Jamaica Ministry of Health

Jamaica Ministry of Health
The Violence Prevention Alliance – Jamaica Chapter
2-4 Kingst Street
Kingston W.I.

The Violence Prevention Alliance – Jamaica Chapter was launched in 2004, in response to the Global Campaign on violence prevention catalysed by the World Health Organization. Under the umbrella of The Ministry of Health, the Violence Prevention Alliance shares a public health approach that targets the root causes of violence, and recognizes the need for improved services to mitigate the harmful effects of violence.

It is a network of government, non-governmental and community-based organizations, private, international and inter-governmental agencies working together to prevent violence. It facilitates the establishment of shared vision, mutually supportive strategies across agencies, while providing a unified voice to influence local, national and international policy changes. The VPA is guided by the evidence-based principles and offers opportunities to share data, knowledge, best practises, experiences and technical assistance for violence prevention activities.

VPA focal person

Elizabeth Mary Ward, BSc, MBBS, MSc, Dip. Gum, Dip H. Econ
Director, Disease Prevention and Control
Division of Health Promotion and Protection
Ministry of Health
Tel: +1 876 924 9668
E-mail: warde@moh.gov.jm


  • Acting Director, Disease Prevention and Control, MOH
  • Medical Epidemiologist in the Division of Heath Promotion and Protection
  • Locum Registrar, Mortimer Market STD Clinic, London
  • HIV/STD Surveillance Officer, MOH
  • HIV/STD Surveillance Officer CSA, PAHO, Jamaica
  • Medical Officer, Epidemiology Unit, MOH
  • Short-term Consultant, Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute
  • Medical Coordinator, Phase 1 HIV/STD Clinic Study, NIH/PAHO
  • Member of Health Team Lead Survey, St. Catherine
  • Field Coordinator for the CDD Oral Re-hydration Program in Jamaica
  • Regional Nutritionist, Nutrition and Dietetic Division, MOH, Coordinator of "One to One" weight loss program
  • Field tested the WHO Publication guidelines for Nutrition training of Primary Care Workers
  • Short-term consultant for CFNI at a Diabetic workshop held in Belize.

Her interests include reading, nature and country exploration, family activities.