The Ministry of Health Mesoamerican Health 2015 Belize Project handed over medical equipment – valued at approximately BZ $311,000 – to the Northern and Western Health Regions on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, during a ceremony held at the grounds of Western Health Regional in Belmopan.
The short ceremony included welcome remarks from Mrs. Martha Woodye, Quality Improvement Project Manager for the Mesoamerican Health 2015 Belize Project. She spoke of the purpose of the donation which is to primarily improve the neonatal care capacity and expand coverage of reproductive health services in healthcare centers of both regions.
Minister of Health, Hon. Pablo Marin gave the keynote address in which he congratulated the health teams of both regions for their dedication and commitment in light of Belize’s recognition in the region for once again achieving a maternal mortality rate of zero for 2013.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, Minister Marin assisted by Mrs. Woodye handed over a portion of the equipment to both Regional Managers – Mrs. Pearl Ellis, Western Health Region and Ms. Guadalupe Longsworth, Northern Health Region. The equipment includes incubators, operating theatre tables, resuscitators and basinets among others.
The Mesoamerican Health 2015 Belize Project is five year health initiative aimed at improving primary healthcare services in maternal and infant, child and reproductive health in vulnerable communities.