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Since the first alert of the new coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, and the declaration of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) by the World Health Organization, PAHO/WHO Belize has been collaborating with the Belize Ministry of Health (MOH) to strengthen preparedness activities in the country.

Read more: Belize Ministry of Health hosts a press conference with key stakeholders including PAHO/WHO to...

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Belize City, Belize, 16 September 2019 (PAHO/WHO) – During the 72nd World Health Assembly, 194 countries recognized patient safety as a global health priority, agreeing to observe September 17 as World Patient Safety Day each year.

Read more: First World Patient Safety Day (WPSD) to be observed globally on September 17

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The National Resource Center for Inclusive Education (NaRCIE) was the venue for a three-day Train-the Trainers workshop which ended today 4/7/19.  

Read more: PAHO-ASHA Workshop - Working with Children with Hearing Loss and Autism

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The 911 call came at 5:45 pm on Saturday 17th May 2019. The caller on the radio sounded frantic and desperate. Help, help us please, there has been a car accident! There are people on the ground, and I can see someone trapped between the two vehicles.

Read more: PAHO and Ministry of Health conduct Mass Casualty Training

Dr. Carissa F. EtienneDr. Carissa F. Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and Regional Director for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO), is scheduled to visit Belize on February 18-22 to meet with Prime Minister of Belize Dean Barrow, Minister of Health Pablo Marin, and other high-level officials.

Read more: PAHO Director to make official visit to Belize

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The Ministry of Health, in partnership with PAHO/WHO and the Mental Health Association of Belize joined the International Community in celebrating World Mental Health Day on October 10, 2018.

Read more: You Don't Belong In There!

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The Pan American Health Organization and the Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP), in collaboration with the Ministry observed World Hypertension Day on 17 May 2018.

Read more: Hypertension Risk - Watch your Salt!!

World TB Day celebrated on 24 March each year, is an opportunity to raise awareness about the burden of tuberculosis (TB) worldwide and the status of TB prevention and care efforts.

Read more: World Tuberculosis Day 2017

Zika Preparedness Meeting

Zika has been reported in Central America and this poses a serious threat for the introduction of the virus into Belize, considering that neighboring and adjacent countries have already reported cases of Zika.

Read more: Zika Preparedness in Belize

September 24, 2015 As part of the Caribbean Wellness Week Initiative, Belize commemorated Caribbean Wellness Day on September 24, 2015.  For the first time the event included participation of both the public and private sector where over 20 organizations participated.

Read more: Caribbean Wellness Day

A National Cancer Stakeholders Consultation, convened by the Ministry of Health in conjunction with the Pan American Health Organization Office, Belize, takes place on July 1 and 2, 2014, at the Radisson Fort George Hotel, Belize City.

The objectives of the meeting were to define a national policy direction for the Ministry of Health in regards to the Comprehensive Cancer Plan and to come to a consensus as to the policy and service priorities to address cancer. Intrinsic considerations to the discussion were the sustainability of services, human resource capacity limitations, increasing demand of services and limited response within the country.  A secondary objective was to discuss the feasibility of forming a National Coordinating Committee to assist the Ministry of Health in moving forward with the implementation of the Plan.

Participants from around the country were present and represented the Belize Cancer Society, the Ministry of Health, two NGOs, the Dangriga Cancer Center, the Palliative Care Foundation, the BlissfulSage Foundation, and Helpage.

 

Read more: National Cancer Stakeholders Consultation

Belize City, 2nd July 2014. On 25th June, a group of representatives from the Ministry of Health, Social Security Board and Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital and INCAP met at the Biltmore Hotel to discuss the document that is proposing four key strategies for the implementation of Universal Health Coverage in the Americas.

Read more: National Consultation - Universal Heath Coverage

Belize City, Belize. On 25-27 June, 2013, the Pan American Health Organization organized a Sub-Regional Meeting on National Alcohol Policy Development with the attendance of thirty three participants representing the Ministries of Health and NGOs (nongovernmental organizations) from English-speaking Caribbean Countries.

The harmful use of alcohol results in 2.5 million deaths each year. Alcohol is the world’s third largest risk factor for burden of disease for Non Communicable Diseases; it is the leading risk factor the Americas and in the Western Pacific Region and the second largest in Europe. Each year approximately 320 000 young people between the age of 15 and 29 die from alcohol-related causes, contributing to 9% of all deaths in that age group.

Read more: The Pan American Health Organization Spearheads Thrust to Develop Policy to Reduce the Harmful Use...

Dr. Carissa F. Etienne is in Belize for the regional launch of the 11th annual Vaccination Week in the Americas. The launch will be held in the Adjacency Zone between Belize and Guatemala.

Read more: Dr. Etienne is in Belize for the regional launch of the 11th annual Vaccination Week

  

 

WHAT:             The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHOWHO) announces the regional Launch of Vaccination Week in the Americas, in the Adjacency Zone between Benque Viejo, Belize, and Melchor de Mencos, Guatemala.  
 

WHEN:             Wednesday, April 24 2013, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  

WHERE:           Adjacency Zone between Benque Viejo, Belize and Melchor de Mencos, Guatemala, to the right of the OAS Peace Fund
 

WHO:               - The Honorable Pablo Marin, Minister of Health of Belize
- Dr. Jorge Alejandro Villavicencio Alvarez, Minister of Public Health and Social Assistance of Guatemala
- Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow, Special Envoy for Women & Children and Spouse of the Prime Minister of Belize
- Dr. Carissa Etienne, Director of PAHO/WHO 

 

Master of Ceremony, Ernesto Vasquez, businessman and media personality

 

HOW:               In person 

 

CONTEXT:         The eleventh celebration of Vaccination Week in the Americas will be held from 20-27 April 2013.  Vaccination Week is an extraordinary effort led by the countries and territories of the Region to advance equity and access to vaccination.  Vaccination Week in the Americas activities strengthen the national immunization programs in the Americas by reaching out to populations with little access to regular health services, such as those population living in urban fringes, rural and border areas and in indigenous communities.  Since it began 11 years ago, Vaccination Week has reached more than 410 million people of all ages in this continent. 
 

Read more: PAHO/WHO launches Vaccination Week in the Americas in Adjacency Zone between Benque Viejo and...

VWA is an extraordinary effort led by the countries and territories of the Region to advance equity and access to vaccination. VWA activities strengthen the national immunization programs in the Americas by reaching out to populations with little access to regular health services, such as those populations living in urban fringes, rural and border areas and in indigenous communities. Since its inception in 2003, more than 410 million individuals of all ages have been vaccinated during campaigns conducted under the framework of VWA.

 

World Cancer Day will soon be celebrated the 4th of February 2013. Under this year’s theme “Cancer-Did you know?”, World Cancer Day focuses on four key myths around cancer, and offers an opportunity to raise our collective voices in the name of improving knowledge and providing the facts to dismiss misconceptions about the disease.

Cancer is not just a disease of the wealthy, elderly and developed countries. It has become a global epidemic, affecting all ages and socioeconomic groups, with wide-reaching social, economic, development, and human rights implications. Nevertheless, with the right strategies, around 30% of the cancer cases can be prevented, and many more people with cancer can now be treated effectively and cured. World Cancer Day aims to promote a ‘whole-of-society’ approach that includes governments, academia, non-governmental organizations, private sector, people living with and affected by cancer, and others, to support cancer prevention and control efforts.

 

Read more: WORLD CANCER DAY

Geneva, 22 January 2013 – Dr. Carissa Etienne was today named Regional Director for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO) by the WHO Executive Board, which is holding its 132nd session this week in Geneva.

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“Strengthening the Emergency Operation Center of Health Institutions to Respond to Public Health Consequences/Emergencies During and After a Disaster”

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Belize City, October 16th, 2012- The Belize Red Cross held a three day workshop from October 16- 18th at the Biltmore Plaza in Belize City. The Belize Red Cross coordinated the workshop along with the Pan American Health Organization, the Canadian International Development Agency and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The purpose of the workshop is to strengthen existing knowledge on the management and operations of the Emergency Operation Center especially for the Ministry of Health, other health institutions and NGO’s, during and after a disaster or emergency.

Read more: EOC Training

“Depression: A Global Crisis”

Active ImageBelize City, October 2012 -  Belize’s celebration of the 20th Anniversary of World Mental Health Day took place at BTL Park, Belize City on Wednesday, 10 October starting at 10:30 a.m. with an official ceremony with a balloon liftoff and distribution of lunch and gifts. World Mental Health Day is celebrated around the world to raise public awareness about mental health issues. The day promotes open discussion of mental disorders, and investments in prevention, promotion and treatment services. This year the theme for the day is “Depression: A Global Crisis”.

Read more: World Mental Health Day Activities 2012

Belize City, 3 October 2012 –   PAHO/WHO Belize held a Country Consultation meeting on the 3rd of October from 8:30 am until 4pm, as the first activity in a series of planned activities aimed at creating a Regional Agenda for Hospitals in Integrated Health Service Delivery Networks (IHSDNs).  Participants included hospital managers and national directors of health services, managers from the private clinics as well as representation from University of Belize.  The main objective of the meeting was to document the views and recommendations and identify key thematic areas for the development of a Regional Agenda for Hospitals in IHSDNs.

The day’s proceedings officially commenced with Dr. Gustavo Vargas, the Health Systems and Services Advisor, PAHO/WHO and Dr. Gerardo de Cosio, PAHO/WHO Representative Belize to give the official welcome.

Read more: Country Consultation Meeting for the Development of a Regional Agenda for Hospitals in Integrated...

“The Health of our Youth is the Strength of our Nation” 

Belize City, 28 September 2012 –   Belize celebrated the 12th Belize National Secondary Schools Nutrition Quiz Competition for 2012 on the 28th of September at the Biltmore Plaza in Belize City.  The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports coordinated the competition with close collaboration from the Ministry of Health, United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and ADM Belize Mills Limited with all agencies contributing financially for the ongoing success of the competition.  The main purpose of the competition is to educate and create awareness about proper nutrition in both the teachers and students through a fun and motivational way, with the goal to achieve positive behavior changes in the practice of nutrition and lifestyle.  It is hoped that the competition will establish positive trends in Belizeans purchasing more local food products including whole grains and utilizing their by-products and where possible establish vegetable gardens to nutritionally enhance the diet.

Opening ceremonies as well as the competition took place with the theme of “the health of our youth is the strength of our nation.”  Opening remarks included Ms. Robin Daly, Nutritionist- MOH, Ms. Christine Norton, Country Representative UNICEF, Dr. Gerardo de Cosio, Country Representative PAHO/WHO, and Dr. Jorge Polanco Deputy Director of Health Services, MOH. The keynote address was given by the Honorable Patrick Faber, Minister of Education, Youth and Sports. The ceremony featured an item by the Belize Dance Company as well.  Closing remarks were given by Mrs. Davita Martinez, from the Ministry of Education.  All of the speakers mentioned that promoting healthy eating is essential in the development of the country and how the youth can be ambassadors of healthy eating. Honorable Patrick Faber also commented on how we must promote physical activity and regulate the selling of unhealthy snacks at school and change them for healthier choices.

Read more: The National Secondary Schools Nutrition Quiz Competition 2012

Health Professionals: Partners in establishing and promoting awareness, prevention and treatment of cancers”
May 31, 2012
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Gerardo de Cosio, MD, MPH
PAHO/WHO Representative to Belize

Good morning colleagues in health, ladies and gentlemen. It gives me pleasure to participate in this important Cancer Care Symposium as this is an important global public health problem and a priority for the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

World Health Organization (WHO) has published that “Cancer is to a large extent avoidable. Many cancers can be prevented. Others can be detected early in their development, treated and cured. Even with late stage cancer, the pain can be reduced, the progression of the cancer slowed, and patients and their families helped to cope.” But how to reach this level when we all know that cancer treatment and care is very expensive, when there is scarcity of human resources, or the cancer facilities, treatment and diagnosis technology are just simply not there or they are limited.

Read more: PWR Greetings for Cancer Care Symposium

17 May 2012, Belize City - A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed today in Belize City to expand and strengthen the flow of scientific health information through the Virtual Health library (VHL) in Belize.  This MOU was signed between and among the Belize Virtual Health Library Advisory Committee and its stakeholders namely, the University of Belize, Health Education and Community Participation Bureau (Ministry of Health), Belize Nurses Association, National AIDS Commission, Belize Archives and Records Service and the Leo Bradley Library.

With continuous support by the Pan American Health Organization, this initiative was established in 2003, and the Belize National Library Service and information System (BNLSIS) has taken the leading role in networking processes among institutions involved in disseminating scientific and technical health information.

Through a UNESCO funded project the BNLSIS acquired the relevant equipment to enable institutions to become contributing partners in the VHL. Local information will be organized, catalogued and made available on-line through the VHL in an effort to promote evidence based information for decision making.

The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization in Belize recently transferred its library collection to the BNLSIS as part of this collaboration and dissemination effort and Dr. Vargas on behalf of Dr. Gerardo De Cosio, has manifested PAHO’s willingness to continue supporting this and any other initiative that aims at improving access to reliable information among health workers and civil society. The University of Belize is also the Depository Library for WHO.           

“For you, for me, for everyone, get vaccinated”


Active ImageBelize City, 20 April 2012 – Promoted by PAHO/WHO, in collaboration with the Ministries of Health, including Belize, Vaccination Week in the Americas (VWA) has been celebrated in April since 2003 to raise awareness on how immunization saves lives and to keep the topic on the political agenda. This year the VWA marks two milestone events in public health: the 10th anniversary of Vaccination Week in the Americas (VWA) and the first ever World Immunization Week (WIW). With the theme “for you, for me, for everyone, get vaccinated” Belize, jointly with PAHO, is celebrating this week by administering multiple antigens in order to complete childhood vaccination schedules, placing emphasis on high-risk groups, defaulters and populations living in areas with low coverage. In 2004 Belize participated for the first time giving males between the ages of 5 and 35 years the Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine. A coverage of 96.9% was achieved with this initiative.

Read more: Vaccination Week in the Americas 2012 21-28 April

The call for nominations for the 2012 Pan American Health Organization/Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHO/PAHEF) Awards for Excellence in Inter American Public Health is now open. Information regarding the awards and the nomination process can be found on the PAHEF Web site at: http://www.pahef.org/awards. This is an excellent opportunity for researchers and public health professionals in Belize to receive recognition throughout the Region for their achievements in the field of health.

Applications are encouraged from individuals affiliated with universities, hospitals, medical associations, patient groups, research centers, Ministries of Health and Agriculture, and non-governmental organizations.

Nominations can be submitted electronically at the above web site link. The deadline to submit nominations is June 15, 2012 at 5 p.m. Washington, DC time. 

We hope you will take part in the awards program in 2012 by allowing PAHO and PAHEF to recognize the achievements in public health of the citizens of Belize.

To facilitate quick reference, please click the following link. Once you open an account, you can choose the award for which you would like to nominate: http://www.pahef.org/nomination/

From May 8 to 10, 2012 will take place in the City of Knowledge (Clayton, Panama) the Regional Fair Knowledge from the South: regional Exchange of solutions.

The Government of Panama will host this event that will be coordinated by the Regional Center for Latin America and the Caribbean of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), on behalf of the specialized agencies of the United Nations System, jointly with the Ministry of External Relations of Panama. The fair will also count with the support of the City of Knowledge Foundation.

Read more: Knowledge from the South

18 January, Belmopan - The University of Belize (UB) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization will be holding a training workshop on access to scientific health information (WHO/HINARI) from January 23rd - 26th, 2012.

The HINARI Programme which is set up by WHO together with major publishers, enables developing countries to gain online access to one of the world's largest collections of biomedical and health literature. More than 8,000 information resources (in 30 different languages) are now available to health institutions in 105 countries, areas and territories benefiting many thousands of health workers and researchers, and in turn, contributing to improve world health.

Read more: NATIONAL HINARI TRAINING COURSE FOR HEALTH PERSONNEL, MEDICAL LIBRARIANS AND RESEARCHERS

Active ImageBelize City, 31 October 2011 - As a result of the recent revised Obstetric Care Protocols, a series of training sessions have been conducted countrywide involving nurses, midwives and doctors with the use of basic guidelines in regards to obstetric care. These protocols were developed to be used at the primary and secondary level of care in Belize.
  
Coordinated by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization and the Ministry of Health, over 150 participants from the various health regions participated. At the end of each session, participants indicated that these revised protocols will definitely help them to better manage the health services delivery. The sessions were facilitated by local gynaecoobstetricians from public and private health facilities.

Read more: Quality of Medical Care standardized through Obstetric Care Protocols

Active ImageBelize City, 4 November 2011 - The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization in Belize congratulates Ms. Robyn Daly as the third place winner of the 2011 Caribbean Nutrition Promotion Competition and Ms. Melissa Belizaire for the for the Best Organizer of the National Food and Nutrition Quiz Competition.  The Caribbean Nutrition Promotion Competition is being organized by the Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute (CFNI), a specialized center of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)

Ms. Daly is the Nutritionist at the Ministry of Health, Belize, who submitted her entry titled Caribbean Nutrition Day Seminar. This Seminar was geared around positively impacting the food service providers in Belmopan City.  The Market Area in Belmopan is surrounded with many food service providers. They provide meals every day for the residents of Belmopan and for persons working in the vicinity of the Market Area. Because common food practices such as heavy use of salt, frying foods in lard and shortening, serving large portions of foods and not using vegetables in meals, there is a need to continuously reinforce healthy nutrition habits.

Read more: Two Belizeans are winners of the Caribbean Nutrition Promotion Competition

Active ImageBelize City - 28 October 2011 – The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) in Belize with a key role in the development of Belize’s health system, recognized its staff at its Annual Award Ceremony held on 27 October 2011, Belize City. Although there are some staff members working on the spotlight, there are other members working behind the scenes that keep the operations sailing smoothly.

 

 

 

 

Read more: PAHO/WHO Belize recognize its staff at the Annual Award Ceremony

Active ImageBelize City, 28 October 2011 – Six UN resident agencies including the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization in Belize came together to highlight their work on United Nations Day, 24 October 201. "Let us unite, seven billion strong, in the name of the global common good." – Message by the Director General.
 
At the Open Your Eyes morning television show, Channel 5, the UN agencies discussed their contributions made to the country. Being in close collaboration with the government and other partners, it was pointed out that evidence-based information is produced and used collaboratively to carry out the program functions. Emir Castaneda, Information Officer, PAHO/WHO Belize, cited the improved surveillance system for Gender Based Violence which was done through partnerships. Fact sheets on the UN in Belize were distributed to over 8000 readers through the 4 local newspapers.

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Read more: UN agencies promote their work during UN day

Active ImageBelize City, 31 October 2011 - Belize City, 31 October 2011 - The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is providing technical cooperation to the Ministry of Health to strengthen surveillance of communicable diseases in Belize in accordance with the International Health Regulations (IHR).

Based on the self- assessments of core capacities in surveillance, detection and public health response and at designated airports, seaports, and ground crossings, 2 action plans were developed. These action plans are currently being implemented for the IHR to meet its IHR (2005) obligations and deadlines.

 

 

Read more: Strengthening communicable diseases surveillance

Active ImageBelize City, 20 October 2011 - The first National Pharmaceutical Policy workshop was held in Belize City to review the Belize Pharmaceutical Profile and also to identify critical areas and priorities of the Drug Policy. The meeting was organized by Ministry of Health with support from the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) in Belize.

Chaired by Dr. Gerardo de Cosio, PAHO/WHO Belize Representative, and facilitated by Dr. Gustavo Vargas, Health Systems and Services Advisor, PAHO/WHO Belize, the workshop had over 20 participants who were engaged in meeting its objectives. Consequently, the Belize National Country Profile was endorsed by the Ministry of Health.

Read more: National Drug Policy Workshop identifies critical and priority areas for action

Belmopan City, 21 October 2011 –The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization in Belize, was part of the University of Belize brown bag lunches to promote scientific research in the area of noncommunicable diseases.

Quality of diabetes care: a cross sectional study of adults of Hispanic origin across and along the Mexico US Border, was presented by Dr. Gerardo de Cosio, PAHO/WHO Belize Representative, who was then coordinator and project manager of study done in 2001-2002.

 

Read more: PAHO promotes scientific research to the University of Belize

Belize City, 30 September 2011 – 18 technicians from the Environmental Health Unit, Vector Control Program of the Ministry of Health (MOH) received training on vector control and entomology. The objective was to review the situation of malaria vectors in Belize and neighboring countries and to build capacity in field entomology. This included demonstration on collection methods used to sample mosquito larvae and adults, and data management. The training was successful with coordinated efforts between the Ministry of Health and the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization in Belize and Costa Rica.

Read more: Malaria control strengthened through training in Entomology

 

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Despite heavy rains, hundreds of students, farmers, lecturers, and parents gathered at the Central Farm Research Station, Cayo District to learn about the benefits of locally produced food and how it impacts healthy lifestyles which help to prevent and control diseases that are highly affecting Belizeans today.

Organized by the Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization, INCAP, Food and Agriculture Organization, The National Food and Nutrition Security Commission and other key actors, World Food Day was the special event on 14 October 2011.

Read more: Belizeans gathered in Cayo to promote locally produced food and healthy lifestyles as part of...

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Dr. Gerardo de Cosio, PAHO/WHO Belize Representative

 Belize City, 28 September 2011 – The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization in collaboration with the Belize Blood Transfusion Services, Ministry of Health, hosted a Blood Drive in the Coney Drive Community, northern Belize City.

The objective was to create awareness and encourage blood donation from surrounding community and offices, and by extension, increase awareness on healthy lifestyles. The initiative was held to strengthen the Belize Blood Transfusion Services in its supply of voluntary blood donation. In addition, with a high number of Belizeans being affected by diabetes and other chronic diseases, this event also included checks for glucose, body mass index and blood pressure levels.

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Blood Drive on Coney Drive
28 September 2011
PAHO/WHO Belize Office

The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization in collaboration with the Belize National Blood Transfusion Services will be holding a Blood Drive on 28 September 2011 from 8 am to 12 noon at the Withfield Tower, 4792 Coney Drive, Belize City.

The objective of the Blood Drive 2011 is to create awareness and encourage blood donation from surrounding community and offices, and by extension, increase awareness on healthy lifestyles.

Healthy lifestyle booths will be set up at the Withfield Tower, adjacent to parking lot, to provide blood pressure, glucose and Body Mass Index checks.

The Public and the Media are invited to attend this awareness campaign.

“Blood donation help to save lives"


For more information, contact Mr. Emir Castaneda, Information officer, PAHO/WHO Belize, 4792 Withfield Tower, Coney Drive, Belize City, Tel: (501)224-4885.
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As many as 2 billion people worldwide are infected with hepatitis B—one of five types of hepatitis virus—and more than 350 million suffer a chronic form of the disease. Yet public awareness is low, and much more public health action is needed to prevent and control viral hepatitis, said experts at the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) in observance of World Hepatitis Day.

Read more: PAHO/WHO Warns of Growing Health Toll of Hepatitis
Active ImageBelize City, 30 May 2011 – The Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization in Belize (PAHO/WHO), and the Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP), organized a one day national consultation to advance the formulation process of the Food and Nutrition Security Regional Strategic Agenda, ARSAN. The consultation was held at the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Coney Drive, Belize City. Read more: National Consultation to develop the Food and Nutrition Security Regional Strategic Agenda

World No Tobacco Day 2011 encourages countries to fully implement the groundbreaking Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the world's first international public health treaty, in force since 2005. The FCTC obliges its country Parties to implement a series of standards and legal measures to reduce tobacco consumption and exposure to tobacco smoke for their populations. A panel of experts will discuss efforts to implement the treaty in the Americas and the role of international cooperation.
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Dr Christos Patsalides
President of the Sixty-fourth
World Health Assembly

 

The World Health Assembly is the annual meeting of the WHO's 193 Member States and it is the supreme decision-making body of WHO which sets the policy for the Organization and approves the budget.

The Sixty-fourth session of the World Health Assembly will take place in Geneva during 16–24 May 2011.

The Health Assembly will discuss a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board as well as the programme budget, administration and management matters of WHO.

Documentation
Daily notes on proceedings
Provisional agenda [pdf 140kb]
Complete documentation
Journal, Number 1

16 May 2011

Speeches
      Dr Margaret Chan
     WHO Director-General

• Opening address
• Opening address video [wmv, 32mn]

Information for media
• WHA 64: guidelines and information for media

Belize City, 11 May 2011 – The Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization in Belize, under the auspices of the AMI/RAVREDA Project supported by USAID, CDC, and other partners, are hosting a two day regional Seminar on activities based on Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets (LLIN) interventions. The Seminar is being held from 11-12 May 2011 at the Villas at Banyan Bay, San Pedro Town, Belize. 

Read more: Regional Vector Control Seminar conducted in Belize

Active ImageBelmopan City, 5 May 2011 – The Pan American Health Organization/ World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) in Belize, along with educational health entities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), participated in a Health and Wellness Fair organized by the University of Belize. Hundreds of university students, lecturers, staff, and parents gathered at the university campus, Belmopan City, to learn about their health status and ways of preventing and controlling diseases. Blood donation and HIV testing were being done through the Belize Blood Bank and the Voluntary Counseling and Testing Center, respectively.

 

Read more: Promoting Health, Preventing and Controlling Diseases

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Belize City, 3 May 2011 - Vaccination Week in the Americas (VWA) is an utmost effort endorsed by the Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), to strengthen the Expanded Programme on Immunization by reaching populations with limited access to regular services and who are at an increased risk of contracting vaccine preventable diseases. The ninth annual VWA was observed from 23 – 30 April 2011 under the theme “Vaccinate your Family, Protect your Community”

Read more: Vaccination Week in the Americas