Mico University and the CHASE Fund Break Ground for Construction of a new Entrance

20 Feb, 2018

The Mico University College, the oldest teacher training institution in the Western Hemisphere will have a new entrance by April this year. Ground was broken last week for the construction of the new entrance to the institution funded by the CHASE Fund.  The Mico University College is a heritage site with the main iconic Buxton Building recognized as a National Landmark of fine Georgian colonial architecture.

One of the benefits of the redesigned entrance will be a reduction of traffic congestion along the Marescaux Road corridor and is expected to reduce major disruptions to the flow of traffic especially during peak hours.

CHASE’s contribution of $12 million to the development of the new entrance supports the preservation of the character of the original building which was built in the 1890s and is protected by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust.  The initiative falls under the Fund’s Arts and Culture mandate.

Participating in the recent ground-breaking are (l-r) Professor Neville Ying, Chairman of Mico Unversity College; Paulette Mitchell, CHASE Fund Project Manager; Dr. Ashburn Pinnock, President of the University; Sylvester Tulluch, Mico Foundation Chairman; and Laban Roomes, Secretary of the Mico Foundation.


CHASE Fund Continues Support for Reggae Month

01 Feb, 2018

The CHASE Fund is committing $3 million to support the mounting of the 10th renewal of “Reggae Month” this month.  Contribution to Reggae Month falls under the Fund’s Arts and Culture portfolio.

Chief Executive Officer of the CHASE Fund, W. Billy Heaven, said that JaRIA continues to provide a stage not just for quality entertainment but also the opportunity to learn more about reggae music and the industry.   “I thank JaRIA for encouraging serious dialogue on maximizing the potential of the industry at its Music Symposium, but most importantly I thank them for broadening the participation of Jamaicans by continuing to make many of these activities free to the public,” he said.

The Reggae Month enterprise has been strengthened with the assistance of funding from the CHASE Fund in the sum of approximately $30 million over nine years with special consideration given to the Reggae Industry Honour Awards.

Heart Foundation’s screening goes mobile with help from the CHASE Fund

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05 May, 2017


The Heart Foundation of Jamaica’s (HFJ) life-saving screening services have received another boost from the CHASE Fund which has facilitated the purchase of a mobile echocardiogram at a cost of J$6.4 million.  The machine was officially handed over yesterday by the Chief Executive Officer of the CHASE Fund, Mr. W. Billy Heaven at the CHASE Fund’s Belmont Road address.

Mr. Heaven noted that CHASE’s focus on primary health care in Jamaica is deliberate and in keeping with the national direction and policy.  “After 15 years of intervention in the public healthcare system, the Fund is now looking at ways that we can have a larger and more lasting impact on the sector particularly as it relates to the provision of cutting edge diagnostic and rehabilitative equipment like the echocardiogram which was presented to the HFJ today”, he said.

Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in Jamaica, incapacitating thousands of people – some of them for life – and hampering national productivity. An echocardiogram is a modern technique that allows physicians to evaluate the heart without inserting tubes or wires. The images produced allows the physician to identify various abnormalities in the heart.

The Heart Foundation currently screens over 250 persons per month at their head office. The mobile echocardiogram will enable the Foundation to screen an additional 150 persons per month at their head office and an additional 50 at satellite locations including health fairs.

Executive Director of the HFJ, Mrs. Deborah Chen in accepting the machine said “the Heart Foundation of Jamaica is very happy and appreciative of the donation of this echocardiogram machine.  Presently we have only one machine which limits the number of echo’s that can be done daily.”  She further stated that the additional machine will allow the HFJ to offer this service island wide. “We are particularly pleased that we will be able to offer this service to patients in hospitals where it may not available,” she said.

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in Jamaica. The Jamaica Health and Lifestyle survey found that 25% of Jamaicans had high blood pressure, 35% had pre hypertension, 12% had high cholesterol while 8% had diabetes. Over 50% of the population is overweight or obese.

“We applaud the Minister of Health for the formation of the Food Industry Task Force in an effort to address the obesity epidemic. If no action is taken there will be an additional 20,000 obese persons each year,” Mrs Chen noted.   She also noted that the HFJ also supports the Jamaica Moves initiative which aims to encourage Jamaicans to increase their level of physical activity.

The HFJ conducts screening island wide and when persons are found to be at risk they are referred for further testing. This may include an echocardiogram. The HFJ also conducts islandwide screening for sudden cardiac arrest, a test which is particularly important for those involved in any athletic activity such as football, track or swimming. After the initial screening some persons may be referred for further testing and again this would involve an echocardiogram.


12 Dec, 2016

tamarlambert_cwa2016Former cricketer Tamar Lambert was named the 2016 recipient of the Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence at an award ceremony on December 7th at the Terra Nova Hotel.  The Courtney Walsh Award Selection Committee chose Lambert from a short list which included female cricketer, Stefanie Taylor and retired football goalkeeper, Warren Barrett.

Lambert represented Jamaica at every level of the game from the time he started playing at Spanish Town Primary School, and to this day remains Jamaica’s most successful cricket captain ever.

He expanded his prowess as a leader from primary level to Jonathan Grant High School, which is situated in the heart of his birthplace, Spanish Town, where he marshalled their troops through one of their most glittering periods on the vast cricketing landscape.

With Lambert at the helm, Jonathan Grant High won the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Under-14 and Under-16 titles corporate area titles.

Under his stewardship, the school also came very close to winning the premier corporate area title, the Sunlight Cup. However, they lost in the final not once, not twice, but on three occasions. Their nemesis on each occasion, Kingston College. An all-rounder who bats right-hander and bowls right-arm off-spin, Lambert’s greatest successes though were yet to come, as it is while leading the Jamaica senior cricket team that he made his biggest mark.

From 2008-2012, he led Jamaica to an unprecedented five consecutive triumphs in the regional four-day championship. To top it off, the last victory represented a marvelous milestone for Jamaica not only from the historical standpoint, but also that it occurred in the year the country celebrated its 50th anniversary.

All told, Lambert captained Jamaica to six four-day regional championships.

The first one under his direction came in 2005, exactly one year after he was promoted as captain, at age 23, of the senior cricket team. Lambert also led Jamaica to two regional Super50 titles, in 2007 and 2011, plus two play-off shields.

In a newspaper interview published after Jamaica had secured its fifth consecutive title, the soft-spoken Lambert aptly summed up his leadership qualities. “I have been captain all my life, so whatever team I play on, I normally captain it,” he said. “People just see the natural leadership skills in me and I am a student of the game, so they always think that I am the best person to lead.”


Camp Savannah Basic School

12 Aug, 2016

In stark contrast to its condition a few years ago, the Camp Savannah Basic School now boasts a new nine-classroom building with modern fixtures, furniture, and other amenities for the convenience for its more than 200 students and seven teachers. The plight of the School, located in Camp Savannah, Westmoreland – a community which, for many years, was plagued by gang violence – was first brought to the CHASE Fund’s attention by the Jamaica Constabulary Force Community Safety and Security Branch. The institution was initially housed in a large wooden building that was constructed by a team of foreign volunteers after the Wesleyan Holiness Church which it occupied previously was destroyed by Hurricane Gilbert in 1988. The building, which was separated into four classrooms by chalkboard partitions, had fallen into disrepair. The school was over-crowded; students and teachers shared bathroom facilities; and lunch was provided from the home of a community member, as the kitchen had been converted into classroom space. With the CHASE intervention, the institution is now ECC compliant.

1907 Earthquake Monument

11 Aug, 2016

CHASE awarded $6,000,000 in support of a $25M, multi-agency project to restore the once forgotten monument and to improve the immediate environs to make the site into a secure and accessible attraction and mark of a major historical event. Through the efforts of the Tourism Enhancement Fund, the Tourism Product Development Company, the Jamaica Social Investment Fund, the Social Development Commission, the Jamaica National Heritage Trust and others the restoration works were substantially completed and an official unveiling ceremony held in January 2016.

Addressing the possibility of an outbreak of the Zika virus in Jamaica


To adequately address the possibility of an outbreak of the Zika virus in Jamaica, CHASE approved financial support for the Ministry of Health’s Vector Control Management Programme. Funding was used to strengthen the laboratory at the UWI Department of Microbiology with the purchase of equipment and chemicals for Zika testing; training of vector control workers; and the purchase of five vehicles for use in the field.

Mandeville Regional Hospital – X-Ray Unit


The Mandeville Regional Hospital (MRH) is the main referral hospital for the Southern Regional Health Authority and thus the majority of high-risk and critical patients are seen at this facility. The Radiology Department sees approximately 40,000 in and out patients per year and this high patient load can result in frequent downtimes of a unit. An additional X-Ray unit was acquired by CHASE to provide continuous services to approximately 200 patients daily.

Reggae Month 2016 Gets a Boost from CHASE


Reggae Month 2016 “Reggae Mekya” marked the 8th staging of Reggae Month by the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA). The month-long celebration of Reggae music is geared towards highlighting the impact of the genre on the country’s social, cultural and economic development while sharpening the focus and drawing the attention of the world to this powerful Jamaican asset. CHASE approved support of $4M for the Reggae Honour Awards and the Music Symposium which were two of the signature events on the Reggae Month 2016 calendar.

CHASE Supports Development of St. William Grant Park


The KSAC is pursuing the redevelopment of the St. William Grant Park (SWGP) and plans the establishment of a children’s park within an underdeveloped section of approximately 60,000 square feet. The proposed park is themed “A Celebration of Our Children” and will comprise five designated areas. CHASE Fund approved financial support for the development of two areas namely the Sea Shell Amphitheatre and Journey to Africa.
CHASE is also supporting the installation of play equipment in support of the creation of a kiddie’s park called ‘Mother Hen Corner’.
The project forms part of the push by the KSAC to change the image and brand of Downtown Kingston while incorporating more family spaces.