PAHO/WHO and European Union Collaborate to Transform Corozal Community Hospital into a 'Smart Health Care Facility'

Corozal Community Hospital

Corozal, Belize, March 20th, 2024 - In a significant milestone for healthcare infrastructure in Belize, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) and the European Union (EU) proudly announce the official handover of the Corozal Community Hospital (CCH) to the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MoHW) as a 'Smart Health Care Facility.' This initiative, a part of the Health Sector Support Programme Belize Project, aims to enhance the resilience and sustainability of healthcare facilities in the face of natural hazards and disasters.

Belize, a country prone to hurricanes, flooding, and storm surges, faces unique challenges in ensuring continuous healthcare delivery, particularly during emergencies. Recognizing these vulnerabilities, PAHO/WHO, in collaboration with the EU, has spearheaded efforts to retrofit key healthcare facilities nationwide, with the Corozal Community Hospital being the latest beneficiary.

Dr. Karen Lewis-Bell, PAHO/WHO Representative in Belize, emphasized the significance of reducing healthcare facility vulnerability, stating, "The 'smart' initiative focuses on improving a facility's resilience and strengthening structural and operational aspects with green innovations." She thanked the EU for their partnership and highlighted the project's broader impact on Belize's health system.

Corozal Community Hospital
Corozal Community Hospital

Following an investment of USD$629,000.00, the Corozal Community Hospital has proudly completed substantial upgrades and renovations to better serve our community. Key improvements include the expansion and modernization of the Accident and Emergency department, alongside critical renovations of the administration building, kitchen, covered walkway, and both maternity and general wards. Moreover, the project embraced sustainability and efficiency through the installation of a 100-kW backup generator, inverter-type air conditioning units, energy-efficient LED lighting, solar water heating systems, and water-conserving bathroom fixtures. These strategic enhancements have been planned and executed to fortify the hospital’s infrastructure, ensuring the delivery of uninterrupted, high-quality healthcare services to the community.

The Corozal Community Hospital is one of six healthcare facilities in Belize to receive the 'smart' designation, with similar projects completed or underway in other regions. The Health Sector Support Programme Belize Project, funded by the EU and implemented by PAHO/WHO in collaboration with the MoHW, represents a significant investment in Belize's healthcare infrastructure, focusing on disaster resilience, climate sustainability, and overall healthcare system improvement.

Mr. Aniceto Rodriguez, the EU Head of Cooperation for Belize and Jamaica, emphasized that access to healthcare is a fundamental right. Therefore, the health sector is one of the top priorities for the European Union, as it recognizes its importance for families. The EU is committed to supporting the Government of Belize in strengthening its health system. It is contributing to essential infrastructure, capacity building, and necessary healthcare reforms to ensure that everyone's health rights can be fulfilled in Belize.

Dr. Julio Sabido, the CEO of the Ministry of Health and Wellness, echoed the same sentiments of collaboration and commitment. He emphasized the project's goal of achieving a better quality of life for all Belizeans, both now and in the future.

About PAHO/WHO The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) collaborates with countries in the Americas to improve health and quality of life. Founded in 1902, PAHO/WHO is the world's oldest international public health agency and serves as the Regional Office of WHO for the Americas. It is the specialized health agency of the Inter-American system.

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