The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is hosting its annual managers’ meeting where health leaders are discussing the achievements, as well as the challenges which are being faced by the health sectors within the region. At the meeting, Dr. Francis Morey, the Deputy Director of Health Service for the Ministry of Health, spoke about the progress made in the health sector here in Belize with the support of the United Nations’ agencies. Love news spoke with Dr. Morey who gave us a synopsis of his presentation.
Dr. Francis Morey – the Deputy Director of Health Services: “The main presentation from the Ministry is that we have had success in regards for example addressing key partnerships with the Mesoamerican project, the Inter American Development Bank, PAHO, UN agencies such as UNDP that has supported the HIV and TB program in getting funds for us to address the epidemics. The importance of universal health care, addressing and improving the delivery of healthcare in our communities. The partnership for example with Peace Corps in which the American Government has essentially put in place a Peace Corps in each village and the responsibility of this person is to increase the awareness and promote health promotion and prevention activities within our key communities. Key goals from the Ministry in that for example it has received proposals in funding for the elimination for malaria in our country. Also having the increase in new infections, HIV from compared to 10 years ago when we had more than 400 cases being diagnosed, we now are slightly above the 225 figure for the past five to six years.”
The one-week meeting is being held at the Best Western Biltmore Plaza Hotel.