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Brief country profile on health management


Capital: Belmopan
Population: 307,000
Land Surface: 22,700 km2
Population Density: 12 persons/km2
Urban Population: 52.2%
Population Growth Rate: 2.0%
Currency: Belizean dollar


Risk Management – Belize

Belize, situated on the east coast of Central America, is affected by hurricanes, tidal waves, floods, landslides, fire disasters and wind damage.
Hurricanes have had the most devastating effect on Belize. Belizeans have experienced damage due to high winds and storm surges. Statistics gathered have shown that the coastal towns and areas of Belize are extremely exposed.


Health Profile - Belize

The Government has provided health services at practically no charge over the years, including the provision of pharmaceuticals. The Ministry of Health is responsible for the design of policies and arrangements between institutions and providers, including the utilization of public hospitals by physicians and dentists for private practice.

Intersectoral cooperation is recognized as a sound approach to health and development. Multisectoral bodies such as the National Commission for Families and Children, the National Women’s Commission, the Appraisal Environmental Committee, among others, exist, but their impact is compromised by a lack of effective mechanisms for intersectoral coordination and cooperation at the national level.

The Ministry of Health is responsible for making regulations on health related issues. The Chief Medical Officer (Director of Health Services) is responsible for executing ordinances and recommending necessary regulations to the Minister, and in cases such as control of communicable diseases has the authority to make regulations. 


Contact in PAHO and Health Institutions


Pan American Health Organization - Focal Point
Contact Name: Mr. Jose Perez
Position: Environmental Health Advisor
Address: PAHO/WHO 168 Newton Barracks, Belize City, Belize
Tel: (501) 224-4885 (W)
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Reference Documents

UNDP Human Development Report 2009
Health situation in the Americas- Basic Indicators 2009


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Coordination Mechanisms

Regional Office of the World Health Organization
525 Twenty-third Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037, United States of America
Tel: +1 (202) 974-3000  Fax: +1 (202) 974-3663