Building the Punta Gorda Community Hospital in Belize to become Disaster-Resilient and Climate-Friendly

Retrofitting works to make the Punta Gorda Community Hospital ‘smart’ – disaster-resilient (safe) and environmentally-friendly (green)

Belize is known for its natural beauty and vast biodiversity. However, Belize’s exposure to weather-related hazards with some low-lying terrain makes the country prone to the impacts of natural hazards such as hurricanes, storms, and especially flooding. Thus, disaster preparedness and response are crucial…

As part of the European Union (EU)-funded Health Sector Support Programme Belize (HSSP), the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MoHW) has been implementing a multi-year project with total funding from the EU of 8.8 million euros with the overall goal of “achieving a better quality of life, for all Belizeans, living now and in the future.”

As one of the largest projects being implemented in Belize, HSSP is a project created under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF). The project prioritizes disaster-resilient, and environmentally friendly health facility strengthening the structure, organization, and management of health services, and improving Belize’s health information system.