Wednesday, May 22, 2024

World Health Organization

World Diabetes Day is observed across Belize; Diabetes is the fourth leading cause of death in the country

On Tuesday, November 14th, health partners in Belize joined millions around the globe observing World Diabetes Day under them is ‘Access to Diabetes Care.’ Leading the activities was the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW), whose campaign focuses on knowing your risk of type 2 diabetes, highlighting the impact of disease-related complications and the importance of having access to the correct information and care to ensure timely treatment and management. Some activities held to commemorate the day included community clinics offering free diabetes tests and wellness checkups, as well as informational sessions at schools across Belize.

Belize develops action plan to strengthen governance and improve public health capacities through an emphasis on the Essential Public Health Functions

Since May 2023, the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MoHW) in partnership with the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) has been undertaking a comprehensive evaluation of the Essential Public Health Functions (EPHFs) in Belize. As part of the third phase in this process, the MoHW and relevant stakeholders are meeting to develop an action plan that will improve the EPHFs.

Mobile Health Clinic continues to promote healthy living in San Pedro

In a continuing effort to promote healthy lifestyles in San Pedro Town, Area Representative Honourable Andre Perez and partners organized another installment of the Mobile Health Clinic on Friday, October 14th. Held at the Sagebrush Belize Campus in the Boca Del Rio Area, the initiative is a collaboration between Perez, the San Pedro Town Council, PAHO Belize, the Ministry of Health and Wellness, and the San Pedro Lions Club. Throughout the day, island residents benefited from information on leading a healthy lifestyle and free consultations with medical specialists.

Single dose HPV vaccine now available at health facilities countrywide

The Human Papillomavirus, or HPV, is the most common sexually transmitted disease in many countries. This infection can cause cervical and other cancers affecting the genital areas, including the throat. While previously two doses of the HPV vaccine were recommended for adolescents, the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) has approved a vaccine that only requires a single dose. This is in part of a recommendation by the World Health Organization’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization, who have stated that a single dose is sufficient to protect against an initial or persistent HPV infection.

Belize strengthens its health system through PAHO’s Essential Public Health Functions

Through the European Union-funded Health Sector Support Programme (EU-HSSP) Belize, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) and the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MoHW) facilitated a two-day stakeholder consultation workshop on Belize’s Essential Public Health Functions (EPHFs). Almost 60 stakeholders from various Government ministries and departments analyzed each of the 11 renewed EPHFs to identify gaps and eventually develop an action plan to address priority gaps.

Belize Certified Malaria-Free with IDB Support

After three years without autochthonous cases, the World Health Organization (WHO) has certified Belize as malaria-free. This major achievement is the result of years...

MOHW Launches the National Nutrition Policy

In an era marked by increasing rates of chronic diseases and nutritional imbalances, the Ministry of Health & Wellness recognizes the urgent need for a comprehensive approach to nutrition. As a result, the MOHW launched the National Nutrition Policy 2022-2023 in Belize City on June 8, 2023.

MOHW Advises Caution as COVID-19 Pandemic is Declared Over

The declaration was made by Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, on May 4, 2023, following the fifteenth meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. This decision was supported based on the fact that there is a decline in the number of COVID-19 deaths and persons being severely affected and requiring hospitalization, and the high level of the population with immunity to SARS-CoV-2 from either infection, vaccine or both.