World TB Day is celebrated on March 24 each year to raise public awareness and understanding about the world’s deadliest infectious killer -tuberculosis (TB) and it’s the devastating health, social and economic impact on people around the world.

Read more: World Tuberculosis Day 2020

handoverppe180On Monday, March 16, 2020, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) donated personal protective equipment (PPEs) as part of the continuous support to the Ministry of Health in responding to the declared COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more: Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Donates Personal Protective...

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On Wednesday, March 11, 2020, PAHO/WHO Belize held an awareness building session on COVID-19 with the staff of different organizations including Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Sagicor, Anthony Thurton & Associates, Terramark Properties, Morgan & Morgan, United, Financial Intelligence Unit and Coney Drive Development Company.

Read more: PAHO/WHO Belize briefs members of various organizations on COVID-19

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 On Thursday, March 5, 2020, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) and the Belize Ministry of Health met to discuss an operational plan for COVID-19 response.

Read more: PAHO/WHO Belize and Ministry of Health discuss operational plan for COVID-19 Response

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Read more: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) - Learn More

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Read more: PAHO/WHO facilitates visits to three health facilities as part of the tender process for the...

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Read more: Face masks during outbreaks: Who, when, where and how to use them

coronavirus creativeneko shutterstock180The Director of the Pan American Health Organization, Carissa F. Etienne, today recommended that countries intensify their plans to prepare and respond to COVID-19 given the appearance of cases of new coronavirus disease in the Region of the Americas.

Read more: PAHO Director calls on countries of the Americas to intensify COVID-19 preparedness and response...

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Washington D.C., 12 February 2020 (PAHO) – Virology experts from the Pan American Health Organization have travelled to the Caribbean region to ensure that laboratory specialists are trained and equipped to identify and respond to potential imported cases of the new coronavirus (COVID-19).

Read more: PAHO prepares 8 Caribbean countries for laboratory diagnosis of new coronavirus

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Nassau, Bahamas, Sept. 8, 2019 (PAHO)—The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is requesting an initial US $3.5 million from donors to cover short-term health care and other needs for the population in the Bahamas affected by Hurricane Dorian.

Read more: PAHO issues $3.5 million donor appeal for humanitarian health response in the Bahamas

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Yesterday, August 7, 2019, as part of World Breastfeeding Week, the Ministry of Health recognized Cleopatra White Polyclinic as a Baby Friendly Health Facility.

Read more: Certification of Cleopatra White Polyclinic as Baby Friendly Health Facility

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Today, 9/4/2019, PAHO joined hands with the Ministry of Health to form a solidarity chain in commemoration of World Health Day 2019.

Read more: PAHO Joins Ministry of Health for Solidarity Chain

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Radiology is a very important tool for early detection, diagnosis, and management of diseases.

Read more: Radiology Assessment Mission to Belize

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The Pan American Organization organized a workshop on “Strengthening Human Resources for Health (HRH) Planning for the implementation of Belize´s HRH Strategic Plan”, which took place in Belize, from 26 to 28 February 2019.

Read more: PAHO organizes workshop on strengthening Human Resources for Health in Belize

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Belize City, 22 February 2019 (PAHO)- Eleven hospitals and health centers and a laboratory in Belize will be retrofitted to make them safer, “green” and able to continue operating during emergencies and disasters as part of the Smart Health Facilities Project, a Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) initiative, financed by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (UKaid) and the European Union and implemented by the Ministry of Health.

Read more: Hospitals and health centers in Belize are set to become more safe “green” and resilient to...

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Belize, 20 February 2019 (PAHO)- A new plan to increase health workers and improve their efficiency and distribution in order to respond to the health needs of the population, was launched today by the Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and other partners.

Read more: Belize launches plan to expand its health workforce, improve its geographical distribution and...

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Belize, 19 February 2019 (PAHO/WHO) – Repositioning public health in the 21st Century is the main focus of the Pan American Health Organization’s (PAHO) sub-regional country managers meeting of Central American countries, Cuba, Mexico and the Dominican Republic, that is taking place until 22 February in Belize.

Read more: Belize hosts PAHO’s Country Sub-regional Managers' Meeting 2019
Director Carissa Etienne visits with Belize Prime Minister

During the meeting, Dr. Etienne highlighted the need to tackle the causes of noncommunicable diseases through collaborative work with government sectors and society.

Read more: Prime Minister of Belize holds official meeting with PAHO Director


The Health Sector in Belize is confronted with many challenges and it is constantly evolving due to the introduction of technologies, emerging diseases, the burden of noncommunicable diseases and the threats of and climate change-related disasters.

Read more: We're hiring

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The SMART Hospital Project has successful completed another phase in its advance towards retrofitting the health facilities in Belize. 

Read more: The SMART Hospital Project – Town Hall Meetings held in Belize

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PAHO/WHO teamed up with the Inspiration Center, Ministry of Health and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to provide a three-day training Workshop for teachers and organizations working with children with diverse abilities.

Read more: PAHO/WHO, the Inspiration Center, the Ministry of Health and the American Speech-Language-Hearing...

Health authorities in the Caribbean are calling on individuals, families and communities to join the battle to reduce mosquito breeding sites in and around homes, as part of the Pan American Health Organization’s (PAHO) campaign for Mosquito Awareness Week 2018.

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Read more: Mosquito Awareness Week 2018

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Forty years ago, a generation of leaders expressed their commitment to achieve health for all through primary health care in the Declaration of Alma-Ata.

Read more: Draft Declaration for the Second International Conference on Primary Health Care (October 2018)

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The Director is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Noreen Jack as PAHO/WHO Representative in Belize effective 28 February 2018.

Read more: Dr. Noreen Jack is the new PAHO/WHO Representative for Belize

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23 JANUARY | 2018 GENEVA - The WHO Executive Board, currently holding its 142nd
session in Geneva, has appointed Dr Carissa Etienne for a second term as
Regional Director for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Read more: Dr Carissa Etienne elected for a second term as WHO Regional Director for the Americas

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The seventh consecutive edition of the Brazil Scholarship PAEC OAS-GCUB 2017 was recently announced.

Read more: Brazil Scholarship PAEC OAS-GCUB program

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Spouse of the Prime Minister of Belize and First Lady of Trinidad and Tobago support the Global Strategy for the Health of Women, Children and Adolescents

Read more: Spouse of the Prime Minister of Belize and First Lady of Trinidad and Tobago support the Global...

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Geneva, 23 May 2017 (PAHO/WHO) - The Member States of the World Health Organization (WHO) elected Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the new Director-General of WHO.

Read more: World Health Assembly elects Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as new Director-General of WHO

This year PAHO celebrated International Women’s Day 2017 under the theme – “Women’s Access to Social Protection in Health”.

Read more: PAHO celebrates International Women’s Day 2017

"The new strategy reflects our commitment to continue working with Belize so that all people have access to care when they need it, with quality and without fear of falling into poverty." These words were echoed by Dr. Carissa Etienne on the 13th February during a national Dialogue on Health Financing which preceded the signing of the Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS) 2017-2021.

Read more: National Forum – Health Financing toward Universal Health in Belize

Carissa F. Etienne, PAHO Director visited Belize this week to meet high-level government officials and to sign a new strategy for technical cooperation in health.  On the night of her arrival she was hosted at a dinner by Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow, Special Envoy for Women and Children and Spouse of the Prime Minister of Belize.  

Read more: PAHO Director signs Country Cooperation Strategy 2017-2021

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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.



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
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.


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.


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.

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

16 May 2011

      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

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The health of humans and animals is vitally interlinked. Thus, there is a shared responsibility and synergic potential for collaboration between public and animal health sectors to deal with potential infectious threats at the animal-human interface. 

Read more: National Bridging Workshop for Human and Animal Health in Belize

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This November 6, we’re observing #MalariaDay in the Americas. Caused by the parasite, Plasmodium, malaria is a life-threatening disease that is transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito.

Read more: Zero Malaria Starts with Me - Malaria Day in the Americas 2019

Dengue is a disease that requires rest and in serious cases can lead to death. Dengue is a mosquito-borne infectious disease caused by the dengue virus (DENV).  Because the infection may be asymptomatic or present itself with a broad range of symptoms (both severe and non-severe) such as flu-like, it continues to remain a public health problem globally especially in the Americas.

Read more: End the Fight - Be Dengue Aware

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"My Commitment to you all is to give every town and city in this country a Wellness park!"

Read more: Minister of Health promises Wellness Park to each Town and City

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Smart investments and strong partnerships have resulted in dramatic progress against malaria since 2000.

Read more: Malaria Day in the Americas

World Health Day Celebration

The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization in collaboration with the Ministry of Health held an informative forum to highlig ht the importance and status of diabetes and its risk factors. Present were the Minister of State in the Ministry of Health, Honorable Dr. Angel Campos, Dr. Candy Armstrong representing the Minister of Education, Dr. Luis Roberto Escoto, Representative of PAHO/WHO, who shared opening remarks. The audience included Principals of primary and secondary schools of Belize District.

Read more: World Health Day Forum on Diabetes

World Health Day 2013

Belmopan. April 10th, 2013. The Ministry of Health joins its national partners, the Belize Kidney Association and the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) – Belize to celebrate World Health Day 2013.

World Health Day 2013 campaign focuses on hypertension or, as commonly known, high blood pressure and the need to “Know your numbers.” In the Americas, at least one in three adults is diagnosed with hypertension, a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and death throughout the world. One third of the already affected adult population are unaware that they are affected by the condition, reinforcing the need for checking blood pressure regularly, especially in primary healthcare settings.

The Ministry of Health has encouraged the regional hospitals across the country to setup on-location health booths for blood pressure checks. Additionally, the Minister of Health, Hon. Pablo Marin, continues to encourage the public to practice preventative measures, which include consuming less salt, maintaining a healthy and balanced diet, doing regular physical activity, avoiding tobacco use and avoiding harmful use of alcohol.

World Health Day is celebrated every year on April 7th to commemorate the anniversary of the founding of WHO in 1984. An official ceremony will be held on Friday, April 12th, 2013 at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Parking Lot, starting at 9:00 am. A health fair follows the ceremony where the opportunity to check blood pressure and “know your numbers” will be offered by health practitioners. The media is especially invited to attend.

"Good health adds life to years"

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Belize City, 12 April 2012 - World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April to mark the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO). Due to the Easter holidays the day is being celebrated, today, 12 April, in the Americas.  Belize will join the Pan American Health Organization/ World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) in its celebrations on 18 April.
World Health Day provides a unique opportunity for communities from across the world to come together on one day to promote actions that can improve our health. This year, it is dedicated to Healthy Aging, an important issue that resonates in our society’s current demographic transition.

Efforts surrounding World Health Day 2012 seek to raise awareness of not only the challenges that accompany an aging population but also are intended to build commitment to policies, programs and social movements that facilitate healthy longevity.

Read more: World Health Day 2012

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World Health Day 2011 is dedicated to antimicrobial resistance, a major threat to patient care and disease control throughout the world. Antimicrobial resistance is a significant obstacle to success in controlling HIV, malaria and tuberculosis—three of the world's leading infectious killers.


Active ImageBelize City, 6 April 2011 - World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April to mark the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO). It provides a unique opportunity for communities from across the world to come together on one day to promote actions that can improve our health. This year, it is dedicated to antimicrobial resistance, a major threat to patient care and disease control throughout the world. Antimicrobial resistance is a significant obstacle to success in controlling HIV, malaria and tuberculosis—three of the world's leading infectious killers. This serious problem also makes it more difficult to treat hospital-acquired infections, facilitates the emergence of "superbugs" that are resistant to major antibiotics, and creates the need for new, more expensive and more complex treatments. Read more: World Health Day - 7 April


June to November, June to November! Thats the reminder from the radio stations that the 2019 Hurricane Season has started, and it runs from June to November.

Read more: June to November- here we go again!

The Evidence and Intelligence Unit and the Communicable Disease and Environmental Determinants of Health Department of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), along with the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (Alliance HPSR), and the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) invites grant applications to support research on how to improve health policies, program and systems in the Americas. The grant is titled Embedding Research for the Sustainable Development Goals (ER-SDG).

Read more: PAHO/WHO Calls for grant applications to support health policy, programs and systems on projects...

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Road Traffic Safety personnel of Belize accompanied by International Consultant Mavis Johnson met with Dr. Luis Roberto Escoto, PAHO/WHO Representative to discuss potential areas for cooperation.

Topics discussed included road safety legislation and economic and social implications. An overview of existing challenges were shared by participants.  

Read more: Road Traffic Safety Personnel discuss areas of cooperation with PAHO Belize

Meeting external evaluation

A group of experts in various fields, led by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) senior advisers completed a Joint External Evaluation of the level of implementation of the core capacities in International Health Regulations (IHR). This assessment was conducted during an intense week (4 - 8 July 2016) and managed to cover in detail the analysis and status of the core capacities in Belize.

Read more: Joint External Evaluation – International Health Belize

  MDGs in a developing world:

A global comparison of MDG achievement would reveal that Africa's development is far behind the rest of the world. Unless substantial efforts are made by countries in the region and donor countries in the developed world, most will be unable to reach the goals of the Millennium Declaration by the target of 2015.

Read more: Global Perspective on the Millenium Development Goals


World Breastfeeding Week was commemorated in Belize and with the theme being, “Breastfeeding and Work, Let’s Make It Work”, a workshop was held on August 7, 2015, at the Radisson Hotel and Marina sponsored by PAHO and INCAP.  There were about 100 participants.  The objective was to promote breastfeeding at work and to sensitize human resource managers as to the importance of facilitating an enabling environment.

Read more: World Breastfeeding Week commemorated in Belize

Ebola Virus Disease is a serious infectious disease spread between humans from person to person. Infection is transmitted by direct or indirect contact with the blood, body fluids or secretions (stool, urine, saliva, semen) of infected people, but only when they show symptoms. Ebola cannot be transmitted by air. The disease usually has a high mortality rate but in the current Ebola outbreak the rate ranges between 55% and 60%. Ebola first appeared in 1976 in a village near the Ebola River in the Democratic Republic of Congo (former Zaire). Since its detection, several Ebola outbreaks have occurred in different parts of Africa.

Read more: Ebola Virus Disease

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The countries of the Americas are holding national consultations to discuss the way forward to reach universal health coverage, with the support of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO).

Read more: Countries of the Americas hold national consultations to make universal health coverage a regional...

News Release

On June 4, 2014, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) held a virtual session with experts from Washington, D.C., USA and Honduras to discuss recommendations on several issues related to essential medicines, medical products, and health technologies. This was done in coordination with Ministry of Health officials and is part of the ongoing technical cooperation programme in Belize.

PAHO works with countries in the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of pharmaceutical policies as part of their health policies to guarantee equitable access to quality essential medicines and promote their rational, evidence-based use by health professionals and the community.  In addition, appropriate regulatory capacity  is required to ensure the availability of safe, quality and effective medicines and other health technologies and the strengthening of such capacity has become a priority in the quest to advance towards Universal Health Coverage.

As an intergovernmental public health agency, PAHO provides technical cooperation aimed at the strengthening of the health systems in order to improve the health of the peoples of the Americas, in collaboration with Ministries of Health, other government and non-government organizations, international agencies, universities, social security agencies, community-based groups, and stakeholders.

PAHO, founded in 1902, is the oldest international public health organization in the world. It works with its member countries to improve the health and the quality of life of the people of the Americas. It also serves as the Regional Office for the Americas of WHO.

EU Ambassador Paola Amadei will visit key health projects next week

Belize City, Belize, 10 February 2014(PAHO/WHO)-- The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization(PAHO/WHO), the European Union (EU) and the Ministry of Health are working together to strengthen prevention and control of vector diseases in Belize and to improve the quality of and access to health services for mothers and children.

Under special cooperation agreements signed in 2013, PAHO/WHO, the EU and the Ministry of Health have been collaborating to:


  • Strengthen prevention and control of dengue and malaria, under a 20-month project supported with €865,800.00. The project seeks to prevent and control vector borne diseases, thereby contributing to a healthier and productive population. It focuses on interventions designed to build the capacity of the vector control units and to strengthen participation at the community level using a Communication for Behavioral Impact (COMBI) strategy for an integrated vector management.
  • Strengthen critical maternal and neonatal services, as part of a 30-month project supported with €2,138,769.66. The project seeks to improve the quality of and access to health services and infrastructure for mothers and children under 5, with emphasis on preventing maternal and neonatal mortality. This project also aims to address current gaps in maternal and neonatal services in order to build a comprehensive health services delivery network that provides care throughout the continuum of maternal, perinatal and neonatal health processes.


European Union Ambassador Paola Amadei will be in Belize on 13 February 2014 to meet with public health officials and healthcare providers and will visit Northern Regional Hospital, the National Laboratory Facilities, and the Vector Control Unit in the Orange Walk district.

PAHO was founded in 1902 and is the oldest international public health organization in the world. It works with all of the countries in the continent to improve health and quality of life for the people of the region. It acts as the Regional Office for the Americas of the WHO and is also the specialized health agency for the inter-American health system. The PAHO/WHO Country Office in Belize was established in the 1950s.



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For the past month the Country office of PAHO has been strengthening the capacity and skills of the health care providers to be prepared to response to health emergencies that may arise at any time.

Between the 8th -10th Oct 2013 PAHO have gathered various agencies, organizations and authorities who are on the decision making level when the country is faced with a crisis or emergency participate in an Incident Command Training.

Emergency management and Incident Command System (ICS) concepts serve as the basis for the emergency response. But  however, unlike traditional descriptions of emergency management and ICS, which organize assets around a defined scene, the emergency response management has adapted the concepts to be more applicable to large-scale medical and public health response where there is no defined scene, or where multiple incident scenes may exist (e.g., infectious disease outbreak). Public health and medical professionals must understand the utility of emergency management and ICS concepts as they relate to public health and medical disciplines.

Read more: Incident Command System

September 16 & 17


The goal of the workshop is to enhance participants’ capacity to design and implement disaster reduction and response activities in the health sector to reduce the consequences of disasters.

Specific objectives are to:

• Introduce participants to concepts, procedures, methodologies, tools and strategies involved in health disaster management;

• Introduce participants to the concept of risk scenarios

• Upgrade and advance technical knowledge about the consequences of hazards to populations’ health and health institutions;

• Identify key stakeholders in Belize City   and their role in health disaster risk management;

• Test the National Health Sector Disaster Plan of the Central Health Region Office  Belize in a desktop simulation exercise.


The workshop will be participatory with interaction between experts with varied backgrounds in public health and disasters and personnel from PAHO It will include lectures, and group work. The practical experience of health personnel in disasters will be key/used/called upon to enrich the trainings


A total of 27  participants including representatives from health disaster committee, various categories of health care workers with disaster preparedness, response and mitigation responsibilities – health promotion, epidemiology, environmental health, health systems management/coordination, primary and secondary care.

Pan American Health Organization and Ministry of Health Belize

July – September 2013

In Emergency situations, the principal concern of the public health community is to reduce the health hazards associated with these events. As a result, disaster management focuses on people and on the systems that can be affected by disasters or emergencies.

Between the month of July and September 2013 the Regional Hospitals and the Community hospitals around the country are undertaking a series of Disaster Management training; in this first phase of the training health care provider ranging from general physicians, nurses, administrators, technicians and laboratory personnel received training in the area of “Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief Management and simulation exercise”.

This training is been conducted in two days the first day the participants gain knowledge of General terminologies of health and disaster, Health sector and organization policies, Disaster risk reduction in health sector, Disaster preparedness in health sector. All of these topics integrates components of mass causality, evacuation plan, continuity of primary health care service, health provider security and must importantly revision of each of the health facilities response plan.

Read more: National Capacity Building on “Emergency Preparedness and Relief Management for Hospital”

“Healthy Choices, Healthy People, Healthy Bodies, Healthy minds” was the theme for the first Belize City Resource Center Appreciation Day which was held on 28 August 2013.

The Belize City Resource Center officially opened its door in June 2013, and since then they have provided service to approximately 120 persons.

The main purpose of the center is for the cater for the mentally ill, the homeless and the elderly to receive a meal, space for them to conduct personal hygiene, sports, occupational therapy, interact with others participants. In addition, they receive mental health care from professionals in the area of social work, counseling and psychology. All this services are provided during the day since the Center is not equipped to host participants during the night.

The Center refers to this particular group of population as “Participants” so that whoever accesses the service can take ownership in whatever they are engaged.

Ms. Joyce Ellis coordinator of the Center mentioned that this dream was a reality through the assistance of various stakeholders from all sectors thus the reason for the appreciation day. She also mentioned that it is important to continue the support since it is the only way that the center can keep providing it service to Belize city and in particular this population.

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Country office of Belize was recognized for its continuous Technical Support through the whole process .The PAHO Representative Dr. Gerardo de Cosio and Technical Advisor on Mental Health Ivan Cabb received the certificate of recognition on behalf of the Country office.

What is universal health coverage?

Universal health coverage means that everyone has access to quality health services that they need without risking financial hardship from paying for them.

This requires a strong, efficient, well-run health system; access to essential medicines and technologies; and sufficient, motivated health workers.

The challenge for most countries is how to expand health services to meet growing needs with limited resources.

Why is research important for universal health coverage?

  • Despite a multinational commitment to universal coverage, it remains unclear how to provide access to health services and financial risk protection to all people in all settings. The pledge to achieve universal coverage has launched an agenda for research to guide policymakers when developing systems and services for universal coverage.
  • Currently most research is invested in new technologies rather than in making better use of existing knowledge. There is a need for more operational research thatturns existing knowledge into practical applications with the potential to make health services more accessible and affordable.
  • The results of some research studies are widely applicable (e.g. clinical trials), but many questions about universal coverage require local answers (e.g. how the system should be structured, health-seeking behaviours, how to measure progress). All countries need to be producers of research as well as consumers.


Read more: Main messages from the World health report 2013: Research for universal health coverage

Health research is essential for progress towards universal health coverage

BEIJING, 15 August 2013 – At the launch of the World Health Report 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) today called on countries to continue investing in local research in order to develop a system of universal health coverage tailored to each individual country’s situation. With universal health coverage, countries can help ensure that citizens obtain the health services they need without suffering financial hardship when paying for them.

Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO, describes universal coverage as “the single most powerful concept that public health has to offer.” In launching the World Health Report 2013: Research for universal health coverage, Dr. Chan says “universal coverage is the best way to cement the health gains made during the previous decade. It is a powerful social equalizer and the ultimate expression of fairness.”

The report shows how countries, when developing a system for universal health coverage, can use research to determine what health issues should be addressed, how a system should be structured and how to measure progress according to their specific health situation.

The report reveals that, on average, domestic investment in research in low- and middle-income countries has been growing 5% each year. This trend is most visible in emerging economies such as Brazil, China and India, all of which have embraced the concept of universal health coverage.

Read more: Launching of World Health Report

San Ignacio and Corozal Community Hospital
9th and 10th   and 28th and 29th  May 2013

As a continuous effort of strengthening the capacity to response to heath emergency and as part of the safe hospital index assessment been done to the San Ignacio Community Hospital; 21 health care provider ranging from doctors, nurses, technicians and administration engaged in a two day training in the area of Emergency Preparedness in Disaster Relief Management  on  May 9th and 10th representatives of PAHO/WHO Belize, in conjunction with the Belize Ministry of Health and a consultant, detailed the framework of a planned test of the participants knowledge in Emergency Operating Center’s Disaster and Pandemic Response was carried out. This also was with the purpose to evaluate the existing emergency response plan that the hospital has in existence.

The simulation involved a mass casualty event related to the occurrence of a natural disaster as well as various secondary events, in the backdrop of a concurrent Influenza pandemic. Students from a local high school were recruited and trained regarding symptoms to present with upon arrival to the hospital, in order to maximize the similarity of the training session to a real-world scenario. The ability of the hospital staff to successfully and appropriately recognize, prioritize, and manage patients in such a scenario was assessed, with the final goal of identifying existing good practices and strategies, gaps and areas of needed improvement, and an analysis and report on the simulation outcomes with future recommendations to the emergency response plan.

Initiative supported by PAHO/WHO promotes equity and access to immunization and cooperation between countries

Benque Viejo, Belize, 25 April 2013 (PAHO/WHO) — Minister of Health of Belize Pablo Marin was joined by Minister of Health Jorge Alejandro Villavicencio of Guatemala, Kim Simplis Barrow, spouse of Belize’s prime minister, and the director of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), Carissa F. Etienne on 24 April to officially launch the 11th regional Vaccination Week in the Americas.

The bi-national launch took place in the Adjacency Zone between Benque Viejo, Belize, and Melchor de Mencos, Guatemala.

Vaccination Week in the Americas is being celebrated on 20-27 April in countries throughout the hemisphere. This year, Belize’s participation is focused on intensive vaccination activities to protect children against diseases including polio, measles, and rubella, among others.

Read more: Belize and Guatemala jointly launch the 11th Vaccination Week in the Americas
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Ministers of Health of all the countries of the Americas will gather at the headquarters of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) from 17-21 September for the 28th Pan American Sanitary Conference to analyze the health policies in the Region.

During the Pan American Sanitary Conference, PAHO Member States will elect the next Director of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau, the secretariat of PAHO. The director-elect will begin his or her five-year term on 1 February 2013, taking over from Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, of Argentina, who has been serving as Director of PAHO since 1 February 2003.

Read more: 28th Pan American Sanitary Conference of PAHO/WHO

Active ImageThe National Council on Ageing will be officially launching the Situational Analysis of Older Persons in Belize 2010 at the ITVET Conference Room, Belize City on Wednesday 1st June 2011 from 10:00 am.

The research study was carried out between November 2009 and May 2010 of almost 500 older persons across the country. These participants were interviewed and asked to reveal information relating to their health, income, their living conditions and family, and social support.

Read more: Situational Analysis of Older Persons in Belize 2010