe Pen Road Comprehensive Health Centre is officially adopted by corporate entity, Rainforest Seafoods. During the symbolic adoption ceremony, Mr. Jerome Miles, General Manager, Rainforest Seafoods handed over 4 blood pressure machines and 3 digital scales for the Maternal Ward at the centre. The items which are valued at over $530,000, will significantly enhance the institution’s ability to effectively manage the patients. Mr. Wentworth Charles, Board Chairman, SERHA thanked the company for the generous donations made to the largest Type 5 health facility in the Kingston and St. Andrew Metropolitan Area.
Funds provided will be used to purchase clinical and other equipment, and to undertake minor infrastructure upgrades, to include repainting, space expansion, facility enhancements. Rainforest Seafoods has spent more than $1.8 million to do roof repairs on the Maternal & Child Health Waiting Area.
It is also one of eight health centres that offer extended opening hours from Mondays to Fridays starting at 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. It is one of the main facilities that offer services to HIV/STI patients. In addition to the residents of Arnett Gardens, the Centre also serves people from Downtown Kingston, Arnold Road, Fletchers Land, Allman Town and other communities.
Services Offered: Pharmacy, dental, mental health, child guidance/counselling, curative and emergency services, specialised health care for HIV/STI clients, laboratory services, maternal and child health, yellow fever vaccine, nutrition clinic and health education for chronic illness clinic.
Adoption Date: Thursday, July 4, 2019
Funding: The company has committed $6 million towards supporting the clinic over the next three years.
Health Centre: Olympic Gardens Health Centre
Photo Caption: Ms. Ann-Murray,
Adopter shares photo with Ms. Maureen Golding, Regional Director, SERHA during the official adoption ceremony.
Overview: The Olympic Gardens Health Centre has been officially adopted by Ms. Ann-Murray Brown under the Ministry of Health & Wellness’s Adopt-A-Clinic programme. Ms. Brown is also a member of the Diaspora residing in Holland. Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health & Wellness, said in his remarks that this is the first individual adoption and it is highly commendable. Speaking during the ceremony, Ms. Brown said that adopting the facility is part of her responsibility, for reasons which include her growing up in the community and learning from her mother’s gracious giving to others. Ms. Brown encouraged others to adopt a clinic and to get involve in volunteerism. Ms. Maureen Golding, Regional Director, SERHA thanked the adopter for her commitment to Olympic Gardens and look forward to continued partnership.
Adoption Date: Monday, August 12, 2019
Funding: Ms. Ann-Murray, Adopter shares photo with Ms. Maureen Golding, Regional Director, SERHA during the official adoption ceremony.
Health Centre: Glen Vincent Health Centre
Overview: Seaford Pharmaceuticals Company based in Canada has officially adopted the Glen Vincent Health Centre's Pediatric Unit under the Ministry of Health and Wellness & Adopt-A-Clinic Programme. Founder and CEO, Mr. Ron Seales, Seaford Pharmaceuticals Inc, Canada said that both he and his son Mr. Andrew Seales are thrilled to be contributing positively to community based primary health care that serves a large population of Jamaica. In his address at the ceremony, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health & Wellness emphasized the significance of public-private partnership to health and wellness at the community and national levels. He added that staff and patients will feel more secured in a comfortable enhanced facility. The funds will be used for the renovation of the facility, minor Infrastructure upgrades/maintenance and purchase of much needed equipment.
Services Offered: The Glen Vincent Health Centre is the only pediatric Health Centre of its kind in the English Speaking Caribbean that offer services including maternal and child health, curative, family planning and Pap smear. It also offers extended opening hours until 8:00 p.m.
Adoption Date: December 11, 2019
Funding: Seaford Pharmaceuticals has committed $3 million to the centre as part of a three-year partnership agreement.
Health Centre: Brown’s Hall Health Centre
Photo Caption: Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton (centre), health minister and wellness and member of parliament for St Catherine West
Central, is flanked by Mr. Garwin
White (left), Director, Omni Industries Limited and Mr. Sylvester Tulloch, Managing Director, Kemtek Development & Construction Limited (yesterday), December 1, 2020 as they show off citations presented to them for their companies’ contribution in
building the Brown’s Hall Health Centre in St Catherine
Overview: The Brown’s Hall Health Centre is the 10th facility within SERHA to benefit under the Ministry of Health and Wellness' Adopt-A-Clinic programme. Kemtek Development and Constructions Limited and Omni Industries have adopted the Centre. In his remarks at the official adoption ceremony, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health & Wellness, said that as a result of their donation over 20,000 residents will have access to primary health care in their community. He added that this is another example of why partnerships are important and how partnerships work to benefit the people.
Services Offered: The Type I clinic offers maternal and child health, dressing, Immunization, family planning, curative, doctor’s clinic (once a month by visiting a doctor) and Pap smear.
Adoption Date: December 1, 2020
Funding: The donors committed $3 million over the next three years.
Health Centre: Duhaney Park Health Centre
Photo Caption: Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton (second left), Minister of Health & Wellness, unveils plaque to symbolize the adoption of the Duhaney Park Health Centre.
Looking on from left are: Mr. Marcus Richards, Managing Director, H&L; Mr. Anthony Hylton, Member of Parliament, St. Andrew Western and Mrs. Winnifred Sterling-McKenzie, Public Health Nurse, Duhaney Park Health Centre.
Overview: The Duhaney Park Health Centre in Kingston & St. Andrew has become a part of the facilities that have benefited under the Government's Adopt-A-Clinic Initiative. Corporate entity, Hardware & Lumber (H&L) officially adopted the clinic during a ceremony on the grounds of the facility. The company has committed funds to improve the facility, which aims to mobilize Jamaicans at home and abroad to assist community health centers. The Centre sees an average of 3,000 patients per month and serves a population of approximately 60,000.The facility serves the communities of Duhaney Park, New Haven, Cooreville, Pembroke Hall, Patrick City, Washington Gardens, Meadowbrook Estates, Riverton Meadows, among others.
Hardware and Lumber has also adopted two other health centres – Lincoln Health Centre in Manchester and Waterford Health Centre in St. Catherine. Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health &; Wellness said the money will help purchase much needed clinical and office equipment, as well as fund maintenance.
H&L also donated face shields to the staff. The Board and Management of SERHA expressed gratitude to the donors for the wonderful gesture that will benefit the patients and the staff at the clinic.
Services Offered: It is a Type 3 facility that offers curative services, including maternal, child health, mental health and dental care.
Adoption Date: February 25, 2021
Funding: The Company has committed $1 million per centre annually for for three years.