|Joint Press Release|
Strengthening Aid Effectiveness in Belize, using Health as a Tracer Sector
At the initiative of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) in Belize, the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in that country convened a seminar on “Strengthening Aid Effectiveness in Belize, using Health as a Tracer Sector”, on 17 May 2010. The seminar aimed to facilitate the strengthening of national aid coordination mechanisms, with the goal of improving the impact of development aid in Belize. In line with international proposals, and given the multiple sources of aid to the health sector, it was suggested that Health be used as a Tracer Sector for this effort, based on the principles and tools developed through the International Health Partnership.
Ms. Lorraine Thompson, INCAP Advisor in the PAHO/WHO Belize office, chaired the seminar and welcomed 55 participants, including representatives from the Ministries of Health, Education, Human Development and Social Transformation, and Foreign Affairs; UN agencies; non-governmental agencies; community-based organizations; the diplomatic corps; and donor agencies. Dr. D. Beverley Barnett, PAHO/WHO Representative in Belize, Dr. Peter Allen, CEO Ministry of Health, and Ms. Kristine Blokhus, Assistant Resident Representative, UNDP, made welcoming and opening remarks.
Subsequent presentations by Ms. Marilyn Entwistle, PAHO/WHO Belize Health Systems and Services Advisor; Mr. Gert Danielsen, UNDP Aid Effectiveness and South-South Cooperation Specialist, and panel presentations by Dr. Peter Allen; Ms. Judith Alpuche, CEO, Ministry of Human Development and Social Transformation; and Mr. Percy Lewis, Foreign Services Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, highlighted major concerns and needs. The participants agreed on the following recommendations for action:
The UNCT will continue to collaborate with national counterparts and partners in support of improvements in aid effectiveness in Belize; PAHO/WHO will collaborate with the lead coordination and oversight ministry and the Ministry of Health to support and monitor relevant efforts in Health.
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