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PAHO/WHO and European Union are supporting Belize in maternal-child health and malaria and dengue control

EU Ambassador Paola Amadei will visit key health projects next week

Belize City, Belize, 10 February 2014(PAHO/WHO)-- The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization(PAHO/WHO), the European Union (EU) and the Ministry of Health are working together to strengthen prevention and control of vector diseases in Belize and to improve the quality of and access to health services for mothers and children.

Under special cooperation agreements signed in 2013, PAHO/WHO, the EU and the Ministry of Health have been collaborating to:


  • Strengthen prevention and control of dengue and malaria, under a 20-month project supported with €865,800.00. The project seeks to prevent and control vector borne diseases, thereby contributing to a healthier and productive population. It focuses on interventions designed to build the capacity of the vector control units and to strengthen participation at the community level using a Communication for Behavioral Impact (COMBI) strategy for an integrated vector management.
  • Strengthen critical maternal and neonatal services, as part of a 30-month project supported with €2,138,769.66. The project seeks to improve the quality of and access to health services and infrastructure for mothers and children under 5, with emphasis on preventing maternal and neonatal mortality. This project also aims to address current gaps in maternal and neonatal services in order to build a comprehensive health services delivery network that provides care throughout the continuum of maternal, perinatal and neonatal health processes.


European Union Ambassador Paola Amadei will be in Belize on 13 February 2014 to meet with public health officials and healthcare providers and will visit Northern Regional Hospital, the National Laboratory Facilities, and the Vector Control Unit in the Orange Walk district.

PAHO was founded in 1902 and is the oldest international public health organization in the world. It works with all of the countries in the continent to improve health and quality of life for the people of the region. It acts as the Regional Office for the Americas of the WHO and is also the specialized health agency for the inter-American health system. The PAHO/WHO Country Office in Belize was established in the 1950s.






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Incident Command System

For the past month the Country office of PAHO has been strengthening the capacity and skills of the health care providers to be prepared to response to health emergencies that may arise at any time.

Between the 8th -10th Oct 2013 PAHO have gathered various agencies, organizations and authorities who are on the decision making level when the country is faced with a crisis or emergency participate in an Incident Command Training.

Emergency management and Incident Command System (ICS) concepts serve as the basis for the emergency response. But  however, unlike traditional descriptions of emergency management and ICS, which organize assets around a defined scene, the emergency response management has adapted the concepts to be more applicable to large-scale medical and public health response where there is no defined scene, or where multiple incident scenes may exist (e.g., infectious disease outbreak). Public health and medical professionals must understand the utility of emergency management and ICS concepts as they relate to public health and medical disciplines.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 October 2013 16:16

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