Endo March 2015
published: The Jamaica Gleaner - April 6th, 2015
On Saturday March 28, Jamaica participated in the global campaign Endo March, which saw participants in over 60 countries join together in country capitals and march to bring the awareness to Endometriosis.
Being one of the top 5 participating countries in its inaugural staging last year, the organizers were motivated to keep Jamaica on top in bringing awareness to this disease. Based on the turnout and support they have declared it a success once again.
Hundreds of participants, decked in yellow attire, gathered at Devon House on Saturday morning. Led by a marching band and a Zoukie truck, "endosisters" and supporters which included men and children, walked the streets in support of women and girls who have endometriosis.
The event has been endorsed by the Ministry of Health and is supported by the European Union Delegation. Endo March Ambassadors include (past and present) the Honorable Molly Rhone, Krystal Tomlinson, Terri-Karelle Reid, David Henriques, Mario Evon, Gina Hargitay, and Juliet Cuthbert Flynn.
Route: Waterloo Road, West Kings House Road, Constant Spring Road, South Avenue, Waterloo Road, enter Devon House via Kingsway.
Those present included Custos of Kingston Honorable Steadman Fuller, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith and Charge d'Affairs of the EU Delegation Jesus Orus Baguena. Some sponsors were Kingston Bookshop, Television Jamaica, Ocean Spray, Nationwide News Network, Lifespan and Guardian Life Limited.
When participants returned, a rally was held at the east lawns of Devon House where various speakers presented on the need for the public to be more aware of Endometriosis, in particular schools, employers and the government.
In addition to the general goal of bringing awareness, Endo March aims to introduce prescreening in schools for teenage girls and to get Endometriosis listed as a chronic disease with the National Health Fund.
The Jamaica leg of Endo March was coordinated through the Shauna Fuller Clarke's B.A.S.E. foundation, which was set up specifically to provide information and support to women who suffer from this disease. The foundation’s aim is also to raise awareness amongst the general public. Endo March was the last event for Endometriosis Awareness Month, which was declared by the Governor General of Jamaica in 2014.