Belize City, 9 November 2010 – The Pan American Health Organization/ World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) in Belize, along with other entities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), participated in a Drug Awareness Fair organized by the Ladyville Technical High School. Hundreds of students, lecturers, and staff, gathered at the high school campus, Ladyville, to learn about the dangers of the use of tobacco and other drugs.
In her presentation, Ms. Lorraine Thompson, PAHO/INCAP Technical Advisor, discussed the dangers of tobacco use and its contribution to the burden of chronic diseases in the country. She spoke about the prevalence of smoking among youths in Belize, and discussed strategies being implemented in the country to reduce the use of tobacco.
A display was also mounted by PAHO/WHO on tobacco control materials and other materials on the prevention and control of chronic non-communicable diseases, and the promotion of healthy lifestyles.
Though its main partner is the Ministry of Health, PAHO/WHO is committed to partnering with other public sector agencies, NGOs, civil society, academia, the private sector, and other institutions in promoting health and preventing and controlling disease.
The Pan American Health Organization, which is the Regional Office in the Americas of the World Health Organization, was founded in 1902, and works with all the countries of the Americas to improve the health and quality of life of their peoples. The PAHO/WHO Country Office in Belize was established in the 1950s.