Improving treatment for diabetes and other chronic conditions in Belize is a priority because according to the 2009 Survey of Diabetes, Hypertension and Chronic Disease Risk Factors , some 13.1% of persons 20 years and older suffer from Diabetes in the country. Attention to quality of care, focusing on good blood sugar control, blood pressure control, foot care and eye care can help to reduce complications of diabetes and thus reduce medical costs.
Utilizing an assessment of chronic illness care tool, participants analyzed how diabetes is managed in their facilities and identified areas for improvement. Workshop participants are expected to return in two to three months to discuss how these areas of care have been improved in their facilities.
A special ceremony was held as a part of the two days proceedings to induct a National Commission on Noncommunicable Diseases. Honorable Pablo Marin, Minister of Health and Dr. D. Beverley Barnett, PAHO/WHO Representative presided over the induction ceremony.
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.