Ministry of Health Belize


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Home April2010 Ministry of Health Recieves World Bank Grant

Ministry of Health Recieves World Bank Grant

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The Ministry of Health received a grant from the World Bank valued at US$501,744.00 for an Avian and Human Influenza Detection and Response Project.  The Ministry of Health will use the funds to strengthen Belize’s ability to detect and respond to potential H1N1 influenza epidemic and build the overall surveillance capacity of the health system.

Funds from this short-term grant will be used to strengthen the country’s ability to detect A/H1N1 by expanding and improving existing influenza surveillance activities by providing training to health professionals to work at ports of entry, establish diagnostic laboratories at air and sea ports, and acquire medical supplies for the collection of samples from probable cases.

The Ministry of Health will also use the funds to strengthen its ability to respond to A/H1N1 by expanding its public information campaign and upgrading the national public health and medical laboratory.


According to the Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Health Dr. Peter Allen, the Ministry of Health - Government of Belize is being given the grant based on its response to the H1N1 pandemic. Prior to the H1N1 pandemic, the Ministry of Health had been collaborating closely with PAHO and other stakeholders to produce its influenza pandemic preparedness plan. Furthermore, consideration was given to the support provided through the Ministry of Health by granting emergency funds to effect mitigating measures against H1N1.

Signing on behalf of the World Bank was Ms. Carmen Carpio, Knowledge Management Officer, World Bank-Latin America and Caribbean Region and signing on behalf of the Government of Belize was Financial Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Mr. Joseph Waight.

Financial Secretary Waight expressed gratitude on behalf of the Government and People of Belize for the opportunity the grant provides and will work according to the contractual arrangements of the grant.

The grant was signed on Monday April 26, 2010. It is expected that Belize will complete the execution of the Avian and Human Influenza Detection and Response Project by June 2011.