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Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Economic Development clarify statements on EU funds allocated to the Government of Belize for the Health Sector.

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Belmopan. December 19, 2017.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) in partnership with the Ministry of Economic Development (MOED) would like to clarify statements on European Union (EU) funds allocated to the Government of Belize for the Health Sector.

The public may recall that the Prime Minister of Belize, Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow signed an agreement with the European Union for a total value of Euro 27 million for the Health and Energy sectors under the 11th European Development Fund (2014-2020) in October 2014.  It should be pointed out that these funds are earmarked by the EU to Belize.  These development funds are granted to Belize and other African, Caribbean and Pacific states to assist in the social and economic development of member states in particular with respect to poverty alleviation.

The initial proposal submitted did include a large infrastructure component which would have added a 50 bed energy efficient wing to the Western Regional Hospital. However the vetting process had to go through several screenings within the EU structure. In the meantime, the Ministry of Health proceeded with developing and submitting the necessary documentation for an estimated $8 million Euros investment for the infrastructural components within the allocation for the health sector.

During subsequent visits by the European Union to Belize and in close consultation with MOH and MOED, the final focus of the health sector initiative was placed on the upgrading of Health facilities to meet SMART and ‘Green’ standards. This new focus would ensure that health facilities, including Regional Hospitals and the Central Medical Laboratory, would be upgraded to withstand natural disasters, be more energy efficient, and meet safety criteria for patients and medical staff. Other components within this Health Sector initiative would also include upgrading of the Health Information System, and Strengthening of Organization and Management of Health Services.

The aim of the initiative is to contribute to a high performing and improved health sector for the health and well-being of Belizeans.

The Financing Agreement has been approved by the European Union at a total cost of Euro 10,575,000. The official signing of the agreement between the Government of Belize and the European Union will take place in the first quarter of 2018.


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For More Information contact:
Dr. Ramon Figueroa   
Chief Executive Officer
Ministry of Health
822-0809

Ms. Yvonne Hyde
Chief Executive Officer
Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce
828-2526