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Home Events Events The Ministry of Health expresses gratitude for the contributions made by Beyond the Horizon 2017

The Ministry of Health expresses gratitude for the contributions made by Beyond the Horizon 2017

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A three month partnership with the United States Government under the Beyond the Horizon 2017 project officially ending yesterday with a ceremony at the Belize Defense Force Price Barrack Compound, Ladyville. The ceremony included speeches from several official guest of the Government of Belize such as the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Hon. Patrick Faber and Minister of Defense, Hon. John Saldivar.

The Government and People of Belize were not short of expressing their gratitude including the closing remarks given by the Deputy Director of Health Services for Nursing, Augustina Elijio who spoke on behalf of the Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ramon Figueroa. She took a different approach in her speech by highlighting the overall impact the project has made on the country’s health system. "The Beyond the Horizon 2017 initiative assisted the Ministry of Health to work towards its dream to equitable, affordable, accessibility, quality, sustainability at all levels for everyone to develop and maintain an environment conducive to health. This all speaks to the United Nation’s Development Goal to achieve Universal Health Coverage by 2030 which Belize is focused on achieving." Mrs. Elijio shared that the Ministry's goal is to have everyone have access to the health services they need without the risk of financial hardship when paying for them. "You have helped us and words cannot express how grateful the Ministry of Health is for the continuous support being obtained from the USMLO, US Embassy, and other NGOs in partners who have worked alongside to improve Belize Health Care System.”

The Ministry of Health was able to benefit with two new health centers, one in Ladyville and the other in Double Head Cabbage. The Western Regional Hospital in Belmopan benefited the most. They received an additional structure for the Accident and Emergency unit, a new structure which houses a new incinerator, an upgrade and expansion to the parking lot with a new entrance, and other minor works around the compound.

The Beyond the Horizon 2017 is a collaborative partnership exercise which deploys U.S. and partner nation service members to Central America and the Caribbean to work in communities, militaries, governments, civil society and the private sector to help provide medical and dental services; build schools, clinics and other vital infrastructure; and assist in enhancing the capabilities of partner nations.

Over 17,000 residents were also able to benefit from free clinics during the past couple months in the Dangriga and San Ignacio town area and surrounding communities.