Belize City, Belize, October 19, 2021 (PAHO) – To boost COVID-19 risk communication efforts, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) donated several equipment and materials to the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MoHW) in supporting their COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign.
During a global pandemic like COVID-19, community preventive measures are crucial to fighting and controlling this disease. Thus, proper risk communication plans and actions are key to introducing and ensuring public health interventions and raising awareness of the seriousness of the pandemic.
Good management of communications is key to a successful vaccination campaign and for the population to accept and receive the vaccine and recommend it to others. Furthermore, successfully managed communication mitigates the impact of potential adverse events and demonstrates responsibility and transparency.
As the Ministry of Health and Wellness continues their COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign, the donated equipment is primarily intended to improve their capacity to develop and disseminate health campaigns needed to encourage positive behavior changes and informed decision-making.
The equipment included:
- 15 Public Address (PA) Systems/loudspeakers
- 6 Projectors with Extendable Ceiling/Wall Mount
- 1 DSLR Video Camera
- 1 Wireless Mic for interviews
- 1 Teleprompter
- 1Laminator Machine
- 1 Video Tripod
- 1 Camera Stabilizer
- 5 128GB SD Cards
- 300 Chairs
- 657 COVID-19 Posters
As we continue to face these unprecedented times due to COVID-19, it has become increasingly necessary to keep the public informed on proper health measures and strengthen the risk communication component as an essential tool for providing the population with relevant and empowering information regarding COVID-19 vaccines as a vital defense in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.